Around the Mitten This Week: 'You're Going to Hollywood!' Plus News, Brews, Fire, Ice, and the Blues
Here's a look at stories from Michigan Patches this week, from the newsy to the quirky.
Royal Oak: You’re going to Hollywood! Drew Machak, an American Idol contestant who went to Country Day for high school and calls Royal Oak, home is moving to the next round. And how sweet is this: He felt horrible his best friend did not receive the coveted yellow ticket, too.
Here's more news from Around the Mitten:
New Microbrews Coming to Fenton
Michigan Brewing Company got the OK and will be opening a new location inside Fenton's historic old fire hall.
Scoutmaster Sentenced in Plymouth
A former Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop was sentenced to 3 to 20 years in prison Thursday on charges of sexual misconduct with two 16-year-old boys in his scout troop.
How to Skip Your Finals in Brighton
If students have a B in a class and 2 or fewer excused absences and tardies, they can now opt out of finals. The policy is meant to discourage skipping due to senioritis.
Woman, 88, Rescued in Oakland Township
Sheriff's officers used a nearby lawn chair to shatter a glass door, and gain access to an 88-year-old woman who was trapped in her smoke-filled basement. They carried her— wheelchair and all—to the ambulance.
Wyandotte Says, 'Take That South Beach!'
Art lovers got a workout by ripping up pages of diet books during the opening of Brenda Oelbaum’s display, “My New Year’s Revolution," at River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte.
They’re Hot and They’re Cold in Rochester; Singing the Blues in Ferndale
Looking for something to do on a winter's day? In Rochester, there's snow-tubing, ice skating and more as the popular Fire & Ice Fest wraps up Sunday. Meanwhile, the 10th annual Ferndale Blues Festival is 10 days of blues, more than 50 acts at more than 20 venues. Goes until Feb. 6.
What’s Up With All the Dead Fish, St. Clair Shores?
Anglers and lakefront homeowners on Lake St. Clair have been noticing a large number of gizzard shad fish dying off in recent weeks, which state officials are calling a "natural occurrence."
Highway Death in New Baltimore
A semi-truck driver reported striking an unidentified man who plummeted to his death from the 23 Mile overpass onto westbound I-94 early Friday morning.
Showtime in Berkley
New Showtime series Shameless, starring William H. Macy, taps Metro Detroit band The High Strung's song "The Luck You Got" as its theme.
Dearborn Flick Shows at Slamdance
To Glow or Not to Glow in Grosse Pointe?
Woods business owners are coming together in hopes to repeal an ordinance banning neon signs. Eight of the business owners appealed to City Council to keep their signs, two of which have been up for decades, but were all denied.