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  • About half of Detroit can't read

    03/24/2017 10:39:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 76 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 23 March 2017 | Andrea James
    America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate. The report, titled "Addressing Detroit's Basic Skills Crisis" makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary. Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: "Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job ó those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; whatís on the bottle, how many you should...
  • U-M Course Aims To Help Students Spot ĎFake Newsí

    02/20/2017 7:23:35 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 23 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | February 16, 2017 5:20 PM | Staff
    One of the course designers, Doreen Bradley, director of learning programs and initiatives at the U-M Library, says misinformation, disinformation, half-truths and propaganda have always been around, but are these days so readily sharable that students encounter a much greater volume than ever before. Students taking the class will: ēLearn how to find trusted sources of statistics. ēBe challenged to confront their own biases. ēConsider how their opinions, and the opinions of others, can affect the interpretation of news items. ēPractice dissecting a news graph in order to understand the message that graph is trying to convey. ēAssess how their...
  • The founder of Little Caesars discreetly paid Rosa Parks' rent for years

    02/16/2017 9:23:11 AM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    MSN News ^ | 16 Feb 2017 | Catherine Garcia
  • Detroitís Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own

    02/15/2017 5:35:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/13/2017 | John Mozena
    Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has issued an ultimatum to the people who propose to build a professional soccer complex in exchange for the ďFail JailĒ site in downtown Detroit. Evans said that the project must not cost taxpayers any more than simply finishing the jail as originally planned would. Thatís simply not good enough. While Evansí defense of his constituentsí interests is laudable, he and the Wayne County Commission should go further. They should prohibit any and all subsidies, incentives, tax breaks or other public funding for the proposed stadium project. Public subsidies of professional sports stadiums donít benefit...
  • Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87...

    02/11/2017 12:01:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Little Caesars creator and Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner dies aged 87 after amassing a fortune worth $6BILLION Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87. His family released a statement saying Ilitch died on Friday at a local hospital. They called him a visionary who set the tone for his company and his family. 'He made such a positive...
  • Billionaire Little Caesars Pizza founder Mike Ilitch has died at 87

    02/10/2017 5:14:04 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    MLive ^ | February 10, 2017 | Danielle Salisbury
    DETROIT, MI - Little Caesars Pizza founder Mike Ilitch, the billionaire sportsman and champion for Detroit, died Friday at an area hospital. He was 87. "My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family," his son and Ilitch Holdings Inc. President and CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement. "He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his passion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his...
  • Men enter a police station with machine guns and masks so they can make a COMPLAINT

    02/06/2017 3:43:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/6/2017 | Isobel Frodsham
    Two men gave Detroit police a fright of their lives as they entered a local station while wearing guns to file a complaint. The men, one of who is known only as 'Brandon', filmed themselves walking into Dearborn Police Station in Michigan to complain. In the video, which was filmed on a snowy day, one of the men, who is wearing a ski mask and glasses, says: 'We're going to go in and file a complaint because we were illegally pulled over about an hour ago.
  • Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

    02/01/2017 11:45:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2017 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Mackinac Center typically sends hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests to public offices every year. A FOIA request requires public entities to turn over documents and is an extremely important tool for holding government accountable. These requests have helped us uncover unions skimming money from home health care aides and child care providers, break news of a scandal involving a film studio, expose teachers who couldnít be fired despite committing criminal acts, find out about millions of public dollars being used for private union employees, discover a pension spiking scandal and more. Iím the one who sends out...
  • Donald Trump tells Detroit auto CEOs that environmental regulations are Ďout of controlí

    01/24/2017 5:32:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24 2017 at 6:36 PM | Steven Overly
    President Trump told leaders of the countryís largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail ďunnecessaryĒ environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the United States, changes that he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. After weeks of taunting the automotive industry over Twitter, Trump made a point to meet with the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler just days into his term. He has pressured the companies to build more vehicles in the United States and hire more Americans into manufacturing jobs. Ö
  • Shattuck: Hope coming for black America

