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    Mark Vansetti, Associated Content contributor

    Michigan mainstay Big Boy, is opening a new line of burger joints.

    The Big Boy restaurants are icons in Michigan.  The first restaurant, opened in 1936, was actually located in Glendale,  California.  In 1987, the owners, the Elias Brothers, moved the business to Michigan and established its headquarters in Warren.

    Since that time not much has changed with the classic restaurant as it has relied on its specialty, the Big Boy sandwich.

    Now, the company will launch a new concept, @burger.  There is already one restaurant open for business in Ann Arbor on East Liberty Street just east of South State Street.  The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, including the @burger (cheddar cheese, tomato, red onions, pickle, shredded lettuce, mayo, mustard and signature red relish), a BLT, a sandwich called the Trash Can, which includes a little bit of everything.

    Additionally, the specialty burgers are made from a blend of six different meats,

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    Rod Beard, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Two months ago, Jordan Desilets of Pinckney had no idea he'd be running a marathon.

    Before Sunday morning's race, Desilets, 29, had never run a marathon, but worked his way to a first-place finish in the 33rd annual Detroit Free Press Marathon.

    His unofficial time was two hours, 28 minutes, 27 seconds - the slowest winning time ever.

    • See photos from the marathon

    "At about 23 miles, I wanted to stop because I was really tired," Desilets said. "This was just awesome."

    The runaway leader at the 13-mile halfway mark was Boaz Cheboiywo, who was Desilets' teammate at Eastern Michigan. Cheboiywo, was more than eight minutes ahead of Desilets - and the rest of the field - but dropped out of the race around the 23-mile mark.

    "I was catching up to him and then he just stepped off the course. I thought for sure he was going to win today. I was hoping for Top 10," said Desilets, who graduated from EMU in 2004. "(Cheboiywo) was ahead of me from the

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  • Brad Gabriel came to Ann Arbor four years ago due to its reputation for offering social services. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

    Francis X. Donnelly, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Ann Arbor — This progressive city, long known for embracing the poor and destitute, is learning that its support has a price.

    For several years, homeless from around the state have descended upon the city because of a largesse that ranges from social services to the generosity of U-M students toward panhandlers, said city police, social service agencies and transients.

    The number of homeless in Washtenaw County jumped from 4,212 in 2008 to 4,618 last year, according to the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County. A quarter of them are from outside the county, said the association.

    The influx contributed to a panhandling problem that grew so severe this summer that the police chief labeled it the "No. 1 crime," and the City Council assembled a task force to study it.

    "We have people from all over," said Police Chief Barnett Jones. "We're on the cusp of being a victim of our generosity."

    To discourage outsiders from coming to Ann

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