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Macomb County News Briefs (May 10, 2007)

Renovated mosque plans open house May 25
The city's first mosque will hold an open house May 25.
The renovated Islamic Organization of North America will open its doors on Ryan, just south of 12 Mile, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be information about Islam as well as opportunities to walk through the building.
Imam Steve Elturk, a native of Lebanon who lives in Troy, is the president of the Islamic organization and will be on hand. Members of other religious organizations will also be at the opening.
Elturk has faced opposition to the mosque project.
At a city Planning Commission meeting last year, he was asked to prove that his group did not have ties to terrorist organizations.
He also found broken glass and encountered other vandalism in the back of the building last summer.
The U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to Warren officials in April 2006, informing them that it was monitoring the situation.
Compiled by Christy Arboscello and Dan Cortez.