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  1. Ford prepares Dearborn Truck Plant for new aluminum-bodied F-150Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | The Detroit News

    -- Ford Motor Co. is preparing its Dearborn Truck Plant for production of the all-new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup with the most extensive retooling in the plant's 10-year history. Since Monday, about 1,500 employees have been ripping up robots, dismantling old conveyors and preparing to install all new equipment that will be used to build the next-generation pickup. The work, which includes 1,100 trailers hauling out the old scrap and bringing in the new equipment around the clock, will last for about half of the plant's eight-week shutdown. "It's been orchestrated literally by the minute," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas. "It's a massive undertaking. One of the bigger logistical challenges we've ever seen." About 3,000 of the plant's 3,600 hourly workers are on a temporary layoff -- receiving state unemployment and supplemental unemployment benefit pay totaling 74 percent of their base pay -- until two units return Sept. 22 and the third returns in October. About 600 Ford employees have joined 1,000 contract workers disassembling the plant's body shop and installing the new one. Most of the steel baskets and columns used throughout the plant aren't worth saving, but Ford will attempt to re-use robots, control panels and welding equipment at other sites throughout the country. Ford worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation to ensure the high volume of trucks running in and out of the plant wouldn't cause backups on Interstate 94 and other roads. Almost immediately after old equipment is ripped up and thrown in a scrap truck, a trailer full of new equipment is pulling up. "It's like very synchronized 'Transformers' dancing," said Brian Kinnie, the assistant plant manager. Starting Sept. 22, the two returning crews will begin making pre-production trucks. Ford said the F-150 will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, but hasn't given a specific date. The automaker's sprawling Dearborn Truck Plant hasn't undergone this type of renovation since its opening in 2004. The changeover to the aluminum-bodied truck represents a $359 million investment. "This is a very exciting time for us," said Bruce Hettle, Ford's head of North American manufacturing. "The level of planning that went into this is substantially deeper than our standard changeover." In addition to the plant changeover, the Ford Rouge Factory tour is closed, undergoing the first phase of a complete renovation that will eventually include new films, exhibits and hands-on experiences. The tour will reopen Sept. 22, with some minor cosmetic changes, but the new exhibits and other updates will be installed through the rest of the year. "It's a complete overhaul," Hettle said. "It will be re-aligned for the technology on the new truck. It's really a great tour." The shutdown has been two years in the making, Hettle said. It includes the calculated ramp-up of production of the 2014 F-150 to keep up with demand as the Dearborn site sits idle. Kinnie said workers there have been working Saturdays and Sundays for the past six months, and have been running at record production levels in the paint, body and final assembly shops. Ford's Kansas City plant, which also makes the F-150, will undergo a similar shutdown in 2015, although it will take less time because of the experience gained from Dearborn's downtime. The new pickup represents a drastic shift: It will weigh about 700 pounds less than the current model and is expected to have significantly better gas mileage. The F-150 represents 20 percent of Ford's North American volume, and has been the best-selling truck for more than 30 years. "These are some of the crown jewels of the company," Hinrichs said. "We'll make sure we take extra care and attention and make sure the truck is exactly where we want it to be."

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  2. Court: No First Amendment violation at Arab-American festival in DearbornRead the original story

    Yesterday | The Detroit News

    Dearborn -- A federal court says there was no First Amendment violation when police urged Christian evangelists to leave an Arab-American street festival in 2012.

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  3. Crave coming to Ferndale with sushi and cocktailsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | The Detroit News

    Stylish John D Bistro, which opened in 2012 on Woodward just south of Nine Mile, will soon transform into a Ferndale version of Crave Lounge.

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  4. Ford recalls 2014 Focus, C-MAX Hybrid cars for potential steering gear issueRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 21 | The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co. on Thursday issued a safety recall for more than 600 2014 Focus and C-MAX Hybrid cars in North America for a potential issue with the steering gear that could result in loss of control.

