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  • Chinese Investors Snap Up Property in Bankrupt Detroit

    11/22/2014 6:01:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/22/2014 | ERIC BACULINAO
    Bankrupt Detroit’s thousands of empty buildings are being flogged at rock-bottom prices — and Chinese investors are answering the siren call of unbeatable deals. With family homes regularly selling for around $10,000, the beleaguered Motor City is now the number-four destination for Chinese housing investors in the U.S. Bigger spenders have already snapped up some of Detroit’s most iconic commercial buildings. “There are factories, commercial real estate and upscale areas around Detroit with proximity to good schools that are worth investing in,” said Wang Ning, deputy manager in charge of international business at China online real estate agency SouFun. The...
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Muslim groups seek to co-opt Ferguson protests, says watchdog group

    Muslim groups have stepped up efforts to co-opt protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., with a drive to equate the teen’s death to the death of a radical Islamist shot during an FBI raid in 2009, a Washington-based security watchdog group is warning. Using social media, conference calling and traditional outreach methods, leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are portraying Brown and Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah as African-American victims of police targeting, according to the Washington-based Center for Security Policy (CSP). In a conference call organized by CAIR-linked "Muslims for...
  • How far off is a Detroit style collapse of New York City?

    11/14/2014 8:55:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In 1950 America’s richest city was Detroit. Now it is nip and tuck with Cleveland as the nation’s poorest city. Today, in order to get into the sixth wealthiest spot on the list, the once wealthy and powerful New York City must be lumped in with Northern New Jersey and Long Island. By comparison Detroit was clearly better off 65 years ago than New York City is today. In 1950 Detroit relied on the auto manufacturing industry to fuel its economy and “See the USA in your Chevrolet” to keep the cars rolling off the assembly line. Sixty five years...
  • Video: What happens when a reporter tries to out-squat a squatter in Detroit?

    11/07/2014 1:42:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11-7-14 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Here’s Detroit reporter Charlie LeDuff, a truly great writer and character, giving a Detroit squatter a taste of her (his? It’s somewhat in question.) own medicine. A homeowner had allegedly been attacked by the squatter while trying to sell the property, so LeDuff paid a visit: Detroit homeowner Sarah Hamilton wanted to sell her house, but was having some trouble. No, it wasn’t a down seller’s market — it was a squatter. Hamilton had a difficult battle: In the process of trying to get Lynn Williams out her house, WJBK-TV reported Hamilton was threatened with a knife. But things got...
  • Watch What Happens When a TV News Journalist Gives a Squatter a Taste of Her Own Medicine

    11/06/2014 2:14:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 6, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Detroit homeowner Sarah Hamilton wanted to sell her house, but was having some trouble. No, it wasn’t a down seller's market -- it was a squatter... But things got more interesting after WJBK reporter Charlie LeDuff entered the picture. He met with the homeowner and her attorney, and was given a set of keys and the proper paperwork...
  • Teen In ICU After Fight Over Shoes At Detroit Charter School [this was an assault, not a "fight"]

    11/01/2014 2:35:57 PM PDT · by grundle · 50 replies
    CBS News Detroit ^ | November 1, 2014
    Detroit police say a 16-year-old is clinging to life after getting being attacked by a classmate at his charter school, apparently over a pair of shoes. The incident happened Wednesday at Allen Academy on Quincy Street, in a northwest neighborhood off of I-96 near Joy Road. Police say the student, identified in reports as 16-year-old Willie Wallace, was violently attacked by at least one other student. Investigators believe it all stemmed from a previous altercation over a pair of expensive Nike Air Force shoes Wallace was wearing. Wallace reportedly suffered a seizure, fractured skull, bleeding in his brain, and damage...
  • 'The dogs started attacking and eating me alive," says Detroit mauling victim

