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At Maker Faire, anything flies

A Cloud Bean, an X-Wing, and a dining-table sized version of the Operation game were just a few of the don't-miss attractions at last weekend's Maker Faire at the Henry Ford. But if you did miss it, check out these cool images.

Henry Ford estate draws crowds on Ford's birthday

The vaunted Fair Lane estate, already a beaut, should be even more so when the restoration project is complete.


"Bob St. Clair met the woman who would become his wife at the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn...

On Saturday, St. Clair, 53, of Livonia,who works as a groundskeeper at the estate, brought some friends to tour the 56-room house and the grounds for the celebration of Henry Ford's 150th birthday....

Fair Lane, as the estate is known, was home to Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, from 1915 to 1950. Ownership of the national historic landmark has been transferred from the University of Michigan to a new nonprofit Henry Ford Estate, which will be restoring the house and grounds."

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Next-gen workers concerned with resource conservation, more humanistic outlook

Organizations and employers may want to take note of this interesting piece in the Miami Herald. Will the newest generation of workers expect even more socially responsible employers to choose from?


"Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But here was this “red flag … a big wake-up call,” he says. The prosperous years of childhood were over, and his future was likely to be bumpier than he’d expected.

Across the country, others of Miller’s generation heard that same wake-up call as the Great Recession set in. But would it change them? And would the impact last?

The full effect won’t be known for a while, of course. But a new analysis of a long-term survey of high school students provides an early glimpse at ways their attitudes shifted in the first years of this most recent economic downturn.

Among the findings: Young people showed signs of being more interested in conserving resources and a bit more concerned about their fellow human beings."

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How to say 'No' to rejected job applicants

Employers, take note: Silence isn't always the best policy when it comes to rejecting job applicants.


"What's an applicant to do when, after weeks of applying, interviewing, and waiting, he receives a flimsy boilerplate rejection letter?

Without the help of feedback explaining why they didn't rate, future positions may prove elusive for such eager applicants. Yet, because of laws that protect applicants from discrimination, employers' tongues are tied.  It's the No. 1 complaint Steve Lowisz hears from candidates as founder and CEO of Michigan-based recruitment firm Qualigence. Though most applicants would appreciate some candid and constructive criticism, a recent  study by the Talent Board, a nonprofit that works to improve recruiting practices,  indicates that only 4.4% of more than 2,000 participants received specific feedback from hiring managers and recruiters."

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'Dial a Prayer' cameras to roll in Metro Detroit

Metro Detroit is getting dressed up for filming again. The latest project to make the cut is feature film Dial a Prayer, rolling its cameras this summer.


"Dial a Prayer  is being produced by Detroit native Jason Potash alongside Paul Finkel.   The duo also produced  Beside Still Waters  – a project that filmed in northern Michigan and metro Detroit in 2012.   Maggie Kiley is directing the film."

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Major college fishing tournament to sink lines in Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie

It's the majors of college fishing! Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are the hotspots this weekend, playing host to angler teams coming from the nation's center – everywhere from Kansas to Minnesota.


"Nixon said that the teams fishing Lake Erie would be targeting the deep, isolated reefs and ridges while those choosing to fish Lake St. Clair would be searching for the massive schools of smallmouth.
"On St. Clair, it’s a lot of time spent trolling and letting the wind blow you around," Nixon said. "It can feel like you're just floating around in La La Land. Once you can locate the school and get on them you try to find what I call the mother lode. There may be a square mile of fish, but somewhere in that square mile is an area where they all are, and there will be a load of them. They're pretty consistent, and when you find an area, it can hold up for two or three days pretty easily."
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Beaumont Health System one of nation's "Most Wired" hospitals

When it comes to running a high-tech operation, Beaumont Health System is right there with the nation's best.


"Beaumont Health System has been named among the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals, according to Health Care's "Most Wired" 2013 survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association...

Participating hospitals and health systems are assessed based on four areas of focus: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety (inpatient/outpatient hospital); and clinical integration (ambulatory/physician/patient/community). Specific requirements are set in each of the four focus areas and organizations must meet all of them to achieve the "Most Wired" designation."

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Detroit Kitchen Connect cooks up affordable space for local culinary entrepreneurs

It's the classic chicken-or-the-egg conundrum for food entrepreneurs: they're usually required to use commenercial kitchen facilities to prepare their goods, but many can't make the rent until their businesses are off the ground.


"Now Davison, the newly hired community kitchen coordinator at  Eastern Market Corp., and Daniel, founder of  FoodLab Detroit, are helping the next wave of food entrepreneurs tackle one of the biggest obstacles to growth in their industry: finding affordable, reliable commercial kitchen space....

Many local churches and nonprofits have commercial kitchens tucked away in their basements and back rooms -- even the  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  has one -- but finding them is all word of mouth. And even when entrepreneurs do find a kitchen, the owners don't always want to rent time because the additional usage increases utility costs and creates scheduling challenges...

It took Majid several months of looking -- he even considered building his own facility -- before he finally found a kitchen. 

