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  Northeast Guidance Center launches new program to assist Autism Disorder

DETROIT - The Northeast Guidance Center is expanding its mental health services to cover developmentally disabled children on Detroit’s east side with the ASPIRE program. ASPIRE covers youth who have been diagnosed with a lifelong condition or disability such as Autism Disorder, Cognitive Impairment, Down syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis or Cerebral Palsy. In conjunction with services, NEGC is in the process of fundraising $150,000 to build a playroom for the ASPIRE children at its Kelly Road location.  
  Mayor Young’s portrait restored and moved from Cobo to C. A. Young Municipal Center

DETROIT, MI - The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority (DWJBA), facilities manager of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC), recently restored the 1989 commissioned oil portrait of Mayor Coleman Young that hung in Cobo Center and moved it to the building named in his honor, the former the City-County Building.

Mayor Young was the city’s 66th from January 1974 – January 1994. In office for twenty-years and an unprecedented five terms, Mayor Young was Detroit’s first African American mayor and the city’s longest serving.    
  Detroit Youth: “We Want Books, We Don’t Want Jail”

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The voices of over 100 young people were heard Saturday as they chanted and carried protest banners in a march to disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline. From Cass Park in Detroit to the Wayne County Jail near Greektown, they rallied, for education, not incarceration.

Detroit Youth Voice, organizers of the march, decided to protest after reviewing the state budget and seeing two billion dollars for prisons and less money for schools, this according to Reverend Edwin Rowe of Central Methodist Church. Rev. Rowe and church members were approached by Detroit Youth Voice to join the march he said they gladly obliged.  
  Mayor Bing Announces “Detroit One” to Reduce Violent Crime

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The fight against violent crimes in Detroit has a powerful new weapon and strategy, the unified partnership of law enforcement agencies and the community working together as “Detroit One.”

Mayor Dave Bing announced the new initiative at a media briefing Thursday morning with U.S Attorney Barbara McQuade at his side along with law enforcement partners from the Detroit Police, State Police, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.   
  Detroit’s Pastors Unite to Oppose Emergency Manager Appointment

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit has come out in fierce opposition to the appointment an Emergency Manager for the city calling it an “assault on the constitutionally protected rights of the people the law purports to benefit.”

The President of the Council, the Rev. Dr. Michael Andrew Owens, spoke on behalf of dozens of pastors who flanked him during a Tuesday morning press conference to explain their position.  
  Ex-Detroit Mayor guilty on 24 counts of corruption, remanded to federal prison

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - On Monday, March 11, 2013, Detroit’s youngest Mayor and his childhood friend are spending the night in federal prison following a day of court rulings that convicted Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson of public corruption on over 2 dozen counts.

“Kwame didn’t lead the city, he looted the city” said U.S. Attorney General Barbara McQuade in a late Monday afternoon news conference following a day of court. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Robert D. Foley, III, Special Agent In Charge   
  Oh... Charlie! Say It Ain't So!!!

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - So the infamous television reporter Charlie LeDuff urinates on a public street in Detroit, while being drunk, and then assaults an individual while using profanity at the recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tell me people - What’s so unusual about that?

Okay, some of you folks need a lil reality check here. But before we start, understand that, “Geezz, it’s just Detroit!”

There are four events that occur in this city where being drunk and urinating in public are the norm, rather than the exception; Major Detroit Tiger’s Baseball Games, Major Detroit Lion’s Football Games, Major Detroit Red Wings Hockey Games, and the St. Patrick Day Parade.   
  Django Unchained! MICHIGAN In CHAINS!

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - 150 years since the emancipation proclamation, African Americans still are trying to make the American Dream make sense. Freedom has opened up new opportunity, new responsibility and old pitfalls. It turns out that slavery and racism were not only personal preferences; they were powerful institutions. They determined the law, the language, the land use and the overall social, political and economic opportunities. The emancipation proclamation and subsequent landmark civil rights legislation mostly outlawed overtly using power arbitrarily.   
  Art Van donates 150 new bed sets to Detroit firefighters

Christmas Eve Delivery Made to Engine 50 Ladder 23

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was joined by Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin today to accept the furniture store’s donation of 150 mattress sets for Detroit firefighters. The donation was made through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation in support of the Mayor’s Active and Safe Detroit Campaign.   
  Political wife and charity worker reaches a Birthday Milestone

DETROIT, MI – On December 21, 2012, Ida B. Austin celebrates her 100th birthday. She is the widow of the Honorable Richard H. Austin, a trailblazer who became Michigan’s first African American CPA, and later it's first African American and longest serving Secretary of State. Mrs. Austin’s family and friends will gather on December 28th to honor this special woman with a weekend of activities. 
  Love of work keeps seniors active beyond retirement age

DETROIT - A reception was held recently at the Detroit Athletic Club to honor seven area business and judicial leaders who have been actively working for more than 50 years and are all age 75 or older.

Most of these individuals attribute the love of their work and desire to keep active in their later years to staying young and helping people and groups along the way.

Celebrating their life get-together were:  
  Kidney Foundation of Michigan serves up Motown Magic

DETROIT - The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will gather friends and supporters for the 8th Annual Kidney Ball on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The event, which features the theme “Motown Magic” every year, will include a night of live music, great food, cocktails, and an after party, all making it the most fun charity event in metro Detroit. Last year’s Kidney Ball raised over $500,000 for the NKFM’s many programs and services that help more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease. 
  Detroit Historical Museum’s Grand Re-Opening

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The six month face lift of the Detroit Historical Museum is complete!

The public is invited to a grand re-opening to see the results the day after Thanksgiving when the doors open Friday at 9:30 a.m. sharp, and stay open around-the-clock until Sunday November 25th at 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free and the renovation is remarkable, with seven new exhibitions that tell the stories of people, places and events in Detroit’s history. Also look for raffles, refreshments and giveaways throughout the weekend.. 
  'Time Out' On Detroit Police Sex Scandals
DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Why are the female police officers who had affairs during with two different Detroit Police Chiefs still on the job or not suspended?

There was a “No comment” to this question when Tell Us Detroit asked Interim Chief Chester Logan at the Monday morning news conference that announced his appointment to fill the seat of retiring Police Chief Ralph Godbee.
  Jury: Detroit dad guilty in missing child's death

DETROIT - A Detroit father who prosecutors say faked a carjacking to cover up the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder and child abuse.

