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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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Cash for Quirks

Scholarships geared toward your most unusual attributes.

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Naturally, there are truckloads of college scholarships floating in the grantosphere geared toward archetypal brainiacs and attuned jocks, as well as sign-holding radicals, “all natural” free spirits and even (yes, I’m sure) for the lowly run-of-the-mill; but what about you everyday milquetoast students with a strange, out-of-this-world hobby or totally wacky talent?

The things that make you shine are the same quirks, interests and (in some cases) genetics that could potentially earn you a ton of cash for college.

Unlike your “usual” university scholarships, where the selection pool is stocked with a massive amount of other fish, a specific criterion — like having the surname Zolp — is required for some of these unique opportunities.

There are tons of zany, unusual and straight-up weird student allowances being offered each academic year — you just have to grab your digital shovel and go digging in the World Wide Weird to unbury them.

For instance, can you use your vocal cords for some good ol’ American duck calling? Seems like an awfully strange question, but if you can there’s a potential $2,000 scholarship check with your name on it (that’s sure to ruffle a few feathers).

Have an enormous sweet tooth? Who doesn’t? But if you’re really interested in creating the next Skittles or Snickers, the National Candy Technologists Scholarship is the perfect outlet for you to channel those vibrant taste buds. (The rest of us — and dental students — will be forever indebted to you.)

Are you a fashionista, born with creativity oozing from your fingertips? Then the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest is right up your alley. Design your entire prom get-up out of nothing but Duck-brand duct tape and you’re a few thousand closer to covering your school tuition.

Below are a few great sites to get started on your path to “wacky” scholarship discovery:







Among the archeological gems discovered on this dig are:

Michigan Llama

Association Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Have a fascination with llamas? No? Well, you really don’t have to. Applicants are chosen based on academic performance, financial need and the execution of a short essay. However, a bonus to heighten your chances in receiving this scholarship is to join the Michigan Llama Association (only a $15 fee);


DEADLINE: May 1 (annually)

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

REQUIREMENTS: What up, Lurch?! For this scholarship, you must be under 21, attending your first year of college the following fall, meet the TCI height requirements (5’10” for women, 6’2” for men) — and must also locate a local Tall Club member to sponsor you;


DEADLINE: Feb. 16 (annually)

National Marbles Tournament

REQUIREMENTS: Geared toward all you college-age mibsters (marble shooters), this scholarship is awarded to the winner of an annual four-day marbles tournament held in Wildwood, N.J.;


DEADLINE: June (annually)

National Potato Council Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Calling all spud lovers. This scholarship is dedicated to those pursuing their graduate degree in in agribusiness that supports the potato industry. The final selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and potato-related areas of graduate study;


DEADLINE: June 14 (annually)

Little People of America Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Scholarships are granted to students who are members of LPA and have been medically diagnosed with a form of dwarfism, immediate family members of dwarfs who are paid members of LPA, others with dwarfism who are not members, generally disabled students and — and in some cases non-disabled students who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance;


DEADLINE: April 22 (annually)

The Kor Memorial Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Your love of streaming old Star Trek episodes may finally pay off. This scholarship is geared toward students pursing a form of language study. Familiarity with Klingon (the fictitious Star Trek language) or other constructed languages is not required, but creativity is a must;


DEADLINE: June 1 (annually)

Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card

Scholarship Contest

REQUIREMENTS: Open to high school, college and graduate students, applicants are asked to design the front of a greeting card that could be sold as an actual card in The Gallery Collection greeting card line. Let the cheesy punch lines commence;


DEADLINE: Jan. 15 (annually)

Asparagus Club Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Must be pursuing a career in the grocery industry, especially the independent, community-focused retail and wholesale sector, while maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA;

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