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    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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The Pot Issue 2011

Basic Headiquette

Heed the rules of courtesy when lighting up!

Give the gift of the green hit

You don't have to do much to set the tone for a good session. If you're enjoying a toke with those seasoned in the smoke — and it's your herb that's wrapped up or packed up — defer the hit. Especially if you're at home. Don't make a scene out of it, bequeathing it unto your chronic compadre. It doesn't have to be profusely ceremonial. Just hand it off with a smile. This classic gesture lets your guest know you're cool. The better the weed, the better you look. And when someone offers you the green hit, be grateful. If it's good stuff, let 'em know. Weed makes for a natural and nuanced icebreaker. 

Corner the green market

No matter where you land in the rotation, when a bowl is being torched from atop, with any number of colored Bic lighters, do what you can to rip a tasty hit without scorching the whole forest. Hold the lighter a little higher than you think you should, and use the power of your inhale to pull the flame onto the herb. 

Pass the baton

It's imperative the apparatus is handled with care. Don't rush. If you're passing a joint, pinch and roll it off your index. It's basically doing the Itsy Bitsy Spider thing, but with someone else. A teammate. It only feels weird the first time. And if you're handing off a bowl, bong, bat or bubbler, ensure all parties involved have a secure grip before you let go. Broken glass is a deep and messy buzzkill. You don't want bong water on your hands. Making an immaculate reception requires just enough concentration left in capacity to execute successfully while even incredulously stoned high. The very kind of thing you can do high but could never accomplish drunk. 

Clear the chamber

Sometimes a bong or bubbler can deliver a hit that can catch you off guard. You cough for a few seconds and pass the glass to the next guy in line. That's fine, but be sure to clear out whatever glass device you're using of any stale lingering smoke before passing it along. Bongs are the worst. Give someone the heads-up if you think there could be some stale smoke in the cylinder. Inhaling that is the equivalent to gulping down the last sip of someone's beer from warm, stagnant, once-frosty mug. 

Fire down below

It's your responsibility, as a kind and thoughtful representative of stoners worldwide, to give fair warning if you believe there might not be a good hit left in the bowl and that your tokin' teammate might actually be in danger of getting a mouthful of ash. Yep: ash mouth. "Take it easy on this one, and you might get a nice little hit there," is a fine thing to say. But so is, "Proceed with caution, bro."

Don't bogart that joint

The joint isn't the speaking stick you pass around the fire. That goes in the other direction. No, the spliff is the antitheses of the speaking stick. Some smokers fancy the joint a microphone, taking one puff every now and then while recounting some tale about some other time when, as it were, they were high. Don't be that guy. If gangsta rap taught us anything, it's puff, puff, pass. 

Spit check

While enjoying cannabis is notorious for causing cottonmouth, it can also have the opposite effect, and activate your saliva glands. This is especially true when smoking joints and blunts. Be careful. You don't want to leave anything behind when you hand it to your buddy, especially some soggy leaf you just performed something on. 

Rotation location (or 'How to get in where you fit in')

Entering into an active smokers circle can be awkward sometimes. If it's more or less your session, invite the latest person to the session to stand next to whoever's currently holding the herb so that they're next in line. If you're the one who's the latest to the session and you're not invited to be next in line for a toke, don't fret. Unless you know everyone in the circle pretty well, don't just go right to the next spot in the circle. Instead, find a natural break in the circle and mention something about the sweet aroma, or maybe Al Green, Mary Jane or Funkdoctaspok. Of course, the best way to enter an active session is by making that timeless peace offering. If you're going to just roll up on a session with something of your own to spark, be mindful of the direction the pipe is traveling in. Are we passing to the left or right? Do not fuck up the rotation. 



5 Easy Steps for a Rip-Roaring Bong Session

• Grind your herb

• Use fresh, cold water but do not overfill

• Consider stacking ice cubes 

• Pour out bong water after each use

• And by all means never, ever spill the bong! 


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