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  5. 48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro DetroitRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 16 | The Detroit News

    9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sun. Free with museum admission. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn.

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  6. 48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro DetroitRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 15 | Detroit News

    Food and merchandise vendors join an international lineup of entertainment and other events at this weekend's African World Festival.

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  7. Storm toll: 18,000 Warren homes flooded; 40% buildings in DearbornRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 14 | The Detroit News

    The storm toll is becoming clear three days after near-record rains flooded the Metro area.

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  8. Lawsuit filed to remove Muslim-Americans from 'terror watch' listRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 14 | The Detroit News

    Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter, says the lawsuit is not a reaction to a list uncovered last week that showed Dearborn has the second-highest concentration of people designated by the U.S. government as being "known or suspected terrorists."

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  9. Judge asked to compel Dearborn Heights council to defend failure to replace city clerkRead the original story

    Thursday Aug 14 | The Detroit News

    A Dearborn Heights resident is asking a judge to compel the City Council to prove why it is not in contempt of court for failing to replace the suburb's embattled clerk who resigned last month but then rescinded his resignation.

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  10. Fans swoon for 'Dancing with the Stars' Maks at Westland mall rebrandingRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 9 | Detroit News

    Caitlin Berdyo, of Canton, brings the dance move as she poses with 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy during his appearance at the Westland Shopping Center.

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  11. Fans swoon for 'Dancing with the Stars' Maks at Westland appearanceRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 9 | The Detroit News

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who helped Bloomfield Hills Olympian Meryl Davis claim the mirror ball trophy on this past season of "Dancing with the Stars," brought his fancy footwork on Saturday to the Westland Shopping Center.

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  12. M-1 closuresRead the original story

    Friday Aug 8 | Detroit News

    From 9 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Monday, MDOT crews will close all lanes of Interstate 94 between Interstate 75 and the Lodge Freeway as part of the ongoing M-1 Rail project on Woodward.

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  13. Jocelynn Brown: Broken necklace becomes link to jewelry-making businessRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 8 | The Detroit News

    Fourteen years ago, a broken necklace and an adult education brochure prompted Claireta Thomas to pursue jewelry-making as a hobby, but shortly thereafter, her place of employment went bankrupt, so she decided to turn her pastime into a small business venture.

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  14. M-1 Rail work to force first major Detroit freeway closureRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 7 | Detroit News

    From 9 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Monday, MDOT crews will close all lanes of Interstate 94 between Interstate 75 and the Lodge Freeway as part of the ongoing M-1 Rail project on Woodward.

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  15. Poll-watchers trained for Dearborn Heights voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 4 | The Detroit News

    The director of the Michigan Election Coalition was training poll watchers, members of the public observing a polling location, ahead of Tuesday's elections.

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  16. DeLaSalle to play football home games at Wayne StateRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 1 | Detroit News

    DeLaSalle, ranked No. 9 in The News' preseason rankings, will host five games at WSU, starting with Clarke Road Secondary Academy on Friday, Sept.

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  17. Hearing continues for Dearborn man in soccer referee killing caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 31 | The Detroit News

    A hearing resumes Thursday afternoon to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case of a Dearborn soccer player accused of fatally punching a referee to trial.

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  18. Party to launch West Dearborn art exhibitRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 30 | The Detroit News

    You're invited to a "pARTY in the Pocket Park," a free event on Thursday that launches the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out project that will showcase 12 framed reproductions of the DIA's most famous masterpieces in locations throughout Dearborn.

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  19. Hot glass and cold beer at Dearborn art studioRead the original story

    Tuesday Jul 29 | The Detroit News

    Meld your love for beer and art at the Glass Academy in Dearborn. On Aug. 7, the art studio will host live glassblowing demonstrations while serving Michigan-made craft beer.

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  20. Police: Suspect held after woman found slain in DearbornRead the original story

    Jul 28, 2014 | The Detroit News

    Dearborn -- Police say a suspect is in custody after a 30-year-old woman was found slain at a home.

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