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    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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  • Winners announced for the ‘High Times’ Medical Cannabis Cup

    The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is more than just a celebration — although with the recent shift in attitudes toward marijuana legalization, there certainly is much to celebrate.  HT‘s Danny Danko described it as “just like any other harvest festival or a county fair where people bring their best produce, their best pigs and horses and cows, and they compete with each other for bragging rights, basically.” Here are a list of winners from this year’s Cannabis Cup, who did indeed walk home with some well-deserved bragging rights — if anyone knows their marijuana it’s High Times: Indica 1ST - Oasis Medical Seeds - Paris OG 2ND - Herbal Solutions - Alien Dawg F2 3RD - Herban Legendz, LLC - Grape OX Sativa 1ST - Arborside Compassion - CATFISH 2ND - Organibliss - Ghost Train Haze #1 3RD - We Grow Education and Collective Centers - MelonGum Hybrid 1ST - Herbal Solutions - Gorilla Glue 2ND - Pure West Compassion Club - Death Star 3RD - Kushman Veganics for Buds & Roses - Veganic Candyland Concentrate 1ST - Mr. B’s Extracts - Raskal’s Lemon 2ND - 710 Savant - Kosher Kush Dewaxed 3RD - Oasis Medical / Vader Extracts / Dab Vader - Candy Jack Shatter Non-Solvent Hash 1ST - NLG - Jedi Kush Ice Wax 2ND - Arborside Compassion - HeadCandy Kush Hash 3RD - New World Seeds Resource […]

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  • Satanists Leverage Hobby Lobby Ruling In Support of Pro­Choice Initiative

    So is the title of the press release we received this morning from The Satanic Temple. You may recall our interview with Doug Mesner from earlier this year. The Satanic Temple is, perhaps, best known for trying to build a child-friendly monument to satan in OKC: How Mesner and TST are rocking the Hobby Lobby ruling is interesting: The Satanic Temple Leverages Hobby Lobby Ruling to Claim Exemption From State Mandated ProLife Materials Reads the next line of the press release. And then their website: A number of states require that abortion providers give information to patients that maybe inaccurate or misleading. Demands that members of the Satanic Temple, or those who share our beliefs, be subjected against our will to anything but the best scientific understanding are a violation of our religious beliefs. Thanks to rulings such as Hobby Lobby, we can take a stand against these practices. Mesner points out how the Hobby Lobby ruling bolsters their position: While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when […]

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  • Reports from the ‘High Times’ Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio

    On Saturday we set out to check out the High Times Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio, Mich. — High Times did hold a Cannabis Cup in the Motor City back in 2011, but Detroit police flexing their muscles and making arrests at that event may have been to blame, at least partially, for the choice of a new host city. The event was held this year at the Auto City Speedway, (also known as “B.F.E.” to Detroiters). Nevertheless, the prospect of stopping at the Torch for the best burger in the Genessee County was compelling — and anyway, this was the Cannabis Cup we were talking about. Was it really going to be “work?” It turned out, just a little bit. An inexplicable lack of an on-site ATM meant hiking quite a ways up the road to the nearest gas station, and then waiting for an attendant to restock the ATM with cash. We spoke with plenty of Cannabis Cup attendees at the gas station — everybody knows that the local gas station is a stoner’s best-friend. The two-day festival, for which one-day tickets were sold for $40, was divided into two sections — a general area and a medicating […]

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Best of Detroit 2011

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Derby Girls get impatient with Frederick Amady at Iridescence in the MotorCity Casino Hotel. It's a past staff pick as "best place to blow your casino winnings" (not that you need to strike it rich to dine there, our critics noted).

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Our readers pick the best places to scarf, nosh, tipple and dine

Best New Restaurant

Cork Wine Pub
23810 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge; 248-544-2675; corkwinepub.com

Let wine flow freely — or at least cheaply — and people will come running. The early, explosive success of Cork Wine Pub proves as much. Opened just before Thanksgiving, the first-ever recipient of a liquor license in Pleasant Ridge has a delightfully kitschy interior, a variety of comforting small plates, and a wide variety of wines — often with exceptionally low mark-ups.