D'Andre Lane sat silent as the Wayne County Circuit Court jury foreman read the verdicts on both charges. Lane, 32, faces life in prison when sentenced on Nov. 16. 
  American Muslims speak out against violent protests in Libya, Yemen

DEARBORN, MI (Tell Us USA) - Local Muslims have pushed back and respond to the violent protests spreading across the Middle East and Northern Africa which left four American Embassy employees dead last week. At least one arrest was made Thursday morning for suspected involvement in the Libyan attack, and at least three others were being pursued by Libyan authorities in the afternoon.  
  Friends of African and African American Art Celebrate 50 Years At DIA

DETROIT, MI - Where were you during the summer of 1962? ‘…The Friends of African and African Art (originally-African Art Gallery Committee) formed a committee to acquire art to establish a new gallery dedicated to the traditional art of Africa. This is one of the oldest auxiliary groups at the DIA. Its mission is to ensure that the artistic contributions will be enjoyed for future generations.’   
  Mack & Third Live returns to support Detroit's homeless

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Motown recording artist KEM and his organization “Mack & Third” has announced his third “Mack & Third LIVE: A Call to Service” event to assist organizations that support the homeless community. Headlining the event will be KEM along with Frankie Beverly and Maze Sunday August 26, 2012 at Detroit’s Cass Park.

The 2012 event will feature “A Message & A Meal” from KEM specifically for the homeless, several vendors with food & merchandise, free health screenings and five hours of live entertainment that will culminate in a performance by Grammy-nominated artist KEM with special musical guest, Frankie Beverly and MAZE.  
  Kidney Foundation of Michigan-Detroit holds 6th Annual Cool Blue Monday

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan-Detroit Branch Office held its signature fundraising event at the MGM Grand Hotel on August 13, 2012. The theme of ‘Cool Blue Monday’ is unique because it draws people together on a day that usually is reserved for the cool down from the weekend. This did not deter supporters who came with enthusiasm because their contributions were being donated to the Foundation that helps more people across Michigan than any other organization.  
  12th Annual Dave Thomas Celebrity Chef Cook Off a fun-filled success for charity

TROY (Tell Us Det) - Some of Metro Detroit’s famous faces were grilling up good stuff at Benihanna’s in Troy, Mi.

Among them was Tell Us USA News Network's publisher HB Meeks who was one of the celebrity chef’s at the 12th annual Dave Thomas Cook Off.

The event raises money for area organizations which provide support services for local families looking to adopt.
  “Sparkle” Shines a positive light on Detroit and the legacy of Whitney Houston

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - Fans of the original movie “Sparkle” have been waiting 10 years for Superstar Whitney Houston to bring the remake to the big screen.

Now that Houston’s dream is realized fans of the original will be surprised when they see Sony’s 2012 version. “Sparkle” which stars Houston, Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps and Carmen Egojo is the same story but it’s executed in a different way.  
  Final phase of the Detroit East Riverwalk projects under way

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit’s East Riverfront is getting a $44 million dollar facelift thanks to $29 million in Federal Highway funds and a $15 million dollar investment by the Michigan Resources Trust Fund.

“This is a significant milestone in the most ambitious public-private development in the city’s history,” said Faye Nelson, President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. 
  Drug run to Detroit turns deadly for 2 missing teens

DETROIT - The two bodies found in a trash-strewn Detroit field were identified as missing suburban teenagers Saturday, just a few hours after two men were charged with crimes involving the pair's car.

Dental records helped the Wayne County medical examiner's office identify the badly decomposed bodies as Jacob Kudla, 18, and Jourdan Bobbish, 17, both of Westland, said Reba Jacobs, Kudla's cousin.
  American Federation of Teachers hold 2012 Convention in Cobo Center

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Cobo Center Hall was filled with over 3,000 delegates for the American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention . Those representing were teachers, paraprofessionals, school-related personnel, higher education faculty, government employees, and healthcare workers.

For the first day of the convention AFT President Randi Weingarten presented “solution driven unionism,” a redefinition of unionism that advances solutions focused on members. Through this process members may work together to solve key issues facing their community. 
  "Opportunity" continues to elude many in urban communities

(Tell Us USA) - In 1964, the average yearly income was $5,880, a gallon of gas – 25¢, a loaf of bread - 21¢ and President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a “War on Poverty”. Forty-seven and a half years later, the average yearly income is nearly $42,000, a gallon of gas cost - $3.59, a loaf of bread – $1.89 and nearly 40 Million people are living in poverty.  
  Detroiters share thoughts and concerns with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a field hearing on credit reporting at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Richard Corday the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was in attendance and further explained the Consumer Bureau issuing a new regulation to expand supervision programs to oversee credit reporting companies. 
  There’s a new doll in town: Pretty Brown Girls Doll Launch

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - There have been many variations of the landmark Doll Test originally conducted by Kenneth and Mamie Clark in which they reported that when children were asked to identify which doll they preferred to play with a black or a white doll many young African American children reportedly identified with the black doll but rather chose to play with the white doll. 
  Michigan Democrats for Education Reform endorses candidates for State Representative

Five running for State Representative Make the Grade

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Michigan’s only Democratic education reform political action committee today announced endorsements in the August 7, 2012 primary election, focusing on five Democrats who strongly support education reform efforts.

The Michigan Democrats for Education (MDFER) is a Political Action Committee (PAC) whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform Michigan's public education.  
  Acura ‘Sailing Under The Stars’ Charity Preview holds first event at Bayview Yacht Club

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The 2012 ‘Sailing Under The Stars’ Charity Preview took place at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit on Saturday June 30. The event proceeds will benefit six nonprofit organizations.

The first annual event, was set against the backdrop of the Detroit River, and  
  Verizon's "How Sweet The Sound™" Gospel Choir Competition returns to Detroit for 5th year

NEW YORK - Registration is now open for the 2012 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ Gospel Celebration, the country’s premiere and most prestigious gospel music experience. Interested choir representatives can visit until Saturday, June 30th to sign up to be part of the How Sweet the Sound community.   
  NAACP convention to tackle new voting laws

HOUSTON -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says its newest battle is really an old one.

