Italy-based Magneti Marelli Holding USA officially opened its 100,000 square foot exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Michigan.   The plant located in suburban Detroit is the first Michigan manufacturing facility for Magneti Marelli, whose North American headquarters is in nearby Auburn Hills. Employing 75 pe...

by Khristi Zimmeth   While many of our homes are filled with holiday decorations at this time of year, large busts and works of sculpture were common sights in upscale homes at the turn of the century, where they were often displayed in formal parlors that received guests. Linda Roach recently brought in a piece of sculpture that her childre...

by Bill Lueders   On Dec. 24, 1913, striking mine workers gathered with their families for a Christmas party at Italian Hall in Calumet, Mich. A man wearing a pin for a citizens group aligned with the mining companies entered the crowded second-floor room and shouted "Fire!". Frightened partygoers rushed to the exit and tumbled down the...

Former state Rep. Gino Polidori — a Dearborn politician known for supporting military veterans and for introducing a bill that helped foster kids be placed with relatives or those with a similar religion — died Sunday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 72.   In 1973, at age 32, Polidori was appointed fire chief in Dearborn, the yo...

by Vincent Goodwill   Auburn Hills -- Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He's eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.   "I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player," said Datome, who'll wear jersey nu...

by Heather Haddon   New Jersey Italians are still likely to lose their one full-time consulate, but they are getting a reprieve from the closure of another nearby office. A proposal by the Italian government to shut its consulate in Philadelphia was averted after appeals from Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), accordi...

Michigan-bred Vatican astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will become the first clergyman awarded one of planetary science's most prestigious awards, when on Thursday in Arizona he receives the Carl Sagan Medal.   And then Consolmagno, for two decades the curator of the Vatican's meteorite collection, plans to head to metro Detroit...

by Kate Abbey-Lambertz When Ariel Millan received a message at 5:40 a.m. Monday that his sous chef Mateo Burns was having a baby, he said okay and went back to sleep.   Several minutes later, the executive chef of Detroit's newest Italian restaurant woke up with a start and an expletive, sent a congratulatory text and headed into Ottava Via...

This hot spot is located in the old Madison Theatre building, right across the street from the Detroit Opera House. While it's known for its hearty Italian fare (much of which can be served gluten-free!) it also has a stocked bar with ample seating, perfect to grab a drink before or after a show.   While it is perhaps geared more toward the...

The Detroit Waza Flo professional soccer team is starting this inaugural season in the new Major Arena Soccer League by making sure they have a stellar coaching staff to lead them. The organization made an impressive move by signing Mirco Gubellini as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 MASL season. He previously played professional soccer in Ita...