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  • Detroit Gunman Points Gun at Driver, Pulls the Trigger Twice

    04/20/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 20, 2014
    Two brothers were working to restore a Detroit home this week when their lives were suddenly put into extreme danger. The two men and their friend had just pulled up the home’s driveway in their van. That’s when one of the brothers told WBJK-TV a “young black male, about 30s … walked up to the driver’s window.” “[He] had a little grin on his face, little smirk on his face. And he pulled a gun, pointed it right in my face. He pulled the trigger,” the other brother, who was not identified, told the local Fox affiliate. The trigger was pulled twice....
  • Detroit Creates eBay for Abandoned Houses

    04/19/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    “Have you ever thought you’d see the mayor and council working together?,” says the voice on a Detroit radio ad. No, we didn’t. But this ad, set to hit Detroit radio airwaves April 21st features both Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. The ad showcases the website buildingdetroit.org which features 12 city-owned properties in East English Village, each home waiting for an owner as long as they are willing to rehab the property and move in. Mike Duggan: NOT REALLY. THIS IS MIKE DUGGAN AND IT IS A NEW DAY IN DETROIT. INSTEAD OF JUST KNOCKING DOWN...
  • Bow-chika-bow-wow! It’s back to college week for the Obamas.

    04/18/2014 9:41:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-18-2014 | MOTUS
    Both Lady M and Big Guy went back to college this week; MO was at Howard University: On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama and rapper-slash-actor Bow Wow joined 37 students from Chicago public high schools for a tour of Howard University, our colleague Krissah Thompson reports. According to the first lady’s office, Obama specifically requested Bow Wow for the event, an annual college visit called “Escape to the Mecca” — a nod to the university’s nickname “the mecca.”The first lady said she was “very fond” of Bow Wow, whom she met during a 2013 appearance on BET’s “106th and Park,”...
  • Activists to UMich: Admit unqualified students, if they are black

    04/17/2014 9:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Activists with the radical pro-affirmative action group, By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest on Tuesday featuring a black Detroit high school student who was denied admission to the University of Michigan. The student, Brooke Kimbrough, claimed UM rejected her because of her “morals,” and not her below-average ACT score of 23. (The average U-M student has a score between 28 and 32.) “I believe that I have been rejected because of the morals that I stand for,” said Kimbrough, according to Fox 2 news. “I will take back my freedom as a tool to help others. I have...
  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    04/16/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014 | By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts. Retired police officers and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments but no cut in pension benefits. Retirees and city employees who qualify for a pension will get a ballot in a few weeks.
  • The Winners and Losers in Detroit Bankruptcy

    04/16/2014 12:51:07 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/13/2014 | James Hohman
    Much sympathy has been extended to the Detroit pensioners who are facing cuts to their retirement income. Indeed, some have argued that they are the biggest losers in the Detroit bankruptcy. A proper accounting, however, shows that they have been among the most protected. This does not mean that cuts will not be painful. It shows that Detroit is in a bad situation. Hohman City pensioners are one of the larger creditor groups, but they should not be. Cities should be setting aside sufficient funding to cover the pensions earned in any one year. This is mandated by the state...
  • Detroit student joins BAMN to lead protest against U-M admissions office

    04/16/2014 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 4-16-2014
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) -- Detroit high school student Brooke Kimbrough, along with the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest Tuesday to demand more diversity at the University of Michigan. BAMN is demanding an immediate appeal on behalf of Kimbrough and Birmingham Seaholm student Daisha Martin. Both applied to the university school and were denied admission. Kimbrough, who is black, says she carries a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 (out of 36) on the ACT test and is a leader of University Prep High School's winning debate team. Martin's is president of Seaholm's Black Student Union,...
  • A Better Way to Protect Detroit Pensioners

    04/10/2014 11:37:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Recent press accounts describe the potential for steeper pension cuts for Detroit retirees if they reject a bankruptcy proposal made in February, and instead accept a new plan that, among other things, would insulate works in the city's art museum from potentially being sold off to satisfy both pensioners and creditors. The amended plan would also require a partial state bailout of the city. LaFaive Pensioners and residents would do better if Detroit took a more aggressive approach to selling assets, contracting out some services and eliminating others that are "nice to haves" rather than "need to haves." The best...
  • Race played role in Detroit mob attack on Steven Utash, prosecutor says

