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Asking questions

The Detroit City Council has finally taken a strong stand against the schemes of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. It unanimously rejected Orr’s latest effort to protect Jones Day clients Bank of America and UBS by borrowing $350 million from Barclays Capital to pay off the termination fees on a disastrous swaps deal. ...

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Council trims Belle Isle lease to 10 years

Oct. 14 City Council approved an alternative state lease of Belle Isle, for 10 years. In a unanimous vote, council rejected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s most recent proposal to lease the city's largest park for 30 years with two 15-year renewal options. The alternative lease received a 4-2 vote. Council members JoAnn Watson and Brenda Jones voted against the lease. ...

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KILPATRICK SENTENCED

Last week, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the federal corruption case. Kilpatrick was convicted of extortion, racketeering, conspiracy and fraud charges. Kilpatrick is 43. "I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick told the judge during his sentencing. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for." ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Motown legend Maxine Powell was a lady for all seasons who helped those most in need of handling themselves and fame. My superficial contact with Madame Powell consisted of giving her a ride to work as she waited on a bus around Livernois, and seeing her assist Councilwoman Martha Reeves on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young City-County building. Goodness knows there were elected officials then and now ...

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‘Detroit CFO must go’

Coalition calls on removal of Jim Bonsall By Zenobia Jeffries The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network is demanding the immediate termination of Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall. Bonsall was suspended with pay last week for sexist and racist remarks in the workplace, for which he apologized. “It was never my intention to offend anyone,” he wrote in a pres ...

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