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Students walk to Lansing to protest school expulsions

LANSING, MI (Tell Us Det) - A group of students and teachers has marched from Detroit to Lansing to protest what it says is the harmful and unnecessary suspensions and expulsions of schoolchildren for often-minor offenses.

The trip began Monday and concluded Wednesday on the state Capitol steps. The students completed their journey on April 23, in an attempt to show state officials the severe problem with trivial suspensions in Michigan and the dedication surrounding the need to modify Zero Tolerance.

Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center's Youth Voice project say participants covered 85 miles in relay stages.

The walk comes as officials are raising concerns about school suspension and expulsion policies. The Michigan Board of Education is expected to act in May on a proposed model policy for reducing suspensions and expulsions.

“It sounds extreme,” said Michael Reynolds, YOUTH VOICE Co-president. “But when I talk to my peers, many who share my experience, students all over Michigan are being pushed out of school without alternatives.”

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told participants Wednesday that students shouldn't be automatically suspended or expelled if other interventions can improve their behavior and keep them in school. 


Bill Clinton to headline MDP's 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Detroit

DETROIT - Former President Bill Clinton is slated to headline the Michigan Democratic Party's 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, well-placed Democratic sources told Inside Michigan Politics today.

The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Clinton, who won Michigan twice in 1992 and 1996, was active in the state during the 2012 election, endorsing ballot proposals supporting renewable energy and collective bargaining. 


Boyfriend Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Detroit Mother

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Lorenzo Franklin McNeil, 24 (2/16/90) in connection with the homicide of Charmanek Johnson , 31. The defendant and Ms. Johnson were boyfriend and girlfriend who sometimes lived together at her home in the 4030 block of Hazelwood. On April 21, 2014, the victim’s grandmother called the police to Ms. Johnson’s home because she had not heard from her granddaughter in three days.

When the police entered the home the victim was discovered dead in the upstairs of the home of multiple stab wounds. The victim’s 8 month old child was found in a crib upstairs suffering from dehydration and severe diaper rash.  


Camp and Paxahau unveil MOVEMENT Detroit Art Installations presented by Opportunity Detroit

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DETROIT, MI - Paxahau and Community Arts Moving Projects (CAMP) are pleased to announce the winning art pieces produced by local artists, to be displayed at Movement Detroit 2014, taking place Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 inside Hart Plaza. This year’s installation is made possible by Opportunity Detroit – a campaign dedicated to promoting Detroit as a place of innovation, creativity and growth..  


Easy-to-Use LG Lucid 3: Making the switch from basic to smartphone

The all-new Lucid 3 by LG will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting April 17 for free after $50 mail-in rebate debit card and new two-year activation. And for a limited time, Edge customers who trade in their basic phone to purchase a Lucid 3 can get an additional $50 bonus added to the phone’s trade-in value.

Switching from a basic phone to a smartphone gives you easy access to apps, games, video, rich social media content and more. Making the switch should be easy as well, and the LG Lucid 3 helps with that. 


National Kidney Foundation of Michigan hosts Annual Detroit Zoo Kidney Walk

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, and PAWS, official mascot of the Detroit Tigers, set to walk

ANN ARBOR, MI - More than 900,000 Michigan residents are currently living with chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is asking you to help the fight against kidney disease. Join the NKFM and over 4,500 walkers and supporters on Sunday, May 18 to participate in the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. The NKFM hopes to raise $395,000 to support their mission to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak at 8450 West 10 Mile Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. 


Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

ANN ARBOR, MI - A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

"It's awesome. It's exciting - seeing something new every day," Pontz said during a recent appointment at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. The 55-year-old former competitive weightlifter and factory worker is one of four people in the U.S. to receive an artificial retina since the Food and Drug Administration signed off on its use last year. 


City to auction vacant homes to the qualified on BuildingDetrort.Org

DETROIT, MI - The City of Detroit is rolling out the welcome mat for people who want to restore and live in some of Detroit’s great – but currently vacant - homes and it has a simple message: Neighbors Wanted.

Today, Mayor Mike Duggan, Council President Brenda Jones and Detroit Land Bank Authority Chairwoman Erica Ward Gerson unveiled a new auction website, www.buildingdetroit.org, where prospective buyers bid on vacant city owned homes. Starting Monday, May 5th, one home per day (M-F) will be auctioned on the new land bank site. Fifteen houses are now on the website for sale. The first 12 homes are in the East English Village neighborhood. 


Detroit Jazz Festival Announces Headlining Acts for Labor Day Weekend Performances

Legendary free jazz festival set to impress this Labor Day weekend

DETROIT, MI - The Detroit Jazz Festival announced its 2014 Artist in Residence and world-class group of headlining acts for the 35th annual Labor Day Weekend performances. The Festival will stay true to its roots of delivering a diverse lineup, featuring up-and-coming acts as well as jazz legends, from both Detroit and around the world.

Joshua Redman, 2014 Artist in Residence, is one of the many artists that has a great story to tell. Redman is known as one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s and has toured with jazz masters such as Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny and Clark Terry.


  Dillard brings fairness to Michigan Attorney General race

Detroit lawyer pledges a straightforward commitment to effective justice

DETROIT, MI - Prominent Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard announced today, April 24, 2014, his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan Attorney General. Dillard believes the current office-holder rubber-stamps a right-wing Republican agenda in contravention of his obligation to support the Michigan Constitution, which mandates non-partisanship.

"I am determined to turn Michigan courtrooms into a compassionate search for truth, fairness and justice,” Dillard said.
  Over 13,000 apply for summer jobs at Quicken Loans in Detroit

DETROIT - Who says mortgages aren’t exciting? For the second year in a row, Quicken Loans has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 paid summer interns in the heart of Detroit.

The result: more than 13,000 resumes have already come pouring in from all corners of the country, including Ivy League schools, from students looking for their chance at a world class experience in a city reinventing itself into a world class technology hub. 
  Dr. Charles Ogletree to keynote at annual Fight for Freedom Dinner

Dr. Ogletree is a well-known lawyer, civil rights leader, educator, author, constitutional expert, teacher, professor, and people-motivator.

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Executive board members gathered at the Detroit branch of the NAACP to unveil the name of the keynote speaker for the 2014 annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at a news conference Thursday at the headquarters in the city's New Center District.. 
  Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets new outfit

NEW YORK - Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he's ready for a selfie.

McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald's came under criticism for using him to market to children. 
  A Highly Anticipated Charity Party Sails Back into the City

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - The annual Party at the Port charity event returns May 16, 2014 for a night of extravagant, nautical chic celebration toward a good cause. Attendees will mix and mingle amongst the city’s most influential party-goers while fundraising for Wish Upon a Wedding and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

“For the second year in a row, we have selected Wish Upon a Wedding as our primary beneficiary for its contribution to the public, providing free-of-charge weddings to couples facing terminal illness,” says Ryan Angott, Committee Chair for the event. “Our second beneficiary proceeds will help fund the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, whose efforts strive to maintain and bolster our community on the riverfront,” adds Angott. 
  Shaggy to hit the MotorCity Casino stage at Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Gran Prix

DETROIT MI - Adding some fun and additional island flavor to one of Detroit’s most popular summertime events, a five-time Grammy Award nominated artist will host a matinee performance on Sunday at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 
  Detroit Emergency Manager to speak at Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, MI - The Detroit Regional Chamber has announced Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr as a speaker for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30, the Conference will spur a comprehensive dialogue focused on the three pillars of entrepreneurship, education and impact.


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