    10/28/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    MLive ^ | October 27, 2014 | Gus Burns
    Twelve dogs, identified by Detroit police as pit bulls, attacked a man some time before 10 p.m. on Pennsylvania on Oct. 2. Police arrived and fatally shot one of the animals, causing the remainder to retreat into the open front door where they lived. DETROIT, MI -- It was about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 when a pack of up to 12 pit bull and mixed-breed dogs mauled 50-year-old Steven Constantine to near death in Detroit. He spent almost a month in Intensive Care. "It was worse than your worst nightmare," Constantine's sister, Katherine Hawley of Shelby Township, told MLive...
  • Detroit man fights $30k child support bill for kid that is not his

    10/28/2014 8:54:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Kim Russell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The State of Michigan is ordering a Detroit man to pay tens of thousands of dollars, or go to prison. The reason? He owes back child support for a child that everyone agrees is not his. "I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go," said Carnell Alexander. He says he learned about the paternity case against him during a traffic stop in Detroit in the early 90s. The officer told him he is a deadbeat dad, there was a warrant out for his arrest. “I knew I didn’t have a child, so I...
  • Any time someone asks you what liberalism is all you need to do is show them this...

    10/27/2014 10:50:09 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 26 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-27-14 | The Looking Spoon
    As this is all they need to know.
  • Michigan Charges Man $30K in Back Child Support Despite DNA Test Proving Child Isn't His

    10/26/2014 11:27:45 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 26 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/26/14 | Aurelius
    A Detroit man, who has been jailed for not paying a child support bill for a child that everyone agrees is not his, now faces a $30,000 charge for the same child. “I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go,” said Carnell Alexander, the man facing the bill. Detroit agrees with Mr. Alexander that the child in question is not his, but insists that he must pay regardless. The state of Michigan said that Mr. Alexander father a child in 1987, and demanded that he pay back child support over two decades ago....
  • [VANITY] Papa Was a Rolling Stone - Question

    10/25/2014 10:30:26 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 52 replies
    Oct 25, 2014 | Nobody but me
    Here's a full length (12:04) version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations in high quality evidently played off vinyl. This longer version has a very long instrumental introduction and a long bridge at the midpoint. The musicianship impresses me. A very haunting melody with a string section and brass, rare in music nowadays. Since I know little about the recording industry, I have to ask the intelligentsia (a big word for FReepers), what techniques were used in the early 1970s to create such a sound. I presume it was recorded in the rather modest facilities of Motown...
  • 'Anti-Tesla Bill' Means Economic Loss for Michigan

    10/25/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Against the interests of Michiganders, Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla Motor’s direct-to-consumer automobile sales in the state.The original focus of House Bill 5606 was on determining how franchise-dealership fees are charged. Then, right before the vote, an amendment banning automobile sales directly to consumers was added by State Senator Joe Hune. This backhanded maneuver shielded the amendment from public comment and debate. Passed unanimously in the State Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House, the “anti-Tesla bill” is an economic loss for Michigan. The state will miss out on tax revenue from sales...
  • Michigan to Tesla Motors: You're Not Welcome

    10/22/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2014 | Micheline Maynard
    Michigan’s Republican governor signed legislation on Tuesday that officially bans Tesla Motors and any other carmaker from selling directly to consumers in the state. But Rick Snyder, who is seeking re-election next month, maintained in a letter to lawmakers that the bill simply clarified the state’s existing law and that such direct sales already were not legal in Michigan, home to Detroit’s big auto companies. Now, state law requires that Tesla, or other car companies, must sell vehicles through networks of franchised dealers. If the company doesn’t have its own network, the state requires it to sell vehicles through another...
  • The UN’s got the money, the UN’s got the water

    10/22/2014 11:45:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Judi McLeod
    Message to Detroit: The UN’s got the money, the UN’s got the water No one, and most especially Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, should be surprised that two United Nations lawyers came to town to scold city officials for cutting off water to delinquent customers, sanctimoniously describing the water shut-offs as a “human rights” violation. The United Nations virtually owns cities and towns of North America like Detroit. They’re just not usually that open about it. The UN ownership of cities and towns is called Agenda 21.
  • Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs

    10/21/2014 2:06:32 PM PDT · by dware · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | FoxNews.com
    Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.
  • UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

    10/20/2014 9:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    United Nations human rights experts described Detroit’s mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit’s officials said the two lawyers’ actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city’s progress in helping residents keep or regain service. Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable—and particularly discriminate against Detroit’s majority black population. …
  • Philadelphia Society Memories from Grand Rapids

    10/20/2014 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 18, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For several years now, I have been honored to be a member of a group known as the Philadelphia Society. The Society of leading conservative intellectuals was formed in 1964 in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. While I would never self-identify as an intellectual, I fall back on what the Sisters of St. Joseph used to tell us in grade school: “There’s two kinds of knowledge: knowing something and knowing where to find it.” You can gain a lot of insights at Society meetings. Here are just a few highlights from the Society’s regional meeting in Grand Rapids last...
  • A wealthy Michigan suburb who built FENCES across the streets to keep out Detroit 'have-nots'

    10/19/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 October 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline
    On one side, there are dilapidated houses, gardens overflowing with weeds and a high crime rate. On the other, there are streets filled with spacious homes, well-manicured lawns and yoga studios. This is one of numerous fences that have been erected by the wealthy 'haves' of the Michigan suburb of Grosse Pointe Park to 'prevent 'have-nots' from Detroit from driving into the city'. The brick barrier, reading 'Road Ends', represents a significant divide between the two cities, which despite their proximity, differ greatly in terms of average salary, crime rates and general desirability.
  • Michelle Obama rallies Democrats in Detroit; 'We're better off today'

    10/10/2014 1:56:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 58 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI - First Lady Michelle Obama told a Detroit audience Friday "we are better off today than when Barack first took office," as she rallied the crowd in support of Michigan Democrats up for election in November. The first lady, stumping for Democrats around the country, cited historic economic growth, higher graduation rates and health care availability as signs the country is headed in the right direction. Democrats are campaigning to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November, though Republicans are mounting a strong challenge to takeover both chambers of Congress. In Michigan, Democrats are trying to hold...
  • A Man Is Offering To Sell His Detroit House For An iPhone 6

    10/07/2014 7:09:38 PM PDT · by absentee · 17 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 10/7/14 | Rachel Zarrell
    A homeowner who tried for months to sell a beat-up, two-story house in Detroit has offered to sell it to anyone who gives him an iPhone 6. He’s also willing to sell it for a 32GB iPad.
  • Police: Naked Man Loses Hands, Feet In Detroit Dog Pack Attack

    10/03/2014 3:21:42 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 24 replies
  • Rick Ector of Legally Armed in Detroit talks legal gun ownership

    10/01/2014 9:50:58 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 2 replies
    Metrotimes.com ^ | 10/01/2014 | Michael Jackman
    Almost a decade ago, Rick Ector was considering buying a firearm for self-defense. And when he was robbed in the driveway of his home in Detroit's Rosedale Park, he wound up kicking himself for not doing so. He has since armed himself and become vocal about legal gun ownership, participating in gun-control debates in "Let It Rip" segments on FOX2 television, and founding his own group, Legally Armed in Detroit, through which he teaches classes about firearms. He says he doesn't necessarily identify with either major political party, and he skews libertarian. The main throughline in his politics is defending...
  • Police test gunfire detection system in Detroit

    09/29/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    Associated Press via foxnews ^ | September 29, 2014 | unidentified reporter
    DETROIT – A Detroit police pilot project is using a gunfire detection system to help officers pinpoint where shots are being fired in the city. Police Chief James Craig tells The Detroit News that since the program began Sept. 22 the ShotSpotter system detected what appeared to be 24 shootings. Craig says testing is being done on the system and "tweaking" needs to be done. Craig didn't specify where the system is being tested, how many sensors are employed or how long the pilot program will last.
  • Detroit Water City: If the city can’t even make customers pay their bills, how can it move forward?