    04/10/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- For the first time since April 2 when an angry mob beat Steven Utash to the brink of death in Detroit, authorities say race is a factor. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Thursday announced a 16-year-old juvenike suspect is being charged with ethnic intimidation as a minor. He is also charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Three other suspects, Bruce Edward Wimbush Jr., 17; Wonzey Saffold, 30; and James Deontae Davis, 24, all of Detroit, are charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm....
  • The pistol-toting 'Angel of Mercy' that saved a driver from an angry Detroit mob

    04/09/2014 7:05:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Apr 08, 2014 3:51 PM PDT | Charlie LeDuff
    Deborah Hughes lives across the street. The retired nurse may have saved the life of that driver, Steve Utash. She broke up the angry mob that was beating him. Detroit Police Chief James Craig knocked on the woman's door and personally called her a "Detroit hero." She tells her story in this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff. Watch the full story in the video player above. Authorities are broadening the spectrum of the investigation, considering charging the suspects with a hate crime.
  • Heat-packing, retired nurse stopped Detroit mob from beating man to death

    04/09/2014 4:00:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    CainTV.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Taking a stand.You may have heard about this story, although maybe not as much as we're hearing about it in the Detroit-area media. It happened last week, when a man from the suburbs named Steven Utash accidently hit a young boy with his car, then jumped out of the car to check on the boy. A mob of approximately 12 youths, having seen the car hit the boy, subsequently attacked Utash and severely beat him.It now looks as if Utash is going to live, but we're only hearing today about the reason the beating apparently stopped short of killing him.Writing...
  • A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On

    03/28/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's...
  • 2 more arrested in Detroit mob beating of driver

    04/08/2014 8:48:01 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    MSN.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jeff Karoub
    Two men were arrested in connection with the severe mob beating of a suburban motorist who had accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy who stepped in front of his truck, police said Monday.Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said a 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday night and a 24-year-old on Monday afternoon. That brings to four the number of people arrested in the assault of 54-year-old Steve Utash after the accident Wednesday.
  • Agenda For Detroit: What Role State Government Should Play After Bankruptcy

    04/07/2014 10:31:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's introduction of a debt adjustment plan puts the city one step closer to emerging from bankruptcy. Gov. Rick Snyder went so far as to call it proof that the city's recovery is underway. But Detroit's recent history is littered with many false claims of an impending turnaround — Detroit's Renaissance Center opened in 1977 — and successful emergence from bankruptcy is no guarantee of revitalization. To ensure an authentic recovery, state government must remain actively involved for the foreseeable future. By reducing its debt in bankruptcy, Detroit will free up funds to reinvest in current...
  • Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat

    04/07/2014 8:05:43 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    WXYZDetroit ^ | Apr 5, 2014 | wxyz.com
    I'm not sure of the copywrite status on this one so its link only. Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat
  • 2 arrests made in Detroit mob attack on driver who accidentally hit boy with pickup

    04/06/2014 8:29:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    foxnews ^ | 4/6/14
    <p>Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck.</p> <p>Investigators believe the 17-year-old and 16-year-old males had a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash, said Sgt. Mike Woody, a Detroit police spokesman.</p>
  • 2 Arrests Made In Detroit Mob Attack On Man

    04/05/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 56 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 05 April 2014 | Ed White
    Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck. Steve Utash remained in critical condition Saturday. Utash is white; Detroit is more than 80 percent black.
  • Motorist who struck boy [and stopped to help] critical after mob attack

    04/04/2014 11:03:14 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03 April 2014
    DETROIT — A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old’s uncle. The driver — who lives just north...
  • Detroit Police Seek A Dozen Suspects For Beating Man Nearly To Death After His Car Struck Child

