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Work Begins on $20M Strand Theatre Renovations in Pontiac

Work began today on a $20-million renovation project of the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac, which will include restoring the theater, along with adding a Slows Bar-BQ restaurant at the facility and an event space. The theater, acquired by Brent and Kyle Westberg, is expected to reopen in the fall.

Penske Automotive Acquires Ontario-based Harper Truck Centres Dealership Group

Bloomfield Township-based Penske Automotive Group and its Dallas-based Premier Truck Group have completed the acquisition of Harper Truck Centres, a commercial truck dealership in Ontario, Canada. Harper sells trucks by Western Star, Thomas Built Bus, Fuso, and Daimler Trucks North America (formerly Freightliner).

Novi-based Auto Supplier Acquires Analysis Software Company for Electronic Systems

The Novi-based Tier 1 automotive supplier Danlaw Inc. has acquired Rapita Systems, a provider of real-time verification solutions for aerospace and automotive embedded systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DIA to Debut American Road Trip-themed Photography Exhibit in June

The Detroit Institute of Arts will host a photography exhibition beginning in June that features more than 70 photographs from 19 individuals that highlight and celebrate American road trips.

Science-inspired Art Auction to Fund U-M’s Young Medical Researchers

For months, leading contemporary artists and University of Michigan physician-researchers have been exploring the intersections of discovery and creativity in their respective disciplines.

2016 Michigan Wine Country Magazine Now Available

The new edition of the popular Michigan Wine Country magazine is now available, kicking off Michigan Wine Month and marking the beginning of the 2016 wine tourism season.

Documentary on Automotive Industry Bailout to Premiere this Month

Live Another Day, a new documentary film on the bailout of the U.S. automotive industry, is set to premiere next week at the 2016 Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, and will be distributed to theaters in September.

Visteon to Display ‘Seamless’ Instrument Cluster at SAE World Congress

At the SAE World Congress in Detroit Wednesday, Van Buren Township-based Visteon Corp., a Tier 1 automotive supplier, will present new concepts on how to make a vehicle’s instrument cluster blend better with the rest of the interior.

DNR to Auction Public Land in Central, Lower Michigan in May

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will begin selling surplus public land in an auction next month that will include nearly 30 parcels, located mainly in central and lower Michigan.

Grand Rapids' Priority Health Invests $3M Aimed at Reducing Medical Errors

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health will spend nearly $3 million to expand its pharmacy management programs throughout the state in an effort to prevent medical errors.

Southfield’s Farbman Group Launches New Division to Save Struggling Properties

Southfield real estate company Farbman Group has created a new division dedicated to helping landowners and investors develop financial turnaround plans for troubled properties.

GM Taps Recycled Water Bottles for Engine Dampening, Air Filtration

General Motors Co. is using employees’ recycled water bottles, transforming them into noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine, among other uses.

Ford Demonstrates Autonomous Vehicle’s Driving Skills at Night

As Ford Motor Co. works to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, its Ford Fusion autonomous research vehicle has reached an important milestone — driving at night with no headlights on, using only the car’s virtual driver software.

Report: Michigan Venture Capital Activity, Investment Doubles in 5 Years

The number of venture capital firms headquartered in Michigan, their total capital under management, and the number of venture capital investments made in Michigan has doubled over the past five years, says a report released today by the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

Lego Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright House to be Displayed at Birmingham’s Robot Garage

A replica of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Turkel House in Detroit, made with 50,000 Lego pieces, will be unveiled Thursday at The Robot Garage in Birmingham.
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Epiphany in Dearborn

Source: The Economist

Technology That Breaks the Car Industry Mold

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Detroit's Class Act

Source: Fortune

Detroit, Part One

Source: The Polis Blog

Dome Sweet Dome

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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Source: Financial Times

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Source: Financial Times

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Source: Forbes Magazine

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Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Thinking About Shrinking

Source: The Economist

Ed Whitacre's Battle to Save GM from Itself

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Signs of Hope

Source: NYTimes.com

25 Best Places to Retire

Source: CNN Money

Mayor Courts Resistance in Detroit

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Henderson's Strategy to Fix GM

Source: Businessweek.com

The Triumph of Optimism

Source: Economist.com

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