This year's NAACP national convention, which kicks off this weekend in Houston, is focusing on voter participation and the civil rights organization's efforts to fight what it sees as restrictive voting laws that have been passed by various states the last few years.
  Colleagues praise Judge Damon Keith on 90th Birthday celebration

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Nearly 30 Judges from courtrooms across the state attended the special 90th Birthday Celebration Service for Judge Damon J. Keith, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams preached a special sermon that many who attended will not soon forget.   
  DMC takes a big step in providing better healthcare for the community

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - As the United States’ Supreme Court upholds mandate for its’ citizens to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty (tax) beginning in 2014, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announces plans to purchase ProCare Health Plan, Inc., a Detroit-based Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that offers health care coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries. ProCare was founded by Dr. Augustine Kole-James and has been a licensed HMO since December 2000. It serves Wayne County. 
  Fatal party shooting an accident as hug becomes deadly

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The weekend accidental shooting death of Adaisha Miller by an off duty Detroit Police officer was “very tragic, unfortunate and not at all intentional” said Police Chief Ralph Godbee in issuing preliminary findings at a Monday afternoon press conference.

The Chief said a preliminary investigation made it clear that Officer Issac Parrish did not place his hand on the police issued weapon that discharged, striking a fatal blow to Miller’s chest as she danced behind him, touching his waist. 
  Community partners exceed goals in helping the underserved

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) Today, Wednesday June 20, 2012 partners in a $3 million Federal broadband initiative invited media to a forum held at the McGregor Center on Wayne State University’s campus, announcing that they have exceeded their goal of training 5,250 low income individuals on how to use computers and access the vast resources of the internet. The group exceeded its goal by 750 people and hopes to train another 1,000 before funding expires in December.
  Robert Bashara charged with Solicitation of Murder, held on $15M cash bond

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Justice is finally closing in on the brutal strangulation murder of Jane Bashara in January 2012.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy has charged Grosse Pointe Park businessman Bob Bashara in a murder-for- hire scheme to kill Joseph Gentz, who is behind bars at Wayne County jail in Hamtramck. Gentz is the handyman Bashara is suspected of hiring to kill his wife Jane.
  Good Jobs Now and AFL-CIO protest Romney's fundraiser in Troy

Nonprofit and union say presidential nominee’s policies do not benefit the 99%

TROY, MI - During a Mitt Romney fundraiser at the Marriott Hotel in Troy Wednesday (June 20) more than 200 Good Jobs Now supporters teamed up with members of the AFL-CIO union protesting against the presidential candidate's proposed policies.
  International marijuana trafficker from metro Detroit sentenced

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The final defendant in a sixteen-defendant indictment charging conspiracy to import marijuana from Canada and distribute it in the United States was sentenced today in federal court, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.

Good Jobs Now praises Gov. Snyder, cites May action

LANSING, MI – Members of Good Jobs Now, who in May protested a state House committee hearing where legislators considered bills that would lead to voter suppression, applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s veto of some of those bills Tuesday and credited their efforts with helping to impact his decision.
  Area teen wins chance to perform with Carlos and Salvador Santana

Dymond Harding receives the most votes in national 'PAVE' competition

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Votes have been counted and the results are in. Dymond Harding is the winner of the PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education) the Way Project, a pop music competition designed to raise awareness of teen dating violence. Dymond competed with six other youth artist groups from across the country for the opportunity to record a new song written by GRAMMY® Award winner Salvador Santana,    
  Officials agree on Detroit-Windsor bridge plan

DETROIT/WINDSOR - A second international bridge will span the Detroit River at no cost to Michigan, U.S. and Canadian leaders announced Friday, hailing a project they said will create thousands of jobs and stimulate trade between the nations.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the "truly visionary project" will "mean both jobs and growth" in each country. 
  The stars shine in downtown Detroit

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - BravoBravo! 2012 and The Downtown Hoe Down were just two of many things to do on a summer like Friday evening in Detroit. BravoBravo showcasing Detroit's top restaurants, bars and music in support of Michigan Opera Theatre, played to a full house of the metro area's Jet Set, while Comerica Park hosted the 30th Downtown Hoedown for all the country and western music fans.
  Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. - Al Bernstein stood in front of a thousand fans as he accepted his commemorative ring, and then took the podium at the 23rd International Boxing Hall of Fame's induction ceremony on Sunday. Behind him sat a "who's who" of boxing legends.

But on this day, the stage Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns,  
  Watkins: Snyder builds a bridge to China

CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA - I first visited China in April, 1989. At the same time it seemed familiar, it was also foreign territory for me. I had devoured any book I could get my hands on about China for decades before my first touchdown in this ancient land. The landscape, on multiple levels, has changed drastically in the intervening decades.
  Scott Dixon wins shortened Detroit Grand Prix

DETROIT - Scott Dixon has won IndyCar's Detroit Grand Prix that was marred because poor track conditions stopped the race for a little more than 2 hours.

A red flag halted the event Sunday 45 laps into a race that was scheduled for 90 laps and shortened to 60. 
  Welcome To Detroit: A 'Crime Spree Zone'

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - What are we doing about crime? Crime continues to escalate and no one seems to be addressing the issue. Every night the lead story on the local nightly news is more often than not the latest fatality of the day and sometimes it’s more than one. And last week Detroit made National and International News with the carjacking and beating of Pastor Marvin Winans of the famous Winan family, Grammy Award winning singer from Perfecting Church, and most recently Winan delivered the eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral.  
  Graduation Season pits aspiring business owners vs. job seekers

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - As thousands of students prepare to turn their tassels from right to left, after receiving their well-earned certificate, diploma, or degree, entrepreneur ship is an ever increasing option. Filled with insight, structure and the academic wherewithal, students are concerned about whether there will be an employment opportunity for them to apply this knowledge to.  
  Record Crowds Top 40,043 For A Single Day At 2012 MOVEMENT Festival In The D

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Fans from all around the world were out to enjoy the music in the scorching hot temperatures. Artists included Josh Wink, Pirahnahead, Maya Jane Coles, Keef Boxx, Calico and many others

Tell Us Detroit had the opportunity to speak with 'House Gansta' DJ Sneak, Sneak briefly spoke about finding inspiration from his heritage and his love for Detroit being as strong as his love for his hometown. "I have as much love for Detroit as I do Chicago. Detroit is my second home!"
  Links,  shine spotlight on Breast and Cervical Cancer survival at annual Pink Ball

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Pink Ball 2012 held this past Saturday was an overwhelming success. The event was a sell-out, and for a great cause. More than 500----people came together in the elegantly decorated ballroom of the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center to support the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links, Inc. in their effort to shine the spotlight on and raise money for Breast and Cervical Cancer screening.   
  Meijer Grocery Breaks Ground at Detroit’s Gateway Marketplace

