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  • Conyers Wants Imam's Death Investigated

    02/02/2010 2:43:29 PM PST · by Westlander · 35 replies · 668+ views ^ | 2-2-2010 | WXYZ
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Michigan Congressman John Conyers has asked the civil rights division of the US Justice Department to investigate the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah. Both the Dearborn Police Department and the FBI are currently investigating the case. It expanded out of an FBI investigation into the fencing of stolen merchandise. The October raids were conducted as part of that investigation. Agents opened fire on Abdullah after they say he killed an FBI dog and shot at federal officials from a warehouse.
  • Man Hurt As Homemade Rocket Explodes

    02/02/2010 12:03:24 PM PST · by Westlander · 27 replies · 779+ views ^ | EST February 1, 2010 |
    Investigators said they were told by witnesses that the 62-year-old man had been drinking when he fashioned a device using a motorcycle muffler, a piece of pipe, gunpowder, match heads and gasoline.
  • New Gym For Homeless Also Creates Electricity

    01/20/2010 12:48:36 PM PST · by Westlander · 24 replies · 696+ views ^ | 20 January 2010 | wwj
    Detroit (WWJ) -- Detroit's homeless not only have a place to stay, they now also have a place to stay in shape. The Green Gym opened at the warehouse of the Cass Community Social Services at 12025 Woodrow Wilson. It is the first gym of its kind specifically for homeless clients. The specially-equipped bikes hooked to a generator will make electricity redirected to the warehouse. One cyclist over an hour's time can create enough juice to power two laptop computers for an hour.
  • Investigators Recover SIM Cards During Searches of Homes Tied to Abdulmutallab

    12/28/2009 11:27:13 AM PST · by Westlander · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Catherine Herridge - ^ | 12-28-2009 | Catherine Herridge -
    Cell phone-related materials, including SIM cards, were recovered during searches of "flats or apartments of interest" connected to Flight 253 bomber suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Fox News learned Monday. SIM cards, which store cell phone numbers and incoming or outgoing calls, may be able to determine who was talking to whom in the months and days prior to Abdulmutallab's flight from Nigeria to Detroit.
  • Metro Airport Terror Case Hearing Cancelled

    12/28/2009 9:32:14 AM PST · by Westlander · 20 replies · 838+ views ^ | 12-28-09 |
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - A hearing that had been scheduled for today in the case of the suspected terrorist who investigators say tried to blow up a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has been cancelled. No reason for the cancellation has been given. Prosecutors were expected to ask for a DNA sample from Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was not going to be in court for the hearing. Abdulmutallab's court appointed attorneys say they will fight the request.
  • Injured Soldier Gets New Home

    12/19/2009 6:56:29 PM PST · by Westlander · 3 replies · 413+ views Staff - A Macomb Township soldier injured in Iraq got a new, custom built home for Christmas. A group called Homes for our Troops helped build the home for 23-year old US Army Specialist Alex Knapp.

    12/08/2009 8:26:13 PM PST · by Westlander · 13 replies · 753+ views ^ | 12-8-2009 |
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - The results of a national test indicate Detroit public school children performed the lowest of all eighteen participating cities, and the reaction from officials now charged with leading the district can be summed up in one word: disappointed.
  • Prosecutors Detail Kilpatrick's Spending

    12/07/2009 1:27:18 PM PST · by Westlander · 9 replies · 662+ views
    WWJ.COM ^ | 12-7-2009 | WWJ
    Wayne County Prosecutors say Kilpatrick is living large on what he should be paying to the city of Detroit in restitution. He spent $595 at a Gucci store and $158 at a nail salon this past June, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Athina Siringas said. Siringas also said $800 was spent at one point over the summer on Omaha steaks. Other transaction were made for golf and smooties, and one at a shop called "Nothing Bundt Cakes.'' "That's what you chose to spend the money on?'' Siringas asked Kilpatrick, who invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege several times during Monday's hearing.
  • Martha Reeves Throwing Herself A Party

    12/01/2009 3:13:06 PM PST · by Westlander · 41 replies · 1,607+ views
    WWJ.COM ^ | 12-1-2009 | WWJ
    Detroit (WWJ) -- Outgoing Detroit City Councilwoman Martha Reeves is throwing herself a big "going away" party Thursday. The invitation calls it a "Come and Help Me Go Away Party" and says "gifts are welcome."
  • City Bus Hijacked, Police Let Suspect Go

    11/26/2009 1:59:59 AM PST · by Westlander · 5 replies · 582+ views ^ | 11-26-2009 |
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - A DDOT bus carrying dozens of people was hijacked and, for some reason, Detroit Police let the suspected hijacker go with just a ticket. Now here's the part you may find hard to believe: For some reason, Detroit Police let the suspected hijacker go with just a ticket for interference.
  • Advice from the Nanny State

