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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.
  • PROSECUTOR: Kilpatrick Violates Probation

    09/16/2009 8:45:10 PM PDT · by Westlander · 9 replies · 679+ views ^ | 9-16-2009 | WXYZ
    (WXYZ) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick could be facing more trouble with the court after coming up short on his restitution payment and paying late on top of that. Action News has learned that Kilpatrick paid $3000 today of the $6000 he is supposed to pay each month. Sources tell Action News that Kilpatrick does not have the money to pay.
  • Conyers takes Hamtramck reporter to task

    09/04/2009 12:55:59 AM PDT · by Westlander · 4 replies · 727+ views
    Michigan Messenger ^ | 9-1-2009 | Todd A. Heywood
    'After I read the story, we’ll have an even gooder conversation, the 44-year veteran Congressman said..........'
  • Local NAACP leader’s opposition to anti-discrimination ordinance sparks anger

    09/04/2009 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Westlander · 3 replies · 534+ views
    Michigan Messenger ^ | 9-2-2009 | Todd A. Heywood
    HAMTRAMCK - Residents and civil rights advocates are appalled that Asm Kamal Rahman, a leading voice in the successful ballot initiative to overturn a local anti-discrimination ordinance last year, is now sitting on the boards of civil rights groups in southeast Michigan.
  • Do You Support Same-Sex Ice Cream?

    09/02/2009 8:52:19 PM PDT · by Westlander · 29 replies · 771+ views
    AOL News ^ | 9-2-2010 | BUCK WOLF
    Ben & Jerry's has given chubby hubbies its blessing to marry each other. The Burlington-based ice cream maker is celebrating Vermont's move to legalize gay marriage by rebranding its popular "Chubby Hubby" as "Hubby Hubby" for the next month. "Now more than ever, Vermont is for lovers ... and for lovers of marriage equality," proclaims product literature.
  • Lead scares highlight China's environmental dilemma

    08/28/2009 11:27:07 PM PDT · by Westlander · 3 replies · 389+ views ^ | Wed Aug 26 | Dan Martin
    BEIJING (AFP) – A pair of lead poisoning scandals affecting at least 2,000 children in China are just the latest in a seemingly endless string of pollution scares exposing the dark side of the nation's economic boom.
  • Muslim to File Suit Over Judge’s Hijab Ban

    08/26/2009 2:16:26 AM PDT · by Westlander · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 8-26-2009 | WXYZ
    The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against Wayne County Circuit Judge William Callahan. The Muslim plaintiff says she felt so intimidated by the judge’s repeated demand that she eventually removed her headscarf.
  • Detroit Movie Set Scene of Real-Life Crime

    08/22/2009 11:22:14 AM PDT · by Westlander · 6 replies · 727+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 8-21-2009 | WXYZ
    (WXYZ) - Two members of a film crew found themselves in a real-life crime scene in Detroit. The film crew was working on the movie the "Little Murder" at the time of the crime.
  • Cash-strapped Cuba says toilet paper running short

    08/08/2009 12:44:30 PM PDT · by Westlander · 44 replies · 1,166+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-8-2009 | Reuters
    "The corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper," an official with state conglomerate Cimex said on state-run Radio Rebelde. The shipment will enable the state-run company "to supply this demand that today is presenting problems," he said.
  • Scientists Claim New State of Matter Created

    07/29/2009 10:02:36 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 563+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 7-29-2009 | LiveScience Staff
    Scientists claim to have created a form of aluminum that's nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a new state of matter. It's an idea straight out of science fiction, featured in the movie "Star Trek IV." Fusion is a dream of scientists who would create cheap and plentiful power by fusing atoms together, as opposed to nuclear fission that generates electricity today.
  • Michigan CEO's Not Optimistic About State's Recovery

    07/22/2009 8:30:40 PM PDT · by Westlander · 17 replies · 461+ views
    WWJ Radio ^ | 7-22-2009 | WWJ Radio
    The groups asked 60 of Michigan's most prominent CEO's to ascertain their projections for Michigan’s and the US economy. Detroit Renaissance president Doug Rothwell said a majority of CEO's believe the nations economy will see improvement in six months, but Michigan won't see improvement for another year at least. The long-term outlook for Michigan is worse. Eighty percent of those surveyed think Michigan’s economy will be the same or continuing to get worse 18 months from now, while 78% think the US economy will be in recovery, according to Detroit Renaissance.
  • Convicted Pimp Wants Your Vote

