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  • Famed Detroit Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78

    05/24/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Jeff Karoub
    Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78. Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care facility and the cause of death was heart failure, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan. Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. Born into a family of musicians in Chester, Pennsylvania, he started playing professionally at 12 and joined The Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s — what he once described as "the beginning...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • Let Syrians Settle Detroit (NY Times editorial alert)

    05/18/2015 10:05:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | David D. Laitin and Marc Jahr
    Detroit, a once great city, has become an urban vacuum. Its population has fallen to around 700,000 from nearly 1.9 million in 1950. The city is estimated to have more than 70,000 abandoned buildings and 90,000 vacant lots. Meanwhile, desperate Syrians, victims of an unfathomable civil war, are fleeing to neighboring countries, with some 1.8 million in Turkey and 600,000 in Jordan. Suppose these two social and humanitarian disasters were conjoined to produce something positive. Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican, has already laid the groundwork. [Snip] Grants from the federal government and from philanthropic foundations would be needed...
  • Harper announces new Windsor-Detroit bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    05/14/2015 9:35:59 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 52 replies
    CP24 ^ | May 13, 2014
    WINDSOR, Ont. - A new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe. Howe, who is now 87, was born in Floral, Sask., and came to be known as "Mr. Hockey." The still-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020. The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land crossing between the two countries and the border has long been a bottleneck. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the river separating Canada and the U.S. Harper praised Howe as a proud...
  • Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst District

    05/13/2015 2:14:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    When Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed creating a new school district organization to serve Detroit schoolchildren, he cited a “lack of educational success” and “failing academics” and pointed out that Detroit is the “nation’s lowest performing urban school area.” However, the Detroit Public School district's most recent evaluations of its own teachers paint a picture of success in 2013-14. The district gave 8 out of 10 teachers the highest evaluation possible — “highly effective.” Full email response from DPS Spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski. Starting with the 2011-12 academic year, school districts have been required by state law to report on their...
  • Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student

    05/13/2015 10:49:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Gov. Rick Snyder says his vision of new Detroit public school system does not represent a bailout because it doesn’t ask for more taxpayer dollars. But one study says that school districts around the state will have to chip in $50 per pupil, which some superintendents aren’t happy about. Snyder has proposed creating a new “Detroit Education District” to operate all public schools in the city. Alongside of this entity, the current Detroit school district would be retained in a purely administrative role for the purpose of paying off the massive debt it has accumulated. Money to service the debt...
  • Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice

    05/13/2015 7:50:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to revitalize schools within the city of Detroit has school-choice advocates concerned about potential threats to school choice in the city. Charter school advocates fear that Snyder’s plan creates a bureaucracy with the authority to stop the growth of charter schools or even shut them down if different political leadership put anti-charter board members in charge. The governor’s plan calls for the old Detroit Public Schools to be kept in existence for the administrative purpose of paying off the district’s debt. DPS has $483 million in operating debt and a combined capital and bond debt of...
  • Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools

    05/12/2015 12:47:56 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Hundreds of Detroit public school teachers broke the law Thursday when they skipped school to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement in Lansing proposing an overhaul of the Detroit public school system. The action caused 18 Detroit public schools to close and more than 12,000 students to miss a day of classes. The action is considered a strike, which is illegal for government employees in Michigan, according to Patrick Wright, senior legal analyst for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Source - Detroit Federation of Teachers website. On the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ website, the union urged all DPS employees to...
  • State senator in custody after weekend shooting at his home

    05/11/2015 9:05:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    nbc Michigan ^ | 5-11-2015 | ap
    Police say a state senator from Detroit is suspected of firing many shots at his girlfriend's car over the weekend. Police Chief James Craig says Virgil Smith is in custody Monday. He told reporters that a gun was seized from Smith's home. Craig says the Detroit Democrat has been cooperating with investigators. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred early Sunday.
  • Detroit TV Anchor Angers Local Muslim Community with ISIS Comments

    05/09/2015 8:56:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    A Detroit-based local news anchor found herself in hot water this week after making a comment connecting Michigan’s large Muslim community to potential ISIS threats. During a Wednesday broadcast on NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV Local 4, anchor Carmen Harlan discussed a possible ISIS-connected threat in the state. “Given the fact that we have the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East, I guess this should not come as a real surprise,” she said. Seeing as the state has a substantial Muslim population, several organizations spoke out against Harlan, calling upon her and the network to officially apologize, the Lebanese Examiner reported.
  • Detroit Reporter Tells Truth About Muslims in Michigan: Forced to Apologize

    05/09/2015 11:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/09/2015 | Rick Moran
    A reporter for a Detroit TV station got in hot water earlier this week when she mentioned that, given the substantial Muslim population in the state, “it should not come as a real surprise” if there was a Michigan connection to Islamic State.The reporter was roundly criticized. Not for stating the obvious, but because she said the words “Muslim” and “ISIS” in the same sentence.Mediaite: During a Wednesday broadcast on NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV Local 4, anchor Carmen Harlan discussed a possible ISIS-connected threat in the state. “Given the fact that we have the largest Arab population outside of the Middle...
  • WW2: Army on Wheels (1941)

    05/04/2015 10:16:37 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1941 | Wilding Picture Productions
    A film report on a practical field test of men and equipment under simulated combat conditions. The peacetime maneuvers, held in Texas in 1940 and involving 70,000 men from around the country and trucks and other vehicles from Detroit, demonstrated new standards of motorized mobility for the United
  • Hudson's Department Store (fascinating)

    05/04/2015 7:35:35 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 42 replies
    HistoricDetroit.org ^ | 2015 | By DAN AUSTIN
    The Big Store. For generations, it was as synonymous with Christmas and fashion as it was Detroit. The store at Woodward and Gratiot avenues was absolutely massive, evolving with the Motor City until it became the tallest department store in the world. By the time it finished growing, the store’s size almost defied belief. A quick list of facts, many courtesy of the Detroit Historical Museum: The store was 2,124,316 square feet, making it second in size among department stores to only Macy’s in New York. Even then, Macy’s is only 26,000 square feet bigger. The store was spread out...
  • Detroit prosecutor resigns after saying (on Facebook) Baltimore rioters should be shot

    05/01/2015 6:46:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/1/15 | Serena Maria Daniels - Reuters
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit prosecutor who said on Facebook that people involved in Baltimore rioting should be shot has resigned, after her comments ignited fierce criticism, the prosecutor's office said on Friday. Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Teana Walsh had posted comments about this week's unrest in Baltimore, which was sparked by the death of Freddie Gray after he was fatally injured in police custody, according to a screenshot of her page posted on MyFox Detroit.com. She described "large swarms of people throwing bricks etc at police who are fleeing from their assaults" and then suggested using guns. "Simple. Shoot...
  • Liberalism: the disease that killed once prosperous and bustling City of Detroit (my title).

    04/30/2015 6:26:29 AM PDT · by Mich Patriot · 19 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | 12/21/09 | Steven Crowder
    I'm pretty sure this was posted a couple of years ago, but with Baltimore and Ferguson recently in the news (and in flames), it is worth another look. Steven Crowder's "Detroit in Ruins" is (IMO) a well done piece on Detroit's fall from grace under liberal influence, put in power by the UAW.
  • Baltimore: The “Ghost of Democrat Rule Future”

    04/29/2015 9:38:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/29/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Baltimore is on its way to becoming the Detroit of the South. Years of misrule, neglect and union collaboration grinding its people under the heel of socialism are coming home to roost. Baltimore is closing in on fifty years of Democrat rule. This combined with a federal administration led by a president who does not love America, is driving the town toward the kind of lawlessness that Detroit has proved that cities cannot survive. With thugs ruling its streets the city is dangerously close to falling apart. Make no mistake Baltimore is owned “lock stock and barrel” by the dysfunctional,...
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    04/21/2015 9:25:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    LaTanya Dorsey is a mother who sends her daughter to a public charter school in Eastpointe. Her daughter is on the honor roll and doing very well. Dorsey didn't expect to have a say in where her daughter went to school. “Usually, it's the district that you're in is the school that you would have to attend,” Dorsey said. “That kind of surprised me — that I did have a choice to send her to another school, so I was real grateful for that.” Dorsey said that parental choice is critical to helping students attend a school that is the...
  • Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation

    04/15/2015 9:12:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    A Detroit coalition has released its long-awaited recommendations on education policy for Detroit. Though the coalition characterizes its recommendations as a way to improve the "education landscape" for all Detroit students, the coalition's main apparent goal is preserving the institution of Detroit Public Schools. DPS Bailout: To that end, the coalition recommends that taxpayers from the rest of the state pay off some of DPS' debt, take on some of DPS' employee retirement costs, increase school funding and remove the district's emergency manager to hand back control to a local school board. The coalition does not mention how much all...
  • Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want

    04/14/2015 11:06:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2009, students in Detroit Public Schools posted the worst test scores ever measured on a national test. “There is no jurisdiction of any kind, at any level, at any time in the 30-year history of NAEP that has ever registered such low numbers,” said Michael Casserly, then the executive director of the council that administered the assessment. “They are barely above what one would expect simply by chance, as if the kids simply guessed at the answers.” Since then, charter schools have flourished in the city and more than half of Detroit's students attend them. A recent study from...
  • A Long, Slow Dance

    04/11/2015 8:26:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-11-2015 | MOTUS
    “We don’t want to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said during a visit to Kingston, Jamaica. “When something doesn’t work for 50 years, you don’t just keep on doing it. You try something new.” – Barack Obama, April 9, 2015 In that case, is it time to revisit “The Great Society” as well?Detroit leadership, exclusively Democratic since 1962 “If Mayors Jerome Cavanagh and Roman Gribbs had cut the workforce in the 1960s and early 1970s as the population and property values dropped. If Mayor Dennis Archer hadn’t added more than 1,100 employees in the 1990s when the city...
  • Fast Food Workers Continue To Protest After A ‘Weak’ Raise, Demand $15 An Hour And A Union

    04/02/2015 7:07:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    DETROIT (WWJ) – After McDonald’s announced a $1 an hour raise, increased vacation time and educational benefits for employees in its non-franchise stores, local cashiers and cooks marched to one of the company’s restaurants Thursday. And it wasn’t to offer thanks. Dozens of protesters burst into the McDonald’s on W. McNichols and Livernois Thursday to have their voices heard, demanding raises to boost them to $15 an hour....
  • More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense

    04/02/2015 5:04:42 AM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 02 April 2015 | Martin Kaste
    When James Craig was a young man in the 1970s, he says law-abiding people wouldn't dream of carrying guns. But then he left town to pursue a career in policing. In the years he was gone, Michigan liberalized its gun laws, making it easier for people to get concealed-carry permits. When he came back to become Detroit's police chief in 2013, he found a whole new reality. "You would have thought, given the dynamic of people who carry weapons, that we were maybe in Texas," he says. "But in fact, we were in Detroit, Michigan!" Police chiefs usually don't like...
  • Two kids found dead in mom's freezer

    03/25/2015 6:46:31 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/25/15
    DETROIT — A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family’s home, police said. Court officers found the children’s bodies while carrying out an eviction order at the three-bedroom home in the apartment complex just east of downtown. An autopsy will determine how they died. Police initially reported a woman’s body was found in the freezer, but later said it was actually the bodies of the two children in a plastic bag. The boy was about 11 and the girl was 14, said Police Chief...
  • Bodies of 2 dead children were left in Detroit freezer for more than a year

    03/24/2015 1:57:48 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 58 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | March 24, 2015 | Joel Landau
    Full Title: Bodies of 2 dead children were left in Detroit freezer for more than a year, mother in custody: police Two children who were found dead inside a freezer in a Detroit home Tuesday, had been in the container for more than a year, police said. Authorities found the bodies of the two children, a 14-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy, in an apartment in the city's east side, Detroit Officer Jennifer Moreno told the Daily News. Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt told the Detroit News the bodies appear to have been in the freezer "for over a year." She lived...
  • ISIS On The Streets Of Metro Detroit? Officials Say It Was A Planned Exercise

    03/23/2015 11:58:08 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    C.B.S. ^ | March 22, 2015 | No Attribution
    SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – There was some concern in Southfield Sunday morning after an ISIS flag was seen hanging from the side of a truck near the United States Army Reserve Center. Officials there tell us the flag was being used a part of an anti-terrorism training exercise, and the truck had briefly left the property. Such a vehicle wouldn’t normally leave the base, and officials understand why there would be confusion and apologized. They say using foreign flags and symbols make their exercises authentic.
  • There are 3 US cities — and an entire state — that will pay you to live there

    03/18/2015 7:19:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | TIERNA UNRUH-ENOS, SMARTASSET
    A city will pay me to live there? How is that possible, you may ask. Well, it's true. There are cities in the US that will actually pay you to live there. Might they always be your first choice for where you would live? Maybe, and maybe not. But getting paid to move and live in a community, if even for a short while can be quite an adventure, save you a ton of money and might even surprise you with how much you enjoy living in that city. Find out now: How much house can I afford? Here are...
  • Chicago Fray

    03/18/2015 6:20:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | John Stossel
    Rahm Emanuel, current mayor of my old hometown, Chicago, is not a gentle soul. But he's smarter than his big-spending predecessor, Richard M. Daley, and the union pawn, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who becomes the new mayor if he beats Emanuel in a run-off election April 7. Emanuel was the tough Obama chief of staff who reportedly stabbed a table with a steak knife as he listed political enemies. He relishes conflict and famously said that in politics, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." That comment scared libertarians and conservatives, who know that government usually uses crises as...
  • Accelerated Alinsky

    03/18/2015 2:04:59 AM PDT · by therapsida · 3 replies
    original | 3-18-2015 | Therapsida
    "They" have established....... "different arrest parameters"...... for different groups"....this combined with financial concerns in many cities......".encourage" police to focus on lucrative offenders while ignoring dangerous resource eating offenders....these 2 mechanisms......work together.....and Detroit ....is what happens....TA-DA.......Its called ..........(The Accelerated Alinsky)........................GLTUA
  • Tempted by Detroit's $500 properties? 5 things to know

    03/11/2015 2:15:49 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 24 replies
    AP/via Seattle PI ^ | 3/11/15 | Beth Harpez
    DETROIT (AP) — Sixty-two thousand properties have faced foreclosure in Detroit this year over unpaid taxes. About half will likely be auctioned for $500 apiece this fall. Buying homes or vacant lots for $500 might sound inviting, even in a city as troubled as Detroit. After all, look at New York: Decades of crime and decay gave way to a real estate boom that has gentrified even outlying working-class neighborhoods. Properties that sold for thousands in the bad old days are now worth millions. But there are no guarantees. "The opportunities are there but there are huge challenges," said Dang...
  • Detroit’s rebirth as "America’s Great Comeback City" hits roadblock as taxes kill homeowners’ dreams

    03/11/2015 10:36:56 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 11, 2015 | Prashant Gopal
    Cindy Gresham paid US$6,000 cash in 2010 for her Tudor-style house on Detroit’s west side for herself and three children. Now she probably will lose the home, which came with a surprise US$8,586 unpaid tax bill that has since tripled. The brick home is among about 52,000 Detroit properties the city may seize for unpaid taxes on March 31, including as many as a fifth of all occupied homes. Gresham was one of 5,000 homeowners at the city’s Cobo Convention Center last month trying to negotiate payment arrangements for tax balances that are eclipsing the area’s depressed property values. “The...
  • Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins: Twitter Reacts to Reported Contract

    03/08/2015 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    NFL ^ | 03.08.15
    The Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a massive contract that will land them the most prized free agent of the NFL offseason: former Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh.
  • Federal Judge Terrence Berg Shot at Detroit Home (UPDATED)

    03/05/2015 7:10:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 69 replies
    WJBK-TV ^ | Thursday, March 5, 2015
    A federal judge has been shot in the leg at his home in Detroit Thursday night. SNIP Police are looking for two suspects in a black Chrysler 200 or 300 series or a Dodge Charger.
  • Sen. Kirk: Chicago Could End Up Like Detroit If Mayor Emanuel Not Re-Elected (Rino-barf alert)

    03/03/2015 5:58:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | March 2, 2015 | Craig Dellimore
    Sen. Kirk: Chicago Could End Up Like Detroit If Mayor Emanuel Not Re-Elected March 2, 2015 Craig Dellimore (CBS) — Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has given his tacit endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. He refused to call it an endorsement, but Senator Mark Kirk made clear he feels Chicago would risk dire financial straits like Detroit has seen if Mayor Emanuel is not re-elected.
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit’s growth (but “recovery”?)

    03/02/2015 7:28:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2015 10:02 AM EST | Corey Williams
    When Alison Norris couldn’t find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that’s 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled. What’s available to those without cars—about 40 percent of Detroit’s population, according to federal figures—often are low-paying retail or sales positions far outside the city. […] The...
  • #ShutDownAIPAC Protesters Raise Hezbollah Flag, Call For End Of Israel

    03/01/2015 5:25:25 PM PST · by absentee · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3/1/15 | Amy Miller
    The nasty weather didn’t stop a group of around 60 anti-Israel activists from storming the steps of the Washington Convention Center and blocking at least one entrance to the conference grounds. Code Pink and other anti-Israeli groups went into a frenzy against AIPAC, the “Israel lobby,” and what they believe is the “Apartheid” State of Israel. I also saw harassment of men, women, and children who had done nothing to deserve it except make the mistake of revealing their conference badge before they reached the door. Those who were obviously religious Jews (based on their head coverings, clothing, and...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state’s public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • Who’s The Daddy?’ Homework Assignment Prompts Parent Complaint

    02/25/2015 5:35:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    The principal of Romeo High School has called an outraged father to apologize about a controversial homework assignment. The 9th grade biology worksheet sent home with students this week featured questions about a mother trying to determine the identity of her baby’s father. Possible answers included: the cable guy, the mailman, the cab driver, the bartender and the guy at the club.
  • Mistrial Declared For St. Clair Shores Police Officer In Robbery Case ("stole back" stolen iPhone)

    02/22/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by Drew68 · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 21 Feb 2015
    <p>DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the case of an off-duty suburban police sergeant accused of robbing three men suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to his daughter.</p> <p>Wayne County Circuit Judge Tim Kenny declared a mistrial Friday for Michael Notoriano. The suspended St. Clair Shores officer was charged with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment stemming from the July 2013 incident.</p>
  • Detroit: Muslim who stabbed non-Muslims after asking if they were Muslim not charged with hate crime

    02/21/2015 5:16:46 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 64 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/20/15 | Robert Spencer
    He is a Muslim. He asked his victims if they were Muslim. Then he stabbed them when they say they weren’t. If this isn’t a hate crime, what is? The fact that Terrence Lavaron Thomas has not been charged with a hate crime shows yet again that hate crime laws are political tools in the hands of the powerful, used to menace the powerless groups they dislike. In the Detroit area, the Muslim community is powerful — so this must not be a hate crime. “Detroit Muslim accused of stabbing victims over religion not charged with hate crime,” by Gus...
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution claims Detroit Muslim who targeted non-Muslims “targeted Muslims”

    02/21/2015 4:59:54 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/20/15 | Robert Spencer
    Isn’t it funny how all these mainstream media “mistakes” run in exactly the same direction. They never, ever seem to make a mistake that falsely portray Muslims as perpetrators and non-Muslims as victims. The Washington Post did the same thing as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution does here. This kind of thing shows how the state press keeps the lemmings in line. “Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falsely Claims Detroit Muslim ‘Targeted Muslims,’” by Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, February 19, 2015: On Tuesday news went national of a Muslim man who was arrested in Detroit for stabbing two non-Muslims at a bus stop after asking...
  • Judge says $178 million Detroit bankruptcy fee tab 'reasonable'

    02/12/2015 10:10:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 2/12/15 | Karen Pierog
    The federal judge who oversaw Detroit's historic bankruptcy case ruled on Thursday that the nearly $178 million charged to the city by law firms and consultants for fees and expenses was reasonable. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes said he based his decision mainly on the complexity of the bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 as well as substantial reductions that the firms agreed to make in their bills. "The city is now on a path to success precisely because of the expertise, skill, commitment, endurance, personal sacrifice, civility and proficiency of all of the professionals in the case, including...
  • GM confirms Bolt 50-state electric car built in Mich. (a new ObamaMobile!)

    02/12/2015 8:04:07 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/12/15
    General Motors Co (GM.N) said Thursday it will build the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at an assembly plant near Detroit, where it will invest $200 million for the project. The compact Bolt, shown as a concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show last month, is designed to have a range of 200 miles, and will cost about $30,000 apiece after tax breaks. GM's announcement confirms a report last week by Reuters that the Bolt would be produced at the under-used Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The only electric car currently available with a 200-mile range is the Tesla Model S,...
  • Lawyer says slow-cooker killing followed fight over politics

    02/05/2015 6:45:27 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    Seattle P I ^ | February 5, 2015
    the women were arguing over "presidential politics" and "whatever the controversy is between Democrats and Republicans." He won't say which woman took which side.
  • James Robertson of Detroit: Look What You Can Do Without the Government

    02/03/2015 7:32:52 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-3-2015 | MOTUS
    “It might be tough, but my dad used to say, tough times don't last — tough people do." – James RobertsonJames, on his 21 mile daily commute on footI know we could all use a feel-good story, and I have a doozy for you today. It comes to us from - of all places – Detroit. As you read James’ story you may begin to understand what once made Detroit a great city; a monument to American enterprise and the “Arsenal of Democracy” before the liberals took it over and tried to “fix” it with government dollars. It’s because people...
  • Squatters In ‘Abandonminiums’ Slow Detroit’s Plan To Bulldoze Way To Prosperity

    01/29/2015 2:43:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 1/29/15 | Corey Williams
    DETROIT (AP) – Chris Mathews’ crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit’s grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there. A middle-aged woman who watched the crew tear away the home’s warped wooden steps the day before had called their company, Adamo Demolition, to point out she was living on the second floor, despite no power, heat or gas and a flooded basement. “It was like a swimming pool. We would...
  • Black Man Who Tortured, Executed Two White Teens Makes ‘Black Lives Matter’ Speech at Sentencing

    01/23/2015 7:32:19 AM PST · by lbryce · 67 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    “I’d like to say sorry to the families of Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and I want to apologize to them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who were murdered in cold blood. And in respect for the peaceful protest I want to say hands up, don’t shoot, black lives matter. That’s it your honor.” Michigan Live described the crime spree by the two men and their sentences. Photos of the victims are posted at MLive as well as photos of their killers yawning and making faces in court. “Bobbish, 17, and Kudla, 18,...
  • Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing

    01/22/2015 5:30:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 90 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    A black man who was found guilty of murdering two white teenagers execution-style in a vacant Detroit field defiantly declared “black lives matter” Wednesday before being sentenced to life in prison. Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing and murdering Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla, who had met up with them in July 2012 to buy drugs, a local Fox affiliate reported. Young shocked the courtroom when he was given the chance to address the victims’ families, but instead apologized to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
  • MI:Open Carrier Accused of Concealed Carry in Detroit: Jury Trial, Not Guilty!

    01/19/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah's arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by...