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EM Orr files Plan of Adjustment

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed, Feb. 21, the City’s Plan of Adjustment and a related Disclosure Statement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Plan and Disclosure Statement provide the details of the City’s proposal to "(i) adjust up to as much as $18 billion in secured and unsecured debt... ...

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‘Ex-treasurer Andy Dillon enriches himself off Detroit bankruptcy’

“Conflicts of interest, corruption and cronyism are all becoming business as usual at Snyder's Treasury Department, and that's why we need an immediate investigation. Dillon used his position of public trust as State Treasurer to line up his next job and feather his own nest with the very firm he was supposed to be monitoring.” ...

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EM neglect ruining Bates Academy, parents testify

Flooded hallways, falling ceiling tiles, growing mold, busted pipes, a leaky roof and 20 days of no classes — the parents at Bates Academy are angry their children’s education has been put on hold because of neglect and mismanagement under Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “What do we do?” asked one of the approximately 20 Bates parents who appeared before members of Detroit’s elected sc ...

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Invitation to Snyder, Patterson to tour our reservation lands

L. Brooks Patterson is quoted in an article titled “Drop Dead, Detroit,” which appeared in the Jan. 2014 issue of the New Yorker as saying, “… What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.”Our people, indigenous to the Great Lakes area, have a long history of intergovernmental ...

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What are the odds?

Twice now, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Rhodes has rejected proposed settlements that would enable the city of Detroit to extricate itself from terribly costly obligations known as “interest rate swaps.” These swaps were essentially a huge gamble, with the city betting that interest rates would rise over time when it borrowed more than $1.4 billion back in 2005-06 to shore up its two pension funds. I ...

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Justice for Jayru

This week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Cass Tech high school senior Jayru Campbell with one felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault. After a heated exchange with a with a school security guard, who asked Campbell not to wear his hood in the building, the 17-year-old allegedly body-slammed the guard. The incident was captured on video, w ...

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No sense of shame

Many of us have seen photographs of lynchings. Most of them, in newspaper accounts and on postcards, depict some variation on the gruesome reality. Men hanging from trees, their bodies often mutilated or burned. Beneath them are groups of white people — men, women, and children. Sometimes they are milling about. Sometimes they are clearly having a party — some actually posing in front of the lynched body. ...

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Jayru Campbell charged

Faces felony, misdemeanor assault charges DETROIT — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Feb. 11 two charges against high school football player Jayru Campbell. Campbell, a 17-year-old student at Cass Technical High School faces one felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm and one misdemeanor of aggravated assault for allegedly body slamming a security guard on school premises. “Any defendan ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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