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2:33 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Column: Detroit politicians hold meetings like political amateurs

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Deadline Detroit's Jeff Wattrick witnessed the scene outside last night's public meeting with emergency manager Kevyn Orr. Other politicians and cities seem to handle large crowds and dissent without much problem. Detroit politicians, Wattrick argues, "stage manage these things like Soviet bureaucrats."
It can be hard sometimes to understand the vitriol of Detroit activists who opposed seemingly common-sense reforms like converting Belle Isle from a public city park into a public state park. It also can be hard to understand the outrage stemming Kevyn Orr's appointment as Detroit emergency manager.
11:25 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Senior class graduates from Buena Vista after months of uncertainty

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Twenty seven seniors from Buena Vista High School graduated yesterday. After the school district's difficult year and budget crisis, the graduation was a happy event for the school and community. The future of the school district remains uncertain.
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI - It was a difficult year full of hardships, but Lourenzo Caldwell says he wouldn't trade it for the world. He's a member of the 2013 graduating class at Buena Vista High School. The district's 27 seniors donned blue and white caps and gowns, crossed the stage and received their diplomas on Tuesday, June 4.
11:21 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Major League Baseball planning big suspensions for 20 players including Detroit's Peralta

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Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been named as among those who could be suspended for using performance enhancing drugs.
Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, "Outside the Lines" has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
9:58 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Trying to learn more about Snyder's private NERD fund

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The nonprofit, New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund (NERD), was started by Governor Rick Snyder shortly after he took office. The public has access to few details on the fund; mystery surrounds who donates to it and how the funds are used. Several of Snyder's key advisors are payrolled by funds from NERD rather than the state. This may have consequences as Kaffer explains...
Gov. Rick Snyder started the nonprofit New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund shortly after taking office, ostensibly to raise private funds for government innovation. Two years after its creation, few details about the fund's finances have emerged. But the recent revelation that two of Snyder's advisers in the Capitol have spent time on NERD's payroll underscores the need for more information.
3:04 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

House built for boats (people too)

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The Wall Street Journal has this photo essay of a retired boat manufacturer who built a 9,000-square-foot boat house in Michigan. Check the pictures!
In Michigan, The House That Boats Built $6,990,000 Charlevoix, MI Waterfront A retired boat manufacturer brings his passion home-to a nearly 9,000-square-foot boat house attached to the main living space.-Stefanos Chen The owner, John Winn, 66 years old, purchased this property on Round Lake in Charlevoix, Mich., with his wife, Zita Winn, in 1995, according to public records.
3:31 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Activist to crawl on hands and knees to Albion High School

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49 schools districts in Michigan are in the red. Albion is not one of them. To avoid the red numbers, the district cut their high school.
Community activist Bobby Holley plans to leave Battle Creek Central High School at 10 a.m. May 28 and crawl on hands and knees to Albion High School to protest that school's closure and rally community support for the school. Holley said it could take him two days to crawl from Battle Creek, through Marshall, and to Albion.
11:05 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Detroit pension board spends $22K to send 4 trustees to Hawaii

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The annual National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems is in Hawaii this weekend. Four trustees of Detroit's two public pension funds are attending. The Detroit Free Press obtained records under the Freedom of Information Act that show that the city is covering the airfare, lodging at a resort, registration fees, and meals - a total of $22,000.
Trustees say the conference provides the education they need to manage complex investments for the funds' retirees and beneficiaries. But other major public pension systems avoided sending their officials to Hawaii because of concerns the exotic locale sends the wrong message at a time when pensions nationwide are contemplating or implementing reduced benefits to cope with rising retirement costs and shaky investment returns.
11:04 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Former President George W. Bush helps to raise $400,000 for GR school

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Former President George W. Bush spoke Wednesday to a crowd of roughly 900 during the second annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala in Grand Rapids. The event raised $400,000 to support the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a school founded by Dick DeVos.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Former President George W. Bush Wednesday charmed a crowd of 900 attending the second annual West Michigan Aviation Academy's Leaders of Tomorrow Gala with his candor and trademark wit.
12:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Interactive map of Detroit's City Council districts

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Detroit City Council members used to represent the city at large instead of defined districts. In 2009, Detroit residents voted to elect City Council members by district. For the upcoming election season, visit the link below to see who is running for City Council from each Detroit district.
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10:13 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Cincinnati Police Chief leaving for Detroit job

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Cincinnati Police Chief has confirmed this morning that he is leaving for Detroit. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In an exclusive interview with The Enquirer this morning, Chief James Craig confirmed he's leaving Cincinnati and offered a glimpse into how he made the decision. He will stay on with the department for 30 days to help facilitate the transition and says he's confident the department will continue to make positive strides when he moves on.
10:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Detroit's 'Sugar Man' Sixto Rodriguez gets another accolade

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He once was a little known folk singer who had to make ends meet working construction. But after the Academy Award winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," Detroit's Sixto Rodriguez has stepped out of obscurity and into the spotlight. Wayne State University bestowed Rodriguez with an honorary degree yesterday.
Detroit - The Detroit musician who's suddenly become one of Wayne State University's more prominent alumni wished the class of 2013 good luck Thursday as he received an honorary degree from the school. In a short speech thanking the University, musician Sixto Rodriguez wished the graduating students from Wayne State University good luck.
9:19 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Should humans put more wolves on Isle Royale?

