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Guest Blogger: Julie Wood

With its concentration of defense industry companies, southeast Michigan is a cornerstone of the U.S. defense industry. Julie Wood, president of Women in Defense's Michigan chapter, discusses how the industry is forging on despite the financial pressure of sequestration.

Making a Ripple Rather Than a Blast

Hans Hegge was into texting before anyone knew the meaning of "LOL." It's hard to believe but six years ago text message technology was an open frontier. And Hegge's Text Ripple was an early pioneer. Today the Auburn Hills-based text marketing company has clients in 38 states and big plans for the next tech innovation.

FilterD: May 16 - 22

Hamtramck sculptor Graem Whyte created a new dodgeball-esque game that is also a fab piece of art. Join him and check it out at MOCAD's Family Day this Sunday. Details in FilterD.

Taking the "Home" Out of Homework: Clintondale's Flipped High School

Why do athletes who struggle in the classroom succeed on the playing field? Could it be because the coach is there to guide them every step of the way? What if that same approach was applied to academics? That's what Clintondale's Flipped program did - with remarkable success.

Metro Detroit's Hottest Home Markets

Houses are selling before they're listed. Buyers are getting into bidding wars. Sound familiar? No, it's not a return to the crazed real estate market of 2003... but a few metro Detroit communities are coming back with a vengeance. Why? Well, vibrant urban cores have a lot to do with it. 

FilterD: May 9 - May 15

Whydontweownthis.com advocacy group is hosting a get together at its downtown Detroit base this Friday to discuss use of a community mapping service. Get the lowdown in this week's FilterD. 

What I've learned during Michigan's fight on home foreclosure

MSHDA is partnering with the state’s religious leaders and faith communities to help homeowners avoid foreclosure with a program that addresses each homeowner’s unique situation.

Guest Blogger: Martin Williams

Unlike many other cities that have long been in their heyday, Detroiters have the potential to reshape their landscape. Martin Williams, a graduate student in real estate at NYU, gives his perspective on Detroit from afar, and how a new design hotel could work in the city.

MAD Inspiration: Alan Bernstein's Quest to Make a Documentary About the "Usual Gang Of Idiots"

Spy Vs. Spy. Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions. The Fold-In. For 60 years MAD Magazine has made hysterical sense of an insane world. Royal Oak filmmaker Alan Bernstein is making a documentary about the satirical mag with the help of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.

FilterD: May 2 - 8

Moody, introspective UK dubstar James Blake might be the best young musical talent you've never heard. Now's your chance. He's in town for the first time this Friday at Detroit's Majestic. Details in FilterD.

A Market Grows in Downtown Pontiac

If there's a canary in the coalmine for downtown vibrancy, it's a thriving grocery store. Lafayette Market and Cafe in downtown Pontiac opened its doors at the end of 2012 and is reaching beyond the loft-dwellers that live above to connect with the surrounding community. 

FilterD: April 25 - 30

The Blowout, now in its 16th year of rocking Detroit and Hamtramck from winter into spring, has expanded to include venues in Ferndale. Check the listings, put on your dancing shoes and get out there. See FilterD for details.

Rust Belt Market Redux: The Success of Small Businesses in a Big Box Store

What started as a noble experiment in support of local artists, creatives and vendors has turned into a vibrant success. Not only has Ferndale's Rust Belt Market been both a home and launching pad for new businesses, it's in the process of becoming an event destination.

Special Edition: Growing the Defense Industry

GraviKor, Plex and Patriot Services are firms that are expanding business in the defense and aerospace industry sectors. In this Metromode and Model D Special Edition, Jon Zemke shows us how this business gets done in Metro Detroit. 

Special Edition: Q&A with Gravikor's Jim Richter

Gravikor's Jim Richter is also the president of the Michigan Research Institute, a non-profit research incubator based in Ann Arbor that is working to help bring more cutting-edge technology into the marketplace. Jon Zemke asks the questions.
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