    07/20/2009 10:47:29 PM PDT · by Westlander · 13 replies · 651+ views
    myfoxdetroit ^ | 7-20-2009 | myfoxdetroit
    Walter Hart, a convicted pimp and dead-beat dad, is running for city council. A man who spent 7 years in a federal prison is running on a 'second chance' platform.
  • Morgan Stanley, Mitsubishi UFJ Form Joint Venture

    07/01/2009 12:54:31 AM PDT · by Westlander · 1 replies · 181+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7-1-2009 | AARON LUCCHETTI
    Morgan Stanley and Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. outlined details of a previously announced joint venture designed to strengthen the two financial firms' corporate and investment-banking efforts.
  • Firms Await Broadband Grant Rules

    06/30/2009 9:28:06 PM PDT · by Westlander · 5 replies · 691+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7-1-2009 | AMY SCHATZ
    WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials will announce rules Wednesday for handing out $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds, but some companies already are raising concerns about how long it could take to award the money. Officials are expected to detail how they plan to distribute $4.7 billion in broadband money from the Commerce Department in grants and $2.5 billion from the Agriculture Department in grants or loans.
  • WILSON: Congressman's Connection

    06/29/2009 8:27:41 PM PDT · by Westlander · 10 replies · 532+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 6-29-2009 | Steve Wilson
    (WXYZ) - By her own admission, Councilwoman Monica Conyers pocketed cash just before she changed her position on an important issue before the council. Tonight, others are questioning why her husband, Congressman John Conyers, changed his position on another issue.
  • Monica Conyers Resigns

    06/29/2009 1:23:34 PM PDT · by Westlander · 22 replies · 1,015+ views
    WWJ ^ | 6-29-2009 | WWJ
    Detroit (WWJ) -- Effective July 6, Monica Conyers will resign her seat on the Detroit City Council. The 44-year-old Conyers, the wife of Democratic congressman John Conyers, admitted Friday in federal court to taking cash from a Houston company in exchange for her vote on a $47 million sludge treatment contract.
  • Her Name Was Neda: A Generational Chance for Freedom

    06/24/2009 12:11:07 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 482+ views ^ | 6-23-2009 | Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter
    Her name was Neda. In Farsi, it means “the voice.” True to her name, she loved music; sought freedom; and she’s dead – shot down in the streets by the Iranian regime’s state sanctioned murderers.
  • Judicial Watch: John Conyers Under Scrutiny

    06/20/2009 10:41:46 PM PDT · by Westlander · 14 replies · 944+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 6-20-2009 | WXYZ
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Synagro investigation involving Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers may be starting to cause trouble for Conyers' husband, John, who heads the House Judiciary Committee in Washington. A government watchdog group says it is "ironic and unseemly" that Rep. Conyers is leading impeachment action on the House floor against a federal judge while his wife is under federal investigation in connection with bribes allegedly paid to her for a $1.2 billion sewage sludge contract. Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, says Conyers shouldn't have oversight over the Justice Department, which reportedly is engaged in plea bargaining...
  • Retailers Head for Exits in Detroit

    06/18/2009 6:33:05 AM PDT · by Westlander · 73 replies · 2,441+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6-17-2009 | WSJ
    No national grocery chain operates a store here.
  • Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says

    06/13/2009 4:37:50 PM PDT · by Westlander · 22 replies · 817+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6-13-2009 | Fox News
    A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim's brother and minister told Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq "Litto" Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times.
  • WILSON: Money To Burn?

