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Banks cash in on EFM takeover

Cha-ching! is the sound of banks registering the new revenue coming their way the very moment Gov. Rick Snyder put Detroit under an emergency financial manager (EFM). “Who knows what the city has paid? The same stick-up men that went through the neighborhoods (with the foreclosure crisis) are now at city hall,” said Jerry Goldberg, attorney for Moratorium Now. ...

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Detroit hip hop artists speak out on EFM

The city’s hip hop community is protesting Detroit’s new status under emergency management in its own unique way. Will Copeland, a community activist and emcee who performs under the name Will See, has recently released a song with a heated message to mobilize citizens against the state’s takeover of Detroit through an emergency manager. The song “Emergency” is a powerful example of hip hop as a tool of res ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Walking up Woodward to the coffee shop on Mack, mind snacks competed with Detroit’s weather version of March Madness as the wind juked me with a snow assist. Yep, it was a Gortex-layer-over-polar-fleece day. As the coffee drip trickled into the cardboard pots (should have called ahead) I mind snacked on the prison-cell wisdom of knocking out pushups, dips and row machine weights at the Boll Y. A fella never ...

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Tom Barrow: Napoleon should resign

Tom Barrow, president of Citizens for Detroit’s Future, called on Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon March 26 to immediately resign his office now that he has formally declared his candidacy for the mayor of Detroit, according to a press statement. “The recently announced Detroit One Crime Abatement Strategy — in coordination with the Detroit Police, the FBI, ATF and State Police — demands that Sheriff Nap ...

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Week One of the occupation: Life, liberty and happiness

As Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Kevyn Orr assumes civil powers in Detroit, local corporate media has launched a campaign to tell us all how glad we should be that such a fine person now has charge of everything. They have shared a “glimpse” of his personal life, detailed facts about his career and generously overlooked embarrassing tax questions or potential conflicts of interest. They have assured us ...

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‘NO EM!’

Several groups across the state have joined Detroiters in challenging the new emergency financial manager (EFM) law in federal court. Support mounted after the March 14 appointment of bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as EFM of Detroit. “We’re looking at legal challenges in federal court and we expect that the Sugar Law Center or other groups will be filing such a challenge,” Attorney John Philo of the Sugar La ...

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DWSD pays tab for wine, steaks, airfare, while cutting workforce

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) board has employed a consulting company to reduce its workforce by 80 percent. While workers face massive cuts, the DWSD board is covering the costs of the consultants’ meals, wine, malt liquor, steak dinners, airfare in and out of the city, and hotel accommodations, according to documents obtained by this newspaper. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking while walking to the Y, I glance over to the Elmwood Grill where there are normally a plethora of marked and unmarked Detroit police cars, hmmm, there are a couple of blue state police rides decorating the street. It hits me. All critters mark their territory. State boys are now running Detroit. Get used to it. I step up my pace — can’t put the mind snack down. Are we on the cusp of neo-martia ...

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Aiyana to get her day in court

After three long years, the case of Aiyana Stanley-Jones will finally be argued before a jury. During a March 8 pre-trial hearing, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray-Hathaway denied a motion to dismiss all charges against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting-death of the 7-year-old. In a military-style raid on the Jones’ near east side home May 16, 2010, Weekley shot into the hou ...

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