    04/04/2014 6:05:39 AM PDT · by lwd · 63 replies
    CBS local ^ | April 3, 2014 2:38 PM | CBS local
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are working to identify 10 or 12 people behind a vigilante mob attack that left a 54-year-old man clinging to life after he allegedly struck a child who had darted into the street. As first reported by WWJ Newsradio 950, an 11-year-old boy suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a pickup truck after he walked into the street near Morang and Cadieux. When the driver got out of his car to check on the boy, about a dozen men on the scene attacked him, beating him unconscious, according to police.
  • DETROIT POLICE STAND WITH CITIZENS WHO ARE USING GUNS FOR SELF-DEFENSE

    04/02/2014 10:13:50 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    With "fatal self-defense shootings on the rise in Detroit," law-abiding citizens know one thing--Detroit police have their back. According to The Detroit News, "justified" self-defense shootings in Detroit are hovering around 10 since January 1st. This is up considerably from 2013, in which "there were 15 justifiable [self-defense shootings] in the city" during the entire year. And far from criticizing the fact that more and more homeowners are standing up for their lives and property, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he views this rebirth of self-defense as proof that"more and more Detroiters are becoming empowered."
  • Racism at the root of Detroit's issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say

    04/02/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 57 replies
    MLive ^ | 3/31/2014
    Inequity is a problem minorities in Detroit face on several fronts, attendees of the Michigan Roundtable Equity Action Summit Saturday at Detroit's Cobo Center said. The all-day event involved the sharing of stories from people who said they are victims of the unfair systems that punish blacks and other minorities related to public transportation, housing and the criminal justice system. Groups talked about the issues and developed strategies to resolve them. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Baack Obama's Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker. Monica Lewis...
  • Fatal self-defense shootings running high in Detroit

    03/31/2014 5:52:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/31/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The city of Detroit went into bankruptcy last summer, citing a whole slew of financial and municipal problems including the Detroit police’s average response time to calls for the highest-priority crimes coming in at an absurd 58 minutes — but that didn’t stop the firestorm of criticism in store for Detroit Police Chief James Craig when he started vocally advocating for more responsible citizens to take up the task of self defense by arming themselves.After an incident last week, however, in which a northwest Detroit homeowner fatally shot two men he said were trying to break home, the number of...
  • Wayne State University offers college course on Detroit bankruptcy

    03/30/2014 3:40:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/30/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne State administrators are using Detroit's financial calamity to teach. A new course, "Detroit: Metropolis in Transition," will be offered by the the Department of Urban Studies and Planning beginning this summer. **SNIP** The lecture will cover Detroit's history up to present day and "issues such as the city's frustrated attempts at regionalism and its persistence as the largest metro are in the United States without a comprehensive, rail-based public transit system."
  • Michigan Supreme Court bans Detroit Judge Wade McCree Jr. from bench until 2021

    03/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/26/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is barred from presiding over a courtroom until January of 2021. The Michigan Supreme Court enacted a recommendation that the judge, suspended without pay since Feb. 3, 2013, be suspended from holding a judgeship for six years from Jan. 1,2015, should he be re-elected in this year's election. The 57-year-old must also pay $11,645.17 in costs, according to the Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday.
  • Other Michigan Cities in Pension Debt: Not just a Detroit problem

    03/25/2014 11:29:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit's pension woes are in the news, but municipal employees around Michigan should not presume that their pension systems are secure. Indeed, in most Michigan cities the underfunding problems are worse than those in Detroit. On paper, the unfunded liabilities for Detroit's police and fire system are $147 million, and its general employee pension system underfunding comes to $838 million. That translates into 96 percent and 77 percent funded, respectively. That is, for every dollar in pension benefits earned by an employee, the city has an average of 87 cents saved. That's not good, but the 2012 financial statements of...
  • 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang spotted

    03/24/2014 1:50:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2015
    But who gets to blow out the candles? What’s believed to be a lightly-camouflaged 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang has been spotted out on a test drive just a few weeks before its expected debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The GT-spec ‘Stang features several retro styling cues to mark the occasion, including a unique grille with a horizontal chrome bar and corral around the Mustang logo, what appear to be rear quarter window louvers hidden under a black panel, and forked-spoke wheels reminiscent of the ones seen on
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • For Kids of Bankrupt Detroit, Challenges Abound

