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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

October 9, 2018

AP-Michigan stories for Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.

For use Sunday, Oct. 14, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SEWER LAWSUITS

DETROIT — A single law firm based in Royal Oak has won tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits against a growing list of metro Detroit communities — including Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, and the townships of Bloomfield, Waterford and Brighton. More cases are pending against St. Clair Shores, Taylor, and most recently Harper Woods. The firm did lose a notable case against Westland and appealed another loss to Dearborn. By Bill Laitner, the Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,600 words.

EXCHANGE-HOUGHTON SKATEPARK

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The designers of the Houghton Skatepark are hoping to beat the weather to get the new park built, and they say they’re confident they can get it done. The construction is the culmination of a volunteer effort starting in mid-2015. The volunteer group led a fundraising effort of more than $208,000, enabling it to combine a planned two phases of construction into one. “We wouldn’t have shown up if we didn’t think we could make it happen,” said George Zadrozny, heading the construction for Spohn Ranch Skateparks, which designed the park. By Garrett Neese, The Daily Mining Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 450 words.

For use Monday, Oct. 15, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ANIMAL CARETAKER

DETROIT — The city’s long-troubled animal control operation has its third new leader in three years as it grapples with overcrowding and outdated facilities. The Detroit health department tapped Pittsburgh native Charles Brown in August to head Detroit’s Animal Care and Control following a national search. He steps in amid challenges with capacity, staffing and an aging facility that doesn’t meet its needs, says Kristina Rinaldi, executive director of the nonprofit Detroit Dog Rescue, which acts as a transfer and community partner for Detroit’s animal control and takes on most of the office’s high-risk cases. By Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,350 words.

EXCHANGE-OUTDOOR ART

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. — Public art is popping up around Eaton Rapids in some unlikely places, from a concrete cistern that will showcase a series of paintings to a bridge across the Grand River adorned with strings of light bars. Several local projects are in the works aimed at bringing more outdoor artwork to the small Eaton County community. Paul Malewski, the city’s mayor, said a community-wide effort to promote public art projects, big and small, has been underway for more than a year now. Art makes a community “a more enjoyable place to live,” he said, and exterior building walls, sidewalks and yes, even concrete cisterns can be blank canvases to create it. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words.

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