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Judge to rule on EM’s powers to name Library Commissioners

Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Annette Berry told attorneys for former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and elected board members July 19 that she will issue a written ruling on whether the EM has power to appoint members of the Library Commission. It is a point Berry ruled on earlier when DPS was under Public Act 72, the preceding emergency manager law to Public Act 436. Then, s ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

The U.S. marshal was taciturn, polite, no Dale Carnegie wannabe, as she dutifully queried Rev. Charles Williams II of the National Action Network (NAN) about NAN plans to shut down Detroit’s Fort Street between Shelby and Washington streets for a NAN Justice for Trayvon Rally. The U.S. federal courthouse and the U.S. Department of Justice offices sandwiched the proposed rally site. Rev. Williams explained t ...

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For the future

The decision by Governor Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection came in the midst of grieving in Detroit. The wounds from the acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin were all the more painful as they were combined with the inability of the jury to come to a decision in the Aiyana Jones case. ...

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Judge orders Orr to withdraw Chapter 9 filing

PA 436 is unconstitutional and in violation of Article 9 Section 24 of the Michigan Constitution to the extent that it permits the Governor to authorize an emergency manger to proceed under Chapter 9 in any manner which threatens to diminish or impair accrued pension benefits; and PA 436 is to that extent of no force or effect. ...

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Duggan advises Snyder on emergency management

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration including State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and Transformation Manager Richard Baird wrote emails in February discussing the appointment of an emergency manager in Detroit. Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan, although he says he's against an EM in Detroit, advised the Snyder administration on the appointment. “Duggan’s advice weeks ago when (name wi ...

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From Trayvon Martin to Monica Lewis Patrick

Much of the country mourns the death of Trayvon Martin as the man who killed him was found not guilty on all charges — second-degree murder and manslaughter — and free to return home to his family. One of the most thoughtful responses to this tragedy came from UCLA Professor Robin D. G. Kelley who wrote about the systemic nature of violence in our country and the ideology of white supremacy that requires it ...

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DPS board rejects Kinloch

The elected Detroit Public Schools board found Jonathon Kinloch sitting on the stage of Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Boys at the board table, when it began its monthly meeting July 11. Appointed by former DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts, without advice or consent of the elected board, Kinloch had taken his place — alphabetically — at the board table and had fashioned himself a name plate. He was b ...

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CLERK DELAYS VOTE TO BLOCK CHALLENGER

D.Etta Wilcoxon is hanging like a chad on a Florida ballot. A candidate for city clerk, Wilcoxon is meeting continued resistance from incumbent Janice Winfrey to remain a viable candidate. Winfrey fought unsuccessfully before Wayne County Third Circuit Court Judge Patricia Fresard to keep Wilcoxon off of the Aug. 6 primary ballot. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Media mind snack. Beware of personality reporting that masquerades as journalism. Even the Wall Street Journal can be reality fact checked as a “Slate” blogger did on a shaky WSJ report on global warming. Journalistic arrogance can always be checked. Never accept what these folk say blindly just because they are on your TV, in print or on your car radio. When the reporter becomes the story, watch out! I mea ...

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