    03/22/2014 9:35:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 22, 2014 | By DAVID CRARY
    ... Teachers and parents are fighting to do right by the children, and many believe Detroit is finally on the rise after hitting bottom. Yet they worry about the toll of growing up amid danger, dysfunction and the blight epitomized by tens of thousands of abandoned homes. High levels of gang violence and premature births combine to make the youth mortality rate the worst of any major U.S. city, according to a recent analysis by the Detroit News. Even the city's 300 parks — traditionally a haven for children to play — have mostly become unusable, overgrown wastelands. "Detroit is...
  • Dozens Of Dead Dogs Exposed By Melting Snow At Sprawling Detroit Park

    03/21/2014 8:26:23 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 48 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 21, 2014 | Detroit Animal Welfare Group
    DETROIT (WWJ) - A city employee came upon unspeakable horror while working on Detroit’s west side when he uncovered dozens of dead, frozen dogs. Dead dogs curled into fetal positions, covered in scars and lacerations — these are some of the graphic and grisly images taken at the River Rouge Park, along West Outer Drive between Plymouth Road and West Warren Avenue. CBS Detroit opted not to post the photos because of their graphic nature. Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) board member Nicole Litzelman said at least 28 large dogs, mostly pit bulls and Mastiff mixes, were found only when...
  • The Story of Alex Jones (Pastor and 50 former parishioners accepted into Catholic Church)

    03/20/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | August 14, 2010 | Stanley D. Williams
    Alex Jones, a successful Evangelical-Pentecostal Pastor in Detroit, struggled for years to understand Catholicism. Then he led over 50 members of his former Church into Roman Catholicism.
  • CARSON: Political correctness and the slavery of Obamacare

    03/19/2014 9:06:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    Speech taboos are meant to silence patriotic dissentWhen I was in high school in Detroit, there was a great deal of emphasis on clothing. As I became increasingly interested in fitting in with the “in crowd,” fashion supplanted academic achievement in my hierarchy of importance. My grades plummeted and I became a person who was less pleasant and more self-absorbed. My mother was very disappointed, because she thought I had enough insight and intelligence to avoid the flypaper trap of acting like everyone else. Fortunately, after wasting a year pursuing acceptance, I realized that my dreams went far beyond silk...
  • 100 serial rapists identified after rape kits from Detroit Crime Lab are finally processed

    03/13/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    WXYZ ^ | Kim Craig
    "I was in shock. I was outraged and I just assumed kits were being tested," said actress Mariska Hargitay about the thousands of rape kits in Detroit and across the country that have been left sitting in storage without being processed, allowing rapists to remain free to attack again. And they often do. Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce legislation that will soon be introduced to state lawmakers that is aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits tests to be processed. "Testing rape kits is vital for keeping rapists off the street," said Hargitay during...
  • Detroit: Possibility of Real Privatization, Savings

    03/12/2014 11:05:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    The city of Detroit published its plan of adjustment detailing how it intends to solve the city’s financial and other problems. It contains important references to privatization of certain services, though it doesn’t go far enough. A bolder vision might spare city retirees and creditors from as deep of cuts. Page 116 of the Disclosure document makes it clear that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is prepared to contract out for some if not all the operations now provided by the Detroit Department of Transportation. This was a recommendation made by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in late 2000. At...
  • Detroit Woman Dead for 4 Years Went on Voting

    03/12/2014 7:40:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/12/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    When politicians chant, “4 More Years”, this usually isn’t what they mean. But sometimes it is. Voting records are raising questions amid an investigation into the discovery of a woman’s mummified body in the garage of a foreclosed metro Detroit home.The body found last Wednesday in Pontiac is that of Pia Farrenkopf — according to her sister, Paula Logan. Authorities investigating the case haven’t released her name, but they have said that the woman apparently died in 2008 at the age of 49.According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, records show Farrenkopf as voting in the November 2010...
  • Mummified body in Detroit somehow manages to vote after death

