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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

"It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills," Ms. de Albuquerque said. "I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices -to pay the water bill or to pay their rent." (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT - United Nations human rights experts have called on Detroit officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Two experts visiting Detroit to observe the effect of water service shutoffs said Monday that shutoffs affect the poorest and most vulnerable. They say it discriminates against Detroit's majority black population.

Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque say water should be affordable, not free.

The city says about 27,000 shutoffs were made between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30.

Most shutoffs were halted for several weeks during the summer to give customers a chance to enter payment plans.

Groups opposing the shutoffs appealed to the U.N. for support.

 
 

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in final 3:38 as Lions rally

DETROIT - Matthew Stafford and Detroit stunned New Orleans with a late rally -- one that wouldn't have been possible without another big stand by the Lions' defense.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, lifting the Lions over the Saints 24-23 on Sunday. Glover Quin lifted Detroit with a crucial interception that set up the winning score.

 
 

Detroit councilwoman resigns to run nonprofit

DETROIT - A Detroit-based nonprofit that helps people pay their heating bills announced Friday that City Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins will be its new chief executive.

Jenkins was unanimously selected by its board of directors, according to THAW - the Heat and Warmth Fund.

Jenkins first was elected to the City Council in 2009 and was re-elected last fall.

"I am very excited at the opportunity to lead this high-impact statewide organization," Jenkins said " 

 
 

US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

Applications for US unemployment benefits plummet to 14-year low of 264,000

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000. Given that the U.S. population has grown considerably since then, the proportion of the U.S. workforce applying for benefits is even smaller. Applications are a proxy for layoffs.

 
 

Business is Popping at Nino’s: Retailer unveils six new varieties of freshly popped popcorn

TROY, MI - Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace - the premier metro Detroit gourmet grocer – today formally unveiled its new popcorn line available in six flavors. Each bag is freshly popped to order at its Troy and Clinton Township stores and is genetically modified organism (GMO) free. The freshly popped corn will also be available at the company’s St. Clair Shores shop by mid-October. 

 
 

Godfrey Dillard continues to earn key endorsements

DETROIT, MI - Godfrey Dillard, Democratic nominee for Michigan Secretary of State, today announced that several organizations have endorsed his candidacy.

“I’m excited about the momentum generated by our campaign,” Dillard declared. “Armed with a growing list of powerful endorsements, coupled with a pledge to improve customer service and to protect the fundamental right to vote, I’m ready to score one for the people.”

 
 

Automotive Summit puts major focus on ethnic inclusion

DETROIT - The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, offered up an impressive parade of speakers for the 15thAnnual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit. This year’s theme was “Driving Ethnic Inclusion in the Global Automotive Expansion.”

The Summit was held at the MGM Grand Detroit Events Center. The Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit is the only conference that delves deeply into the automotive industry as it relates to people of color.  

 
 

MAMMA MIA! - Detroit can’t resist you!

DETROIT, MI (AUGUST 20, 2014) – Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to The Fisher Theatre for a limited 5- performance engagement October 17 – 19.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities  

 
 

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern makes lunch-on-a budget the thing to do

SOUTHFIELD, MI - Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, a full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar, will launch its “B’Lunch” or Budget Lunch offering in the Grand Rapids market and at its downtown Detroit location on Monday, Oct. 13. The Grand Rapids locations include: downtown Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Grandville and Holland.

When guests order any entrée Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., they will receive $1 off each side item, up to five sides, for a total savings up to $5. Sides include: Fresh-Cut Fries, Dave’s Sweet Potato Chips®, 

 
 

The Parade Company recognized with 13 National Pinnacle Awards for Excellence

DETROIT, MI – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recently honored The Parade Company with 13 Pinnacle Awards during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in Kansas City, Missouri. The Parade Company was recognized with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the production, programming, sponsorship and execution of events including America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van, Ford Fireworks, Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford Motor Company, Fifth Third Turkey Trot and GM River Days “Kids’ Zone”.

 
 

 

Art Van Furniture and Motown celebrate 55th Anniversaries with fundraisers to benefit Motown Museum



WARREN, MI - “It takes two!” Art Van Furniture and Motown, two iconic Michigan treasures, are toasting their 55th anniversaries together! As a way to celebrate the debut of the acclaimed Broadway musical at the Fisher Theatre featuring Detroit’s unmistakable sound, the retailer is hosting two back to back events. 

The Parade Company unveils Motown float commissioned by Art Van Furniture


DETROIT - The Motown Sound that jumped out of Hitsville U.S.A.’s Studio A will be celebrated during the 88th America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture. The first-ever Motown Museum float commissioned by Art Van Furniture was unveiled tonight at The Parade Company’s annual Parade Preview Party and is the first new float reveal of the parade season. 

Orders issued to noncompliant jurors to appear in Court, failure to answer are punishable acts of contempt


DETROIT, MI - From November 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, the Third Judicial Circuit Court has called in and expected 78,639 jurors to report for jury service; 46% did not obey the summons and failed to appear for jury service.

Jury service may not be as attractive as portrayed in John Grisham's novel, Runaway JUry, but it is a civic duty. Failing to answer and return the Jury Service Questionnaire and failing to appear when summoned as a juror without being excused are punishable acts of contempt.

Mamma Mia! is a great rollercoaster ride of fun and music


DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Last Friday night was a dancing night for the audience that nearly filled the Fisher Theatre during the first of six performances of “Mamma Mia!” here in Detroit during the weekend. The hit show based on the music of the super popular 70's band ABBA is meant to make theatre goers have a time of pure joy. No reflections or extra analysis needed. 

"Run Of The Dead" takes route through two historic southwest Detroit cemeteries, Nov. 1


The Southwest Detroit Business Association will host the USATF-Certified 5K/10K race in celebration of the Mexican holiday, “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead)

DETROIT, MI - The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) will host the 2014 “Run of the Dead” from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Patton Park Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere St., Detroit. The USATF-certified 5K and 10K races will take hundreds of competitors through two of southwest Detroit’s most historic cemeteries in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who are deceased.

Art Van Furniture to fill over 100 positions; benefits include medical, dental, 401k, and more


WARREN, MI - Art Van Furniture is growing in Michigan…and growing its sales force! The Midwest’s No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer is hosting three career fairs to fill over 100 new home furnishings consultant positions on Monday, October 20 from noon to 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor (425 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.), Tuesday, October 21 from noon to 6 p.m. in Novi (27775 Novi Road) and October 27th from noon to 6 p.m. in Warren at the Art Van corporate campus (6500 14 Mile Road, Warren).  

 


 

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