Sarah Hulett http://michiganradio.org en Report: DIA collection worth as much as $4.6 billion http://michiganradio.org/post/report-dia-collection-worth-much-46-billion <div><div><p>A New York art investment firm says, on paper, works at the Detroit Institute of Arts could be worth as much as $4.6 billion.&nbsp;But the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/EM/Reports/Expert%20Witness%20Report%20of%20M%20Plummer.pdf">report by&nbsp;ArtVest&nbsp;Partners</a>&nbsp;says the artwork could go for a lot less, if it's liquidated as part of the city's bankruptcy.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:15:01 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18320 at http://michiganradio.org Report: DIA collection worth as much as $4.6 billion Problems pile up for Jackson-area prison as state puts it under quarantine http://michiganradio.org/post/problems-pile-jackson-area-prison-state-puts-it-under-quarantine <p>Problems keep piling up at Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson.</p><p></p><p>Last week, maggots were found on the serving line in the prison's cafeteria.</p><p></p><p>Over the weekend, inmates started getting sick with a stomach virus.</p><p>And the problems have gotten worse. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan says the number of sick prisoners is now up to 150, and the prison's been put under quarantine.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:02:49 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18263 at http://michiganradio.org Problems pile up for Jackson-area prison as state puts it under quarantine Should we stay or should we go: A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/should-we-stay-or-should-we-go-reporter-s-notebook-living-crime-detroit <p></p><p></p><p><em>All this week, Michigan Radio and the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Detroit Journalism Cooperative are looking at city services and quality of life issues in the city of Detroit. Michigan Radio's assistant news director, Sarah&nbsp;Hulett, is a Detroit resident and brings us this essay about living with crime.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re on the fence about staying in Detroit or moving out, there’s an absurd and irrational sort of calculus you do when it comes to crime.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18163 at http://michiganradio.org Should we stay or should we go: A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit Government seeks dismissal of Juggalos suit http://michiganradio.org/post/government-seeks-dismissal-juggalos-suit <p>The government is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims fans of the band Insane Clown Posse have been unfairly labeled a criminal gang.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The FBI in 2011 </span><a href="http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/2011-national-gang-threat-assessment/2011-national-gang-threat-assessment-emerging-trends" style="line-height: 1.5;">put out a report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that cited crimes committed by the rap duo's fans, known as </span>Juggalos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:57:17 +0000 Sarah Hulett 18118 at http://michiganradio.org Government seeks dismissal of Juggalos suit No wheels in the Motor City? New website seeks to help http://michiganradio.org/post/no-wheels-motor-city-new-website-seeks-help <p></p><p>In spite of its nickname, the Motor City has well-known transportation problems.</p><p></p><p>A large proportion of Detroiters don't own cars, and buses are notoriously late and overcrowded.</p><p></p><p>Now, residents have a new option.</p><p></p><p>It's a website based on a platform used at colleges, called <a href="https://detroit.ridepost.com/">detroit.ridepost.com</a>.</p><p></p><p>Debra Rowe heads the Detroit Green Skills Alliance, which works on sustainability issues.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 02:51:08 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17901 at http://michiganradio.org No wheels in the Motor City? New website seeks to help Michigan lawmakers commit $195 million to Detroit's bankruptcy reorganization http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers have committed to contributing $195 million to Detroit's bankruptcy settlement.</span></p><p>The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the bills to help protect retiree pensions and prevent the sale of city-owned artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>“Today we are all Detroiters and we are all Michiganians,” said<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;U.S District Court Judge Gerald Rosen following the vote. Rosen has been overseeing talks between Detroit and its creditors, and is considered the architect of the "grand bargain."</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:14:51 +0000 Jake Neher & Sarah Hulett 17848 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers commit $195 million to Detroit's bankruptcy reorganization Jamie Dimon says $100 million investment in Detroit was not done for charity http://michiganradio.org/post/jamie-dimon-says-100-million-investment-detroit-was-not-done-charity <div><p>For a lot of people, Jamie&nbsp;Dimon&nbsp;will forever be linked to the mortgage crisis that hit Detroit as hard as any city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there was no mention of that at <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/jpmorgan-comes-detroit-100m-plan-and-gets-warm-welcome">yesterday's announcement</a>, of course. Instead, there was a plated lunch - chicken and salad, with cupcakes - an uplifting video, and a standing ovation led by Michigan's governor, Rick Snyder.