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    Hey, everybody from the 313, start thinking of new numbers to rally around– the longstanding Detroit area code may be phased out. Our friends over at the Detroit News report that pending a revised estimate next week, the North American Numbering Plan Administration will stop handing out 313 telephone prefixes on new phone numbers. Detroiters with existing cell phone lines would be able to keep their current area codes, while those with land lines would change. via Detroit News: The venerable 313 will ultimately become overtaxed. Even as Detroit’s population has fallen, cellphone usage has accelerated like one of those smoldering SRT Vipers that Dodge has been bolting together at Conner Avenue Assembly — which is, of course, comfortably within the confines of 313. … When the first five dozen area codes were assigned nearly 70 years ago, says NANPA’s Tom Foley, “that was expected basically to last forever.” Instead, somebody invented fax machines, and then somebody else came up with cellphones, and lots of somebody elses decided to give them to 10-year-olds, and meantime the population grew to 300 million. Now every telephone carrier is required to submit twice-yearly forecasts of its needs in each area code, factoring in […]

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  • Final members selected for Red Wings arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, which, in case you were unaware, is a 16-member board established to weigh in on the new Red Wings arena near downtown. About three dozen residents and property owners cast ballots by the 8 p.m. deadline on Wednesday inside the Block at Cass Park, The Detroit News reports. It’s the culmination of a handful of community meetings which began weeks ago. Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda Lopez facilitated the meetings, but emphasized at previous meetings that it’s up to the community to conduct business. According to the News, the 12 candidates selected include: Michael Boettcher, Richard Etue, Jason Gapa, Francis Grunow, Steve Guether, Paul Hughes, Ray Litt, Warner Doyle McBryde, Karen McLeod, Delphia Simmons, Melissa Thomas and Anthony Zander. Joel Landy, a land owner in the area, lost his bid. The City Council appointed four candidates last month. As we reported in this week’s issue, the Neighborhood Advisory Committee was negotiated after Olympia Development of Michigan, Detroit Red Wing’s owner Mike Ilitch’s real estate arm, balked on a proposed community benefits agreement.  The committee is charged with the task of offering input on the arena’s design, parking security and more.

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  • James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets coming to the Magic Bag

    The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host James McMurtry and The Bottle Rockets on Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. A press release reads, “James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched […]

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  • City Slang: Dead Kennedys to have a holiday in Detroit

    The Dead Kennedys, still with local boy Klaus Flouride in the ranks, will play St. Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday, June 24. Alongside Flouride and fellow original members East Bay Ray and DH Peligro, the current lineup includes singer Ron “Skip” Greer, taking the place of Jello Biafra. Downtown Brown will open that show, which starts at 7 p.m., with tickets priced $20-$25. Give Klaus a hero’s hometown welcome. Just over a week before that, strangely enough, Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play at the Magic Stick. It’s a weird coincidence, but one that DK fans should be happy to embrace. That show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17-$19. Local hardcore vets Negative Approach play before Jello, with the Crashdollz opening the show. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Planet Ant presents A Steady Rain

    The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck will present a police drama called A Steady Rain May 2 through 24. Planet Ant veterans Ryan Carlson and York Griffith will star in the play, written by House of Cards and Mad Men co-writer Keith Huff. Tickets ($10-$20) are on sale now at PlanetAnt.com. According to the press release, “A Steady Rain by Keith Huff focuses on Joey and Denny, best friends since kindergarten and partners on the police force whose loyalty to each other is tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey helps Denny with his family and Denny helps Joey stay off the bottle. But when a routine disturbance call takes a turn for the worse their loyalty is put to the ultimate test.First produced at Chicago Dramatists, A Steady Rain appeared on Broadway featuring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The Planet Ant production of A Steady Rain is directed by York Griffith featuring Ryan Carlson and Andy Huff. This marks the return of two of Planet Ant’s founding members. Carlson and Griffith. Griffith has served as the theatre’s Artistic Director where he directed the critically-acclaimed productions The Adding Machine and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? […]

