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Orr will stop paying debt, makes changes with water department

By T. Kelly The Michigan Citizen Today, EM Kevyn Orr announced the city would stop paying unsecured debt and dedicate $750 million for reinvestment. Orr says the money, in addition to a $5.5 million grant, will go to removing blight, investing in public safety including lighting, upgrading IT and technology to bring the city administration into the 21st century. Orr says he hopes to refinance secured debt b ...

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EM holds required ‘community meeting’

No baby strollers. No large purses or book bags. Metal detectors. Three police departments — Michigan State, Wayne State University and Detroit Police departments — made for a controlled environment at Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s first legally mandated public meeting. About 100 protestors gathered out front. And not everyone was admitted. The auditorium held 250 people, but many of the seats were ...

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Parents fear for Oakman children

Parents of students at Oakman Orthopedic School continue the battle to keep their school open. Approximately 50 supporters marched, rolled wheelchairs and maneuvered walkers June 6 in front of Erma Henderson School, 16101 West Chicago, to protest the closing of their school and relocation of their most vulnerable children two and a half miles away to Henderson. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Sitting in the back row of the Wayne State University Law School auditorium that was intentionally too small for the Detroiters that wanted to hear what Governor Nerd’s Black proxy had to say, I wondered why the hell I had come to the damn place. We were in a quasi-martial law imposed environ with the boys in state blue calling the shots. ...

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Restoring our souls

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr was compelled by law to hold a public meeting to discuss his report on the financial condition of Detroit. It turns out the emergency version of a public meeting is not much. It means finding a small space, get as many of your hired friends in (by the back door) as you can, set up metal detectors, limit the access to a few dozen people and give only some of them one minut ...

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EM holds required ‘community meeting’

Orr said his first priority as EM is public safety and reinvestment. He also promised to lease Belle Isle, saying he wanted to get “$6 million off the books.” The meeting was open for some questions. One resident asked what the upcoming city council and mayoral election would mean under Emergency Management. Orr said under the statute, neither the city council or mayor have authority. He also said if new pu ...

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Misinformed: EM Town Halls not being held June 6, 10

There will not be a community meeting tonight with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Two community meetings — which were to be held at Greater Grace Temple and Martin Luther King High School, for June 6 and June 10 — will not happen. EM press secretary Bill Nowling wrote in an email, “No meetings have been announced by this office. When they are, we will send it around.” ...

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