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The long absence of major grocery chains in Detroit has painted a bleak picture of the city as a food desert, those days may be coming to an end.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Gateway Marketplace with Michigan based Meijer Grocery Store as the anchor tenant was held Thursday; it is the second time this week that a national grocery chain broke ground in Detroit, earlier Whole Foods Market celebrated plans to open a store in Midtown by 2013.
  Detroit Tigers Salute Negro Baseball League This Weekend

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The Detroit Tigers hosted the franchise’s annual Negro Leagues Weekend as the Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Saturday, May 19 the Tigers represented the Detroit Stars while the Pirates represented the Pittsburgh Crawfords during the 18th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The Tenth Annual Negro Leagues Weekend marks the first — and longest running — three-day celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball.
  SW Detroit breaths sigh of relief, new truck route opens near Ambassador Bridge

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Michigan is celebrating the opening of a new road designed to get thousands of trucks off residential streets near the Ambassador Bridge in Southwest Detroit.

Although the access route opened to traffic Monday afternoon, it was officially opened by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who addressed the community Tuesday morning near the bridge, which is a gateway to Windsor, Ontario, over the Detroit River.
  Whole Foods breaks ground on Midtown Detroit location

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit residents, community partners, Whole Food Market Team Members and media joined to commemorate the start of construction on Whole Foods Market's new Detroit location. Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Whole Foods Market Inc.'s co-chief executive Walter Robb took part in the ceremony.  
  Mayor Bing picks Jack Martin for Chief Financial Officer

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - “It’s good to be back” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing during opening remarks at his first official press briefing since returning to work following recovery from a perforated colon.

The Mayor used the occasion Thursday afternoon to address a wide range of municipal issues: From aggressive reductions in the number of city employees, to a novel public safety initiative and naming the city’s new Chief Financial Officer. 
  U.S. Attorney General: Detroit’s Violent Crime “Unacceptable”

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) -The 100th anniversary of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP brought thousands out for the organization’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner Sunday night at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker for the 57th annual fundraiser, the first African American appointed to that post. Holder addressed the sobering statistics of violent crime in Detroit that claims the lives of young black men at an alarming rate of two per week. Holder called the numbers “shocking” and the exposure of young people to crime “unacceptable”. 
  With the move downtown, Chrysler Group makes a clear commitment to the Motor City

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC, and Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, announced that for the first time in its history the Chrysler Group will have an office presence in downtown Detroit. As part of the plan, Chrysler Group will rename the historic Dime Building “Chrysler House” and will move its Great Lakes Business Center and several corporate functions into the top two floors of the 23-story building.  
  New '415 Plan' promises faster bus service on busiest routes

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit’s four busiest routes will pick up passengers every 15 minutes in a new initiative rolled out today by the city’s Department of Transportation.

The “415 Plan” covers the Dexter (#16), Grand River (#21) and Woodward (#53) routes from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM weekdays. Effective immediately, the plan will also increase service on the same four routes after 6:00 PM.
  Mich. House passes bills to change medical pot law

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan House on Thursday passed a package of bills aimed at clarifying the state's voter-approved law allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The House passed four bills - including the first legislation that would amend the 2008 law - and they now go to the Senate.
  Support of Community and Youth Today Ensures the Future of the Auto Industry

SOUTHFIELD, MI - On Friday, March 9, I had the pleasure of joining executives from across Michigan and a few from as far as Ohio at the quarterly Cornerstone Schools partner morning event in Detroit. Cornerstone Schools is a model "higher learning incubator" in the city of Detroit where over 500 well-dressed young ladies and men in Pre-Kindergarten through 10th 
  Businessman John Goci throws hat in ring for Congress

WESTLAND, MI - Mr. John Goci, a Westland, Michigan Democrat intends to run for the Congressional seat in Michigan’s13th District.

John Goci has an all-American story to tell. Like millions of other immigrants, Goci came to these shores in search of a better life. At the age of 9, Goci and his family left a mountainous region of Kosovo, where poverty was common and government oppression made life difficult, and staked their fortunes on making it in America.
  “Think Like A Man” Part 2 Feature Report

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - Steve Harvey’s sage advice and beautifully written romantic comedy, about the trials and tribulations couples face in love relationships, raked in 33 million dollars opening weekend but critics are wondering if it will continue to hold its top spot. “Think Like A Man” goes up against the much talked about horror film “The Raven” and another romantic comedy “The 5-year Engagement”, this weekend.
  Taste Love Cupcakes, Wins Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”

ROYAL OAK, MI – Taste Love Cupcakes, a cupcakery located in downtown Royal Oak that just celebrated its one year anniversary, has been named the winner of the April 22nd episode of Food Network’s nationally-acclaimed show, “Cupcake Wars”.
  KEM’s third album, ‘INTIMACY,’ officially certified 'Gold' with 500,000+ US sales

DETROIT, MI – Two-time GRAMMY-nominated Motown Artist KEM’s 2010 album, ‘INTIMACY’ has officially been certified GOLD for reaching sales of 500,000 units.

“It’s truly an honor to have the music recognized,” said KEM. “To know that the fans enjoy the music enough to help my albums reach gold status sincerely 

5 charged in murders of two Hamtramck women

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged five men with the abduction, torture, and murder of Hamtramck residents Ashley Conaway, 22, and Abreeya Brown, 18. On February 28, 2012 at approximately 10:00 p.m.

As Hamtramck Police Officers responded to a home located in the 2000 block of Andrus Street,


Family, friends of Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway say goodbye at homegoing

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 22, together were remembered at a joint funeral Monday on Detroit's eastside. The funeral was held at Solomon's Temple, following a family hour. Both were buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.  


National, State and Local voices weigh in on financial proposals

DETROIT - The Detroit City Council, its attorneys and fiscal analysts will take the weekend to digest more than 45 pages of a proposal that — in part — could nullify hard-fought concessions reached with city workers while determining the troubled city's financial future for years to come.


Detroit to State: "Trust us, we'll fix the problem"

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Watching the last-minute maneuvering to try to avoid fiscal accountability, which has eluded city leaders going back decades, would be humorous if not such a damaging farce.

What city leaders have offered up to "fix" Detroit is classic-too little, too late. Plans and promises have been made and broken going back decades.

The time for false fixes is over. Real change requires real change.

