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62 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier apparently captured

Palestinians return to the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and airstrikes, moved deeper into southern Gaza late Friday in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. At least 62 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fierce fighting that quickly shattered a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

The truce collapsed less than two hours after it began. The Israeli Cabinet held a rare session after the start of the Jewish Sabbath on Friday evening to weigh options, including whether to expand the 25-day-old operation against Hamas.

In Gaza's southern Rafah area, the military urged residents in phone calls to stay indoors as troops advanced.

"We are under fire. Every minute or so, tanks fire shells," said Ayman al-Arja, 45, a resident of the area.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas for violating what was meant to be a three-day humanitarian cease-fire and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the missing soldier. 

 
 

Chief Craig Deploys Operation Restore "Green Machine - 40"

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Thursday, the Detroit Police Department and its State and Federal partners launched Operation Restore Order "Green Machine - 40" in the 9th and 10th Precincts. Operation "Green Machine - 40" is a uniformed zero tolerance enforcement initiative coupled with a narcotics enforcement, targeting the criminal elements that sale narcotics, preys on residents or attempts to find safe haven in these areas.

 
 

Canada, Michigan name new bridge authority as project moves toward 2020 completion

WINDSOR, ON (Tell Us Det) - Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called a news conference Wednesday morning to announce the appointed members of an authority to oversee construction of a $2 billion public bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Michigan's designees are Michael Hayes, Birgit Klohs and Matt Rizik. Hayes leads the Midland Center for the Arts. Klohs heads The Right Place, a western Michigan economic development organization. Rizik is with Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity for Dan Gilbert's investments and real estate. 

 
 

Emergency Manager puts City Water Department responsibilities under Mayor Duggan

DETROIT, MI - Kevyn D. Orr, Emergency Manger for the City of Detroit, today issued a new order that amplifies the responsibilities of the Mayor with respect to management of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Emergency Manager Order 31 grants to the Mayor authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the Board of Water Commission. The order amplifies the authority given to the Mayor to manage City operations and make appointments as outlined in Order 20. 

 
 

It's A Go! M-1 RAIL announces details of the start of construction

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Construction has started on a long-awaited commuter light rail project linking downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area. The plan has been the works for seven years.

At Woodward and Grand River, you can hear the sound of heavy concrete-cutting machinery, cranes and bulldozers as they work their way north of West Adams Monday morning.

Woodward Avenue from Adams Street south to Campus Martius will be closed for about 120 days for M-1 Rail work. 

 
 

Judge slams Phil Cavanagh, calls lawsuit against Warren Evans “frivolous, unnecessary”

DETROIT - A judge offered harsh remarks today and threatened sanctions before the campaign of Phil Cavanagh agreed to dismiss its own lawsuit that attempted to disenfranchise voters who have supported Warren C. Evans’ bid to become the next Wayne County Executive.

“I’m very unhappy with what’s happened here,” said Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo, Jr. “You filed a second lawsuit which was unnecessary…I’m thinking, ‘what are you doing?’ why shouldn’t I sanction you and Mr. Cavanagh for filing a frivolous lawsuit?”

 
 

Rudy Hobbs earns endorsement of TellUsDetroit.Com for Michigan’s 14th Congressional District

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Rudy Hobbs has spent his career as a loyal, capable, and effective public servant. His youth and energy are exemplary of what the 14th District needs during such an important time.

Raised in Detroit, Rudy lived the struggles facing everyday working families. Rudy and his wife paid their way through college making minimum wage. Afterwards, he became a first grade teacher in Detroit Public Schools until former Governor Engler took over DPS, ultimately sparking Hobbs’ interest into politics to be a voice for the voiceless. 

 
 

Native Detroiter Self-Publishes Photo Journal Book, “Sunrise on the Detroit River”

Book Signing: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Detroit Public Library - Main Branch 5201 Woodward Avenue Old Fine Arts Room - 3rd floor Detroit, MI 48202

DETROIT, MI - Growing up on the west-side of the Detroit, Terrance Ashworth Keith had never seen a sunrise on the Detroit River until he moved as an adult to downtown Detroit. While the sunrise is always present, the sunrise often goes noticed or its essence not captured showing images of the beautiful intersection of the sun and river.  