    11/20/2009 1:28:50 PM PST · by Westlander · 6 replies · 399+ views
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Mr. Michael D. Jahr and Ms. Hannah K. Mead
    In a fast-paced world, life can sometimes be daunting. Fortunately, the state of Michigan has online advice for almost every aspect of life, from shopping to gardening, eating to driving. Sure, some of it may be painfully obvious, nitpicky or bizarre, but just remember: The state knows what's best for you.
  • Maximum Sentence In Bribery Case

    11/13/2009 9:25:35 PM PST · by Westlander · 3 replies · 461+ views
    WWJ.COM ^ | 11-13-2009 | WWJ
    Detroit (WWJ) -- A Detroit federal judge has sentenced a Detroit businesman and corruption figure to the maximum five years in jail for conspiracy to commit bribery. Rayford Jackson arranged the bribes for now-former city councilwoman Monica Conyers
  • FBI Dog To Be Memorialized

    10/30/2009 9:08:30 AM PDT · by Westlander · 15 replies · 1,147+ views
    wwj radio ^ | 10-30-2009 | wwj radio
    Southfield (WWJ) -- The FBI will hold a memorial for the K-9 killed during a shootout in Dearborn and the dog's name will be added to a memorial wall. Freddy was a nearly 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who was killed Wednesday during a gun battle between agents and Luqman Ameen Abdullah, described as the radical leader of a Sunni Islam group.
  • Leader Of Islamic Group Killed In Raid

    10/28/2009 3:26:38 PM PDT · by Westlander · 13 replies · 887+ views ^ | 10-28-2009 |
    DETROIT -- The Detroit leader of a nationwide fundamentalist Islamic group was fatally shot during a series of FBI raids Wednesday afternoon. The FBI arrested 10 people who have ties to the group called the Ummah, which translates to “the brotherhood.” The group’s primary mission is to establish a separate sovereign Islamic state governed by Sunni law, according to FBI charging documents.
  • Detroit house auction flops for urban wasteland

    10/26/2009 3:08:48 AM PDT · by Westlander · 32 replies · 1,947+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-26-2009 | Editing by Peter Bohan and John O'Callaghan
    DETROIT (Reuters) - In a crowded ballroom next to a bankrupt casino, what remains of the Detroit property market was being picked over by speculators and mostly discarded. Taken together, the properties seized by tax collectors for arrears and put up for sale last week represented an area the size of New York's Central Park. Total vacant land in Detroit now occupies an area almost the size of Boston, according to a Detroit Free Press estimate.
  • Council Frontrunner Pugh Facing Foreclosure

    10/21/2009 2:21:11 AM PDT · by Westlander · 1 replies · 152+ views ^ | 10-21-2009 | WXYZ
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit City Council's front-running candidate is about to be homeless. Pugh's campaign manager says he is still able to represent the people of Detroit because he knows what they're going through.
  • Even the Norwegians Know Obama Can't Keep His Promises

    10/16/2009 3:57:33 PM PDT · by Westlander · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10-16-2009 | fox news
    The primary concerns of the objecting parties were Obama's lack of experience on issues related to the objectives of the prize, as well as his "inability to keep his promise."
  • Mother and Son Charged in Teen's Death

    10/15/2009 1:50:41 AM PDT · by Westlander · 18 replies · 1,409+ views ^ | 10-15-2009 | WXYZ
    Beyond the grief and sadness, Dmitri's family is shocked and angry that Tremaine's mom, Tarranisha, was allegedly involved. Police and prosecutors say she drove Tremaine to the scene, allowed him to get the gun from under the hood of the car, and then when the shooting was over, drove him away.
  • Chaotic Scene at Cobo, Thousands Seek Aid

    10/07/2009 10:59:40 AM PDT · by Westlander · 60 replies · 2,702+ views ^ | 10-7-2009 | wxyz
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Thousands of people jammed into Cobo Hall and lined up around the building to seek out housing aid from the federal government. It quickly turned into a mess with reports of fights and nearly a stampede. People started lining up around midnight, but the real chaos broke out near the front entrance that leads to the ballroom. Thousands of people jammed into too tight of a space. There were reports of fights and people passing out in the crowd.
  • Health Workers Protest Flu Vaccine Mandate

    10/05/2009 2:11:13 AM PDT · by Westlander · 8 replies · 646+ views
    CBS ^ | Monday, 05 October 2009 | Randall Pinkston
    New York (CBS) -- The first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are expected to be released this week. While that is bringing relief to some Americans, it's also helping to ignite a controversy for one group, as CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston reports. Outside New York 's capitol building, health care workers - shouting "Give me liberty!" - vowed to fight an unprecedented order from state health officials: a requirement for every health care worker to get seasonal and H1N1 flu shots or face the possibility of being fired.