Just because you tell a big enough lie long and loud enough-then blog it, tweet it and shout it on local news and partisan talk radio shows, does not make it true.


Karen Dinkins: Dyson & Common Report: March 12, 2012

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - A Prolific Scholar and Author and an award-winning Rapper and Movie Star join forces to encourage young people to use their history to realize their dreams.’s Entertainment Reporter Karen Dinkins talks with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Rapper-Actor Common 


Hundreds rally at DTE Energy in Detroit to protest utility’s profits and residents power shutoffs

DETROIT - Hundreds of people from Good Jobs Now as well as other Detroit residents staged protests at three DTE Energy sites Friday, pointing up the utility’s record profits and demanding that the company show compassion with its shutoff policies.

Chanting, “NO MORE SHUTOFFS!” protesters assembled in front of DTE Energy’s headquarters and also at payment centers on 7 Mile Road and 8 Mile and Van Dyke. 


Raphael Johnson: “Our message to the gang-bangers. Let it be known from this day forward, you are our enemy, period"

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Detroit 300, the well-known crime fighting community organization, announced its plans to hunt down the killers of children in the city of Detroit. In the wake of the recent murder of 9-month-old Delric ‘Miller IV, the group intends to target local hot spots where area gangs hang out as well.

"We don’t care what gang, crew or clique you claim. When you kill babies in this city, you are our enemy.


Federal, state, local law enforcement combat street gangs with violent crime initiatives

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – Barbara L. McQuade, United States Attorney, along with other federal, state and local law enforcement officials, held a press conference Wednesday to discuss what law enforcement is doing to stem the tide of violent crime in the City of Detroit.

The U.S. Attorney was joined by Andrew G. Arena, FBI Special Agent in Charge, William Temple,  


China Relationships Produce Jobs

DETROIT Tell Us USA) - A $4.3 billion deal has a way of getting our governor’s attention. Because it’s sure buying a lot of Iowa soybeans.

During this month’s trip to the U.S., China’s next leader, Xi Jinping (pronounced shee jeen ping), currently China’s vice president, inked the mega deal in Iowa.

You can bet Gov. Rick Snyder paid close attention to that sale. Since taking office a little more than a year ago, he has taken steps to start building the kind of relationship with China that his Iowa counterparts started building in the 1980s and continue to nurture to this day.


Grace Lee Boggs author of “The Next American Revolution” Speaks Out

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - At 96 years of age, the legendary social activist, philosopher and author Grace Lee Boggs still commands an audience, as she did Wednesday evening during a lecture at the Detroit Historical Museum for Black History Month.

The audience was captivated as Boggs, began to speak, “People from all over the world and the country are coming to Detroit these days to get a sense of the next American Revolution.” With the eyes of the world watching, she said Detroit is the “place and space” to begin anew, to confront the realities of globalization’s impact on the economy and the environment.  


Chrysler rewrites standard for Super Bowl commercials, #1 for second year in a row

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - Again, like last year, Chrysler Group LLC aired a commercial titled “It’s Halftime in America” during Super Bowl XLVI. It’s a two-minute tribute to America, that featured actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood as our gristled cheerleader. It’s a great speech with even better delivery, and the closing lines at the end are inspiring as the year before.


Where were you, when you heard the sad news about Whitney?

Op-Ed  By Frequita Slade - aka Anelsa/Special to Tell Us USA News Network

WASHINGTON DC - On Saturday, February 11, 2012, a friend and I were returning to my hotel after the last of my presentations for Black History month. I was feeling exhilarated as my Reflections of a Colored Girl” events had gone very well and I felt that I had impact the lives of children and parents that attended my event. As I opened the door to get out of my girlfriends car, I heard the announcer on Howard University’s radio station WHUR (96.3) say “We have some sad news”. My girlfriend and I looked at each other and as I felt my heart rate lower, my ears waited to hear what thing he would say. He said “The Associated Press reports that Whitney Houston is dead at the age of 48”.  


'Soul Train' Reaches End of the Line for Creator Don Cornelius

By Frequita Slade - aka Anelsa/Special to Tell Us USA News Network

WASHINGTON DC - It was the summer of 1971; I had just graduated from high school in Apopka, Florida and was visiting my mother in Newark, New Jersey. Surfing the channels on the Curtis Mathis television in my mom's living room, I saw an image that changed my life forever. It was a group of young African American men and women dancing on television. Prior to that moment I had only seen a black boy or girl here and there on "Dick Clark's American Bandstand." Watching young blacks dance on the white show was good for the mind but to see a room full of them was great for the soul. Seeing the images of black folk on television that were not stepping and fetching but dancing to music that I loved make me feel good. 


Motown Winter Blast set for a weekend of festivities and entertainment

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Family fun and exciting entertainment return when the Motown Winter Blast presented by the Ambassador Bridge kicks off at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit, Friday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, Feb. 12. Festivalgoers will enjoy a lineup of favorite returning attractions and can expect a number of new activities as well. Making a welcome reappearance will be free snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmaking.


WSU expects incoming students to know how to read and write before admission

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Wayne State University officials have unveil a proposed tougher new admissions policy that is expected to reduce the student population by about 5 percent.

Under the proposal to be presented to the Board of Governors, incoming freshmen in 2013 would be evaluated on their entire academic record, along with an essay, instead of the current policy of using a student's grade point average and ACT score for determining admissions. 


The Detroit Wayne County Port Authority announces businessman Louis James as new chairman

DETROIT -  The Detroit Wayne County Port Authority has a new chairman and is looking to become a key source of job growth in the next decade.

Detroit businessman Louis James was elected chairman recently by the Board of Directors, replacing Art Blackwell who has had a long history with the Port.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as the chairman of an entity that is positioned to play a pivotal part in the resurgence of Detroit,” said James. 


President Obama has it right: America needs education

Op-Ed by Tom Watkins

ANN ARBOR - Regardless of one's politics, it is always good to have a smart POTUS (President of the United States) visiting your state.

Sure there are the inevitable traffic jams, police overtime costs and logistical headaches. But there is nothing better than commanding our president’s attention, as well as that of the nation and the world, on your hometown. To have his focus on education is icing on the cake. 


Obama speaks firmly to students and supporters at the U of M in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR (Tell Us USA) - President Barack Obama called Friday for an overhaul of the higher education financial aid system, warning that colleges and universities that fail to control spiraling tuition costs could lose federal funds.