    03/11/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Mar 2014 | Sarah Hofmann
    Despite being dead since 2008, the mummified body of a 49-year old Detroit woman was recorded voting in the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial election. The body of 49-year old Pia Farrenkopf was discovered in her garage on March 5, sitting in the backseat of her Jeep Liberty. It was found by a contractor who was going through the house since it’s being foreclosed on. Although her remains are believed to be at least six years old, records in Oakland County show Farrenkopf voting in the 2010 gubernatorial election between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero. City of Pontiac officials told...
  • Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford dies at 88

    03/09/2014 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Michigan Bowhunter · 35 replies
    foxnews/ap ^ | March 09, 2014 | Staff
  • Detroit Police Chief Warns Criminals: People Will Protect Themselves

    03/08/2014 8:48:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants criminals to know that they shouldn’t just be afraid of police anymore—they also need to worry about homeowners who are ready to use a firearm to protect themselves. “A lot of Detroiters are fed up,” he said in a recent interview with WDIV-TV. “They’re tired and they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence. They’re afraid and they have a right to protect themselves.” After all, when seconds count, police are only minutes away, right? “If you are confronted with an immediate threat to your safety, you’re not going to have time to...
  • Detroit homeowner shoots, kills 1 of two intruders

    03/07/2014 9:44:32 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Mar 06, 2014 | myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Thursday afternoon a Detroit homeowner fatally shot an intruder. A second intruder was also at the scene but ran away and is still being sought by police. Police say the homeowner heard glass break around 12:30 p.m., ran to the back of his house and saw a person climbing in the window, so he grabbed his gun and fired. Police say the 17-year-old suspect then collapsed on the driveway, appearing to have died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect is in his 20s. Police continue to question the homeowner about the incident, and...
  • Meanwhile In Detroit...

    03/06/2014 10:40:33 AM PST · by virgil283 · 18 replies
    Detroit News Hilarious Citizen signs....[12 photos] .....;
  • 3 huge cities flirting with bankruptcy (NYC, Chicago, LA)

    03/03/2014 4:18:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    MSN ^ | 3/03/14 | Karen Riccio
    Detroit's looming bankruptcy is making news again, this time focusing on current restructuring plans aimed to wipe out $18 billion in debt by axing pension checks of city retirees, including police and fire. Massive long-term retirement and healthcare promises were by no means solely responsible for the city's fall, but these massive pensions coupled with a tax base weakened by high unemployment and housing vacancies caused the budget to bleed out quicker. The Michigan city may be the most recent victim of bankruptcy, but many of the 61 largest U.S. cities have adopted the same retirement legacy leading to $118...
  • Chicago Credit Rating Now Lower Than Any Major City Except Detroit

    03/05/2014 9:10:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/05/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    America is now run by the best and brightest of Chicago. What they did to Chicago, they’re doing to America. Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities.The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status.Moody’s Investor Service rated the city’s upcoming $388 million bond issuance at Baa1, down from A3, a level set last year after an unusual triple downgrade.Chicago will test the bond market for the first time since its bond rating dropped three notches, thanks...
  • Will Michigan Taxpayers Being Paying For Ben Affleck's House?

    03/05/2014 7:29:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2014 | Tom Gantert
    When Jennifer Garner told a Detroit radio station that she and her husband Ben Affleck would spend the summer in Detroit while Affleck was working on the Batman-Superman blockbuster, it made national news. MLive gushed: "If you love trying to track down celebrities in Detroit, then you'll want to be on the lookout in the coming months for one of Hollywood's biggest power couples." What wasn't reported is that Michigan taxpayers could pay part of the rent for the Hollywood power couple's stay in the state. Affleck has made $10 million or more eight times for acting in a movie,...
  • DETROIT JURY AWARDS MUSLIM MAN $1.1 MILLION FOR "BEARD DISCRIMINATION"