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:41:10 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17716 at http://michiganradio.org Jamie Dimon says $100 million investment in Detroit was not done for charity Detroit police chief's advocacy for self-defense gets NRA's attention http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chiefs-advocacy-self-defense-gets-nras-attention <p>Detroit's police chief has been getting a lot of attention for his advocacy of people using deadly force to defend themselves.</p><p></p><p>The stance has put James Craig at odds with many big-city police chiefs, and now it's landed him on the cover of the NRA magazine, America's First Freedom.</p><p></p><p>At a press conference today, Craig said he does not advocate violence, “but I am an advocate for when faced with a dangerous situation, one that presents an imminent threat to life, or great bodily harm, that one protects themselves."</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:00:09 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17663 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit police chief's advocacy for self-defense gets NRA's attention Detroit Land Bank to expand auctions to more neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-land-bank-expand-auctions-more-neighborhoods <p>A new experiment meant to fill some of Detroit's vacant city-owned homes appears to be paying off.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City officials plan to announce an expansion of the online auction today.</span></p><p></p><p>The Detroit Land Bank Authority started putting one house up for auction on <a href="http://www.buildingdetroit.org/Home">a website</a> each day last week. Bids started at $1,000, and all five drew high bids between $30,000 and $42,000.</p><p></p><p>So far, 6,000 people have signed up to bid.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17556 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Land Bank to expand auctions to more neighborhoods Nuclear regulators to discuss security issue at Fermi 2 http://michiganradio.org/post/nuclear-regulators-discuss-security-issue-fermi-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal regulators are holding a private meeting with officials from </span>DTE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy today to discuss a security issue at the </span>Fermi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 2 nuclear power plant in southeast Michigan.</span></p><p>Details are scarce, due to security concerns.</p><p></p><p>But Viktoria Mytling with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an issue was discovered during a security assessment that showed vulnerability.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:28:36 +0000 Sarah Hulett & Lindsey Smith 17217 at http://michiganradio.org Nuclear regulators to discuss security issue at Fermi 2 Governor to announce statewide recycling plan http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-announce-statewide-recycling-plan <p>Gov. Rick Snyder wants more households in Michigan to recycle their waste. He's announcing a plan today to make that possible.</p><p>The plan will focus on four key areas – including developing markets for recycled products, and helping communities make recycling more convenient for residents.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17211 at http://michiganradio.org Governor to announce statewide recycling plan Mich. Supreme Court suspends Wayne Co. Judge McCree http://michiganradio.org/post/mich-supreme-court-suspends-wayne-co-judge-mccree <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/McCree.pdf">Michigan Supreme Court says</a>&nbsp;a Wayne County judge should be removed from office. It says Wade&nbsp;McCree&nbsp;faces a six-year suspension if voters reelect him in November, and ordered him to pay $11,645.17 in costs.</p><p></p><p>You might remember Wade&nbsp;McCree's name from a now-infamous quote he gave to a TV reporter about texting a shirtless picture of himself to a sheriff’s office worker.</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/d96pLyMf9UU</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:31:47 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16991 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit family inches toward answers in mystery of civil rights activist’s disappearance http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-family-inches-toward-answers-mystery-civil-rights-activist-s-disappearance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the spring of 1973, Ray Robinson left his wife and three young children in </span>Bogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Chitto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Alabama to support the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.</span></p><p>He never came home. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:07:40 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16785 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit family inches toward answers in mystery of civil rights activist’s disappearance Broke Detroit is on a hiring blitz http://michiganradio.org/post/broke-detroit-hiring-blitz <p>The most notoriously broke city in America is on a hiring spree.</p><p>The city of Detroit hosts a job fair today and tomorrow.