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Ford to Spend Up to $299M to Settle Takata Air Bag Lawsuits « Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) – Ford has agreed to spend up to $299 million to settle lawsuits filed by owners of about six million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The agreement announced Monday must get court approval. It covers owners who claim that their vehicles’ value dropped because Ford used Takata equipment. Under the deal, owners are eligible for ...

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Bay City shop owner to open women’s clothing boutique in Detroit’s New Center

Ferne Boutique, the Bay City-based women’s clothing boutique, is expanding its Michigan presence with the forthcoming opening of a new location in Detroit’s New Center district. Founded in Bay City in 2015, shop owner Laura Horwath has since expanded the boutique to what will be three locations throughout the state. A second Ferne dedicated to plus-size women’s clothing opened in ...

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For Detroit’s newest department, building a sustainable city involves much more than electric cars

The City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability is small — three full-time staff members plus some it occasionally borrows from other departments. But the office’s mandate is big. “How do we understand people’s needs and create a longer-term vision for the city and act on it?” says Joel Howrani Heeres, director for the Office of Sustainability. “How do we become ...

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Detroit bike share service MoGo expands into Oakland County, partners with DDOT

The bicycle-sharing service MoGo is riding into Oakland County. Five cities near the Detroit border are adopting the service, which first launched in Detroit in 2017. The cities of Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak will each take part in MoGo’s regional expansion. Thanks to a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded by the Southeast Michigan Council ...

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Detroit veterans find next “mission” in entrepreneurship

Thomas Typinski believes in the power of keeping busy. To that end, Typinski, who is a veteran, has turned his hand to entrepreneurship because being engaged in a project is essential for him and his peers. “You can look at any veteran, and they’re either active or they’re very, very miserable,” he says. One of the first 1,000 U.S. soldiers ...

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The residents of Warrendale take pride in diversity

Khamisi Benford likes a lot of things about his longtime home of Warrendale. But what him and other residents of the neighborhood talk about the most is its diversity.  “I have a Mexican family on my left, an Iraqi family on my right, and a couple houses down is a white family,” Benford says. “People are a lot more tolerant ...

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How community health workers bridge the gap between at-risk communities and healthcare providers

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. “Sewing up the safety net for women and children” seemed like a great name for a public health program ...

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