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  • You can wear Detroit’s blight on your face

    There is no easy answer to the question regarding what should be done with Detroit’s abandoned homes. However, an Eastern Market company has a solution that could reflect Detroit’s possibly bright future. Homes Eyewear has set out to make the city a little more stylish, and do their part in cleaning it up by repurposing select woods from neglected homes for sunglasses. All of the wood that Homes uses is harvested from vacant houses with the assistance of Reclaim Detroit. A lot of work goes into prepping the wood to be cut and shaped into frames. Homes goes through each piece to remove nails, paint or anything else detrimental to their production (it’s a bit strange to think that your wooden sunglasses could have had family portraits nailed to them). In order to produce more durable eyewear, they salvage only hardwoods like maple or beech, which are difficult to come by as most of the blighted homes were built with softer woods like Douglas fir and pine. If you’re worried about looking goofy, or shudder at the thought of salvaged wood resting on your nose, you can rest easy. Homes currently offers frames in the popular wayfarer style and are developing their unique spin on the classic aviators. For as […]

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Five Tips for Graduating College DEBT-FREE

The Best Ways to Stretch Your College Dollar

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I’m a 22-year-old senior in college and, in just a few months, I’ll be graduating without any student loans. Yes, you read that correctly. I haven’t taken out a single loan since I’ve been in college. I don’t come from a wealthy family, but between financial aid, scholarships and working non-stop, I’ve managed to remain debt-free all these years. I understand that many students have no choice but to take out some sort of loan, so I compiled five tips for keeping those loans as low as possible.

Fill Out FAFSA

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form is the first step for anyone who plans on attending college. By completing the form, students are considered for every type of financial aid that’s available. The FAFSA form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and becomes available online January 1, 2014. To learn more about FAFSA, check out fafsa.ed.gov.

Apply for Scholarships

I cannot stress enough how important it is for students to apply for as many scholarships/grants as possible. Over the course of my entire college career, I’ve received no less than five or six different scholarships. Five hundred dollars here and $1,000 there can really add up. Applying for scholarship after scholarship can be a bit time-consuming, but it pays off in the end. Think about it: If you win, it’s free money you don’t have to pay back.

Some useful websites include scholarships.com, fastweb.com and mycollegedollars.com. Also, don’t forget to check with financial aid to find out what university, as well as endowed scholarships/grants are available. For those of you who don’t know, endowed scholarships are funds that are invested through the university foundation every year, and 4 percent of the money is set aside to put toward the scholarships.

Rent or Purchased Used Textbooks

It’s no secret that college bookstores are a rip off. During my first two years in college, I spent roughly $500 on textbooks each semester. I’ve now reduced that amount to about $95 each semester thanks to websites like chegg.com and half.com. These companies offer affordable textbook rentals and free return shipping at the end of the semester.

In addition to renting textbooks, I recommend buying used copies, as well as older editions — with the approval of your professor, of course. Believe it or not, I once purchased a used, older edition of a textbook for a penny on amazon.com, another great website for finding great deals on textbooks.

At the end of each semester, be sure to sell back the textbooks you no longer need — using any of the websites I mentioned earlier.

Work Overtime During the Summer

As a college student, it can be a real challenge balancing classes, work and extracurricular activities — not to mention your social life. Squeezing more hours into an already hectic schedule is often unrealistic, especially during the fall/winter semesters. That’s why many students, myself included, work extra hours during the spring/summer semesters — I normally take on anywhere from 35-40 hours per week. I use the extra money I earn to help pay a portion of the tuition for the upcoming fall semester.

Don’t Take MoreThan You Need

And last but not least, if you find yourself having to take a loan or two, don’t make the mistake of accepting all of what you’re offered right off the bat. Borrowing only what you need, and not what you’re offered, is the best way to go. Oftentimes students may not need the entire amount and could possibly receive a refund later in the semester.

Princess Gabbara is a former Metro Times editorial intern and will soon earn her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

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