 

Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners
Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $50 in Wayne County
Best Barbecue in Wayne County
Best Slow Food
Best Beer Selection in a Restaurant

Slows Bar BQ
2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-9828; slowsbarbq.com

The atmosphere of this Corktown base of home-style cuisine is pristine, ripe for vibrant conversation and hearty laughs; the drink list is wide-ranging, boasting the driest of whites, the boldest of reds, and the foamiest of brews; and the food has justifiably attracted national attention, with special spotlights belonging to the Carolina-style pulled pork, the crusty-and-creamy mac-n-cheese, and the flaky catfish. As for Slows having the Best Slow Food, we'll accept the answer — with a wink.

 

Best Romantic Restaurant in Wayne County

The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com

Elegance is everything at the Whitney; with its 52 rooms, 10 bathrooms and 20 fireplaces, the three-story pink-granite edifice built for a lumber baron in 1894 has been one of Detroit's most celebrated restaurants since 1986. The building is unquestionably a work of ornamental majesty, with stained glass windows and fine-carved wood walls really setting off the mood. And then there's that beautiful garden.

 

Best Romantic Restaurant in Oakland County

The Melting Pot
888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-362-2221
26425 Novi Rd., Novi; 248-347-6358
309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-0055; meltingpot.com

A new way of dining mixed with an old favorite, the Melting Pot exists to fulfill all of your fondue fantasies. Dipping an assortment of breads, vegetables and fruits in your choice of cheese or chocolate fondue allows you to dictate your desired taste. Plus, there are plenty of experienced servers on hand to ensure everything goes smoothly, even for beginners.

 

Best Romantic Restaurant in Macomb County
Best Italian Cuisine in Oakland County
Best Italian Cuisine in Macomb County

Andiamo
7096 E. 14 Mile Rd. Warren; 586-268-3224
42705 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-3838
See andiamoitalia.com for more locations

Andiamo serves up reliable, old-line classic Italian food in a setting conducive to both family and romantic nights out. Some of the more creative menu items are the vitello con insalata di portabella (a free-raised veal rib-eye steak smothered in portabella mushroom slaw served atop a bed of balsamic braised Swiss chard) and the involtini di melanzine (grilled eggplant slices rolled with roasted veggies and fat-free ricotta cheese in a herb-sprinkled tomato sauce).

 

Best Romantic Restaurant in Washtenaw County

The Earle
121 W. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-994-0211; theearle.com

Illuminated with candlelight, the Earle is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. The menu includes French- and Italian-inspired entrées that will satisfy whatever you are craving, as will an award-winning, 1,000-options-strong wine list. On the weekends, you can even enjoy live music during your meal.

 

Best Restaurant View

Coach Insignia
GM Global Renaissance Center, Floors 71 and 72, Detroit; 313-567-2622; mattprenticerg.com

The "crown jewel" of the Matt Prentice Restaurant group, the second-highest restaurant in the country offers a view that is the perennial winner of our Best View honors. And it earns it: It's head, shoulders and skyline above all other restaurants in town, perched spectacularly on the upper floors of the Renaissance Center's central tower.

 

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15 in Wayne County

Bucharest Grill
Inside the Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3111; bucharestgrill.com

Bucharest Grill, a small counter set up in back of the Park Bar, is where, for just a fistful of singles, you can have affordable shawarma sandwiches and creative hot dogs. Warning: Take your meal out to a seat in the Park and the bottles and taps of their formidable bar are sure to call your name.

 

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15 in Oakland County
Best Cheap Breakfast in Oakland County

The Fly Trap
22950 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-399-5150; theflytrapferndale.com

This is certainly a premier bang-for-your-buck spot. The Fly Trap's setting is like one big cozy booth, and the menu is loaded with originals. There is, for instance, the "Veggie Rumble," a mix of roasted veggies, provolone and spinach, with a choice of eggs or tofu. Or sample their fantastic "Three-Cheese and Mac," distinguished by its smoked gouda and caramelized onions. Be sure to ask about the "Fire-Breathing Dragon."

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