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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.

Guest Blogger: Alisa Peskin-Shepherd

In competitive business markets, all service providers are dispensable. Divorce attorney Alisa Peskin-Shepherd discusses how best to go it alone, while still making your business a standout.

Making Royal Oak Ground Zero for Film

Ed Stencel has been around the movie block. A Michigan native, he spent a decade and a half working his way into and around Hollywood. When the state's film scene caught fire he moved back, setting up shop in Royal Oak. Things may have cooled with cuts to the state's film incentive, but Stencel has remained passionate about building up the Metro Detroit film community.

FilterD: April 18 - 24

Culture Lab Detroit comes together Thursday at the College for Creative Studies in New Center for conversation and collaboration. It's free and open to the public. Get the details in FilterD.

Beyond Gaming Turns Video Game Competitions Into Cash

Some people take video games like Madden 360 and Call Of Duty very seriously. As seriously as say, golfers, pool hustlers, and card sharks. But how do online gamers put their money where their joystick is? Royal Oak's Beyond Gaming makes that possible. 

FilterD: Apr. 11 - 17

The Hounds Below head a rockin' lineup of five bands at Hamtramck's New Dodge Lounge. Turn it up and cut it loose this week in FilterD.

Guest Blogger: Rob St. Mary

In seek of new heights, former WDET radio host and lifelong Detroiter Rob St. Mary is gone, gone, gone to Aspen, Colorado. St. Mary reminisces on all that is Detroit and on the challenges and opportunities left behind.

Is Metro Detroit Ready for the Barwis Methods?

NFL and U-M football players, NHL players, and current and former Olympians tote iron at the legendary Barwis Methods gym in Plymouth. Although he's made a career out of training top athletes, strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis isn't only about the jocks. Anyone from the elderly to those getting on their feet again after injury is welcome to sweat.

FilterD: Apr. 4 - 10

International Pop Overthrow heads back to Detroit for its sixth straight year, but for the first time at Corktown's PJ's Lager House. The min-rock fest goes April 4 - 6 and features 26 of the best pop and rock artists from Detroit and out of town.

FilterD: Mar. 28 - Apr. 3

Former Ghostly International ambient techno cohort Benoit Pioulard performs live at Detroit's Magic Stick this Sunday. Sounds great to us. Get more details in FilterD.

Is Your Community Redevelopment Ready?

Sometimes it's not about adding to what you've got but making the most of what you have. For nearly a decade the Michigan Suburbs Alliance has helped metro Detroit communities to redevelop their existing assets. Now, the program is being adopted by the MEDC in order to go state-wide, and they're discovering that regional cooperation is a key component for success.

A Tern for the Better: The Detroit River Comeback

Oh, the difference a couple of tern chicks make. For decades the Detroit River was a repository for industrial pollution and waste. Now, through both international cooperation and private-public partnerships the health of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is slowly but steadily rebounding.

Old Buildings With New Uses Inspire Development

Sometimes it seems historic preservation and economic development are at odds with one another, but innovative business owners across Michigan are proving otherwise. Learn how entrepreneurs in Pontiac, Ypsilanti and Lansing are blending the two to create neighborhood growth.

FilterD: Mar. 21 - 27

Here's looking at you, Nain Rouge. Old Detroit's red dwarf is ready for his annual frolic through the Cass Corridor this weekend. Get the devilish details in FilterD.

Clarkston Jr. High's Digital Blackboard

What do mini laptops, video-streaming pencasts and Charlie Sheen have to do with scholastic achievement? At Clarkston Junior High School, a whole heckuva lot. Jeff Peariso, who teaches algebra and statistics, has piloted a high-tech teaching program for a handful of students, with exciting results.
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