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Eastland Center mall in Harper Woods sold by Maryland operator for $3.125 during online auction

 HARPER WOODS (CCN) —  The Eastland Center mall was sold for $3.125 million during an online auction Thursday.  The identity of the winning bidder was not disclosed, pending delivery of the payment. All of the complex was sold except for the former Macy's and Target stores. A Maryland company known as CWCapital held the auction after serving as the mall's "special servicer" since 2016 when New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition was foreclosed on by a bank after falling behind on mortgage payments. Sears and Burlington had joined Macy's and Target in closing stores at the Harper Woods mall in recent years.  The facility was built in 1957 but the downward spiral in the past decade has left  Shoppers World and K&G Fashion Superstore as the only remaining major tenants. The other stores are lower-end national retailers or local independnet small business operators. 

Former MMA fighter from Dexter pleads guilty in $112 million federal health care fraud case

DETROIT (CCN) — A guilty plea was entered Thursday in Detroit's U.S. District Court by a former mixed martial arts fighter as part of what the government has contended was a $112 million health care fraud case. Josh Burns, 40, is the Dexter man who admitted paying bribes and funneling kickbacks to Dr. Fancisco Patino of Woodhaven. Dr. Patino was indicted in June with Detroit businessman Mashiyat Rashid who is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Dr. Patino is being held without bond in a Milan prison while awaiting trial in March.

Award-winning chef bringing his restaurant chain to Birmingham's historic Ford-Peabody mansion

 BIRMINGHAM (CCN) — A Boston-based restaurateur is expanding his chain to Birmingham. Michael Schlow, who has 11 restaurants in the Boston and Washington D.C. areas, is launching a modern Japanese restaurant at Birmingham's historic Ford-Peabody mansion with partners Clint Mansour and Kenny Koza. Mansour is a real estate developer and Koza is a hotel owner. Day-to-day kitchen operations will be led by Jamaican-born chef Lloyd Roberts.  Schlow won the Food & Wine Best New Chef award in 1996 and won the Best Chef: Northeast James Beard Award in 2000. He has appeared on TV shows known as Top Chef Masters, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Rachel Ray Show. 

Dunkin Donuts now just 'Dunkin' after official name change revealed in rebranding move

 CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS  (CCN) —  Dunkin’ Donuts will become just "Dunkin" after a name change in January. The announcement was made from the company's corporate headquarters via a conference call with media members on Tuesday. Dropping "donuts" from its name won't mean donuts will be dropped from the menu, but rebranding as Dunkin’ will better reflect the chain's increasing emphasis on coffee and other drinks, which make up 60 percent of its sales.

The 68-year-old chain has toyed with the idea since 2006 when launching its new motto of “America runs on Dunkin."

Governor unhappy with continued union work stoppage across state on road repair projects

 LANSING (CCN) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder met with media members Tuesday in Lansing to suggest he is considering using the National Guard's engineering units to fix important road sections before winter. Snyder met with both sides in a union dispute that has led to work stoppages on road repair projects across the state. Threats were also made Monday about possibly calling on non-union construction workers if a deal can't be reached soon.  “Our public is not going to be happy about this,” Snyder said at Tuesday's press conference. “I’m not happy about this," he added. "This is not a good situation.”  The governor said his staff is checking to see if federal law prohibits the state from intervening to settle the dispute.  

Pizza spitting video leads to felony charge against Comerica Park concession stand employee

DETROIT (CCN) — The Comerica Park concession stand employee who went viral spitting on pizza has been arrested. The 20-year-old man (Jaylon Kelly) was arranged Tuesday morning in a Detroit court room after being charged by the Wayne County  Prosecutor's Office with a 90-day misdemeanor and a four-year felony related to food law violations.

Social media posts of a video captured by Kelly's former co-worker was viewed thousands of times on the internet. The individual who posted the video said he was fired for "taking too many bathroom breaks" during his shift and he wanted to expose Kelly. READ MORE