 
 

Detroit Film Fest to Showcase International Cinema

DETROIT - The award winning made-in-Hawaii comedy, GET A JOB, will be shown at the Trinity International Film Festival on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The TIFF will again be hosted at the Carr Arts Center in downtown Detroit. Film curator Marshalle Montgomery promises an exciting mix of international shorts and full features that will have some Detroit connections. (311 E. Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226) http://trinityinternationalfilmfest.blogspot.com/   

 
 

19th Annual “RIBS R&B Music Festival” at Hart Plaza downtown Detroit” August 8, 9, 10

DETROIT - The 2014 Ribs R&B Music Festival promises to be the hottest event of the summer. This highly anticipated family event attracts festival goers by the carload. They flock to taste the latest grilled sensations prepared by featured “Ribbers” from around the nation.

Eat, drink, shop and take in the festive atmosphere created by the summers hottest entertainment line-up with popular national acts. Events run from Friday, August 8, until Sunday, August 10, at midnight. 

 
 

Man Up! For Health finds a new home

Free health fair moves to Wayne County Community College in August

DETROIT, MI - An annual free health fair and walk designed to get African American families to find a primary care physician has found a new home: Wayne County Community College.

The Man Up! for Health event, which in its five years has helped nearly 2,000 individuals get access to free health screenings, will take place on August 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at WC3’s northwest campus, 8200 W. Outer Drive.

Officials from 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan expect hundreds to join them for health screenings from the major health care systems, Zumba and cooking lessons, lunch and a 1-mile walk. 

 
 

Forgotten Harvest celebrates 12th Anniversary of Champaign Cruise with Food and Friends

OAK PARK, MI - Soon, more than 3,000 muscle cars will be cruising down Woodward Ave., setting the stage for Forgotten Harvest’s premier Dream Cruise preview party - The 12th Annual Champagne Cruise. The event is Friday, August 15 from 6:00 – 10:00pm at Westborn Market located at 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley.

The event has grown steadily each year to become the preview event of the annual Dream Cruise on Woodward Avenue. Over the past 11 years, the event has raised approximately $ 1.5 million to help feed those in need in Metro Detroit. 

 
 

Sports Technology Set to Score at New Sports Tech Marketplace at the 2015 International CES

CEA to partner with SFIA to showcase innovations in sports technology

ARLINGTON, VA - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the launch of the Sports Tech Marketplace, a showcase of the latest in sports technology set to debut at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Presented by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the Sports Tech Marketplace will highlight how technology is being incorporated into sports and how it is affecting the participant experience.  

 
 

Registration open for third annual Cruise In Shoes 5K Run/Walk presented by FirstMerit Bank

ROYAL OAK, MI - Registration is officially open for the third annual Cruise In Shoes™ 5K Fun Run/Walk presented by FirstMerit Bank, taking place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, the same day as the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise Presented by Chevrolet.

Anyone interested in participating in Cruise In Shoes™ can register online by going to http://www.CruiseinShoes.com/registration until August 13. Participants can also sign up for the event the day of the run at Royal Oak Shrine High School.

 
 

Microsoft serves as technology partner for free Youth Tech Camp

DETROIT, MI - Michigan Technical Academy (MTA) will host its second Annual POWERED TO DREAM Youth Tech and Innovation Camp Monday, July 28 through Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 19940 Mansfield St. in Detroit. The free camp, open to youth ages 9-16, will feature workshops on robotics, rocketry, and web development.

Camp technology partner, Microsoft, will host an innovation area featuring its products including: Xbox 360, surface tablets, phones and more. In addition, Microsoft trainers will conduct a workshop for parents showing them how to use Microsoft Office 2013 applications.  