    01/16/2017 5:00:01 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 12 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 01-16-17 | Tom Shattuck
    In the late 1960s, much of Martin Luther Kingís work was directed at improving the conditions for black Americans, with a pragmatic approach of eradicating poverty, unemployment and the many other dead ends that hindered a path to the American Dream. Many of those hindrances remain, and not until now, with a President Donald Trump about to take office, has there been such an opportunity to demolish the constraints that have stifled opportunity in minority neighborhoods. He considers it a personal challenge.
  • Little Or No Consequences for Detroit Land Bank Billing Scam

    01/12/2017 10:35:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Improprieties at the Detroit Land Bank Authority cost taxpayers over $824,000. Though they have been the subject of an audit and continue to be the focus of a federal criminal investigation, only one employee has experienced any consequences. That individual, a manager at a program overseeing the demolition of buildings in Detroit, was transferred to another job and took a pay cut of $15,000. The authority was created to package and sell abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties owned by the city. It receives federal funds meant for blight removal and is the subject of a federal investigation due to rising demolition...
  • Celebrity Irish property firm leaves poverty stricken Detroit tenants with no heat

    01/12/2017 8:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 12, 2017 05:22 AM | James Wilson
    A US property firm linked to Irish TV celebrity and political activist Eddie Hobbs has been accused of leaving poor African American tenants in its West Detroit properties with no heat in the freezing Midwestern winter. Thirty-five percent of Detroit residents live in poverty while 57 percent of the cityís children do, among the highest rates in the country. The company, Artesian Equities, is a subsidiary of Brendan Investment Pan European Property (BIPAP) of which Hobbs was a co-founder and served as a non-executive director before resigning in 2015 to co-found the right-of-center political Renua Party. He retained a 4.5%...
  • [Vanity] The Real Election Hack

    01/06/2017 9:13:45 PM PST · by CurlyDave · 14 replies
    vanity | 01/06/2017 | Vanity
    I just read the DNI report and the bottom line is: DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying. However, if we remember Jill Stein's recount, the Michigan results show that there was a second entity which "hacked" the election. The Detroit results, with more votes than voters in 70% of the precincts, show that someone clearly hacked the vote tallying equipment. And, that someone, the hacker, was -- the Democrat party.
  • Detroit Schools Implosion Stumps Parents Ė And City Makes It Worse

    01/05/2017 9:10:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Over the past 15 years, enrollment in the Detroit school district has imploded, falling from more than 100,000 students to just under 47,000. Without enough children to fill their classrooms, scores of public school buildings have been closed. The challenge this poses for parents was the focus of a recent story in the New York-based website Vice News. It featured a Detroit mother whose childís school was shut down in 2013. The story was titled, ďSchool choice gutted Detroitís Public Schools.Ē The story tracks the impact of closing the Oakman Elementary/Orthopedic School. It reports that then-Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager...
  • LOOK: Matthew Stafford gives Christmas gifts to families of 2 fallen police officers

    12/22/2016 5:41:39 PM PST · by Uncle Sam 911 · 11 replies ^ | ukn | Mat Jennings
    Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, brought some Christmas cheer to two grieving families Wednesday. The Staffords brought Christmas gifts to the families of two slain Detroit police officers. It is the coupleís Christmas tradition to bring gifts to a couple of families in need every year. ďAnd this year it was a great opportunity considering we did two families of fallen police officers, people that protect us and lost their lives in the line of duty,Ē the former Georgia quarterback told ESPNís Michael Rothstein. ďSomething we felt was important and just happy to do it.Ē
  • 'Photo Cops' Could Write Automated Tickets to Generate Money for Detroit Public Schools

