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Council says no to Orr

With a rare unanimous vote, city council Oct. 21 rejected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to borrow $350 million from Barclays Capital Investment Bank, Executive Order No.17. Council has seven days to present an alternative, which means nothing unless their alternative plan is approved by Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed Financial Review Board. ...

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Bus drivers demand police protection while driving

Close to 200 bus drivers and supporters marched in front of the Spirit of Detroit, Oct. 21, demanding police protection while they work, clean and safe buses, and repairs on idled vehicles so that service improves. “(Emergency Manager Kevyn) Orr spent millions on consultants. We say pay police, give them overtime, whatever it takes. Get them riding the buses,” said Fred Westbrook, president of American Tran ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Babies tug at our hearts because a baby renders us human. Our natural instincts drive us to protect and love the tiny human as we embrace our own humanity. That baby is all that keeps the human race going. No babies no hope. No babies no future — no nothing. We love and protect babies unconditionally. Some have even risked their own lives to snatch a baby out of harm’s way seeking no attention. Just doing i ...

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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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