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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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The block with a lock on rock

The Majestic Theatre, Majestic Café, Magic Stick, Garden Bowl and Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com: What other college campus in the fine nation of ours is within stumbling distance of a world-renowned rock venue? What about a world-renowned rock venue that houses three separate performance spaces, a pizzeria, café and the oldest continually operating bowling lanes in the country? One: Wayne State University. If we ever catch you saying, "There's nothing to do in Detroit," we're going to wrap you in back issues and throw you in the river. Upcoming shows include Perpetual Groove, Male Bonding, the Run Around, Impending Doom and Kevin Devine.

More in store

Kim's Produce 4206 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-831-1960: As far as groceries on campus go, University Foods on Warren Avenue is OK. Kim's Produce, on the other hand, not only boasts a central spot on Woodward Avenue, but its shelves are stacked with jars full of goodness as well as fresh produce, granola, teas, salsas and other goody goods. Get fresh, sucka!

Cyclic compound

The Hub 3611 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-879-5073; thehubofdetroit.org: Is the Hub a community service center or a bike shop? Kinda both actually. With a few years under its pedals, the Hub is a well-oiled machine that provides bikes, service and workshops for all in the community. As Detroit continues its trek toward two-wheel fanaticism, a stop at the Hub might indeed be in order. Remember to buy a lock — or two.

University of Detroit Mercy 

History in the hood 

Baker's Keyboard Lounge 20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit; 313-345-6300; bakerskeyboardlounge.com: Baker's was opened in 1934, making it one of the world's longest-running jazz clubs. They still have live music almost every night and offer lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. A must-visit if you're interested in Detroit's rich musical history.

Slices of history

The Original Buddy's Pizza 17125 Conant, Detroit; 313-892-6619; buddyspizza.com: If college had a food pyramid, pizza would occupy that big part at the bottom where the grains are supposed to go. You can pick up a quality pie at the original Buddy's pizza, which has served its quality Detroit-style deep-dish pizza since 1946. More than a stone's throw from campus, yes, but near the Davison: the quickest way to the east side. A visit is like enjoying a crusty, delicious taste of the past.

Your chance to sing 

AJ's Music Café 240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale; 248-399-3946; ajsmusiccafe.com: Located in downtown Ferndale, AJ's is a hip coffee shop and community space that offers a quality latte, an amiable staff, and lots of live music and other events. A constant state of feng shui keeps things interesting, with ever-changing work from local artists lining the walls. AJ's is also known for holding marathon musical and literary events, such as 50 hours of "Danny Boy." 

Fight the freshman 15

Titan Fit Zone 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-993-3301; tinyurl.com/2dzanlf: The centerpiece of a complete renovation to the student center a couple years back, the Titan Fit Zone is the perfect place to work off the "freshman 15" or just check out that hottie working the glutes on the elliptical. Everything you need to stay in shape is here, plus there are yoga classes and a few 52-inch HDTVs for those who like to sweat it out to Jersey Shore.

Go for the Joe 

Grounds Coffeehaus 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-993-1150; tinyurl.com/274prmf: Two decades ago, Grounds Coffeehaus — or Rathskeller, as it was known at the time — was one of the most popular places on campus. In those days, the facility had a license to sell alcohol, and never seemed at a loss for customers. No longer a watering hole, Grounds remains the No. 1 spot to grab a cup o' joe before that dreaded 8:30 a.m. class or to satisfy a late-night caffeine fix before the doors shut at 2 a.m. It's open weekends, and often hosts poetry readings and other campus events. 

A lacrosse team 

can't be wrong 

China Wok 18670 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-864-8899: China Wok offers UDM students the holy trinity of fast food: reasonable prices (less than $5 for most dishes), close proximity (you can drive there in the time it takes to cook the order) and ample portions. The plates are stacked so high, the women's lacrosse team once held a competition to see who could eat the most. Dubbed the "China Wok Challenge," some players claim its intensity and difficulty was comparable to mid-season workouts. 

Acronym to learn: 

WTFRU?

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity House 16000 Fairfield St., Detroit: The incoming pledges of Phi Kappa Theta are all expected to learn the fraternity's motto, "Give, expecting nothing thereof." With a weekend party résumé that has included such titles as Under the Covers, ABC (Anything But Clothes) and the back-to-school WTFRU? (Who The Fuck Are You?) shindig, it's clear the brothers of Phi Kap have given plenty to the student body. Their house, located right across the street from UDM's Calihan Hall, is bustling come fall Friday nights. 

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