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Two NYC officers dead in ambush shooting in cruiser

The scene from a roof top where two New York City police officers were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (Mariana Peña Cater)

NEW YORK - An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a senior city official and a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the shooting. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn't immediately clear.

A news conference with police officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled for 7 p.m.

A block from the shooting site, a line of about eight police officers stood with a German shepherd blocking the taped-off street. Streets were blocked even to pedestrians for blocks around.

Derrick Thompson, who lives nearby, said the shooting happened across from the Tompkins Houses public housing development.

"I was watching TV, and then I heard the helicopters," Thompson said. "I walked out, and all of a sudden - this."

The shooting comes at a tense time. Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

 
 

Grosse Pointe Park businessman Robert Bashara convicted of Murder As Charged

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Thursday, December 18, 2014, after 12 weeks in trial a jury has convicted Robert Bashara of, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder, First Degree Murder, Witness Intimidation, and Obstruction of Justice.

On April 17, 2013 Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy charged Robert Bashara, 57, of Grosse Pointe Park in connection with the homicide of his wife Jane Bashara, 56, in their marital home located in the 500 block of Middlesex in Grosse Pointe Park. Robert Moran, Chief of Special Investigations and Lisa Lindsey, Lead Assistant Prosecuting Attorney prosecuted the case.  

 
 

Handel's “Messiah” Hartford's Community Gift Sunday, December 21st

DETROIT - Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (HMBC) will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 21 at 4 pm at Hartford Church. This is a star powered performance, and most amazing Hartford presents this world-class Handel’s Messiah presentation free of charge.

“It is our gift to Detroit and it offers an untold opportunity to reach out to a diverse public throughout the area,” said Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Church. “We are proud to present this ageless production year after year. Our young people must experience all kinds of music. Families are especially invited to be a part of this gift to the community.” Pastor Adams also sings tenor for the performance.
 

 
 

Franklin Wright Settlement host the Spirit of Giving Gala

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Franklin-Wright Settlement presented An Evening of Elegance at the beautiful Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to showcase its 133 years of existence as it continues to fulfill its mission to help children, families and seniors to have a higher quality of life.

The annual gala serves a dual purpose to honor local heroes for their involvement and commitment to community service as well as those who provide the services. Master of Ceremonies-Andrew Humphrey of WDIV-TV Local 4, Monique Marks, President and CEO and Rev. Robert Dulin, Board Chairman did an outstanding job of ensuring that the events flowed to keep all participants actively engaged.
 

 
 

Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads

LANSING, MI - Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1 percentage point hike in the 6 percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6 billion road and school funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders.

The Republican-led Legislature is expected to vote on the plan later in the day, the last of the two-year session. A statewide vote would occur in May if two-thirds of the House and Senate OK the proposed constitutional amendment.
 

 
 

Grosse Pointe Park temporarily moving sheds that separate Detroit at the border

GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI (Tell Us Det) - Officials say they are temporarily moving fruit and veggie sheds that have blocked a roadway between the black residents on the east side of Detroit and upscale white residents of Grosse Pointe Park.

According to the community group DiverseGP, a Grosse Pointe area race dialog organization, one of three sheds was moved to a vacant lot near the infamous blockade located on the boarder this weekend.
 

 
 

First digital car key offers old ideas with new technology

DETROIT, MI - This winter Keyfree Technologies of Toronto will launch what they say is the world’s first digital car key solution at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in La Vegas, NV, taking place in January.

The product will be a digital replacement for the physical car keys which are stored on your smartphone. In addition the system also provides a platform to incorporate other features currently on the market, such as vehicle tracking, diagn
ostic monitoring and remote starting.

 
 

Parenting after technology, a new father's point of view

DETROIT, MI - (Tell Us Det) - The digital age! How amazing is to live this moment, I am not reading the changes in a book (The same book that have been squeezed in to a flat screen device), I am actually living the moment while things happen.

To be honest I thought I had seen many new things and had no idea on how I was entering a new world. I am a new dad! Be a parent in the times of technology for sure is more fun that my parent’s time, times are extremely different today from in previous generations, right?
 

 
 

New report shows Hispanics responsible for $605B in annual U.S. spending power, $190B in tax revenue

One Out of Every Ten Dollars of Spending Power in U.S. in 2013 Held by Hispanics

New York, NY (Tell Us NYC) - Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy released a new report highlighting the important role that both native and foreign-born Hispanics play as consumers, purchasing goods and services that circulate money through the economy and help to grow and sustain businesses. The report also highlights their contributions to tax revenue, Medicare, and Social Security programs.