The election year proposal was also a political appeal to young people and working families, two important voting blocs for Obama. But the initiative faces long odds in Congress, which must approve nearly all aspects of the president's plan.


NAIAS 2012 closes with smiles, high-fives, and best crowds in six years

DETROIT - After a spectacular nine day run, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 is in the books. Today's attendance of 101,141 topped last year's final day numbers of 98,106, bringing total attendance of the 2012 show to 770,932, the highest since 2005.

Bill Perkins, chairman, NAIAS, said the show lived up to its reputation of being one of the top in the world.


Over 200 DPS students attend the 2012 PNC Grow Up Great/NAIAS Education Day

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The North American International Auto Show Education Day provided an educational experience for school groups of all ages to learn about the automotive industry. The PNC Foundation, which serves as the "Official Preschool Partner of NAIAS Education Day" hosted its “Grow Up Great” students, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

The young visitors enjoyed story time, pizza lunch and then lead onto the auto show floor at Cobo Center where they were overwhelmed by all the shiny new cars and trucks on display.


DMC Launches “A New Era” In Cardiac Care With Groundbreaking For New Heart Hospital

DETROIT–The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) broke ground today on construction of the long-anticipated DMC Heart Hospital, during ceremonies for what officials said would mark the beginning of “a new era” in cardiac care in Michigan.

The groundbreaking event took place at the hospital construction site near the intersection of Mack and Brush Avenues in midtown Detroit, and included DMC and Vanguard officials, and community leaders and elected officials from all across Michigan.  


Shelby Township Man Charged in Fatal Car Crash Killing Two Children

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Today Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged David Leslie Lamberson, 62 of Shelby Township in connection with a fatal car crash that killed a 2-year old child and an 8-year-old child who were passengers in a car driven by their mother, Arlita Lee, 28 of Detroit.

On January 8, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at Hoover and near Sturgis it is alleged that Lamberson was driving under the influence of alcohol, veering left of center, and travelling at a high rate of speed on a residential street when he crashed head on into the car of Ms. Lee killing her 2-year-old child.


Need to prepare for winter driving? There's an app for that

FARGO, N.D. - When a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter, hundreds of drivers were stranded as white-out conditions shuttered interstates spanning the state. Snow whipped up by wind marred the lines between pavement and grassy drop-offs, leaving some scared motorists unsure what to do.

Two local software developers had a thought: There should be an app for that.


Chevrolet Detroit Belle isle Grand Prix seeking 2012 event volunteers

DETROIT, MI - After a four-year hiatus, one of the most popular events in Detroit is back and looking for Motor City ambassadors to strengthen its volunteer corps.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will take place June 1-3, 2012 at the stunning 2.1-mile Belle Isle Park road circuit. The return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City will feature four premiere series battling on Belle Isle – the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series..


Detroit: The Year in Review

DETROIT - Like “A Tale of Two Cities” Detroit experienced the best of times and the worst of times in 2011.

The Detroit Lions amazed fans and critics alike, ending the year with a winning season, their first since 1997. Quicken Loans moved thousands of workers to downtown offices, CEO Dan Gilbert bought up buildings in the Campus Martius area. The iconic St. Regis hotel reopened for business, and new eateries started popping along Woodward, including the Hudson Café. . 


Purdue holds off Western Mich for 37-32 win in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

DETROIT - Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush took the final snap, sprinted to the sideline and handed the football to coach Danny Hope.

Perhaps empowered by getting a contract extension recently, Hope made the gutsy decision to go for two onside kicks in the first half and both gambles paid off for the Boilermakers in a 37-32 win over Western Michigan on Tuesday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.


Motown Winter Blast organizers announce dates and new initiatives and sponsors

DETROIT – December 20, 2011 – The warmth of family fun and winter joy will be back in Detroit when the Motown Winter Blast returns to Campus Martius Park for the eighth consecutive year, from Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12. The Ambassador Bridge will join festivities in 2012 as presenting sponsor of Detroit’s perennial outdoor event.


Forgotten Harvest, Detroit Marriott and Renaissance Center feed over 1,100 guest at the '3rd Annual Holiday Dinner'

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - More than one thousand people, including nearly 700 children, served by emergency food providers across the City of Detroit were guest at a meal to remember as Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and Forgotten Harvest presented The 3rd Annual Forgotten Harvest Holiday Dinner, exclusively Presented by the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.


COBO Convention Center takes on new look as it prepares for the 2012 NAIAS

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - New cars won't be the only thing you will see at the up-coming North American Auto Show at Cobo Center in January. The visitor friendly exhibit center will have more room to view more vehicles. Contractors, engineers, designers and crews are working feverishly to finish upgrades to parking, concessions, restrooms and a 25,000-square-foot expansion, all in time for the biggest show of the year.


Detroiter gets keys to new Habitat Home on the city's eastside

DETROIT, MI – Another Habitat for Humanity home at 3649 Lakepointe was dedicated Saturday, December 10, 2011 it now becomes more than the eighth home completed since September for the agency’s 25th Anniversary Blitz Build.

For 28-year-old Tanesha Burch, it will represent peace of mind for her 2-year-old daughter, Jayla---by way of a backyard to play in---and a step toward the lifelong Detroiter’s own independence.


Tax cut survives: Congress votes holiday approval

WASHINGTON - Barely beating Santa's sleigh, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax-cut extension to 160 million American wage-earners on Friday, just when it looked like they and millions of unemployed workers were going to be left with coal in their stockings.

It was a major yearend political victory for President Barack Obama, a big slice of humble pie for House Republicans and a blow to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who'll have an angry band of tea party lawmakers to deal with when Congress returns to Washington next month. 


National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Supporters Raise More Than $500,000 at 7th Annual Kidney Ball

DETROIT - On Saturday, December 3rd, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), the largest affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation in the United States, gathered friends and supporters for the 7th Annual Kidney Ball at the MGM Grand Detroit. The charity event, themed “Motown Magic,” attracted nearly 700 attendees and raised more than $500,000. All proceeds will go toward the many programs and services offered by the NKFM to the more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease and the many more at risk.


$25,000 Reward: Weeks later no sign of missing two-year-old Bianca Jones

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Two year-old Bianca Lily Jones was last seen a week ago Friday, December 2nd, while in the care of her father, D'Andre Lane. He claims he was car-jacked at gunpoint by two men. Lane also says when they stole his vehicle, they took off with his little girl in tow.