    12/19/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 30 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would allow the Detroit public school system to hire a company to install and operate an automated traffic citation system ó known as ďphoto cop.Ē The legislation, Senate Bill 852, sponsored by Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, was passed following an unusual procedure in which it was discharged from the Senate Transportation Committee directly to the full Senate without a vote by the committee. Senate Bill 852 would permit Detroit school buses to have cameras installed to capture images of motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus. Fines for violations would range...
  • Detroit Schools Doesnít Expect Academic Progress for a Decade

    12/19/2016 6:20:57 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The head of the public school district in Detroit doesnít expect academic progress for up to 10 years. Itís a good thing students in the city have other options. The district had to be bailed out by state taxpayers and recently its chief executive testified before legislators. The Detroit News noted the remarks from Alycia Meriweather, interim superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District: Meriweather said the Legislatureís debt relief for the school system has helped educators turn their attention back to improving academic achievement. But she warned it could be years before lawmakers see progress in test scores...
  • More Detroit Voting "Irregularities": 95 Poll Books "Missing" For Days; 5 Still Nowhere To Be Found

    12/16/2016 5:14:15 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Last night we noted that Team Hillary, which was supportive of Jill Stein's recount efforts, should be careful what they wish for. New data released yesterday revealed that voting machines in 37% of all Detroit precincts, which skew heavily democratic, registered more votes than they had of actual voters showing up at the polls. The scale of the "voting irregularities" discovered prompted an automatic vote audit by the Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson. Today, we learn from the Detroit News, to our "complete surprise," that the "voting irregularity" rabbit hole in Detroit is a bit deeper than initially thought....
  • Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes

    12/15/2016 6:42:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    More than a dozen Detroit public schools have been cited for health and safety violations despite receiving millions of borrowed taxpayer dollars to improve facilities. In 2009, Detroit voters agreed to impose a $500.5 million tax increase on property owners to improve Detroit Public Schools buildings. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the city of Detroit confirmed that at least 14 schools violated property maintenance codes or zoning ordinances in 2015. The violations existed despite the district having spent millions of new bond debt to construct brand-new buildings or improve existing structures. In August, school officials...
  • You Can Now Drink and Ride a Pedal Pub in Detroit

    12/15/2016 5:47:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/12/2016 | Anne Schieber
    In a decision that is sure to please some Detroit visitors, the Detroit City Council voted this week to allow people to drink alcohol on pedal pubs, those unusual-looking quadricycles found in cities nationwide. Until now, pedal pub customers who drank alcoholic beverages while on the cycles could have been cited for disorderly conduct under a 1984 ordinance. The newly amended ordinance mimics a state law passed in 2015 that defines commercial quadricycles as nonmotorized vehicles and thus subject to less onerous regulation. ďItís definitely been a long road, but Stephen and I are pumped that Detroit City Council worked...
  • Report: Evidence of Detroit Voter Fraud, Too Many Votes in 37% of Precincts

    12/14/2016 9:55:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2016 | By Ben Kew
    Voting machines in 37 per cent of Detroit precincts recorded more votes than mathematically possible during Novemberís presidential election, according to records obtained by The Detroit News. Reports obtained by the newspaper from Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett found that in 248 of the cityís 662 precincts, more votes had been counted than the number of people who had been marked as having voted, which might serve as evidence of voter fraud across the city. Following the report, Michiganís Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced plans to conduct a full investigation into the irregularities. Detroit was one of the areas...
  • Da Svidaniya.

    12/14/2016 6:17:11 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-14-2016 | MOTUS
    It has been 36 days since the election and the Libs are still busy blaming everybody and their typical white grandmas for their loss: James Comey, White Supremacists, the Russians - ah yes! The Russians!And despite Barryís certitude it still doesnít look like we can definitively say that the multiple hacks were Russian cyber attacks. Indeed, making such allegations strikes me as less than prudent from the team that canít shoot straight yet still prides itself on its foreign relations skills.From the Brandenburg Gate to the Gates of Hell: Obama can take you there!Butt I digress, 36 days and still...
  • Online video shows woman dragged off Detroit Delta flight at Metro Airport

