royal oak http://michiganradio.org en The oldest video store in the US is in Royal Oak, but now it's closing http://michiganradio.org/post/oldest-video-store-us-royal-oak-now-its-closing <p>Thomas Video opened in 1974, and was the first store in the country to sell films.&nbsp;</p><p>On Stateside, we spoke with Jim Olenski, the owner of Thomas Video about his business and why it's closing.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Olenski, the store has been losing money for a long time, partly because of the rise in online movie streaming options, like Netflix.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear Cynthia Canty's interview with Olenski, click the link above. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:52:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 17778 at http://michiganradio.org The oldest video store in the US is in Royal Oak, but now it's closing Lessenberry discusses election highlights http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-discusses-election-highlights <p>This <strong><em>Week in Michigan Politics</em> </strong>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss some of the highlights from Tuesday's election, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor">the Detroit mayoral race</a>, elections on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance">LGBT issues</a>, and proposals to<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals"> decriminalize marijuana</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:36:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15158 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry discusses election highlights Royal Oak voters uphold LGBT ordinance http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance <p>Voters in Royal Oak approved by a wide margin a local ordinance that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation.</p><p>Royal Oak is the 30<sup>th</sup> Michigan community to adopt an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. And gay rights supporters say that should put pressure on politicians at the state Capitol to do the same.</p><p>“I think as more non-discrimination policies are passed at the local level, that it does make quite the statement that are legislators are not doing the job that our citizens are expected of them,” said Emily Dievendorf of Equality Michigan.</p><p>There is an effort underway to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law. But a bill to do that has not been formally introduced.</p><p>The Royal Oak city council approved the human rights ordinance last March. Opponents went to the ballot in in an effort to block it.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:14:51 +0000 Rick Pluta 15150 at http://michiganradio.org Royal Oak voters uphold LGBT ordinance Human rights and Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/human-rights-and-royal-oak <p></p><p>The Detroit suburb of Royal Oak is a fascinating little city which has had far greater historic importance than its size would lead you to expect. And how its citizens vote in tomorrow’s election may provide an important clue to how attitudes are changing statewide.</p><p>Royal Oak’s 57,000 citizens are going to be asked to vote on a proposed charter ordinance that would forbid discrimination based on a wide variety of factors, including sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Twelve years ago, Royal Oak voted a similar ordinance down by more than 2-1. But opinions have evolved, and since then, a steadily growing group of states have legalized same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:26:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15110 at http://michiganradio.org Human rights and Royal Oak Royal Oak to vote on human rights initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-vote-human-rights-initiative <p>Royal Oak will go to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote on&nbsp; a ballot initiative that proposes adding a human rights ordinance to the city code. The measure is controversial because it calls for protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, among other groups.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Royal Oak's city code does not currently include a non-discrimination clause. The city relies on state and federal protections to prevent discrimination.</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:40:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15043 at http://michiganradio.org Royal Oak to vote on human rights initiative Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers http://michiganradio.org/post/woodward-dream-cruise-back-bricks-lure-classic-car-lovers <p>BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) - A big day has dawned in Michigan for classic car enthusiasts in the state that put America on wheels.<br><br>The Woodward Dream Cruise officially kicks off Saturday. But the rides - and the legions of folks who love them - have been out for days already along the Detroit-area thoroughfare.<br><br>It's the 19th year for the free event, which is hosted by numerous Oakland County communities along the route.<br> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14035 at http://michiganradio.org Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks lure classic car lovers The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-funding-lottery-and-welfare-human-rights-royal-oak <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss funding proposals to fix Michigan’s roads, the number of<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-lottery-winners-lose-their-welfare-benefits"> lottery winners on welfare</a>, and how a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-decide-human-rights-ordinance">human rights ordinance</a> is moving forward in Royal Oak.