It was 90 miles away in Holt. 

That experience is not uncommon for Detroit-area food businesses. In fact, seeing that struggle was one reason Daniel founded FoodLab Detroit, an informal community of nearly 300 area food producers focused on sustainability and social justice through food. Through her noodle shop, Daniel discovered the intense need for kitchen space and began informally brokering deals. "I started getting connected to all of these folks who wanted to offer their kitchen space or entrepreneurs who were seeking kitchen space," said Daniel, 28. "So I became this personal hub between the two. When I started FoodLab, it became the informal connector."

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Celeb chef Anthony Bourdain gets a taste of Metro Detroit dining

Here's food for thought: The Eater Detroit website reports that celeb chef Anthony Bourdain was allegedly checking out Metro Detroit's top tables this past weekend.


"Either celebrity chef / wayward TV personality  Anthony Bourdain  really did come to Detroit this weekend, or he's engaged in an elaborate form of social media tomfoolery.  Just kidding – he was here.

It's been a vaguely confirmed fact that the former Travel Channel (now CNN) host would be visiting the Motor City while filming the second season of his show,  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown...

Though Bourdain continued to play social media maven throughout the weekend, tweeting at popular local chefs like Birmingham's  Brian Polcyn  and complimenting Michael Symon of Roast, the only point of food consumption that Eater can confirm is based on those same tweets."

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Amphibious 4-wheeler, the Quadski, to land at dealerships around the country

"One if by land, and two if by sea..." Sadly, Paul Revere missed out on this latest technology, a four-wheeler ATV that switches to a sea-faring vehicle. Time to make your getaway!


"Gibbs Sports Amphibians said Monday that it plans to add dealers, hire more employees and introduce new products after what the company says was a successful launch of its amphibious four-wheeler.

The Gibbs Quadski, a recreation land vehicle that converts to a sea-worthy one with the press of a button, was introduced commercially last Fall. The Quadski is being produced at Gibbs’ 54,000-square-foot assembly plant in Auburn Hills."

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'Transformers 4' film shooting underway in Metro Detroit

This summer, Detroit and Pontiac are transforming into a set for big-budget action. 


"Let the Transformers 4 action begin.

The Michael Bay-directed film is clearly making its presence felt in Detroit and other Michigan cities and has led to some interesting videos and reports online.

If you want to catch some of the action in Detroit, check out the small town for the film that appears to be  under construction at Washington Boulevard at Clifford Street...

A bulk of the film is expected to be shot at  Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac."

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Comerica Park ranks in top 20 Major League Stadiums

USA Today takes note of BaseballParks.com's ranking of Comerica Park on its hit list of the nation's Major League ballparks.


"Like Tiger Stadium, Comerica achieves an intimacy that would seem to be difficult to pull off in a facility with 41,255 seats. Sightlines are excellent, and a center-field fountain and statues of all-time greats such as Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and Al Kaline add to the appeal.

This is one 360-degree concourse you must walk. Don't miss the statue of beloved broadcaster Ernie Harwell near the main entrance.

Your kids will be drawn to the Big Cat carousel featuring, of course, tigers. It's behind the first-base stands. Behind third base is the popular Fly Ball Ferris Wheel."

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Help Wanted: NY Times sees tech workers moving to Detroit

West coasties are coming to Detroit, on the heels of a tech-hiring boomlet in the auto industry.


"After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998, Brian Mulloy followed the path of many of his classmates, fleeing his home state for a job in a bustling city. But after 10 years of working in technology start-ups in San Francisco, he has returned as founder of a company in Detroit’s budding technology sector..

Mr. Mulloy is part of a group of workers that Detroit is suddenly hungry for — software developers and information technology specialists who can create applications for the next generation of connected vehicles."

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Renaissance Venture Capital Fund thrives on Michigan investments

The Detroit-based Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is getting landmark returns through investing in Michigan companies.


"The  Renaissance Venture Capital Fund(RVCF) is a Michigan based venture capital fund.   The company has announced today that their initial investment of $16.7 million has led to a total of nearly $300 million in 20 new Michigan companies.   This means that they are seeing a ratio of $17 venture capital investment coming into Michigan for every dollar invested by the RVCF.   This led to the creation of hundreds of high-wage jobs that pay an average of $80,000 per year."

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Iron Chef Michael Symon finds Detroit hits the spot for eateries

Iron Chef Michael Symon decided Detroit had what it took to be a culinary destination when he opened Roast in 2008 at the Westin Book Cadillac. Crain's chats with Symon about winning the best burger in America title three years in a row and what other famous chefs say about the Motor City. 
"What are you hearing about Detroit from your peers? 
Some of my chef friends make fun of me because my restaurants are in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit. 
But when we have success in those cities, there is always an interest. They wonder how you can be successful outside of New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. 
I think in the restaurant world, it takes time to change people's perspectives. Chefs that I bring to Roast are always amazed that Detroit is so different than what is shown in the news."
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