    12/13/2016 7:45:15 PM PST · by kevcol · 40 replies
    FOX2 Detroit ^ | December 13, 2016
    ROMULUS, Mich. (WJBK) - A YouTube video of a woman being dragged off a Delta flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport surfaced online Monday morning. The two-minute video shows a woman being dragged down the center aisle of the plane by police. It was posted by the user account Rene deLambert, and taken before a Detroit to San Diego flight. The woman, seen wearing a red shirt, is dragged by the wrists before the flight. The woman was removed for not complying with proper boarding procedures, according to a spokesperson with the airport. She has been ticketed but not yet charged....
  • Report: Too many votes registered in Detroit precincts

    12/13/2016 10:55:34 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Voting machines in 37 percent of Detroit's precincts registered too many votes in the presidential election last month, the Detroit News reported Tuesday. Records from Wayne County show optical scanners in 248 of the city's 662 precincts registered more ballots than the number of votes tallied in the poll books. The city's voting irregularities prompted a call for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office, according to the publication.
  • What Voter Fraud? Michigan Recount Uncovers Too Many Votes in 37% of Detroit Precincts

    12/13/2016 8:07:51 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 64 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 13, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Green Party candidate Jill Steinís Michigan recount unintentionally exposed major voter fraud in Detroit. Election officials in Michigan found that 37% of precincts in Detroit tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Hillary Clinton won Wayne County over Donald Trump 67% to 30%. State officials are planning to examine about 20 Detroit precincts where ballot discrepancies occurred. Detroit News reported: Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last monthís presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of...
  • Recount Uncovers Serious Fraud in Detroit

    12/08/2016 6:59:20 PM PST · by Maudeen · 44 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 8, 2016 | World Net Daily
    Votes in Democrat stronghold may have been counted up to 6 times . . .
  • GOP senators seek probe of Wayne County election issues

    12/07/2016 6:44:17 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 8 replies
    The Detroit News | December 7, 2016 | Chad Livengood and Joel Kurth
    Blocked due to Copyright - See link below
  • Major problem with Detroitís ballots: Votes being counted more than once

    12/07/2016 7:02:27 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 61 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Vote early and often Rob covered this issue in large part yesterday while I was on the road, but as a second-day followup I wanted to highlight what could be a major - and until now, largely unrealized - problem with the administration of elections in major urban counties that vote heavily Democratic. Michiganís recount has obviously hit some major legal hurdles, but itís also hit a huge administrative one: Wayne County, which votes overwhelmingly Democratic and is Michiganís largest county, canít seem to reconcile the hand count of ballots with what the voting machines indicated. And itís not even...
  • Detroit Voter Fraud so Extensive Half of Initial Votes Ineligible for RecountÖ

    12/06/2016 5:38:03 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 62 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6 Dec, 2016 | Sundance
    If anyone thought a Michigan ballot recount was going to end up being a net positive for Hillary Clinton, they are intellectually disconnected from understanding the reality of how fraudulent the most democrat precincts are in Wayne County (Detroit) Michigan. Election laws put into place specifically to protect the fraud, and ensure the manipulative discoveries are never identified, now mean the votes cannot be recounted. ‚Üź Likely Trump Rally In Louisiana To Support John Kennedy Senate Bid¬ÖReport: Kris Kobach and General Kelly Likely DHS Nominees¬Ö ‚Üí Detroit Voter Fraud so Extensive Half of Initial Votes Ineligible for Recount¬Ö Posted on...
  • Half of Detroitís votes may be ineligible for recount, because Ďproblems with ballotsí

    12/06/2016 10:20:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/06/16 | Robert Laurie
    Voter fraud in Detroit naaaaaah.....In this case "no recount" may equal "protecting Democrat fraud." In a way, Michigan is a bit like California. Urban centers vote heavily for Democrats, but the rest of the state has a tendency to break for Republicans. This means a large swath of the population is, at least politically, held hostage by a few failing, very left-wing, cities. This year, the Mitten went red for the first time since 1988, but desperate Dems were hoping Jill Steinís ridiculous recount could ďfindĒ enough votes to tip the scales in their favor. Now we have word that...
  • Michigan Recount Results Day 1: Problems Found in Clinton Strongholds

