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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Twelve years later, 9/11 is a day most of us still recall with a collective shudder. The smoke, so much of the dark stuff, escaping from what had been, in retrospect, ­towers of American power — taunting those that simply hate on this nation. I watched on a TV from Warrenton, Va., dressing in a hurry, on my way to nearby Dulles Airport to catch a flight to Detroit; as the second plane veered into its target ...

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PRIMARY DRAGS ON

The fight over the Detroit Aug. 6 primary continues. On Aug. 29, candidate for city clerk D. Etta Wilcoxon filed a lawsuit claiming the Board of State Canvassers had neither the legal authority to handle ballots from the Aug. 6 Detroit primary nor the right to recount them. “The state said that it wanted to enfranchise Detroiters. That is not the way to enfranchise Detroiters,” Wilcoxon told the Michigan Ci ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

For those of us seeking orgasmic relief without the physical or emotional risk factors, Labor Day weekend was sexed up for all but haters of a good time. Royal Oak produced a major league packed house for MC Hammer (the Detroit Jazz Festival is a far better bargain and much hipper than Arts, Beats and Eats — but why compare great releases?). Enough of the feel good crap, we go hard here. So, if Dan Gilbert ...

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Detroit transit suffers

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is struggling to satisfy local commuters. Bus drivers are often the first to receive criticism from riders, but some riders fail to remember that drivers are forced to work within a failing system, and have no control over bad service. Last April ­ — with the threat of emergency management looming over the city and the implementation of a consent agreement wit ...

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Duggan’s PAC gives $80,000 back

Tom Barrow’s allegations of election fraud are gaining traction; Quicken Loans has asked Mike Duggan’s Turnaround Detroit Political Action Committee (PAC) to refund $80,000 of campaign contributions. Dan Gilbert controls Quicken loans and its parent company Rock Ventures, both companies he founded; Gilbert is also a principal of Athens Acquisition, the corporate entity that is majority owner of the Greektow ...

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Media company gets $5 million deal with Orr

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr gave $5 million to local media group, Real Times Media. The two contracts were approved for the week of Aug. 12 by Orr, while city council was at recess. Real Times Media is the parent company of the Michigan Chronicle, Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier among several other media properties. The contracts were brought to the city council table Sept. 3 — not for council approval ...

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Competent or incapable?

The new watch-words coming from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are “competence” and “efficiency.” We are being told he is busy “streamlining” city government. He is eliminating cumbersome bureaucracies. His target this week is City Planning and Development. People who care about the future of the city need to resist this effort to destroy democratic oversight in the name of competence and efficiency. We are ge ...

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911: DPD Chief takes control

Have we reduced fear in the community? Detroit Police Chief James Craig poses this question to citizens as a measure of his success in Detroit. In an interview with the Michigan Citizen, Chief Craig acknowledged the serious challenges facing local law enforcement but expressed optimism about his ability to turn around a police department mired in inefficiency and low morale. ...

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State board of canvassers to recount certain votes

The results of Detroit’s Aug. 6 mayoral primary remain uncertain. The Michigan State Board of Canvassers met in Detroit, Aug. 27 to discuss the canvass for which they became responsible when the Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted not to certify the primary results on Aug. 20. Their decision was based on the massive discrepancy between unofficial results posted by the City Clerk and the findings of the W ...

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After the March on Washington: ‘Going back home to agitate’

More than 100,000 people who convened on the Washington Mall Aug. 24, rallied, marched and heard dozens of speakers in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. But the clearest message they heard was to unify, go back and fight. “We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate! We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate!” ...

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