Detroit Police discovered the 2004 Silver Mercury Grand Marquis moments later just east of the New Center area, just blocks north of DPD Central Division, but inside the car.. no Bianca.  


Mayor, Council, Unions and supporters unite to prevent State EFM takeover of Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Thursday night in a hurried press conference Detroit Mayor Bing called for a show of unity and togetherness against what he says is the beginning steps by Governor Rick Snyder to send in an Emergency Finance Manager to run the the largest city in Michigan.

The Mayor made it clear to all, especially those who questioned his resolve in this matter, saying, "I did receive that call (from Governor Snyder) and I am here today with City Council, Labor, our Community and Businesses to say that we are opposed to the Governor beginning this process.


Stay active, engaged during cold winter season

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - When frustrated at the economy, as so many are, it is often difficult despite knowing better, to discern right from wrong. Meaning, we know that we shouldn’t eat as much, monitor our spending better and stay active. The holidays, with all of their good intentions, can be the source of loneliness, tension and despair. Money problems are often at the core, however, anniversaries of family members who have passed on along with not being around friends or family can be an even bigger challenge!


Welfare Office delays "rocket docket" cases for cash assistance review

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - A Michigan Department of Human Services office in Detroit was the scene of protests, confusion, and anger this morning. This was the day people losing welfare cash assistance had a chance to challenge that decision, but the hearings were delayed.

People losing cash-assistance were told to be at the Department of Humans Services office at 8 o’clock this morning and to be prepared to spend the day waiting for their teleconferenced hearing to be conducted. Three hours later, the hearings had not started. 


More than 700 shut down rush hour traffic, occupy 2nd Avenue bridge in Detroit

Ministers among those to cite “Economic Emergency for the 99 Percent”

DETROIT - More than 700 people took over and shut down the city’s 2ndAvenue Bridge for more than an hour Thursday, in the strongest showing yet by Good Jobs Now to call attention to the region’s continued economic crisis and high unemployment rate.

Citing an “Economic Emergency for the 99 percent,” ministers joined residents from all walks of life in blocking traffic to and from the 2nd Avenue Bridge near I-94. 


Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

LOS ANGELES - The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."

Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson. 


From “Not” to “Hot”: Using Place-Based Economic Development to Transform Communities

DETROIT - The Jefferson East Business Association‘s annual luncheon in November will focus on place-based economic development which is the process of creating a unique and special sense of place tied to a high quality of life. The luncheon will feature a keynote address from Sue Mosey, President of Midtown Detroit Inc., who will share how Midtown was revitalized through the focused efforts of the community and its supporters. Josh Elling, Executive Director of the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA) and the East Jefferson Corridor Collaborative (EJCC), believes there is value in taking a very close look at the Midtown transformation.   


Hundreds march as Labor joins Occupy Detroit for rally downtown

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Over 400 Union members and Occupy Detroit supporters joined in a show of solidarity to fight for social justice for working people in Detroit and everywhere. This was an opportunity for labor and the community to come together as one. The rally cry was loud and clear. We are the 99%!

Beginning at 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon demonstrators gathered at Hart Plaza for a march up Woodward Ave. to the Occupy Detroit camp in Grand Circus Park.

Movement organizers received a big boost from local UAW members on this sun filled, fall day with donations of all kinds (cash, food, clothing and camping supplies).   


Mayor, Union come to agreement,  Detroit bus service resumes

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Mayor Dave Bing, was joined by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), and Detroit Police Department officials announce an agreement that will end today's bus driver work stoppage. Early this morning DOT bus drivers refused to go on their routes the day after a driver was beaten by two teen-aged passengers.

Henry Gaffney, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 that represents drivers, told a local radio station that the drivers' action wasn't organized by the union. Rather by the bus drivers who feared for their safety following Thursday's altercation.


Detroit Honors Sculptor of Historic Memorials at 10th Anniversary

DETROIT (Tell Us Det)  - Ed Dwight, renowned sculptor of two internationally recognized monuments dedicated to the history of the Underground Railroad, was in Detroit recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his memorials: “Gateway to Freedom” at the foot of Hart Plaza and “Freedom Tower” on the shores of Windsor, Canada.

“Public art is a distinctive way to tell a story” said Dwight who spoke at a commemoration of the statures attended by, a Washington D.C. representative from the Interior Department, the curator of the African American Civil War Museum, local officials who brought resolutions and descendents of African Americans who traveled from Windsor to Detroit. 


DPS adds teachers as enrollment grows

DETROIT - Detroit Public Schools has updated data regarding class size issues that have arisen in recent weeks as additional students enroll. Overall enrollment has risen to exceed budgeted projections by almost 300 students, and the district responds to unexpected needs caused by teacher retirements and resignations.

“The good news is that children are still enrolling,” said Steven Wasko, Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations and Chief Communications Officer. “We also know that there are many classes that have as few as 15 or 17 students. For the remaining cases exceeding our limits, affecting 22 out of more than 4,000 classrooms, we are resolving the issues at this time.”

Specifically, the district's academic leadership had been made aware of 89 requests for additional teachers from principals at 34 schools as of October 19. Forty-four of those teachers were deployed as of Wednesday.

The additional 45 teachers have been recalled, a process that allows the teacher up to 10 days to report based on the current union contract. Of those 45, 23 have already reported and the remaining 22 will return within that 10-day window. In those 22 classrooms spread across eight schools, the district has deployed substitutes in all cases.


Harper Woods High School Student Coordinator Charged With Sex Crimes

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Maurice Lamont Bulls, 40 of Southfield with Child Sexually Abusive Activity, a felony that carries a 15 year maximum penalty and assault and battery, a 93 day misdemeanor.

On October 17, 2011, at Harper Woods High School, Bulls was supervising a 17-year-old female night school student in his capacity as the Safe and Supportive School Coordinator. The allegations are that Bulls took the student to a room and photographed her with her clothing on and pulled her shirt and touched her. He attempted to convince the student to allow him to take nude photos indicating that the photos could be sold for profit. The student refused to cooperate. She came forward to the police and reported the incident.


The City's Neighborhoods a part of Detroit's resurgence

Op-Ed by Luther Keith/Executive Director-ARISE Detroit!

DETROIT - A recent news report in one of our local papers did a compelling and uplifting story on Detroit, tying the city's resurgence and improved national image to the success of the Detroit Lions and Tigers, improvements in the auto industry, downtown businesses development and other initiatives.