    12/06/2016 9:12:49 AM PST · by lionstar · 113 replies ^ | December 6, 2016 | Jessica McBride
    The Michigan recount finished its first day, and there were already reports that half of Detroitís votes might not be recounted, as well as other problems with ballots. The reason so many Detroit ballots could get left out of the recount: The number of ballots listed in poll books is not the same as the totals given on machine printouts. Clinton rang up huge margins in Wayne County, home to populous Detroit, and she would likely need her margin there to grow in order to shrink Trumpís 10,704 vote margin in Michigan. Clinton received 66 percent of the Wayne County...
  • Half of Detroit votes may be ineligible for recount

    12/05/2016 8:14:01 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 95 replies
    The Detroit News | December 5, 2016 | Chad Livengood and Joel Kurth
    Block due to Copyright
  • There is something really wrong with the Detroit/Wayne county vote totals

    12/05/2016 6:04:55 PM PST · by sharkhawk · 47 replies
    Wayne County Clerk ^ | 12/5/16 | Me
    There are some really strange things going on in Detroit with the vote. First the Detroit Free Press wrote an article saying that over 59% of Detroit precincts couldn't be recounted due to mismatched votes. Then the claims that there are 85,000 uncounted votes in Detroit. So I did a little digging. First the Wayne County Clerk lists 1.134 million ballots cast, but if you add the total presidential votes there are 1.252 million total. Second, Detroit is listed as having a 97% voter turnout, but is short the 85,000 votes vs ballots cast. This matches votes cast for other...
  • Wayne State University Officer Dies From Gunshot Wound

    11/24/2016 1:57:30 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 23, 2016 | jeff karoub and corey williams
    A Wayne State University police officer died Wednesday, a day after he was shot in the head while on patrol near the Detroit campus. Officer Collin Rose, 29, died about 5:45 p.m. at a hospital, Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said. "This is a tragedy felt by all of us," Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson said in a statement. "Collin served Wayne State with distinction, and we owe those he left behind our deepest sympathies and our strong support."
  • State of Michigan tells Detroit students 'Literacy is not a right'

    11/22/2016 9:15:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 11/21/16 | M. L. Elrick
    Attorneys for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit against the state of Michigan filed by students in the Detroit school system and claim that literacy is not a legal right in the state of Michigan. Seven children filed the lawsuit in September, saying decades of state disinvestment and deliberate indifference to Detroit's schools have denied them access to literacy. The plaintiffs say the schools have deplorable building conditions, lack of books, classrooms without teachers, insufficient desks, buildings plagued by vermin, unsafe facilities and extreme temperatures.
  • Detroit synod aims to change archdiocese's 'DNA'

    11/17/2016 5:09:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 17, 2016 | Kristen Whitney Daniels
    Clergy, religious and laity in the Detroit archdiocese on Friday will convene for the archdiocese's first synod in almost 50 years. "Synod '16: Unleash the Gospel" ó the official title ó "is both an event and a process that sees people Ö gather to discuss important matters of faith" according to a press release from the archdiocese. In the release, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron also stated that the synod serves two roles: to focus on the missionary purpose of the church and to change the "DNA" of the archdiocese. "The focus of this Synod is evangelization, to attempt a radical...
  • Detroit News and Detroit Free Press facing news staff cuts Cuts threaten watchdog role