</p><p>"There are more than 350 positions that are open at the city right now,” said Lisa Howze, chief of staff to Mayor Mike Duggan. “A great number of them are for police officers, bus drivers, mechanics, and various other departments have put out postings as well."</p><p>The city is looking to cut overtime costs and improve services as it works its way through bankruptcy.</p><p>More than 1,500 applicants pre-registered for the job fair.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:41:04 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16664 at http://michiganradio.org Broke Detroit is on a hiring blitz Duggan: Car insurance, blight, buses among top issues in first State of the City http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-car-insurance-blight-buses-among-top-issues-first-state-city <p>City buses that pick you up when they’re supposed to. Parks that are open to the public, where the grass is cut and the trash is picked up. And car insurance that doesn’t cost more than your car.</p><p>Sound like modest proposals? Maybe in most cities. But Detroit is not most cities. And those are some of the promises made by Mayor Mike&nbsp;Duggan, in his first State of the City address tonight.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:24:14 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16633 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan: Car insurance, blight, buses among top issues in first State of the City Wayne Co. plan calls for pay and benefit cuts, spinning off sewage plants http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-co-plan-calls-pay-and-benefit-cuts-spinning-sewage-plants <p>Wayne County Executive Bob&nbsp;Ficano&nbsp;is asking commissioners to approve a plan that calls for cutting pay and benefits for county employees, and spinning off its sewage treatment plants, among other things.</p><p>The county has a running deficit of at least $175 million. And it continues to spend more than it takes in.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:33:34 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16406 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne Co. plan calls for pay and benefit cuts, spinning off sewage plants What heavy ice coverage means for Great Lakes shipping and water levels http://michiganradio.org/post/what-heavy-ice-coverage-means-great-lakes-shipping-and-water-levels <p>Ice formed on the Great Lakes early this year, thanks to the arctic temperatures we’ve been experiencing.</p><p></p><p>And that should be good for lake levels, which have plummeted in recent years. Right?</p><p></p><p>Well, it turns out the answer to that question is a bit complicated.</p><p></p><p>Lake levels are affected by a number of factors, including temperature, precipitation, evaporation and ice cover.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16147 at http://michiganradio.org What heavy ice coverage means for Great Lakes shipping and water levels The teeny, tiny ingredient that could add up to a big problem for the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/teeny-tiny-ingredient-could-add-big-problem-great-lakes <p>Ever seen a commercial for a face scrub or body wash that promises to “polish” your skin with “micro-beads?”</p><p></p><p>Or maybe one of the hundreds of these products already sits in your shower.</p><p></p><p>Ever wonder what those little beads are?</p><p></p><p>Chances are pretty good they’re plastic. And once they circle your drain and go down your pipes, chances are also pretty good they’re not going to get filtered out by your city’s sewage treatment plant.</p><p></p><p><strong>Millions of tiny beads that look a lot like fish food</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16106 at http://michiganradio.org The teeny, tiny ingredient that could add up to a big problem for the Great Lakes Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos sue FBI over gang designation http://michiganradio.org/post/insane-clown-posse-juggalos-sue-fbi-over-gang-designation <p>The rap duo Insane Clown Posse has filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI. The group says the government’s designation of its fan base as a “hybrid criminal gang” is unconstitutional.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed the suit on behalf of ICP and four of its fans, who call themselves Juggalos.</p><p>The ACLU says the gang designation has made Juggalos targets of harassment by law enforcement, and that the designation violates Juggalos’&nbsp;F<span style="line-height: 1.5;">irst Amendment and due process rights.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:44:37 +0000 Sarah Hulett 15940 at http://michiganradio.org Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos sue FBI over gang designation Why airports look like home to snowy owls http://michiganradio.org/post/why-airports-look-home-snowy-owls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year, some snowy owls make their way south from their Arctic homeland in search of food, and some of us here in the Great Lakes region have been lucky enough to spot these magnificent birds on tree branches, or poles, or … near airports.</span></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">irports have wide open treeless spaces, and can look a lot like home to snowy owls. And for wildlife specialists who work at airports from the Great Lakes to the Northeast, this has been a busy winter.</span></p><p><strong>Eight owls trapped in one week at DTW</strong></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 15847 at http://michiganradio.org Why airports look like home to snowy owls