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12171 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak Royal Oak voters to decide human rights ordinance http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-decide-human-rights-ordinance <p>Royal Oak voters will <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130415/NEWS/304150204/Royal-Oak-Human-Rights-ordinance">decide whether to approve the city’s human rights ordinance </a>in November.</p><p>That ordinance extends civil rights protections to some people not covered by state or federal law—including gays and lesbians.</p><p>A citizen group had gathered enough signatures to either force the commission to rescind the ordinance, or put it on the ballot.</p><p>Royal Oak resident David Sims says voters should have the final say on the law, which he calls “ridiculous.”</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:09:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12153 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Democrats' budget, Detroit restructuring, Royal Oak explosion http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-democrats-budget-detroit-restructuring-royal-oak-explosion <p><strong>Democrats announce budget priorities</strong></p><p>State House Democrats<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-want-cut-state-pension-tax-boost-k-12-funding"> announced </a>a new set of priorities for the state budget yesterday.</p><p>“The Democrats’ plan calls for $1.5 billion in new spending on education, tax cuts for middle-class residents and seniors, and small business investments. They say they would pay for that partly by eliminating government waste and cutting corporate tax breaks,” Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Consultants recommend changes to Detroit city departments </strong></p><p>A restructuring firm hired by the city of Detroit has presented two proposals to re-shape city departments to a city-state advisory board.</p><p>“One proposal would downsize the City Council, and make its members part-time. The other suggests ways to consolidate the Police Department,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/restructuring-plan-targets-detroit-city-council">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Safety violations at fault for natural gas explosion in Royal Oak </strong></p><p>In a letter to state regulators, Consumers Energy said utility workers failed to follow company protocols in the lead-up to a deadly natural gas explosion in Royal Oak earlier this year.</p><p>“The utility says workers didn't follow procedures as they replaced a gas main near the house, and then left the area after smelling gas,” reports Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:10:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12058 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Democrats' budget, Detroit restructuring, Royal Oak explosion Commentary: Politics and human rights http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-and-human-rights <p></p><p>If you were looking for a quintessential solidly middle-class Michigan suburb, Royal Oak, Michigan might be it. Its 57,000 people are mainly white and solidly middle-class.</p><p>The downtown became somewhat of a magnet for the young, and trendy a decade or so ago, and hip twenty-somethings still mingle there with motorcycle bikers and teenage skateboarders on warm summer evenings. But by and large, Royal Oak is average middle-sized suburban homes, built around the baby boom era.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:49:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12044 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Politics and human rights Civil rights, or voters' choice? Royal Oak divided over anti-discrimination law http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-or-voters-choice-royal-oak-divided-over-anti-discrimination-law <p></p><p>A new law in Royal Oak protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination has hit a bump in the road.</p><p>You’ve heard that a handful of cities in Michigan have anti-discrimination ordinances that say you can't fire or deny housing to someone just because they're gay.</p><p>And Royal Oak was about to join that club when their city commissioners okayed the new law.</p><p>But 200 people recently signed a petition to put that law on hold.</p><p>Now opponents of the ordinance need some 700 signatures by April to bring it up for a city-wide vote.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:31:13 +0000 Kate Wells 11717 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights, or voters' choice? Royal Oak divided over anti-discrimination law Stateside: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's legacy http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-dr-jack-kevorkians-legacy <p>Twenty-two years ago today, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was first charged with murder.</p><p>He was charged with the death of <a href="http://www.ascensionhealth.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=234&amp;Itemid=173">Janet Adkins</a>, an Alzheimer's patient who traveled from Oregon seeking Kevorkian’s assistance in ending her life.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry knew Kevorkian and extensively covered his trial.</p><p>“Kevorkian was more of a scientist than a doctor. He was obsessed with death and obsessed with the idea of organ transplants. He was presented by Geoffrey Fieger as concerned with alleviating peoples’ suffering,” said Lessenberry.</p><p>Lessenberry found Kevorkian to be both impatient and strikingly intelligent.</p><p>“He was brilliant; he probably had an IQ of 200. He was a restless person and a self-destructive person. He was a very different individual,” said Lessenberry. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:36:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10180 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's legacy Royal Oak moves to join other Michigan cities protecting gay rights http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-moves-join-other-michigan-cities-protecting-gay-rights <p>Royal Oak City Commissioners unanimously approved a measure to start drafting a human rights ordinance Monday.