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Insomnia Cookies to open second metro Detroit location

Insomnia Cookies to open second metro Detroit location

If you’ve ever had a midnight craving for warm cookies or cold ice cream, Insomnia Cookies was made with you in mind. The fast-growing Philadelphia-based bakery chain plans to open a second Detroit-area location in Rochester Hills on Saturday, May 13. The bakeries serve up cookies, ice cream, and other sweet treats like brownies in-store, for local delivery, and nationwide shipping. It offers vegan options and a rotating menu of limited-time options. It’s a concept that seems geared toward college-age students, so a location near Oakland University and Rochester University seems like a...

May 8
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An anti-trans moral panic led Kid Rock to shoot Bud Light cans with a semi-automatic rifle

An anti-trans moral panic led Kid Rock to shoot Bud Light cans with a semi-automatic rifle

Kid Rock shot up cases of Bud Light in a viral video as an apparent response to the beer’s parent company Anheuser-Busch teaming up with a transgender influencer and activist for a promotional campaign. While Kid Rock didn’t mention the reason for his violent tantrum, Bud Light’s partnership with Dylan Mulvaney has caused uproar among conservatives. “Grandpa’s feeling a little frisky today,” Kid Rock says in the video posted Monday, adding, “Let me say something to all of you and be as clear and concise as possible.” He then picks up a semi-automatic rifle and fires at cases of Bud Light...

Apr 4
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Grand Rapids named one of the most ‘beautiful and affordable’ places in the U.S.

Grand Rapids named one of the most ‘beautiful and affordable’ places in the U.S.

Michigan’s No. 2 city ranked No. 2 on a national list for its beauty and affordability. Travel + Leisure recently named Grand Rapids one of the 10 most “beautiful and affordable” places in the United States. The magazine based its findings on lists compiled by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 and 2023 rankings, which took into consideration cost of living, median monthly rent, median home price in relation to the national median, and quality of life. Of Grand Rapids, the magazine wrote: Roughly an hour from the coast of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids enjoys the benefits of a low cost of...

Mar 31
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Two-time Senate loser John James is considering running for Michigan governor in 2022 | News Hits

Two-time Senate loser John James is considering running for Michigan governor in 2022 | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.After running two formidable yet failed campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Republican John James is reportedly considering a run for governor of Michigan.According to , which cited sources close to the situation, the the 39-year-old military veteran and businessman from Farmington Hills is one of several possible candidates to recently meet with representatives from the Republican Governors Association for the November, 2022 election.James, who outperformed expectations during his unsuccessful campaigns against Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, is...

March 24, 2021
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COVID-19 cases rise in Michigan after restaurants reopened for indoor dining | Table and Bar

COVID-19 cases rise in Michigan after restaurants reopened for indoor dining | Table and Bar

Switch to the of this page.One month after , COVID-19 cases are climbing, returning to levels not seen since earlier in the winter.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan now ranks fifth in the nation for most new COVID-19 cases per population over the last week.Dr. Teena Chopra, an infectious-disease specialist and Wayne State University professor, says it's likely that restaurants are a factor in the rise."This could be multi factorial," she says. "Restaurants are one factor. Variants another one, and people are are also letting their guard down thinking...

March 18, 2021
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Michiganders drank more than the CDC defines as 'heavy drinking' in 2020, according to survey | Table and Bar

Michiganders drank more than the CDC defines as 'heavy drinking' in 2020, according to survey | Table and Bar

Switch to the of this page.Michiganders coped with the pandemic by drinking about 18 alcoholic drinks a week on average in 2020 — which is more than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider to be "heavy drinking."That's according to a survey by , which surveyed more than 3,500 adults over the age of 21 in January.The CDC considers heavy drinking to be more than 14 drinks per week over the past year for men, and more than 7 drinks per week for women.A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol) or 1.5 ounces of liquor (40%...

February 5, 2021
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Michigan's health director resigned after the state allowed restaurants to reopen | News Hits

Michigan's health director resigned after the state allowed restaurants to reopen | News Hits

Switch to the of this page.Robert Gordon announced his resignation from his role as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Friday afternoon."Today, I am resigning from the Whitmer Administration," Gordon . "It's been an honor to serve alongside wonderful colleagues. I look forward to the next chapter."When asked by Metro Times, Whitmer's office did not give a reason for Gordon's departure."Governor Whitmer has accepted Robert Gordon’s resignation," deputy press secretary Chelsea Parisio said in an email. "We don't have anything further to add on this...

January 22, 2021
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The Spinners inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the White Stripes snubbed

The Spinners inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the White Stripes snubbed

Congratulations to the Spinners, the Detroit-area R&B vocal group that was among more than a dozen acts inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, joining the likes of other artists like Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, and Link Wray. The Cleveland-based Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2023 inductees on Wednesday morning. The one-time Motown act formed in Ferndale in the 1950s. But the group really took off once signing to Atlantic, becoming one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s with Billboard-charting hits like “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m...

May 3
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