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Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

DETROIT, MI - John Fullmore (R), sits on his porch in Detroit, Michigan. Fullmore, who is originally from Georgia, moved to Detroit in 1958, where he met his wife. He worked as a metal finisher, she worked on the production line at Chrysler motors. They bought their home in 1965. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006.

This comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its annual study on Tuesday.

The 2013 poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. There were 45.3 million people living in poverty, a statistically similar number for the third straight year.

Officials also say that the number of children under 18 in poverty declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000.

The number of children in poverty dropped from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013, and the number of children in poverty also declined from 16.1 million to 14.7 million.


M1-RAIL on track with $12.2 Million Federal Grant from U.S. DOT

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The M1-Rail project will stay on track thanks to a $12.2 million federal grant announced Monday in Detroit by U. S Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox, it will go toward construction of 3.1 streetcar line.

A cross section of public and private partners, led by M1-Rail CEO Matt Cullen, joined Secretary Fox for announcement held at Grand Circus, the third stop on the MI-rail line which began construction in July.


Broadway In Detroit and ANNIE Support the Michigan Humane Society

With a Special Fundraising Event on Saturday, September 27

DETROIT - Broadway in Detroit today announced that it is partnering with the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) on a special fundraiser for the non-profit organization through the upcoming engagement of ANNIE at the Fisher Theatre. Those who are familiar with the iconic Tony® Award-winning musical know that it stars a red-headed girl named Annie and her best friend, Sandy the dog. 


Best Western Plus, Sterling Heights to be sold at online auction
CHICAGO, IL - CBRE today announced that a 246-room full-service hotel located at 34911 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, Michigan, and currently flagged a Best Western Plus, will be offered for sale through an online auction to take place Friday, October 24, 2014. The opening bid is $2,000,000 or approximately $8,130 per room. The use of the Best Western name is subject to application to and approval by Best Western International, Inc. The auction is being managed by CBRE Auction Services. 


Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON - Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

"We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are," Obama declared in a prime-time address to the nation from the White House. "This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven." 


New water authority guarantees funding to rebuild regional system and to assist customers in need

DETROIT - A historic deal has been reached between the Mayor of the City of Detroit, the Chief Executives of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and the Governor to create the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) to manage water and sewer operations in the tri-county area. The agreement lays a foundation for a more financially stable system, an opportunity to create efficiencies to better control rates and greater transparency.

Each of the officials emphasized that while this is a critical first step, there is still much work to do, including approval by the governing bodies of the counties and the city. 


MMSDC & MBDA presents the 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Day

“Exito! Our Past, Our Present, Our Future…Our Decision”

DETROIT - The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and Detroit Minority Business Development (MBDA) Center will host their annual Hispanic Heritage Day on September 11, 2014 from 4:00 PM until 8:00PM at Ford Field as part of its on-going Heritage Series, which honors and celebrates the businesses and business leaders of the African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities. The fee is $20, and includes all activities and events.


Detroit Public Library presents "Freedom Riders" and "Slavery by Another Name" Sept. 13 and 20

DETROIT - The Dale Rich Collection, in collaboration with the Detroit Public Library, presents screenings of two lauded PBS documentaries, "Freedom Riders" and "Slavery by Another Name." The free events at the DPL"s main branch will be held on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 respectively, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the documentaries, Rich will introduce an exhibit of both historic and contemporary photos from the Selma Bridge and Freedom Riders experiences, plus dozens of Rich's own photographs of various national and local marches, rallies and protests.


Eastern High School of Detroit - All Classes Annual Alumni Reunion on Sunday, October 5, 2014

DETROIT - The Eastern High School Alumni Association of Detroit will hold its annual school alumni reunion on Sunday, Oct. 5th beginning at 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Ukranian Cultural Center on Ryan Road in Warren.

Eastern High School was formed in 1901. In 1967, a new Eastern High School was built on the corner of East Lafayette and Mt. Elliott. (Following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. , Mayor Roman Gibbs renamed Eastern High School, Martin Luther King Jr. High School.   


IPOP Play! Takes on Childhood Obesity in Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The parking lot of the Institute for Public Health (IPH) in downtown Detroit was turned into playground Wednesday morning and for good reason, to kick-off IPOP Play! -- a program to tackle childhood obesity in Detroit, a problem worsened by poor nutrition and “play deserts” -- a lack of safe environments for kids run, jump and play games. 


Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is the world’s first stereo earbuds with built-in heart rate monitor and Sport Life App

NASHUA, NH - Take training to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, new earbuds – and an all-in-one training solution with Jabra Sport Life application - announced by Jabra today. Combining an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching, Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless will inspire runners, cyclists, and exercisers of all types to beat their best performance.


Tigers win 4th in row on Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera homers

Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS - That large early lead was long gone for the Detroit Tigers. They saw Kansas City's comeback slowly unfolding on the out-of-town scoreboard.

No sweat. One big swing by Torii Hunter eased the pennant-race tension.

Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to help the Tigers tighten their grip on the American League Central by winning their fourth straight game, 8-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

One man arrested in drive-by shooting of 7 year old girl on Detroit's westside

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - On Sunday, at approximately 4:30 p.m., in the 20400 block of Charest Detroit police say a 7-year-old girl riding her bicycle outside her house was critically injured by gunfire being exchanged between two vehicles.

According to a police spokesperson, witnesses say, there were 2 vehicles occupied by several suspects, firing shots at each other when India Williams was shot.  

Jayru Campbell Charged in Assault of Girlfriend

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - On Saturday, Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Jayru Campbell, 17, of Detroit in connection with an assault of a 17-year-old female student who is reported to be his girlfriend.

On September 12, 2014, during school hours it is alleged that Campbell was at Cass Tech when he assaulted his girlfriend in front of other students over a dispute over a phone.

2 dead, others hurt after Detroit vigil shooting

DETROIT - Police say two people are dead and several others wounded following a shooting at a vigil on Detroit's west side. Authorities said the shooting took place following a vigil Thursday night where eight people were shot, including one who died. Residents said the vigil was for a recent victim of violence in the neighborhood.

Police say one person died, after being ejected from one of the vehicles during a crash. Assistant police Chief Steve Dolunt called the incident "senseless and it's stupid." Two people were taken into custody in the area of the shooting and crash; five others were taken into custody at a hospital. Police recovered three weapons.

Let your ears be loved: Sennheiser launches URBANITE headphones

BERLIN – Let your ears be loved: Sennheiser’s new URBANITE headphones are the new sound of urban style, bringing the bass for an intense club experience on the move. The audio specialist’s new mobile headphone range – including the on-ear URBANITE and over-ear URBANITE XL – delivers massive bass but with Sennheiser’s uncompromising audio expertise ensuring excellent clarity throughout the entire frequency range. 

5th Annual Shimmer on the River celebrates and supports Detroit's riverfront

DETROIT – Shimmer on the River, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s popular fundraising event will take place Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in the Grand Ballroom at Cobo Center. 

35 world-renowned and emerging artist to be unveiled during DLECTRICITY in Midtown Detroit Sept. 26-27

DETROIT – Inspired by nighttime art and light festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY will once again illuminate Detroit this fall. Today, Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) announced DTE Energy as presenting sponsor of this free illuminated urban spectacle featuring 35 world-renowned and emerging artists. The outdoor arts celebration will be held Sept. 26-27 in Midtown from 7 p.m. to midnight.


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