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Nov 14, 2011

Occupy No Longer?

A permit that is allowing Occupy Detroit demonstrators to stay at a Detroit park expires tonight. The Associated Press reports:

About 150 people have holed up at the park since Oct. 14 and have held a number of marches and protests of financial institutions since then. The city's Recreation Department last month denied a request by the group's attorney for a 45-day permit to erect tents in the park but did issue a 30-day permit, retroactive to Oct. 14… Last week, spokesman Evan Rohar said the group assumes police will come to clear out the protesters once the permit expires. She says members are considering whether to stay or go.

Flint Swearing In

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will take his oath of office later today… but, what happens next is up to Governor Rick Snyder, Steve Carmody reports:

Incumbent Dayne Walling won a four year term as Flint’s mayor last week. He’s already been serving as Flint’s mayor for the past two years, since winning a special election. The challenge then was to reduce Flint’s massive budget deficit. The challenge now will probably be to work under a state appointed emergency manager. On the same day Walling won reelection, Governor Snyder agreed with a state review team that Flint is in a ‘financial emergency’. The governor is expected to name an emergency manager to run the city.

Biden in Detroit

Vice President Joe Biden visited Detroit yesterday. He spoke at a, “fundraiser Sunday night for a Jewish Orthodox day school near Detroit. The vice president says Israel is a key element to the U.S.'s own security and its broader efforts in the Middle East. Biden said President Barack Obama feels the same way. Hundreds of people attended the dinner at a downtown hotel for the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah,” the Associated Press reports.