 
 

Gov. Snyder visits crumbling hi-way in Detroit, offers plan on a fix

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Gov. Rick Snyder got an up-close experience of the state's aging and crumbling hi-ways during a Monday morning rush hour visit to Detroit.

I've been bounced around pretty good," Snyder said this morning during a press briefing on the Lodge Freeway near Meyers and McNichols Rd. He was shown a retaining wall which is at risk of collapse and is in need of $1.5 million in repairs.

Snyder is stepping up pressure on lawmakers to boost Michigan's fuel taxes to raise $1.4 billion to improve roads and bridges.

 
 

Can Roberts Riverfront Hotel become resort within Detroit?

DETROIT - Michael Roberts had already enjoyed a long career in his native St. Louis before he bought the defunct Omni Hotel on Detroit’s east riverfront in 2010.

Since then, Roberts has poured about $5 million into renovating what everyone agrees ought to be a jewel, a historic Parke-Davis pharmaceutical laboratory building transformed 25 years ago into a boutique inn as part of the Stroh River Place complex.
 

 
 

Get ready for the Children’s Center 2015 AutoGlow Presented by Ford Motor Company

DETROIT, MI – Tickets are now on sale for The Future Starts Here, the 2015 AutoGlow of The Children's Center, presented by Ford Motor Company. The gala event, held Jan. 16, 2015, is the largest fundraiser for The Children's Center and directly supports its mission to help children and families shape their own futures.

Ford Motor Company returns as the Presenting Sponsor of AutoGlow, building upon 85 years of support for The Children’s Center. The event is hosted by Lisa and Bill Ford and, for the first time, Jane and Mark Fields. 

 
 

X1 TALKS: Comcast launches industry's first voice guided TV interface
“Talking Guide” Reads Aloud Channel Names, Show Titles and DVR Commands; Allows For Independent Search and Discovery For People With Disabilities

PLYMOUTH, MI - Comcast  announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks. 

 
 

 

Grosse Pointe Park to re-open Kercheval Closure at Detroit border

GPP city planners say only one lane of traffic is to be restored, intended for vehicles going from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park. Traffic going from suburb to city will continue to be diverted onto Wayburn, then required to turn into an alley to reach Alter Road in Detroit. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI (Tell Us Det) - In another twist, Grosse Pointe Park officials have decided to re-open Kercheval Ave. at Wayburn St., an intersection that in the last year,  has created a racial and social divide between neighboring Detroit and its own upscale residents.

Early in the week, GPP workers began to move the three produce stands which has served as a barricade between the two communities, off the street and onto a nearby vacant lot. Several scantly decorated Christmas trees were imported to the spot to continue the screen and blockade.

DTE Energy applies to State for rate increase


DETROIT - DTE says residential customers will see an average increase of nearly $10 a month if they have their way. The request was filed Friday at the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Rate cases can take many months, but DTE can implement the increase on its own in June while waiting for a decision from regulators. The utility says it needs to charge more for electricity to pay for improvements in the last four years.

The company's last rate increase request was in 2010. The attorney general's office and other parties will be allowed to give opinions on the case.

Eastern Market merchants and farmers pack food baskets for area needy families


DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The 28th annual packing of holiday food baskets for needy families in the Eastern Market area took place Wednesday, December 17 at Sacred Heart Church in its activities center located at 1000 Eliot Street.
 

Tar Heels, Rutgers meet in inaugural Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit


DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - On December 26 Rutgers, the oldest college football team in America, will meet the North Carolina Tar Heels, for the very first Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit

New Facility to Double Size of Little Caesars World Headquarters Campus in Michigan’s Largest City


DETROIT – Twenty-five years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit’s Fox Office Center, Little Caesars is building a brand-new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size.

Floating pocket helps protect electronics, Drifter keeps them safe if bag drops


As the technology of laptops and tablets progress, so do the designs of their cases and carrying bags. Companies are now feverishly taking steps to engineer a backpack built for the technology inside. The Drifter has come up with an idea by concealing two floating sleeves crafted for holding a laptop and tablet safely, making it ideal as a transitional bag from a weekday commute to a weekend excursion.

Got out of town holiday guest? Take them for a Detroit Coney Dog


DETROIT - To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that "coney" means something entirely different.

Idlewild residents try to revive lost ‘Black Eden’


IDLEWILD, MI You’d never know this was once paradise.

There’s not much traffic on the crisscrossing dirt roads. The old shacks set back in the woods are mostly empty. There’s little noise other than the sound of the wind blowing the leaves.

But this remote area was once alive, crowded, famous around the world not just for what it was, but more for what it meant.

 

 

 

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