    03/02/2014 5:18:21 PM PST · by Baynative · 26 replies
    We the People via Pam Geller ^ | March 2, 2014 | link/staff
    A jury in the bankrupt city of Detroit awarded a Muslim 1.1 million dollars for his inability to find a job. He claimed that he was fired for his Muslim beard — this after 17 years on the job. So for 17 years the beard was not a problem, but when he was fired, he claimed it was because he was Muslim. And the jury, socking it to “the man,” gave him $1.1 million.
  • For Ships of State, a Looming Iceberg

    03/02/2014 2:01:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    If you're in the hospital with multiple fractures, a staph infection and a collapsed lung, you may not take great comfort when your doctor informs you that his last patient has it worse, being dead. Sometimes encouraging comparisons are not that encouraging. So Chicagoans didn't break out confetti upon hearing that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services regard the city's fiscal condition as less dire than Detroit's. In other news, most residents of Baghdad were not killed by suicide bombers yesterday. The S&P report is not exactly a burst of sunshine. It judges "both Detroit's and Chicago's budgetary performance to be...
  • 4 shot in Detroit after fight over tax refund

    02/28/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2014 11:12 PM EST
    Four employees at a tax preparation office on Detroit’s east side have been wounded in a shooting after a dispute over a refund check. […] The shooting was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday at Tax City Tax Service. Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said the woman being sought became upset when her tax refund wasn’t ready yet. …
  • Winter 'misery index' ranks how bad winter has been; In beleaguered Detroit, it's the worst

    02/26/2014 3:31:20 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2-25-14 | JEFF KAROUB
    A new winter misery index confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones: This has been one of the harshest winters of our lifetimes. And nowhere has been hit harder, relatively, than Detroit. Sure Chicago, Indianapolis and Philadelphia and Moline, Ill., are in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years. But Detroit, a city that is trying to crawl out of bankruptcy, is also slogging through what so far is the most extreme winter it has had since Harry Truman was president, at least, according to a winter...
  • Intended crime victims shoot, kill attackers in Detroit

    02/26/2014 10:13:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Chauncy Glover
    Two Detroiters targeted by attackers shot and killed those attackers in separate incidents Saturday. It was shortly after midnight when two men approached a woman in the driveway of her home on Abbington Street on Detroit's west side, and attempted to carjack her. The woman, who has a permit to carry, pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the men. One of her would-be carjackers was killed. Neighbor Wala Alshibil said incidents like this make him think about having a gun for protection. "I'm not a big fan of guns but to protect yourself, if you have to...
  • Farrakhan Calls for Separate Judicial Systems for Whites and Blacks

    02/26/2014 5:22:28 AM PST · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 02/26/2014 | Dave Blount
    They say there is one justice for whites and another for blacks. When you consider the likelihood that Obama would have been impeached by now if he were not our Historic First Black President, you almost have to agree. Louis Farrakhan — who has confirmed Barbara Walters’s belief that Obama is the Messiah — wants to make the separate justice official: “We want equal justice under the law,” Farrakhan said on the last day of the Nation of Islam’s annual convention, held in Detroit this year. “Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own courts. You...
  • 3 different Detroit homeowners used guns to defend themselves against intruders this week

    02/24/2014 11:40:01 AM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    Three different homeowners in Detroit used guns to defend themselves against intruders this week. Two suspects were shot and killed. “I think it’s just a matter of the individual homeowners protecting themselves and finally catching up with the criminals in that enough is enough and they aren’t going to take it anymore,” said Detroit Police Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson. ... The second incident happened around 12:30 Saturday morning on Abington on Detroit’s west side. A woman had just pulled her car into the garage when a man with a gun appeared out of nowhere. She dropped her keys on the...
  • Lewis Farrakhan Wants His Own Water Fountain

    02/24/2014 9:00:48 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2014 | MOTUS
    Because we don’t have enough controversy these days. Because what the country needs is more racial animus. Cue Minister Louis Farrakhan, titular head of the Nation of Islam, an 84-year-old black nationalist group. Speaking to 18,000 people at the Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit yesterday, Mr. Farrakhan used the platform to blast the U.S. judicial system as being biased against African Americans, calling upon the community to set up its own courts: “We want equal justice under the law,” Farrakhan said on the last day of the Nation of Islam’s annual convention, held in Detroit this year. “Our people can’t...