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Times have changed. In Michigan we plan on killing wolves because some feel there are too many. It's a different story on Isle Royale where the wolf population is hanging on by a thread. But because Isle Royale National Park is a designated wilderness area, we, as humans, have pledged not to intervene. So what should we do? The National Park Service has a big decision to make. The folks who have been studying this place for a long time share their thoughts in this op-ed piece.
IN Lake Superior lies a remote island, Isle Royale National Park, 134,000 acres of boreal and hardwood forests where a life-or-death struggle between wolves and moose has been the subject of the world's longest study of predators and their prey, now in its 55th year.
12:20 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Changes to Michigan's electoral system coming? Republicans overwhelmingly back plan

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Gary Heinlein reports for the Detroit News that "by a 1,370-132 margin" Republicans at their convention in Lansing yesterday approved a plan to change the way Michigan's electoral votes are tallied.
Lansing - Republicans handed Bobby Schostak another two-year term as state chairman Saturday and overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to change Michigan presidential electoral vote rules in a way opponents charge is intended to distort election results in favor of GOP candidates.
3:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Detroit Library's official focus of FBI Investigation fired

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Library officials won't say why, but Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cromer was fired yesterday. Cromer had been on paid leave since the FBI's mid-November raid. Check out the story in the Detroit News... - Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom
Detroit - The Detroit Public Library has fired one of its top administrators at the center of an FBI investigation over kickbacks. Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cromer had been on paid leave from his $145,323-a-year post since mid-November when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office at the library's main branch and his West Bloomfield Township home.
2:36 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jury deciding whether Kilpatrick met the definition of extortion

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The jury is in its fourth day of deliberations in the Kwame Kilpatrick public corruption trial. The Detroit Free Press takes a look at what the jurors are grappling with. The biggest charge against the three is violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Kwame Kilpatrick's lawyer argued throughout his public corruption trial that the former Detroit mayor never demanded anything from anyone. Defense attorneys argued the same for his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, saying he never demanded anything from businessmen who were trying to land city deals -- and he even got stiffed by some of them.
10:19 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Maserati not coming to Detroit

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Having a Maserati built in Detroit was seen as a symbolic win for the comeback of manufacturing in Michigan. But now it turns out that won't be happening.
Fiat SpA will not build a Maserati in Detroit after all. The Maserati Levante, which shares a common architecture with the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was supposed to have been built at Chrysler Group LLC's Jefferson North Assembly Plant starting later this year. The decision had been heralded by Gov.
11:01 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Woman accused of stealing from the Detroit pension fund surrenders

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Faberge eggs, Rodin sculptures, and a mountainside resort in Costa Rica. And now bribe money from a heroin dealer. The plot behind the theft of Detroit pension fund money thickens. And now that Kastenes has surrendered, more answers are likely to come.
Detroit - A fugitive businesswoman accused of stealing $5 million from a Detroit pension fund - and blowing the cash on exotic art and jewelry - turned herself in Tuesday, ending an eight-month manhunt stretching from Detroit to the Caribbean. Teresa Kastanes was escorted off the plane by agents from the Office of Homeland Security at 5:43 a.m.
1:10 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

With Proposal 6 defeated, plans for new bridge move forward

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After spending around $40 million to try to block a new international bridge downriver of their Ambassador Bridge, the Moroun family issued a statement that said in part "like any family business, we would do it again - and will in different ways - to defend economic freedom and limited government." Now the new bridge moves forward.
Lansing - Michigan should clear the final permit hurdles to building a bridge to Canada within six months, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday morning at a media roundtable on Tuesday's election results.
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2:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Updates on the I-96 shooter

A sketch of the man suspected of random shootings in a four-county area along I-96 in Michigan.
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Update Thursday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.

A series of shootings on or near I-96 has Michigan motorists thinking twice about driving the interstate.

A police task force reports 24 confirmed shootings since October 16. Here is a summary of what we've learned since then:

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12:12 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Mulally staying at Ford, Fields promoted

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Guessing when Ford CEO Alan Mulally will retire has become a favorite game for some auto beat reporters. But now Ford and Mulally have taken all the fun out of it.
Mark Fields, currently Ford president of the Americas, further cements his chances of becoming chief executive of Ford with today's announcement he is being promoted to the new position of chief operating officer, effective Dec. 1. Bill Ford also announced that Alan Mulally, who orchestrated a financial, cultural and product-led turnaround, will remain as CEO and president through 2014.

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