    09/29/2014 2:39:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 28, 2014 | Aaron M. Renn
    To understand why revitalizing Detroit will be difficult, consider the response to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) recent plan to make overdue customers pay their bills. The DWSD serves more than 4 million customers across the Detroit region. The suburbs mostly buy water from the DWSD wholesale, so it’s mainly city residents and businesses who get billed directly, and over half of them—about 90,000 customers—haven’t paid up. Total past-due bills add up to nearly $90 million, with the average delinquent residential customer owing $540, or more than 7 months’ worth of service, based on an average bill of...
  • Liberal Economist: 'Mostly White' Citizens Deserves the Blame For Detroit's Problems

    09/26/2014 10:24:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 63 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich places the blame for the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy on the “mostly white” residents of Oakland County. “But Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they would otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans,” Reich wrote. “ … But one thing is for certain: A very large and prosperous group close by won’t sacrifice a cent — the mostly white citizens of neighboring Oakland County.” The reaction of one Oakland County official was that Reich, a former...
  • Detroit elected officials regain city control

    09/25/2014 8:57:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2014 10:05 PM EDT | Corey Williams
    The Detroit City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to return oversight of daily operations to elected officials while retaining the city’s state-appointed emergency manager to oversee bankruptcy matters until they are resolved. Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by the state in March 2013 to manage Detroit’s troubled finances and who took the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, said Thursday that Detroit is “more than ready for the change.” …
  • Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water

    09/22/2014 12:32:51 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 77 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 22, 2014 | ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line. Judge Steven Rhodes set aside Detroit's bankruptcy trial to hear evidence in a controversy that has been boiling all summer. A coalition representing low-income residents is asking him to suspend water shutoffs and restore service to people who have lost it. The water department would be violating Michigan law and breaking agreements with bond holders if forced to supply water and ignore overdue bills, attorney Sonal Mithani said. The "humanitarian concerns...
  • Clinton Labor Sec.: ‘Mostly white’ suburban county to blame for Detroit’s woes

    09/21/2014 2:24:32 PM PDT · by walford · 87 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential via EAG News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tom Gantert
    DETROIT – In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich places the blame for the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy on the “mostly white” residents of Oakland County. Detroit-in-ruins-15“But Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they would otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans,” Reich wrote. “ … But one thing is for certain: A very large and prosperous group close by won’t sacrifice a cent — the mostly white citizens of neighboring Oakland County.” The reaction of one Oakland County official was that Reich,...
  • Fidel Castro for Stroh's Light (ALL-TIME GREATEST BEER COMMERCIAL)

    01/06/2007 5:40:25 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 16 replies · 838+ views
    YouTube ^ | February 10, 2006 | Stroh's Beer
    I was watching the ballgame today, complaining to my wife about the lame commercials, and this one came to mind. It's still the best.
  • Member of Stroh beer family plummets to death in Texas hotel (Hold Muh Beer)

    07/10/2003 5:24:07 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 35 replies · 423+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2003
    GRAPEVINE, Texas— A member of the Stroh beer family plummeted to his death early Wednesday when a rope of sheets he had fashioned to climb down from a 10th-story hotel balcony failed to hold, police said.Charles Suddards Stroh, 43, of Addison died about 3:30 a.m. at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office reported.Police said Stroh had been staying at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World in Grapevine since early July, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its online edition Wednesday. Bill Bretches, general manager for the hotel, declined to comment.Stroh was a member of the family...
  • Violence erupts at candlelight vigil on Detroit's northwest side

    09/12/2014 9:27:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    A violent night on Detroit's northwest side has police investigating two scenes after multiple people were shot at a candlelight vigil. Detroit police confirm two people are dead including 33-year-old Kercilla Reed. "And a total of five others that have been shot are in temp-serious condition," said Assistant Police Chief Steven Dolunt. Full title: Multiple people shot, killed in northwest Detroit Violence erupts at candlelight vigil on Detroit's northwest side 
  • Mind-Blowing Alfred Fisher Mansion Sells For $1.6M [guess where]

    09/08/2014 2:37:43 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 92 replies
    Curbed ^ | September 4, 2014 | Sarah Cox
    The Alfred Fisher Mansion,the largest residential listing in Detroit, has sold for $1.6 Million in deal that closed in late August. Designed by architect Richard Marr and built in 1926, the mansion contains 15 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a ballroom, sun room, and a billiards room. There is also an indoor pool. These listing photos don't do the interior justice (there's a strange party situation in the basement) but the grounds are looking lovely. When the mansion first came on the market the ask was a mere $1.2M...."
  • Beautiful mansion is Detroit's biggest sale in at least a decade

    09/11/2014 6:07:08 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 8 replies
    Yahoo Homes ^ | September 10, 2014 | Ilyce R. Glink
    Detroit has recorded its biggest home sale in a long, long time. The historic and still-beautiful Alfred J. Fisher mansion sold to an anonymous all-cash buyer for $1.6 million, more than any Detroit home in recent memory, according to the Detroit Free Press. That might not sound like much, but this is a city where thousands of homes have been razed because they couldn’t be sold for anything. Detroit hasn't seen a sale price like that for at least a decade. The home has 15 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, an indoor pool, a ballroom and 2 acres of landscaped grounds in...
  • Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million

    09/08/2014 6:36:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 52 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014, the city of Detroit projected it would bring in $55 million in property taxes. Instead, it collected just $6.7 million, about $48.3 million short of what it expected. The city revealed the shortfall in its most recent filing with the Michigan Department of Treasury by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. “It's a combination of many factors,” said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Orr. “Clearly, collections is an issue, but so it is the assessment process itself. In many cases, the city is carrying assessments for properties that are blighted or abandoned and those...
  • Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm

    09/07/2014 2:10:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Sptember 6, 2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm Where absent money leaves gaps, ingenuity fills in. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit's fire departments, where, as Detroit Free Press reporter Tresa Baldas shows us, a soda can full of jangling coins and screws alerts the Motor City's long-suffering heroes when there's an emergency. The system is brilliantly simple: A soda can full of rattling metal is balanced on top of the fire department's printer at the end of the tray. When the printer spits out an emergency alert, the paper knocks over the can....
  • The Enterprise Of Maligning Enterprise (And The Clergy Who Make Matters Worse)

    09/06/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    "MCDonalds Mcdonalds, can't you see...Seven-forty is not for me..." The chant, recited through a megaphone, was being led by a man identifed as a Christian Pastor ("Reverend Charles" we'll call him), near a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit last week. Dozens of people in the parking lot uttered the chant with him, as the crowd sought to malign McDonalds restaurants while at the same time demanding a $15.00 per hour wage. "They want fifteen, they want a union, they want to be organized" Pastor Charles told the tv news crews. "The McDonalds corporation should allow that to happen immediately." The illogic...
  • Detroit, the showcase of liberal governance where fire stations use soda cans as warning devices

    09/06/2014 10:44:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/6/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The argument against liberals ever being in charge of our lives can be reduced to a single word: Detroit. Detroit has fallen from its position as one of the greatest cities in America at the beginning of the 1950s to a perfect reminder of what liberal Democrats will do when given enough power and enough time to show who they really are. “The Motor City” had an unbroken succession of liberal Democrat mayors for more than 40 years and each of these men has contributed to the steady decline of their city. Acting in concert with greedy unions these mayors...
  • Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    09/02/2014 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 2:05 AM EDT | Corey Williams
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is “more manageable,” according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr. …
  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    09/01/2014 10:07:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    My Fox Detroit ^ | 9/1/14 | My Fox Detroit
    <p>DETROIT (WJBK) - Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor's annual parade.</p> <p>The vice president's speech helped kick off the start of the Detroit Labor Day parade. This is the second time Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.</p>
  • Mowdown in Motown

    09/01/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by Makana · 1 replies
    Wall STreet Journal ^ | August 31, 2014 | Review and Outlook
    Federal Judge Steven Rhodes will begin hearings Tuesday to determine whether Detroit's readjustment plan fulfills the legal and fiscal requirements to exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The trial may provide investors a lesson, instructive but painful, in how politics can override law in municipal bankruptcies. Since declaring bankruptcy in July 2013, Detroit has cut deals with nearly all of its major creditors. Workers, retirees and most bondholders this summer voted to accept the plan. Yet Judge Rhodes must still validate that the plan is "fair and equitable" and was proposed in good faith, among other standards of Chapter 9.
  • Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million

    08/27/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/27/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014, the city of Detroit projected it would bring in $55 million in property taxes. Instead, it collected just $6.7 million, about $48.3 million short of what it expected. The city revealed the shortfall in its most recent filing with the Michigan Department of Treasury by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. “It's a combination of many factors,” said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Orr. “Clearly, collections is an issue, but so it is the assessment process itself. In many cases, the city is carrying assessments for properties that are blighted or abandoned and those...
  • Jimmy Carter To Give Keynote Speech At Muslim Convention In Detroit

    08/25/2014 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 25, 2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, The Toledo Blade reported that former President Jimmy Carter, the same President who accused Israel of practicing apartheid and called for the U.S to "legitimize" Hamas, will be giving the keynote speech at the 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held in Detroit this Friday, September 1st. The speech will be held at a luncheon August 30th.
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • Not Nearly as Daunting as the 1960s Riots

    08/22/2014 7:21:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Continued violence in Ferguson, Missouri, brings back memories of the urban riots of the 1960s. As it happens, I had a front-row seat back then, as an intern in the office of Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh during the six-day riot in July 1967. At one point I was alone in the so-called command center with Cavanagh and Michigan Gov. George Romney. Forty-three people died in that riot. Many were bystanders who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One was a deaf man who did not heed a policeman's command, which he couldn't hear. Sadly, nearly...
  • MI:Gunfight in Detroit; Thieves Escape, Return, Wound Bystander

    08/21/2014 9:59:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A gunfight erupted in Detroit as a neighbor interrupted the theft of the catalytic converter from a minivan.   The neighbor came out with a long gun, which appeared to be a Mossberg single shot bolt action shotgun, based on the shape of the trigger guard and bolt.  The underside of the long gun showed the lack of a magazine.     From clickondetroit.com: A man spotted two crooks stealing the catalytic converter from his neighbor's Chevrolet Venture. He came out armed with a gun, hoping to scare them away. Police say the men took off toward their car, fired shots...
  • Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime

    08/18/2014 9:53:01 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 8 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | Sunday 17 August 2014 | Rose Hackman
    Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city. His words have not fallen on deaf ears. Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license - a CPL - two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock...
  • Were Copper Thieves to Blame For Detroit’s Massive Highway Floods?

    08/16/2014 7:06:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 22 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | August 15th 2014 | Ashley Herzog
    Were Copper Thieves to Blame For Detroit’s Massive Highway Floods? On Monday, as storms rolled across Southeastern Michigan, highways throughout the Detroit area became so flooded that over 1,000 cars were abandoned as their owners fled for higher ground. At least two people died, and it could be several more days before all the highways reopen. The possible cause of this unprecedented disaster? Copper thieves, says CBS Detroit.
  • Ride on, Ride on, Ride on! Be careful though, this is unsafe at any speed.

    08/16/2014 6:38:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-16-2014 | MOTUS
    I’m assuming that, like me, you’re already kinda’ bored with the Wons bike ridin’. And have seen all you want of our DIC (Dweeb-In-Chief): Are those white anklets!?! What a dweeb! So I say we move on to an entirely different kind of Ride. Now I know, we just did this a week or so ago, butt seriously: can you ever have too many posts about classic cars? And while there are thousands of “classic car cruise nights” all across America, the biggest and the bestest takes place on the third Saturday of August in metropolitan Detroit, home of the...
  • FLASHBACK: No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

    08/13/2014 6:34:43 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions. Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say. The horseshoer’s job description is "to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work … and to perform related work as required." The description was last updated in 1967. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has a large debt, rising water...