    11/16/2016 6:33:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    WXYZ (ABC Detroit) ^ | 11-15/11-16-16 | Curtis Jackson
    Two pillars of local journalism are facing cuts. Sources confirm a Crain's Detroit business report that indicates the entire editorial staff at the Detroit News has been offered buyouts -- regardless of seniority. They have a week to decide before layoffs are announced. Sources tell 7 Action News staffers at the Detroit Free Press will be made a similar offer as early as Wednesday. Tim Kiska is a former staffer for both papers. "This is not good, I don't think, for public discourse at all. This is a disaster," Kiska said.
  • Trump Went to War With Motor City and Won

    11/15/2016 3:59:49 AM PST · by workerbee · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/14/16 | Matthew Rocco
    **SNIP The top car-producing states in the nation ultimately sided with Trump, who swept through the Rust Belt on Election Day. In Michigan, the epicenter of Americaís auto industry, Trump won a state that hadnít supported a Republican candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988. The Republican nominee also took Ohio, the second-largest car producer among the 50 states, with relative ease. A similar story played out in Indiana, whose vehicle production is slightly ahead of Kentucky this year. Overall, the seven states that have manufactured the most cars so far this year all lined up behind Trump: Michigan, Ohio,...
  • Music in Motown: Private Detroit College Prepares Students for Music Careers

    11/09/2016 12:50:08 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/7/2016 | Anne Schieber-Dykstra
    It is a question Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman get frequently. ďWhy are two English people in Detroit setting up a music college?Ē said Nixon. Nixon and Clayman have 15 years of history to provide the answer. That is how long theyíve been in the music education business teaching young people how to have sustainable careers in the modern music industry. The two started their first college on the south coast of England with 180 students. Within five years, it had grown to 1,000 students. ďWe really identified this niche in the market for young professional musicians wanting to be...
  • HORRIBLE news for Hillary in Michigan (Detroit absentee ballots down 12.5%)

    11/05/2016 6:38:55 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/5/2016 | Neil Munro
    Trump is gaining in Michigan partly because many African-American voters ó especially younger voters who backed Sen. Bernie Saunders ó distrust Clinton, said Wayne Bradley, state director of African-American engagement for the Michigan Republican Party. ďThere is a tremendous trust deficit with Hillary ClintonĒ because tough anti-crime laws established when her husband was president in the 1990s, he said. That distrust has helped cause a sharp drop in the number of absentee ballots mailed in from Detroit, even as other part of the state send in more ballots that before, Bradley said. Faced with a low turnout, the Clinton campaign...
  • Government recommends cutting ex-Detroit mayorís restitution ( Kwame Kilpatrick )

    11/03/2016 2:01:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 3, 2016
    The federal government is recommending that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrickís restitution in his corruption case be reduced from $4.5 million to $1.6 million. ... Kilpatrick was found guilty of tax evasion and bribery in 2013. He resigned as mayor in another scandal in 2008, and is currently in federal prison.
  • attn. Black America: proof that Democrats are demon-craps [aw!m vanity]

    11/03/2016 5:58:39 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 5 replies
    Hey guys! You got bloods in Detroit and Flint. You got bloods in Chicago shedding blood. And I have the proof! Here's a hint, two names: Benjamin Barber and Deborah Ross. You don't recognize those names, do you? And that's the proof, baby. Demon-rats don't give a rat's rear. The only ones with 'skin in the game' are the down-and-outs, victims blood-drinking politicians. That includes career republicans. A newcomer to DC might start off with ideals, but my gang wants them all term-limited before they too get corrupt. It's gonna be a rumble, baby, but that's where we're at. And...
  • Back to the Future for Taxpayer Stadium Funding in Detroit

    10/25/2016 7:32:20 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    After a slowdown in the past few years, crony capitalism ó whereby politicians give special favors to politically connected businesses ó is on the move in Michigan. The state racked up nearly $10 billion in liabilities during the tenure of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, with the backing of Republican legislators. The state will be paying the cost of these favors for decades. It already consumes more than $1 billion of the current state budget. But Gov. Rick Snyder came into office and worked to wean the state off the practice of giving out tax credits (though not many other subsidies)....
  • Woman shoots Detroit house in Facebook rant and gets arrested