    06/10/2009 4:50:41 PM PDT · by Westlander · 3 replies · 252+ views ^ | 6-10-2009 | WXYZ
    (WXYZ) State police are stretched awfully thin these days, with trooper layoffs looming and squad cars being parked to save money. So why is the state moving forward with a plan to build a costly new headquarters that troopers never even asked for? Michael Moorman: I guess I ask the powers-that-be this question: what’s more important, a building, or 100 troopers out there on the road? Because that building isn’t going to respond to Negaunee, it’s not going to respond to Ypsilanti, that building’s not going to be able to respond to Flint when the need and the cry for...
  • GOP Opposes Democrats for Climate Proposal

    05/30/2009 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Westlander · 9 replies · 406+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 5-3-2009 | FOX News
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in the GOP's weekly radio and Internet address, called the House climate bill "a classic example of unwise government." The address culminated a week of coordinated Republican attacks on the Democratic proposal which would require the first nationwide reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
  • Iacocca Losing Pension & Car in Bankruptcy

    05/29/2009 8:14:31 AM PDT · by Westlander · 31 replies · 1,199+ views ^ | 5-29-2009 | WXYZ
    (WXYZ) - The man who many credit with saving Chrysler in the 1980s is losing a big part of his pension and his life-long car because of the company's bankruptcy filing.
  • Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab

    05/27/2009 5:53:41 PM PDT · by Westlander · 10 replies · 984+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-27-2009 | Judson Berger
    President Obama has the star power to raise millions of dollars for the candidates and organizations he graces with his stump speech. But when the president hit the road Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour to pack the party coffers, he also was racking up a $265,000 partisan bill for just one leg of the trip, according to a watchdog group -- part of which taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, will have to pay.
  • NAACP Branch Readies for Confederate Flag Fight

    05/27/2009 9:45:24 AM PDT · by Westlander · 23 replies · 803+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-27-2009 | Fox News
    Members of the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP want the Confederate flag banned from the Homestead-Miami Motor Speedway, and they will meet Thursday to decide whether to boycott a NASCAR race slated there for November.
  • POLICE: Woman Kills Father Over Leftovers

    05/25/2009 9:42:32 PM PDT · by Westlander · 37 replies · 1,545+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 5-25-2009 | WXYZ
    MELVINDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police in Melvindale say a woman is facing murder charges after she allegedly stabbed her father in a fight over leftover food.
  • 'White African-American' Suing N.J. Med School for Discrimination

    05/13/2009 9:42:06 PM PDT · by Westlander · 28 replies · 1,552+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | 5-13-2009 | SARAH NETTER
    Born and raised in Mozambique and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Serodio, 45, has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a "white African-American."
  • PICS: Aretha's Hat Makes Ornament Debut

    05/11/2009 4:36:53 PM PDT · by Westlander · 10 replies · 779+ views
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 5-11-2009 | WXYZ
    (WXYZ) - The hat that dazzled millions of people during the inauguration of President Barack Obama, is now being offered as a Christmas ornament.
  • Aretha Wants Royalties For Wearing Inaugural Hat

    05/05/2009 9:45:50 AM PDT · by Westlander · 55 replies · 2,107+ views
    WWJ.COM ^ | 4 May 2009 | Vickie Thomas, Scott Ryan
    Mr. Song Millinery on Woodward Avenue in Detroit has struck a sour note with Aretha Franklin. It was her inaugural hat that caused a flood of orders from around the world. And now, the Queen of Soul wants royal treatment from store owner Luke Song for wearing it. "I think that I should be getting big time royalties from him. That's what I think," said Franklin in an interview with WWJ's Vickie Thomas at Sunday's NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
  • Obama Administration Wants Judge to Toss Embassy Hostage Suit

    04/22/2009 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Westlander · 19 replies · 877+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 4-22-2009 | Foxnews
    The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit against Iran filed by Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 30 years ago.
  • Detroit Gets Failing Grade

    04/22/2009 1:02:30 PM PDT · by Westlander · 15 replies · 579+ views
    clickondetroit ^ | 4-22-2009 | clickondetroit
    Detroit received failing marks with the lowest graduation rate in the country, at 37.5 percent. However, the rate has improved by nearly 7 percent over the past 10 years. "We're still seeing low graduation rate. I'm sure it's not where anybody in Detroit would like to see it, but again, we're trending in the right direction," said Dr. Christopher Swanson of America's Promise Alliance.