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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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8 ways to pamper yourself in Detroit.

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Angelic Soaps ($4.75)
Michigan Artisans
1400 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit
810-449-6665; angelicsoapsandgifts.com

Available in 37 aromatic — sometimes delectable — varieties from herbal bath and body company Angelic Soaps and Gifts, these soap bars offer a great way to unwind after a long work day. They’re sold in intriguing scents such as Green Tea, Oatmeal Honey, Tuscan Herb, Shea Butter, Coconut Lime Verbena, and more. Artisan soap fanatics can also sign up for the Soap of the Month club.

Fourteen East
15 E. Kirby St., Detroit
313-871-0500; 14eastcafe.com

The French macaron is the pretty pastry people have been raving about for the past few years, from passionate Instagram lovin’ to numerous blogs that meticulously describe the characteristics of the perfect macaron. Among this coveted treat, Fourteen East Café in the heart of Midtown offers multiple trendy foods and drinks that will make you melt like the chocolate truffles in their hot chocolate.

Herbal SereniTea ($5-$12)
248-842-5462; herbalserenitea.com

Herbal SereniTea offers a certified organic loose-leaf option to those with a preference for teas that are both carefully selected and fragrant. They feature flavors like Lavender Berry Mint Black Tea and Abundance Green Tea. There’s also a unique “Create a Blend” option that lets you use your imagination, choosing from a list of nearly 30 dried herbs, fruits, flowers, and teas to invent your own blend.

Tantra Spa
23059 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
248-582-6872; tantra-spa.com

Known for its clean, calming and private atmosphere, Tantra Spa emphasizes the importance of sensory stimulation by use of herbal teas, natural aromas, and color tapestries to set a stylishly bohemian mood. Fit for any budget, body treatments include aromatherapy, waxing, skin conditioning, and even basalt stone pedicures. It seems like torture to not test out the waters of aromatic tranquility. 

Beard Balm ($16)
Emerald, 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit
313-451-3653

This one’s just for the beard enthusiasts, regardless of gender. Chin moss is a status symbol, and meticulous facial hair grooming has become a way of saying “I’m better than you.” Beard Balm is handcrafted in Detroit with all-natural ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, and “a dash of ponydust” (not actually from ponies). Simply put, it’s a leave-in conditioner for hungry beards at every growth stage, reducing split ends so your face forest can grow strong.

TokyoMilk Lip Elixir ($7)
The Peacock Room, 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit
313-559-5500; tokyomilk.com

Cracked lips are the inevitable consequence of lips battered by subzero winds, but thanks to the Peacock Room’s own supply of TokyoMilk lip balms, Detroiters can keep smooth, wonderfully fragrant lips while braving negative temperatures. Made with bee balm, jasmine, and vitamin E, these lip balms come in enticing flavors such as Cherry Bourbon, Clove Cigarette, Absinthe and Smoke Salt. Like wine or perfume, each different fragrance is accompanied by a descriptive list of flavor tones that seduce the senses.

Over Rocks Whiskey Stones($18)
Detroit Mercantile Co.
3434 Russell St., Detroit
313-831-9000; detroitmercantile.com

Whiskey stones have ignited a serious debate among whiskey drinkers everywhere. Are they better or worse than ice cubes? Whether you take it “neat,” with a splash of water, or between bites of chocolate, it’s worth it for every whiskey drinker to see if they like stones. Over Rocks Whiskey Stones are crafted from local Michigan soapstone, and even if you hate them, these one-of-a-kind cubes convert into a great conversation piece. Why not settle the debate once and for all with this beautiful, local set?

Brunch at the Whitney
($39 per person)
Sundays 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
313-832-5700; thewhitney.com

Residing in one of Detroit’s historical mansions, The Whitney is a prime destination for a fine quality meal set in a beautiful, historic atmosphere. Built in 1894, the home is now one of Detroit’s main attractions for fine dining, and sometimes you just need to read the morning paper over an exquisite buffet meal. Vegetarian friendly, the menu boasts endless mimosas, a seafood bar, carving station, chicken and waffle bar, pastry station, and hot and cold bars stocked with traditional breakfast foods. 

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