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Detroit: No stop-and-frisk here

Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s implementation of the stop-and-frisk policy has local organizations concerned. Human rights organizations including the Michigan National Action Network, Council on American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR-MI), Alliance for Immigrants and the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality convened at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan Sept. 5 to discuss the ...

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Diversity denied

Gov. Rick Snyder needs a dashboard to measure the state’s efforts at diversity and inclusion. Michigan’s dashboards measure the state’s effectiveness in key areas including economic strength and quality of life. Observers say the state should also measure its efforts to include women, African Americans and people of color. In the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent in Detroit — trash collectio ...

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Bankruptcy: Detroit warns the nation

“Detroit deserves better than this,” Michigan Congressman John Conyers (D) told over 300 people at a recent forum. Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, convened the Sept. 7 forum to discuss the implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. He says there’s been too little public discussion on the issue and “no accountability for the momentous decisions being made” under emergency ma ...

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Passionate fight

The resistance to Emergency Managers is growing. The Honorable John Conyers convened a public forum to discuss the role of Emergency Managers and Detroit EM Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. The forum was hosted by scholar and commentator Michael Eric Dyson and brought together politicians, preachers, professors, union leaders and lawyers to provide a broad understanding of the “extraordinary consequences” of ...

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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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