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Friday’s prep football scoreboard for Oct. 31 — (Click on the score for the story and photos)

Dave Brandon resigns as University of Michigan athletic director, reports indicate — According to several reports, the University of Michigan will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today to discuss athletic director Dave Brandon. Local 4, WDIV-TV, and report that he has resigned. Brandon has been under pressure due to the team's poor performance as well as ticket prices for students.

Pat Caputo - Why David Brandon resignation lacking meaning without Brady Hoke ouster, too — David Brandon resigning as athletic director at the University of Michigan Friday wasn't news as much as the inevitable occurring sooner instead of later. Brandon was out of touch, at first merely annoying, and then flat out angering the students and the older "Blues," and everybody in between.

Tigers issue qualifying offers to VMart, Scherzer, retain Soria, clear four off roster in flurry of moves — DETROIT >> This time, they protected themselves. After not tendering any qualifying offers last season - and regretting it in a case or two - the Tigers issued them to both Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez on Friday, as expected, ensuring they'll get at least a compensatory first-round draft pick out of the process.
Oct 31, 2014

While you were getting candy with your kids, #Tigers filled up a goodie bag with transactions.

Oct 31, 2014

#Tigers give qualifying offers to VMart, Scherzer; retain Soria; remove 4 players from roster.

Rochester Hills man gets year in jail for distributing sexually abusive videos — A 63-year-old Rochester Hills man who pleaded guilty in August to distributing sexually abusive videos has been sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation. Bruce Howard Fonda, 63, was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, but his sentencing occurred Oct. 16, when he appeared in court for a bond violation.

Unknown man snatches purse from woman in Farmington Hills apartment complex — Police in Farmington Hills say a woman, resident of the Kendallwood Apartments, has reported to have her purse snatched from the parking lot. The woman said she was walking to her apartment from her car at around 1 a.m. Friday night when she was approached by an unknown man dressed in all dark clothing.
Oct 31, 2014

Unknown man snatches purse from woman in Farmington Hills apartment complex

Dave Brandon resigns as University of Michigan athletic director — ANN ARBOR >> Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has resigned, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. Brandon's resignation comes amid a dismal football season and concerns over the school's handling of everything from its concussions protocol to student seating at games.

REPORT: Tigers pick up $7M option on Joakim Soria’s contract for 2015 — DETROIT >> Given how much they gave up to get him, and how dire the need in the bullpen, it was hard to believe that the Tigers might choose not to pick up their team option on Joakim Soria.
Oct 31, 2014

Of note, with the #Tigers picking up Soria's 2015 option, they now have $105.5M allocated to six players next season:

Twenty years on, Usher takes time to take stock — Tickets are $38-$93 Usher came to a startling realization while preparing for his just-launched The UR Experience tour. "I'm going to be seeing fans out there who were probably conceived while their (parents) were listening to 'Nice & Slow,'" he notes with a laugh. It's possible. Since "Nice & Slow" hit No.

The Oakland Press Media Center — By Andrew Kidd Here's how our photographers for Assignment: Oakland County interpreted our spooky challenge for the month of October. Assignment: Haunted focused on using light, environment and subjects to set the mood for spooky, creepy or unsettling scenes in anticipation of Halloween. Great job, everyone!
Oct 31, 2014

RT Check out spooky photos by community photographers for Halloween here:"

Milford parents concerned when father brings gun inside school — A parent told Huron Valley Schools in Milford that he will wear a handgun on his hip inside the school. And a lot of other parents are concerned, WDIV reports. They told the station that they feel like a person who is not a police officer, carrying a gun into a school with children, is not the best idea.
Oct 31, 2014

RT"@TheOaklandPress: Do you think open carry should be allowed inside schools? One Milford parent thinks so."

DTE: High winds possible this afternoon — Southeast Michigan could see winds reaching up to 45 mph and possibly cause damage to power lines this afternoon, according to meteorologists at DTE Energy. Randi Berris, a media relations representative for DTE, said that the predicted high winds could damage power lines and cause a hazard to trick-or-treaters tonight and urges them to stay away in the event they come across a downed line.

Candidates address issues facing Berkley Schools — In the Nov. 4 general election, voters will select two individuals to serve a six-year term on the Berkley Public Schools Board of Education. Incumbent board members Roger Blake and Mary Jo Israel face a challenge from Sam Pernick. Each candidate was asked what the major issue is facing the school district and how they plan to address the issue.

Oakland County residents dress up for Halloween — By Monica Drake It's that time of year again - when children dress up like their favorite characters and, likely, overload on candy by the end of the night. For most Oakland County communities, trick-or-treating begins at 6 p.m. For Walled Lake and Northville, treat-or-treating starts at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Rochester official: Shorter trick or treating hours are tradition — Although the City of Rochester technically only has one hour scheduled for trick or treating Friday on Halloween, officials say residents shouldn't worry about keeping their little ones out past the allotted time. Rochester, unlike its neighbors in Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, which have hours from 6 to 8 p.m., has just one hour from 7 to 8 p.m.
Oct 30, 2014

Dang it! Less candy for me. MT @TheOaklandPress: Rochester has 1 hour less to trick or treat than neighbors.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @TheOaklandPress: Rochester has 1 hour less to trick or treat than neighbors. Why? It's just always been that way, say officials.

Tienken Road construction project in Rochester Hills extended — The Road Commission for Oakland County is expected to announce the ongoing closure of Tienken Road in Rochester Hills will be extended. The road, an east-west corridor on the city's north side which has been closed for several months, was expected to re-open Nov. 17.

Pat Caputo - Stan Van Gundy trying to turn water into wine with Detroit Pistons — During their salad days, the Pistons had an identity. The Isiah Thomas-Joe Dumars-Bill Laimbeer-Dennis Rodman-Vinnie Johnson Pistons were "The Bad Boys." The Ben Wallace-Chauncey Billups-Richard Hamilton-Rasheed Wallace-Tayshaun Prince Pistons were the "Going To Work" version. Flash forward to the 2014-15 season, and the home opener Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills vs.

No moves yet for Detroit Tigers on first day of offseason, but a few more options open — DETROIT >> If you thought the first official day of the offseason would kick the Detroit Tigers into a higher gear, well, it hasn't yet. With a Monday deadline looming to make qualifying offers to any of their seven free agents, and two team options to decide upon, the Tigers made public no moves on Thursday, in the immediate aftermath of the World Series.
Oct 30, 2014

No moves yet for #Tigers on first day of offseason, but a few more options open |

Mute girl finds her voice after being welcomed by cheer team — Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child's inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, according to the Selective Mutism Center. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed.