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  • Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks

    01/29/2016 5:22:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Last month the Detroit Free Press published a sympathetic story by columnist Rochelle Riley about a Detroit Public School principal named Kenyetta Wilbourn who pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges. Wilbourn used her position to put relatives on the payroll, took kickbacks from vendors and wrote fake grant requests. Wilbourn, who said in the story she considered herself like Robin Hood, was also quoted about her own financial problems: “We’re talking about systemic poverty and what does that look like?” she said. “Yes, I may have a Gucci bag or a pair of Cartier (glasses), but I don’t...
  • Detroit Driver, Distracted by Cellphone Porn, Crashes & Dies

    01/28/2016 9:42:16 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    TTAC ^ | 01/27/2016 | By Ronnie Schreiber
    Via the Detroit News, the Michigan State Police reported the death of a Detroit motorist early Sunday morning when he lost control of his car on a ramp between two city freeways, apparently distracted by the pornographic movie he was watching on his cellphone. MSP reports that Clifford Ray Jones, age 58, was partially ejected through the sunroof when his 1996 Toyota Corolla overturned. He was wearing neither a seat belt nor his pants at the time of the accident. The single car accident took place around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, on the ramp between the southbound Lodge freeway...
  • EAST CHICAGO COUNCILMAN SWORN IN FROM BEHIND BARS

    01/25/2016 6:49:39 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | January 25, 2016 | N/A
    An East Chicago councilman was sworn into office behind bars earlier this month while in custody on murder charges. Robert Battle, who was re-elected in November when he ran unopposed, was given his oath of office and signed required paperwork on Jan. 15, said Paula Miraldi, of the Lake County Board of Elections in northwest Indiana. The board of elections received the paperwork Friday morning, but it was dated Jan. 15. Battle needed to be sworn in and submit his paperwork by Feb. 1, otherwise the council post would be declared vacant. Battle has been in the custody of the...
  • Obama: ‘I Am Saying Goodbye to the Beast’ (SS limo)

    01/23/2016 6:02:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 22, 2016 | 5:44 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama jokingly told an audience at the United Autoworkers-General Motors Center for Human Resources in Detroit on Wednesday that next year he must give up "the Beast"--which is the nickname for the $1.5 million limousine the Secret Service chauffeurs the president around in. [...] According to Autoweek, the Beast gets only 3.7 miles to the gallon. ...
  • In His Final Year, Obama Proves He Knows Sh** From Shinola

    01/21/2016 6:25:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-21-2016 | MOTUS
    Big Guy visited Detroit yesterday to take another victory lap for having saved GM (and whacking bin Laden). BO visits a Detroit-based Shinola store proving he knows…well, you know.While he was in Motown BHO addressed the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan which is 70 miles northwest of Detroit (not that it matters butt Flint is ranked the 10th most liberal city in America, just behind San Francisco). President Barack Obama, in Detroit on Wednesday for his first visit to the North American International Auto Show, weighed in on the Flint water crisis at the top of his speech to...
  • What is a good website to explain Detroit's decline?

    01/20/2016 7:15:07 PM PST · by eccentric · 39 replies
    vanity ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Linda Martinez
    There is a video going around about Detroit's school. What would be a good website to direct my grandson to to explain the total decline of Detroit?
  • Teacher 'Sickout' Shuts Down Almost All Detroit Schools

    The Detroit Public Schools is seeking a temporary injunction against teachers after sick-outs closed 88 schools in Detroit today - the largest in a string of teacher protests. The district is seeking relief in the Michigan Court of Claims, naming among the 28 defendants Steve Conn, the ousted leader of the teacher's union, interim president Ivy Bailey, and several groups including DPS Teachers Fight Back. Teacher absences forced 88 Detroit schools to close today, the largest sick-out meant to call attention to large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan's largest school district. The sick-out idled most of...
  • Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform

    01/14/2016 7:31:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/4/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    As Detroit’s public school system spirals toward insolvency and Michigan political leaders talk of bailouts and whether the district should remain under state receivership, one key group remains largely voiceless: parents of the Detroit children whose futures depend on having access to quality schools, regardless of what political entity operates them. Parents’ voices do occasionally break through, however, with priorities that clash with those of the status quo system’s vested interests. Exhibit one is an October poll released by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which found that seven in 10 Detroit parents want more school choice. Eliminating the...
  • David Bowie's best song, "Five Years"

    01/12/2016 3:03:27 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 1972 | David Bowie
    JMO, David Bowies's greatest song, especiallsy where he sang "the queer got sick at the sight of that".
  • David Bowie Dead

    01/10/2016 10:51:22 PM PST · by kik5150 · 370 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/10/2016 | THR
    David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.
  • Passengers tie up, hold down unruly passenger on diverted Detroit flight

    01/10/2016 5:16:56 PM PST · by fella · 45 replies
    FOX 5 NY ^ | 8 Jan 2016
    He says it started when a young woman began yelling at a flight attendant and ripped off her necklace. A criminal complaint names Breanna Farquharson as the woman, and says the flight attendant got a small scratch on her lip when that happened. The criminal complaint says Farquharson also assaulted a passenger by grabbing the passenger's shirt collar and necklace, and broke the necklace. Fitzsimmons and the criminal complaint state that he and a few other passengers then ran to Farquharson and helped hold her down, while she kept yelling and rambling on about various things.
  • Study: Millenials Who Want Big Homes Should Look In Detroit

    01/07/2016 5:31:45 PM PST · by hout8475 · 44 replies
    detroit.curbed.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Michelle Goldchain
    Apparently, Detroit Millennials get a lot of bang for their buck. In comparison to cities like New York or San Francisco where Millennials can only afford 165-square-feet and 135-square-feet, respectively, Millennials in Detroit can afford a whopping 3,205-square-foot abode. That number is larger than the national average size of a newly-constructed single-family home, which was 2,453-square-feet in 2014.
  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will fire Mike Pettine

    01/03/2016 9:57:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    NFL.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 at 04:20 a.m. | Ian Rapoport
    immediately after the regular season ends. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already made the decision to fire coach Mike Pettine, multiple sources say, and it is likely general manager Ray Farmer will be shown the door, as well. Pettine leaves after just two seasons full of quarterback movement and a woeful defense. Farmer likely will leave despite never hiring his own head coach. Haslam has already laid the groundwork for the move, doing work on potential candidates and seeing who will be available to him. It ends a tumultuous tenure for Cleveland, filled with dysfunction, in-fighting, failed player acquisitions and...
  • Police call murder of teen at Eastland mall "assassination" (Detroit)

    01/02/2016 6:19:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 1/01/16
    **SNIP** "This was a premeditated assassination," Harper Woods Deputy Police Chief Ted Stager said. Harper Woods Police say the teens have been associated with violence in Detroit before and it wasn't hard to identify the man they say pulled the trigger and they say they even left a digital trail. "We had the shooter identified probably within a few hours of the crime," Stager said "They're on Facebook, social media. bragging and showing off their level of violence."
  • Teachers in Nation's 'Worst Urban District' Twice as Likely to be Rated 'Highly Effective'

    12/30/2015 7:27:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    According to the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) report released in October, the Detroit Public Schools system was rated the worst-performing urban district in the country for the fourth time since 2009. In contrast, the district’s own evaluations of its teachers for the 2014-15 school year indicate that 81 percent were given the top rating possible, or “highly effective.” This is nearly double the statewide average. The Detroit district had 2,388 teachers rated in the highest category. Another 467 teachers were rated “effective” (16 percent). Just 45 teachers were given the second-lowest rating of “minimally effective” and 43...
  • Trump Threatens 35% Tax on Ford if Mexico Operations Expand

    12/26/2015 9:13:54 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 396 replies
    Mustang 360 ^ | 12/23/2015 | John Gilbert
    It was the Detroit News headline "Trump goes after Ford Motor Co." not how long Hillary went overtime in the restroom that got our attention. Donald Trump made a whistle stop outside Grand Rapids, Michigan to take aim at Ford’s plans to expand production in Mexico. Trump promised if elected he would threaten manufacturers with big tariffs on imports to discourage building manufacturing plants south of the border. Trump to Ford, "If you build that plant in Mexico, I’m going to charge you 35 percent on every car, truck part that you send into our country," he said. "Every single...
  • Woman who shot at shoplifters vows to 'never help anybody again' after conviction

    12/11/2015 1:28:57 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    ChiTrib ^ | 12/11/2015 | By Tribune wire reports•Contact Reporter
    Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez thought she was doing the right thing when she pulled out her pistol and fired at a pair of shoplifters as they fled from a Home Depot near Detroit. She wasn't, at least in the eyes of the law. On Wednesday, a Michigan judge sentenced Duva-Rodriguez to 18 months of probation and stripped the 46-year-old of her concealed gun permit. Duva-Rodriguez didn't manage to stop the shoplifters when she rattled off several rounds outside an Auburn Hills Home Depot on Oct. 6, although she did flatten one of their tires. ~snip~ Duva-Rodriguez did not contest the charge in...
  • Pitbull owner faces murder charge after dogs maul, kill 4-year-old ( Detroit )

    12/08/2015 7:16:10 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    CNN - Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | December 7, 2015 | Sarah Jorgensen
    The owner of four pitbulls is facing a murder charge after his dogs mauled to death a 4-year-old boy in Detroit, Michigan. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possessing dangerous animals causing death, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The vicious attack occurred last week as the boy and his mother were walking together down the street. The dogs attacked the pair and dragged the child under a fence and into Lyons' backyard, where the boy was found lying on his back with "massive wounds," according to the prosecutor's office. Three of the dogs...
  • A face-mask in the era of the HD penalty [Green Bay / Lions Game]

    12/04/2015 1:29:08 PM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12/04/2015 | Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
    Five years ago, few would have freaked out about the face-mask penalty that extended Thursday night's wild game at Ford Field. (Trust me, it happened five years ago, and many have long since forgotten it.) [snip] NFL officiating is under siege this season, in many cases by its own making, but referee Carl Cheffers' call Thursday night does not fit neatly into that box. NFL officials have been making that call for decades, using the rotation of a quarterback's head and helmet during real time as a reliable sign that a defender had illegally grabbed his face mask. You just...
  • How the UAW is selling out American auto workers

    12/03/2015 1:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Another touching story from the American heartland crosses our desk this morning, dealing with the dedicated efforts of labor unions to care for their workers and ensure the prosperity of the working class. The United Auto Workers have been in a long series of negotiations with the nation’s auto manufacturers in the latest round of contract wrangling. The result was a deal which should make everyone happy, if by “everyone” you mean the people running the unions. At the heart of the debate was the issue of outsourcing, where American companies ship their facilities (and all of the associated jobs)...
  • LIBERALISM EXPOSED: A Real-Time Detroit Ride Along Video...

    12/03/2015 7:59:04 AM PST · by StevenCrowder · 11 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 12/03/15 | Steven Crowder
    You know how we hear that Detroit isn’t so bad if you just get to know the city a bit? Also that our assessment of it being one giant crap hole where you might get raped, sliced and diced, shot to bits, or at least mugged (on a good day) is a total exaggeration? Well we decided to put our lives on the line by driving through Detroit, not just downtown, but real Detroit, to show just how awful a place it is. A place that has had entirely far left, Democratic mayors since 1961. Leftism crystalized. VIDEO AT LINK...
  • Pit Bulls Kill 4-Year-Old Boy in Detroit Neighborhood

    12/02/2015 2:03:19 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    abc news ^ | Dec 2, 2015
    Police say a pack of pit bulls yanked a 4-year-old Detroit boy away from his mother and mauled him to death. ... The attack occurred while the boy was walking with his mother. A witness, Nyasha Reid, says the mother screamed, "They got my baby." .. the dogs dragged the boy back to where they live. ..the mother tried to fight the dogs off.
  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig: Armed Detroiters cut terror risk

    12/01/2015 4:52:51 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | 12/1/2015 | WXYZ.com
    I'm not sure of the copywrite status on this one so I'll just go with the link. The mayor isn't happy but the police chief is right. Guns deter crime and they work just as well at deterring terrorism.
  • Detroit man, 91, beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire in homicide (headline shortened)

    11/24/2015 6:42:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 23, 2015 | Tobias Salinger
    A 91-year-old man was beaten, covered with gasoline and set on fire in a homicide in northwest Detroit early Monday, police said. Officers and firefighters discovered Paul Monchnik's body when witnesses reported the blaze at the retired TV repairman’s Bentler Court home around 3 a.m., officials with the Detroit Police Department told WJBK-TV.
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Trump suggests that Carson’s nuts

    11/06/2015 9:24:57 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 96 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/6/2015 | Geoff Earle
    <p>With Ben Carson gaining ground in presidential polls, Donald Trump is expanding attacks on his chief rival and suggested he’s nuts.</p> <p>The dramatic stories from Carson’s rough youth growing up in Detroit are getting a fresh look after CNN contacted multiple Carson friends, classmates and other contemporaries who were unable to corroborate the incidents. Trump fired his first shot Thursday night, when he tweeted: “The Carson story is either a total fabrication or, if true, even worse-trying to hit mother over the head with a hammer or stabbing friend!” It was only last month — when Trump led all the polls — that the real estate mogul said he could see Carson as a possible running-mate.</p>
  • Ben Carson Facebook Post August 13th 2015 (says he was thrilled to get offer from West Point)

    11/06/2015 11:13:07 AM PST · by springwater13 · 135 replies
    The next question is from Bill. He wanted to know if it was true that I was offered a slot at West Point after high school. Bill, that is true. I was the highest student ROTC member in Detroit and was thrilled to get an offer from West Point. But I knew medicine is what I wanted to do. So I applied to only one school. (it was all the money I had). I applied to Yale and thank God they accepted me. I often wonder what might have happened had they said no.
  • FLASHBACK: No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

    11/05/2015 5:02:35 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2015 | 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...
  • Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy

    11/03/2015 6:11:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or "progressive" platform have been enacted: A "living wage" ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors. A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average. A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members. Other government employee unions that do the same for their members. A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies. Would...
  • High school students volunteer as pallbearers for homeless veterans

    11/01/2015 7:31:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    fox6now.com ^ | october 31, 2015
    Some Michigan high school students are redefining the term "extracurricular activity." In addition to club meetings, band practices and football games, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy teens are also signing up to serve as pallbearers for homeless veterans. Six students recently volunteered to be pallbearers for three dead homeless veterans. Senior Joshua Gonzales is one of the student leaders who helped develop the program. He said this new opportunity for students is "meant to help dignify and respect the human being." The students' initial plan was to carry the caskets for homeless individuals, said the Rev. Karl...
  • Governor's Plans For Detroit Schools Allows Leader to Limit School Choice

    10/30/2015 5:29:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Charter school proponents are criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to overhaul Detroit Public Schools, which they fear could put too much power in the hands of a chief education officer for all public schools within the geographical boundaries of the district. This person would have the power to shut down any public school inside the district, including charter schools, many of which are currently not subject to district control. Snyder’s plan would call for a Detroit Education Commission to hire a position called the “Detroit Chief Education Officer.” The commission would be made of up political appointees — three named...
  • Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math

    10/29/2015 1:15:36 PM PDT · by massmike · 44 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/29/2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading. That is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school year—the latest for which the Department of Education has reported the financial data—the Detroit public schools had “total expenditures”...
  • How Much Overtime is There in Detroit?

    10/29/2015 9:52:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A series of Detroit News reports on an internal investigation by the Detroit Police Department on allegations of overtime abuse began last November with a look at the homicide department before moving on to other departments. The newspaper reported that prosecutors filed criminal charges against Sgt. Myron Weathers in May of this year, asserting that he falsified overtime claims. The newspaper reported that Weathers was accused of submitting 29 fraudulent reports related to court appearances. The Detroit News also reported in 2014 on a dispute involving Lt. Joseph Tiseo, police detective Brandon Smith and Deputy Chief David LeValley. Tiseo had...
  • Detroit Public Schools Debt Increases By $1 Million Every School Day

    10/26/2015 12:47:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The debt load of the Detroit public school district increases by $1 million every school day, according to the co-chair of a coalition trying to help the financially troubled school district. John Rakolta, the co-chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, offered this figure on the same day that Gov. Rick Snyder released a new proposal to fix Detroits school system. As far as the size of the total debt, its big, really big and very complex, Rakolta said in an email. It has many facets. The debt is increasing by an estimated $1 million per school...
  • Two EMS Workers Attacked, Stabbed With Box Cutter In Detroit; Suspect Arrested

    10/20/2015 9:44:46 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 39 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Unknown
    The suspect first went for the Rojas, who has been working with the department for about two years. When Adams, a 13-year department veteran, stepped in to help her partner, the suspect turned his attention and his weapon to her. Both paramedics were stabbed and slashed repeatedly before making it back to their vehicle. Adams then drove she and her partner to Detroit Receiving Hospital where both remain in serious condition. It was a horrific scene. The EMS rig, the scene inside of the rig is horrific. Their injuries are horrific, Jones said, adding that both paramedics will...
  • Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'

    10/20/2015 7:10:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Despite a new attendance policy that could see truant students and their parents actually prosecuted in court, more than two-thirds of the students enrolled in the Detroit school district are still classified as chronically absent. This is defined by the state as missing more than 10 school days in a year. Detroit saw 67.1 percent of its students deemed chronically absent in 2013-14, the latest year data is available. The statewide average is 25.5 percent. Even the troubled Education Achievement Authority, the state office given oversight of Michigans worst-performing individual schools, experienced chronic absence in just 23.7 percent of its...
  • Police: Pastor Shoots, Kills Man Inside Church In Detroit

    10/19/2015 4:48:10 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 68 replies
    Clickondetroit.com ^ | Oct 18 2015 | Local 4 - ClickOnDetroit news staff
    DETROIT - A pastor shot and killed a man armed with a brick during a church service on Sunday after the man threatened parishioners at the City of God Church on Detroits west side, according to police. The 25-year-old man stormed into the church during a service wielding a brick. Police say the man was well known by the congregation and especially the pastor. The 36-year-old pastor pulled out a gun and shot the man multiple times. Authorities say the pastor had been trying to help the man, but those efforts had gone south. Investigators said four or five shots...
  • Police Find 14 Containers of Human Tissue in Abortion Doctors Car

    10/17/2015 6:19:02 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/14/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Police officers in Michigan found 14 containers of human tissue and other evidence in a obstetrician/gynecologists car that indicate he may be providing illegal abortions. Local Detroit news outlet WXYZ reported that police in West Bloomfield recently raided the vehicle of OB/GYN Michael Arthur Roth, who has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. According to sources, authorities discovered 14 containers of human tissue, which may include fetuses, in the trunk of his car. Police also found medical equipment and the drug Fentanyl used for pain and sedation in his vehicle. Roth is now under investigation for possibly giving...
  • Illinois Can't Make Next Pension Payment

    10/16/2015 2:02:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies
    WSIU ^ | 10/14/15 | Amanda Vinicky
    Illinois won't make its next pension payment; Comptroller Leslie Munger Wednesday announced she can't, because the state doesn't have the cash. Illinois' government pensions are already the worst-funded in the nation. The massive liability grew thanks to the lawmakers shorting the funds. They used the money to pay other expenses instead. Now, Illinois is set do it again. This time, the payment will be delayed because Comptroller Munger says there isn't money in the bank to make it. "The monthly pension payment of $560 million is the largest consistent expenditure that we have throughout the year, and it is one...
  • Authorities probing ex-Chicago schools CEO's Detroit tenure

    10/15/2015 11:49:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 15, 2015
    Authorities are investigating Detroit Public Schools contracts awarded by a former official who has pleaded guilty to her role in a kickback scheme while she was CEO of Chicago's school system, DPS said Thursday.
  • US woman charged for shooting at fleeing shoplifter

    10/13/2015 5:43:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies
    Chicago (AFP) - A woman who shot at the tires of a fleeing shoplifter in the parking lot of a Home Depot will face criminal charges, US prosecutors said Tuesday. The charges come a day after a customer reportedly opened fire on two shoplifters fleeing a farm supply store in Indiana.
  • Detroit Cops Claim They Are Working 16+ Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year

    10/12/2015 6:59:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A Detroit police lieutenant reported that he worked the equivalent of nearly 17.3 hours on all 365 days of the citys most recent fiscal year, according to records obtained from the city. The documents show that this individual claimed to have worked 6,332 hours over a 12-month period. He was one of 529 employees who reported being on the job for more than 4,000 hours last year, equivalent to least 77 hours per week every week. Some in the department reported far more hours. Of those, 45 reported working 5,000-plus hours (equal to 13.7 hours per day, 365 days a...
  • Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan

    10/09/2015 12:48:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/7/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The depth of the Detroit school districts financial troubles can be staggering. As of last June, the district owes $238.2 million it borrowed to cover routine operating expenses, a burden that has received some media attention. Another $572 million owed by Detroit Public Schools to a state authority within the Michigan Department of Treasury has received less coverage. But some eyebrows were raised recently when DPS went back for another loan from that source on the same day it made payment on an earlier loan. According to state Treasury records, a Michigan Finance Authority gave Detroit Public Schools a loan...
  • US woman shoots at shoplifter as he flees store

    10/07/2015 4:58:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | October 7, 2015
    Chicago (AFP) - A woman in suburban Detroit opened fire on a shoplifter after seeing a security guard chase him out of a Home Depot store, police said. The shoplifter in Tuesday's Home Depot incident was not injured, the Detroit Free Press said.
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/10/06/editorial-ted-cruz-wrong-syrian-refugees/73486846/
  • The GOP Immigration Plan to Save Detroitand Syria (50,000 refugees)

    10/04/2015 7:07:18 AM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | September 29, 2015
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, is upset about the number of immigrants in his statein his estimation there are far too few of them. In contrast with Republican politicians who want to rein in president Obamas executive actions on immigration, the governor asked the Obama Administration early last year to use its executive powers to designate 50,000 extra visas to the Detroit metro area for high-skilled immigrants. Citing population loss and the need to jumpstart the Motor City economically ....Snydera former CEO for Gateway Computer and head of a venture capitalist firmcalled on his state to embrace immigration.
  • Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter vs. Mets

    10/03/2015 8:42:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | October 3, 2015 | Alec Nathan
    he Washington Nationals have been mired in turmoil over the past week, but Max Scherzer made the pain of dugout brawls and clubhouse chaos disappear Saturday night as he twirled his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. Scherzer's the second pitcher to record two no-hitters in the regular season since 1973. The other, according to B/R Insights, is Nolan Ryan. Washington's ace recorded 17 strikeouts in the winseven more than he notched in his no-hit effort on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 17 strikeouts also tied Ryan...
  • America's Most Dangerous Cities (Still) Run By Democrats

    In 2012 the Daily Caller Ran this article http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/11/america%E2%80%99s-most-dangerous-cities-are-run-by-democrats/ which showed that 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities in America were run by democrats. (other 2 independents) So I looked into and found the current ten cities with the highest murder rates. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/top-lists/highest-murder-rate-cities/ And found the results are quite similar with at least 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities (ones with highest murder rates) still being run by democrats. 1 East St. Louis, IL (Emeka-Jackson Hicks,Democrat) 2 Camden, NJ (Donna Red, Democrat) 3 Gary, IN (Karen Freeman Wilson, Democrat) 4 Chester, PA (John A...
  • Step Aside Detroit: There Is A New "Worst" City For Housing In The U.S.

    09/30/2015 7:28:21 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 19 replies
    zh ^ | 09/29/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It will come as no surprise that the west, with San Diego, is where the gains are still frothiest: after all the Chinese "hot money" exporters are rushing to park their funds before the exit door slams shut, and are doing so as close to home as possible. What was surprising is the other end of the spectrum, because as Case-Shiller clearly shows, Detroit - after staging a brief dead cat bounce in the aftermath of its bankruptcy and since sliding once again - may no longer be the worst city for home prices in the US. It has now...
  • Volkswagen shares crash on emissions cheating scandal

    09/21/2015 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | 9-21-2015
    Shares in Volkswagen (VLKAF) crashed 20% Monday, wiping 16 billion euros ($18 billion) off the company's value after it was found to have misled U.S. regulators. Federal and state regulators said Friday that the German company cheated on environmental standards by programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Volkswagen, recently crowned the world's biggest carmaker by sales, also owns the Audi and Porsche brands. The software is installed in nearly 500,000 cars on U.S. roads, including some of its luxury-brand Audi cars. Regulators have ordered Volkswagen to recall the vehicles. The company said it...