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Judge to interview experts in Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT - A former New York lieutenant governor is among the candidates to be interviewed as a possible expert in the Detroit bankruptcy case.

Judge Steven Rhodes wants a set of fresh, experienced eyes to offer opinions as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy this year.

Richard Ravitch and others will be interviewed by Rhodes in court Friday.

The 80-year-old Ravitch has had a long career in public service in New York and has been outspoken about financial risks faced by states and local governments. He tells The Associated Press that many promises no longer are affordable.

Ravitch says Detroit is the most dramatic example of "what happens when you kick the can down the road." He says he would work for free.


The First 100 Days a Success for Detroit’s Mayor and City Council

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - A new spirit of cooperation has emerged between the executive and legislative branches of Detroit’s government during the first 100 days of their terms.

Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones shared their experiences before a forum hosted by the Booker T. Washington Business Association Wednesday that was attended by over 200 BTWBA members, business owners and community leaders at the St Regis Hotel.


Snyder files over 26,000 signatures in re-election bid

LANSING, MI (Tell Us Det) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has made his re-election bid official by turning in more than 26,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials.

The Republican governor was joined by his wife, Sue, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and supporters Thursday morning at the secretary of state building in Lansing. Snyder says he's "absolutely fired up" to continue being governor and is proud of his record.. 


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,, 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. 


Why Your Spouse May Be ‘Hangry’ for a Fight

NEW YORK, NY - It may be that domestic arguments are an unavoidable part of matrimony. For some couples, however, the answer lies not with a marriage counselor, but with a visit to the kitchen.

Hunger could be the sinister culprit behind your argument, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers in The Ohio State University’s department of communications and psychology followed 107 couples, married for an average of 12 years, and found a link between levels of blood sugar and feelings of aggression against a spouse.


City and Community partner to keep more than 200 Detroit parks maintained this summer

DETROIT, MI - Joined by representatives of dozens of churches, community organizations and local businesses, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced today a new partnership that will result in a dramatic increase in the number of city parks that will be fully maintained throughout the year.

Of the city’s more than 300 parks, only about 25 across the city were regularly maintained last season. This year, Duggan said the city is committing to maintain 150 parks and has doubled its number of seasonal workers from 75 to more than 150 to do just that.  


Tigers host Indians, Angels and White Sox during 10-game homestand at Comerica Park

Homestand features Jackie Robinson Day, April in the “D” giveaway gloves and Torii Hunter mini-bat for all kids!

DETROIT – The Tigers return to Comerica Park from a five-game roadtrip to begin a 10-game homestand on Tuesday night. The Tigers will open up the homestand against the Cleveland Indians (April 15-17), while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will visit for a weekend series (April 18-20) and the homestand concludes with four games against the Chicago White Sox (April 21-24). First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against Cleveland will be at 7:08 p.m. and the series concludes with a 1:08 p.m. game on Thursday. Friday’s game against the Angels starts at 7:08 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday’s contests begin at 1:08 p.m. First pitches for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday against the White Sox are at 7:08 p.m. and the homestand concludes with a day game on Thursday at 1:08 p.m.


Fifth Person Charged: $400,000 bond set for teen in Morang Street mob attack

DETROIT - A 16-year-old Detroit boy charged with assault and ethnic intimidation was ordered Saturday to be held on a $400,000 bond in the brutal beating of a suburban motorist.

The serious nature of the mob attack on 54-year-old Steve Utash and the severity of his injuries necessitated a high bond, Circuit Court Referee Raeigen Woods told the teen and his parents during the hearing at a Wayne County juvenile detention center.

Utash was punched and kicked by several people as he stopped April 2 to check on 10-year-old David Harris, who was struck when he stepped in front of Utash's pickup truck.


DPD rolls out new squad cars, hi-tech body cameras and safe gas stations ordinance

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - On Wednesday, the Detroit Police Department unveiled the remainder of the new scout cars. Twenty five Chevy Caprices hit the streets ready to patrol the neighborhoods of Detroit. These 25 vehicles are in addition to the 72 scout cars which were released periodically throughout the year. We are also please to unveil 2 Dodge Durango’s which were purchased by the City of Detroit for the Departments K-9 Unit.

The police vehicles were donated by Roger Penske from the Penske Corporation, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, as well as the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler Group L.L.C. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


Prayer Breakfast to kick-off 32nd Annual Metro Detroit youth Day

● Event Will Be held April 22 at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit

DETROIT, MI - The 18th annual spiritual prayer breakfast which kicks off the intensive planning stages of the upcoming 32nd annual historic Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD) which draws more than 30,000 area youth will be held April 22, 2014 at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Metro Detroit Youth Day itself will be held July 9th on Belle Isle’s athletic field. The event emphasizes the need for education, mentorships, guidance, and the need for future leadership from our youth. 


Rosa Parks medals, personal items up for grabs at New York auction house

NEW YORK - At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings - among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom - sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Parks' archives could be worth millions, especially now that 50th anniversaries of the civil rights era are being celebrated and the hunt is on for artifacts to fill a new Smithsonian museum of African-American history. 


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. 


Pinned Up Rage Fuels Racial Tension

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Over the police radio, the dispatcher shares details of a recent fight: “Reports of a female victim, white, approximately 25 years of age, says she was punch in the face and beaten by an African American man, approximately 6’2 tall.” When news crews arrived on the scene to interview this victim, Brianna Owen, repeats the report of being beaten by a black male for all to see and talk about around the dinner table in suburban Detroit and across the country.


New Samsung smartphone offering enhances mobile lifestyle

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is now available for preorder. Customers can purchase the device for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year activation, and for a limited time, get a second one free after $50 mail-in rebate, also with a new two-year activation. Customers will have two color model options, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.


  Hartford Memorial to hold citywide Good Friday Services

DETROIT, MI - Hartford Memorial Baptist Church will open its doors for the annual city wide Good Friday services on Friday April 18th. Hartford’s multi-cultural service offers a very unique Good Friday Service draws people from throughout the community. The service has become so popular that the church is literally filled to capacity each year from the main sanctuary to the balcony to the lower level. It is important to arrive before noon to get a seat.
  UAW-Ford, Lions Head Coach speak with DPS students about sportsmanship and mutual respect

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Wednesday night the new Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell and UAW-Ford teamed up to deliver a powerful message to more than 300 Detroit high school student-athletes about the importance of sportsmanship and respect for others.
At a dinner hosted by UAW-Ford, students from 18 Detroit Public Schools and the EAA (Education Achievement Authority) had an up-close-and-personal session with Coach Caldwell.

“Student-athletes are leaders at their schools,” said Caldwell. “But real leaders display sportsmanship, and make the right choices on and off the field.”  
  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. 
  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.

Branch president Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony announced that Professor and Doctor Charles J. Ogletree of Harvard University will keynote at this year's dinner. Dr. Ogletree is a recipient of countless awards, and has often been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans". 
  Augustin Hadelich makes DSO debut with Beethoven Violin Concerto

DETROIT, MI - Acclaimed German violinist Augustin Hadelich will make his Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) debut in April, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton will conduct the performances, which will also include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6.

The concerts will take place on Thursday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd Southfield); Friday April 25 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall; and Sunday April 27 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.
  New Economy Initiative Unveils Challenge Awarding $500,000 To Existing Small Businesses

NEIdeas is first challenge exclusively for existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park

DETROIT, MI - New Economy Initiative (NEI), a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), announced this morning the launch of NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth, a two-tiered challenge awarding $500,000 to existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.  
  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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