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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Best of Detroit 2012: Reader's choice for Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Slogan for Metro Detroit

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Celebrating 45 years of Rebirth 4/25/2012

Best Way to Improve Downtown Ferndale

Public Square - Readers' Pick: More parking, free parking, less restrictive parking 4/25/2012

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Best Way to Improve Midtown Detroit

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Better public transit 4/25/2012

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Best Way for Detroit to Deal with Its Debt

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Emergency manager 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Wayne State University 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Not Tebow 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Brandon Knight 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Greg Monroe 4/25/2012

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Best Local Pro Athlete

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Justin Verlander 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Calvin Johnson 4/25/2012

Best Local Sports Story

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Lions Make Playoffs 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Paul McCartney at Comerica Park 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Hack 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Wayne County Exec Robert Ficano

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Crook 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Oakland County Exec Brooks Patterson

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Brooksie 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Mayor Dave Bing

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Bingo 4/25/2012

Best Nickname for Gov. Rick Snyder

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Dick 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Barack Obama 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Craig Fahle 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Dave and Chuck "the Freak," 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Delisi's Essential Music 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Rackham Golf Course 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Movement 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: A few clever responses to why you should attend 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Jason Carr 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Staff Pick: Stony Creek Metro Park 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: FOX2 (WJBK) 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Washtenaw County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Arbor Farmers' Market 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Mount Clemens Farmers' Market 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Oakland County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Royal Oak Farmers Market 4/25/2012

Best Farmers' Market, Wayne County

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Eastern Market 4/25/2012

Best Dog Park

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Orion Oaks Couny Park 4/25/2012

Best Nature or Hiking Trail

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Kensington Metro Park 4/25/2012

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Best Beach

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Lake St. Clair Metro Park 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Garden Bowl 4/25/2012

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Public Square - Readers' Pick: Garden Bowl 4/25/2012

Best Place to See Locl Theater

Public Square - Readers' Pick: The Who Wants Cake? theater company's Ringwald Theatre 4/25/2012

Best Local Film Festival

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Ann Arbor Film Festival 4/25/2012

Best Place to See an Indie Film

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Main Art Theatre 4/25/2012

Best Place to See a Mainstream Film

Public Square - Readers' Pick: Emagine Royal Oak 4/25/2012
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Best of Detroit 2012: Our staff picks for Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Thing About Local Right-Wing Radio

Public Square - Staff Pick: Charlie Langton's show on WXYT-AM/1270 4/25/2012

Best Detroit Asset to Protect

Public Square - Staff Pick: Water & Sewerage Department 4/25/2012

Best Vision for Mass Transit

Public Square - Staff Pick: Freshwater Railway 4/25/2012

Best Food Desert Fighters

Public Square - Staff Pick: Peaches & Greens 4/25/2012

Best Local Reality TV Stars

Public Square - Staff Pick: The Gold Family 4/25/2012

Best Change to Local Left-Wing Radio

Public Square - Staff Pick: Thom Hartmann's new time slot on WDTW/1310 AM 4/25/2012

Best Example of Journalism Shaking

Public Square - Staff Pick: WXYZ-TV's "Wayne County Confidential" series 4/25/2012

Best Inner-City Duck Farm

Public Square - Staff Pick: Laid in Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Food Desert Fighters

Public Square - Staff Pick: Peaches & Greens 4/25/2012

Best Way to Build Community with Beer

Public Square - Staff Pick: Tashmoo Biergarten 4/25/2012

Best Gardening Deal for City Residents

Public Square - Staff Pick: The Garden Resource Program 4/25/2012

Best Day to Be a Fish at the Belle Isle Aquarium

Public Square - Staff Pick: Shiver on the River 4/25/2012

Best Creative Class Mingle

Public Square - Staff Pick: Drinks x Design 4/25/2012

Best New Pro Sports Team

Public Square - Staff Pick: American Ultimate Disc League's Detroit Mechanix 4/25/2012

Best Art Idea to Steal

Public Square - Staff Pick: Lansing's Old Town Scrapfest 4/25/2012

Best Hope for the Detroit Institute of Arts

Public Square - Staff Pick: The people 4/25/2012

Best Poet for Busy People

Public Square - Staff Pick: Ken Mikolowski 4/25/2012

Best Arts Campaign

Public Square - Staff Pick: Fela! at Music Hall 4/25/2012

Best Reason We Still Have a Hoedown in Motown

Public Square - Staff Pick: Tim Roberts, program director, WYCD-FM 4/25/2012

Best Low-Power Radio Station

Public Square - Staff Pick: 1610-AM, The Station 4/25/2012