</p><p>Such an ordinance would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics not covered under state or federal law. A number of Michigan cities have similar laws on the books.</p><p>Royal Oak voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed human rights ordinance in 2001.</p><p>But City Commissioner Jim Rasor is convinced public opinion on gay rights has shifted drastically since then.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 04:38:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9990 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit claims flaws in Michigan's parole system http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-claims-flaws-michigans-parole-system <p>A lawsuit filed this week alleges the state Department of Corrections has been too lax in supervising roughly 18,000 paroled felons in Michigan.</p><p>The lawsuit was first reported by The Detroit Free Press.</p><p>It was filed by the family of an elderly Royal Oak woman who was murdered in her home. Two fugitives on parole have been charged with the killing.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:35:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 9507 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit claims flaws in Michigan's parole system PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya http://michiganradio.org/post/photos-muslims-metro-detroit-hold-vigil-response-attacks-libya <p>Metro Detroit Muslims held a vigil last night in downtown Royal Oak, in memory of those killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya Tuesday.</p><p>U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with four Americans and many civilians were killed in Benghazi.</p><p>Zanah Ghalawanji is a Syrian American.</p><p>"The Muslim community absolutely does not support anything that occurred in Libya. Violence is against our religion. Our religion is all about peace," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>Candles burned as Ghalawanji gave words of condolence to the Stevens family.</p><p>"We are deeply thankful for the courage and selfless dedication that so many of the U.S. diplomatic corps have shown in Libya, Syria and throughout the region during this turbulent period," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>The violence was sparked by a video that makes fun of Islam, and the Muslim prophet Mohammed.</p><p>David Sawulski didn't participate in the vigil. But he had a front-row sit at a nearby cafe.</p><p>"I think it is great. They're supporting the American ambassador and the U.S. by standing here and giving support for some body who has killed who was assisting those people. The ambassador was obviously loved by the Libya people," he said.</p><p>The controversial video has sparked violence in several countries. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:29:41 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9089 at http://michiganradio.org PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya In the face of safety concerns, more cuts to police in Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/face-safety-concerns-more-cuts-police-royal-oak <p>Local governments are coming to terms with the effects of the Great Recession as shrinking revenues are leading to police and fire layoffs in many parts of the state.</p><p>The Royal Oak Police Department is making cuts to its department. Going from 70 to 65 sworn officers.</p><p>This despite the concern over safety in Royal Oak.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/articles/2011/06/07/news/doc4dedb2584cca8015235234.txt?viewmode=fullstory">Daily Tribune</a>:</p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:32:08 +0000 Mark Brush 2777 at http://michiganradio.org Is a firefighter's discovery of pot plants an illegal search? http://michiganradio.org/post/firefighters-discovery-pot-plants-illegal-search <p>The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case regarding a possible illegal search today.</p><p>In the case "<a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/mark-slaughter.pdf">The People of the State of Michigan vs. Mark Slaughter</a>" - the defendant, Mark Slaughter, was charged with possessing marijuana plants in his basement after a firefighter found the plants during an emergency call. From the court filing:</p><blockquote><p>On May 6, 2007, firefighters were called to the residence of Kathleen Tunner at 3206 Coolidge, Royal Oak, Michigan. Ms. Tunner testified that she suspected that water was running down the wall of her basement in her unit over her electrical box. Ms. Tunner contacted 911 and the fire department arrived...even though the unit in which called for assistance was Ms. Tunner's unit, Lieutenant Schunck never entered or inspected Ms. Tunner's unit...[Schunck] testified that they entered Defendant's unit, absent any signs of leaking water or hearing water running from outside Defendant's unit...Upon entering Defendants unit, the firefighters observed suspected marijuana plants...and subsequently contacted the police."</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/01/michigan_supreme_court_to_sett.html">Associated Press</a> reports that lower courts have ruled in Slaughter's favor:</p><blockquote><p>Slaughter's defense lawyer successfully argued that it was an illegal search. Prosecutors say there's an exception when authorities find evidence of a crime during an emergency.</p></blockquote><p>So let's play armchair Supreme Court justice. Do you think this amounted to an illegal search? You can read the <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/mark-slaughter.pdf">complaint </a>to gather more information before you issue your ruling. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:38:07 +0000 Mark Brush 948 at http://michiganradio.org Is a firefighter's discovery of pot plants an illegal search?