    10/22/2016 8:30:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | October 21, 2016
    DETROIT (WJBK) - A woman's angry Facebook video about a house she bought through the Detroit Land Bank resulted in her arrest. In the video, the woman pulls out a gun and shoots the house behind her, while holding a small child with a second child next to her. The profane tirade which includes her making threats lasts about nine minutes while a young boy next to her worriedly backs away after she shoots the house. Detroit police say that the woman, Andrea Sheppard, was arrested Friday in Oakland County, one day after the video was posted on social media....
  • Building Bikes in the Motor City

    10/21/2016 6:11:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2016 | Anne Schieber
    Detroit Bikes is a new company charting a challenging course. ďThe bike industry is very competitive. There are some really big companies that are very dominant. They have a lot of control,Ē says company founder, Zak Pashak. Not that heís intimidated. Pashak had run successful ventures in the Canadian cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. But then, he was creating music festivals and concert venues. So what would compel him to make a product in a competitive industry, 1,900 miles away from Calgary, in Detroit, a city emerging from bankruptcy? ďStarting a business obviously has a ton of...
  • The billboard mocking Donald Trump: ĎHe canít read thisí

    10/19/2016 5:27:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    The Washington [com]Post ^ | October 18, 2016 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr
    The sign is clearly poking fun at Donald Trump, but unless people driving on Interstate 94 in metro Detroit speak Arabic ó or have a buddy who can translate ó theyíll be scratching their heads. . . . ďI chuckled,Ē Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Detroit News. ďI laughed. Duh. This is how people feel in the community. Itís mocking Trump. Itís funny yet very appropriate considering the nonsense Donald Trump has continued to say about Muslims.Ē
  • Coming to America: Liberian Immigrant Now Detroit Business Owner

    10/18/2016 1:53:42 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Anne Schieber Dykstra
    From the moment she stepped foot in America from Liberia at the age of 11, Tracy Garley knew she wanted to own a business. Now at the age of 27, she finds that her dream has come true. ďComing from Liberia, I came from a country that had nothing, so coming to Detroit, Michigan, I saw so much opportunity,Ē said Garley. She opened a retail shop on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, which she calls Zarkpaís Purses and Accessories. The shop features unique, affordable handbags, jewelry and clothing, including items from her native country in West Africa. She has put her...
  • Here are the Issues Facing Detroit Schools

    10/14/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Recent debates about whether persistently underperforming Detroit schools should be exempted from state closure laws prompted the Excellent Schools Detroit coalition to share some observations behind their gloomy outlook. People of good will want much better opportunities and outcomes for Detroit students, even as the path to that destination appears steep and foreboding. Most of Excellent Schoolsí broad points about the state of education in the Motor City and its future prospects (restated below in bold lettering) hold a great deal of truth and offer good starting points for conversation. The following additional key facts and insights need to be...
  • Detroit archdiocese offers ĎMass for Pardoní to Ďunleash the Gospelí

    10/12/2016 7:06:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Catholic Herald
    The litany included: Ė ďFor all the times we have not welcomed others to our parishes, especially for the times we have refused to allow African-American Catholics into our parish communities.Ē Each invocation was answered with ďKyrie eleison.Ē
  • Extremist Imam Tests F.B.I. and the Limits of the Law

    09/30/2016 10:34:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 September 2016 | SCOTT SHANE and ADAM GOLDMAN
    For more than a decade, Suleiman Anwar Bengharsa has served as a Muslim cleric in Maryland, working as a prison chaplain and as an imam at mosques in Annapolis and outside Baltimore. He gave a two-week course in 2011 on Islamic teachings on marriage at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where President Obama made a much-publicized visit this year. But in the last two years, Imam Bengharsaís public pronouncements have taken a dark turn. On Facebook, he has openly endorsed the Islamic State, posted gruesome videos showing ISIS fighters beheading and burning alive their enemies and praised terrorist attacks overseas....