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Selling the DIA at Mackinac

The political and economic elite of Michigan are gathering on Mackinac Island for the annual Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is billed as an opportunity for “comprehensive dialogue on culture, education and the 21st century global market.” Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the keynote speaker. Michelle Rhee, a primary figure in the test-students-to-death movemen ...

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Trial begins for officer who killed Aiyana Stanley Jones

The trial for Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones began May 29. In a military-style raid on the Jones’ near east side home May 16, 2010, Weekley shot into the house, killing Aiyana as she slept on the family’s living room sofa. The raid was being filmed for AMC's "First 48." ...

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Olumba Q&A

I think as a newer politician — someone who came back to Detroit and had to knock doors to win, who cold not get support from the political establishment — I look at the emergency manager as a verdict on some of the people who have been around Detroit. We have been taken advantage of politically. We haven’t been taking care of business like we should have. ...

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Barrow hopes to disqualify Duggan

This week, Tom Barrow asked City Clerk Janice Winfrey to disqualify Mike Duggan from the mayoral race. Barrow says Duggan’s filing fails to meet Detroit City Charter residency requirements. According to the city charter, “All candidates for elective office and elected officials shall be bona fide residents of the city of Detroit and must maintain their principal residence in the city of Detroit for one year ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

While mind snacking on the ever-growing list of erstwhiles that have managed to do a stint in federal prison, the names of Martha Stewart and Michigan’s own billionaire philanthropist Al Taubman got their jit on during mind snack time. I have steadfastly refused to comment much more than an elder’s grunt when asked about another federal pen luminary Monica Conyers, who was recently released from custody of ...

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Driving development

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s report has been greeted with little enthusiasm. It has not offered any clarity on plans for the development of the city under the new regime. The vague promises of improving the quality of life, while stripping the city, are as hollow as the document itself. Meanwhile, the city is developing. Dan Gilbert now owns 17 downtown buildings, totaling 2.9 million square feet o ...

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NAACP sues, ‘EM law violates voting rights’

“Something is rotten in the state of Michigan!” Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, spoke these words at a press conference May 13 to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the state’s emergency manager law, Public Act 436. The lawsuit filed by the Detroit Branch and Michigan State Conference NAACP in the United States District Court for the Eastern District is now the thi ...

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DPS wants federal probe

At its monthly meeting May 9, the Detroit Board of Education unanimously voted to seek a federal grand jury investigation into the “unlawful use of federal funds designated for use by the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).” The Board claimed that the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), the former Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, Emergency Manager (EM) Roy Roberts, Gov. Rick Sndyer and other state offi ...

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Rep. Olumba enters race for mayor

State Rep. John Olumba, I-D, Detroit, says he wants to lead Detroit. In an interview with the Michigan Citizen, Olumba said he wants to lead the troubled city into an “age of revival.” “I’m encouraged because we’ve always shown our ability to bounce back,” he said. But he questions the record of some of the candidates. “Are we going to go with someone who’s been a part of the political establishment? Across ...

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No new news, city’s finances ‘insolvent’

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevin Orr issued his first report on the city’s financial emergency May 13. The report was issued after Orr’s first 45 days in office. For many, Orr’s report did not reveal much new information on the city’s financial emergency. According to the report, city debt is about $15 billion. The city is spending more than it is taking in. It has a structural deficit with revenue falling e ...

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