 
 

 
DPS, local leaders, launch 2014-15 Retain/Gain Enrollment Campaign during “Ambassadors Breakfast”


DPS unveils new branding - “See It Believe It”

DETROIT, MI - DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin joined dozens of community leaders, alumni and other partners Thursday, July 31, to launch the district’s 2014-15 Retain/Gain Enrollment Campaign following the district’s first “Ambassadors Breakfast.”

Martin informed the partners of the district’s newest developments, academic programs and goals, while securing their partnership in the important enrollment initiatives.

Mayor Duggan endorses Rudy Hobbs for 14th Congressional District


DETROIT, MI - Today, Rep. Rudy Hobbs earned the endorsement of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in the race to replace U.S. Representative Gary Peters in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District.

"Detroit needs a partner in Washington who is used to rolling up his sleeves and getting to work, regardless of who gets the credit," said Detroit Mayor Duggan.  

In Black Eden, there's 'Music To Come Home To' Festival, August 2


Idlewild Homecoming Jazz & Blues Festival Saturday in John Meeks Park

IDLEWILD, MI - The finishing touches are being put on John Meeks Park in preparation for Saturday’s second annual Idlewild Homecoming Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will begin at noon and a stellar lineup of musicians will take the stage throughout the day. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and spend the day catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Fast Food Workers, Supporters Rally At Detroit McDonald's


Protest tied to NLRB counsel saying company plays a role in franchise employment decisions

DETROIT - Dozens of Detroit area fast-food workers and their supporters rallied at a Detroit McDonald’s Wednesday calling on the $5.6 billion company to stop hiding behind its franchisees, pay its workers $15 an hour and respect their right to form a union without retaliation.

Fight Fraud, Shred Instead: AARP offers free document shredding August 1-2


DETROIT, MI - Every two seconds another American becomes a victim of identity fraud.

More than $20 billion was stolen from 13 million identity theft victims in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. 

Bishop Charles Ellis, host 99th annual Pentecostal Assemblies convention August 2-9


DETROIT - Bishop Charles H. Ellis, a civic leader in Detroit and pastor of mega-church Greater Grace Temple, is also the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (the second largest predominately African-American pentecostal church organization - behind only the Church of God in Christ). He is the second youngest Presider in the organization's history.  

KEM presents 'Mack & Third' featuring The O'Jays at the new West Riverwalk Park


DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Two-time GRAMMY® nominated artist, KEM, is set to release his anxiously-awaited fourth full-length studio album, PROMISE TO LOVE, on August 26, 2014 through Motown Records.

KEM’s album release will coincide with his fourth ‘MACK & THIRD’ philanthropic event in his hometown Detroit. ‘Mack & Third’ is an all-day concert, fundraiser and food drive to benefit the homeless community, which will take place on August 24, 2014. Include with performances by KEM and The O’Jays.

HopeLine from Verizon Supports Alternatives For Girls


$30,000 Grant Benefits Domestic Violence Prevention Programs in Detroit

DETROIT, MI - HopeLine from Verizon, a program connecting vital resources to survivors of domestic violence, is supporting the nonprofit organization Alternatives For Girls (AFG) with a $30,000 grant. The donation will help continue family and individual counseling sessions and other programs at AFG that are aimed at reducing domestic violence and its devastating effects.

7th Annual “You Are the Gift” Conference for Girls…


Raising Awareness About Today’s Issues Plaguing Our Girls and Raising Self-Esteem.

DETROIT, MI - Witness lives change at the 7th Annual “You are the Gift: Loving Me!” conference. This special event will bring together over 200 girls, 11-16, their parents and professionals that serve them to explore and celebrate self-esteem and confidence. We have a special panel lined up to address the major issues hindering girls from loving themselves and offering solutions on how to rise above them.


OABI Beach Festival releases Paddlerama event schedule & music lineup


Visit www.oabidetroit.com for Advance tickets and event information

DETROIT, MI - OABI Beach Festival, taking place on the shores of Belle Isle Beach, Detroit on Saturday, August 9, 2014 announces the full Paddlerama schedule of events, featuring paddleboard and SUP events for all ages, kayak events as well as the Outdoor Action Company OABI Race, live music, craft beer and local food for everyone to enjoy.

 

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