However, it dismissed the city's neighborhoods as problem plagued, saddled with thousands of abandoned buildings, poor services and residents who have little hope for making things better. While some of this is painfully true, there is more - much more -- to the story. 


Detroit police searching for suspect in criminal sexual assault case

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The above composite is of a male suspect wanted for the criminal sexual conduct of a 10-year-old-female.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the victim and 6-year-old female witness were walking to school in the 2300 block of VanDyke. The suspect grabbed the victim from behind and began to inappropriately touch her. The victim yelled, telling the witness to run. As the witness ran, the suspect then fled on foot. The victim ran and caught up to the witness, both going to the local school to report the incident.


52 Chefs, 52 Weeks, 52 Meals to help Feed The Need

DETROIT, MI - On Wednesday, October 19, the first of 52 nutritious luncheon meals will be served at Detroit's Cass Community Center by Buffalo Wild Wings as part of the 52-week Detroit Area Chefs Feed the Need program. Every Wednesday for 52 weeks a different metro Detroit restaurant or catering company will serve up lunch on a rotation schedule at five soup kitchens in Detroit and Pontiac. Through the course of the program more than 12,000 meals will be served.   


Wayne Law celebrates grand opening of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Emcee Robert Ackerman, the Dean at the Wayne State University Law School was eloquent and precise when speaking the praises of Judge Damon J. Keith.

In fact, everybody on the dais had extraordinary praise for the guest of honor. From Wayne State President, Alan Gilmour to Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing every next anecdote spoken about Judge Keith seemed more pleasing to the standing-room-only audience.  


Detroit's Angelic Chorale Choir invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall

DETROIT - The Angelic Chorale Choir of John R. King Academy has been chosen as the only middle school from Detroit MI, by the prestigious National Middle School Choir Festival, to perform on Carnegie Hall’s historic stage, March 2-5, 2012.

They’re currently accepting donations for transportation and hotel accommodations to complete funding for this once in a lifetime event.

If you would like to make donations please call (313) 770-3213. For more information visit: 


DPS EF manager to fire superintendent

DETROIT - The state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools says he'll fire a superintendent and make other changes to exert control over academic policies.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Roy Roberts announced the decision Wednesday in a letter to employees.  

Sisters rev up service for spring cleaning, making Detroit shine, one house at a time

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Dn'J Home Cleaning run by two Detroit sisters, Isabel and Nohemi Santiago is a new up and coming service in the metro area. Whether you want weekly, bi-weekly or just a one-time deep spring house cleaning, they can design a service around your needs.  

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing: “We Have to Stop BSing Ourselves”

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - In a surprise move, Detroit Mayor Bing says he will not support the City Counci’s appeal of an Emergency Financial Manager appointment.

In a late afternoon news conference Wedneday Bing said "We need to stop the drama and in-fighting; whether we like it or not, an emergency financial manager is coming to Detroit."  

“Detroit City Future” Plans for the Next 50 Years

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit’s future may never have looked brighter, thanks to a two year collaborative effort that produced the Detroit Future City report and the $150 million dollars in support announced by the Kresge Foundation to finance its execution. 

CELEBRATE: A New Year, A New You!

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - I’ve long suggested that life is lived looking forward and understood looking backward. For instance, times when the most reflection is done takes place on birthdays, anniversaries, a death in the family, loss of a job along with before and immediately after the New Year celebration.   

Detroit Homicides Up in 2012 Other Crimes Down

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - In his first official business of the New Year, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing held a news conference Monday on the city’s 2012 crime statistics, the first of what he says will be a series of regular media briefings on public safety in the city.

The crime statistics released to the press tell a multi- layered story; while the overall crime rate in major categories was down 2.6 percent in Detroit, the number of homicides increased from 386 in 2011 to a total of 411 in 2012.  

Strategic Staffing Solutions donates over 1,000 books to two DPS schools

A.L. Holmes and Brewer schools received the book donations

DETROIT - Continuing an annual tradition that spans more than 15 years, Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) donated more than 1,000 books to A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School and Brewer Elementary-Middle School on Monday, December 17, 2012.   

Partners in Peace and Justice Honored at Banquet

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were honorees during the Detroit Central United Methodist's Church's 8th Annual Peace & Justice Banquet Sunday.  (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The parents of Trayvon Martin were presented the 2012 Peace and Justice Award for standing up in the struggle for social justice by establishing the Trayvon Martin Foundation in the wake of the tragic shooting death of their 17 year-old son.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were honorees during the Detroit Central United Methodist's Church's 8th Annual Peace & Justice Banquet Sunday. Keynote speaker Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” was also among those honored. 

OPINION: Children's needs must come before adult issues when changing education systems

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) Education should be about TLC — teaching, learning and children.

Yet, once again, when it comes to providing the education our children need and deserve, to not merely survive — but to thrive in a fast-paced, hyper-competitive, disruptive, knowledge economy where ideas and jobs can an do move globe effortlessly the focus quickly deteriorates into power, control, politics and adults..

Mild weather brings out thousands to celebrate Noel Night in Detroit's Midtown

The Rhythm Society Orchestra performs in the Rivera Court of the DIA Saturday during Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - With Saturday night's temperature hovering around the 50° degree mark, the 40th Noel Night in Midtown Detroit brought tens of thousands out for the annual festival.

With doors wide open, the DIA, Detroit Historic Museum, Orchestra Hall, Michigan Science Center and the Wright Museum Detroiter had much to choose from. And if that was not enough, Midtown area's bars, stores and restaurants were packed as well.

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall Collection now at the DIA

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall features more than 200 precious objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, home of the largest collection of Fabergé in the United States.  (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The DIA Gala Celebration on Saturday, Nov.10 matched the exquisite Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition. Supporters were elegantly attired and eager to provide funding for the operating endowment. 

DLECTRICITY Lights Up Midtown Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Those who passed through Midtown over the weekend got the chance to see a space monkey, neon snowman, and bicyclist taking over the streets at Dlectricity. Dlectricity filled Midtown despite the rain on Friday, and made a large impact in its first year.  

Powerful Men lose when Female Emotions Fly

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - As wrong as it might be, having an affair, as a single person or as a married person has become a part of our modern culture. As a result, placing regulations on intimate relationships is a growing problem for Human Resource departments across America.

Piston's Rodney Stuckey, partners open Inter-active Classroom at Blackwell Institute

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Rodney Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons, and presenting corporate partner PNC Bank will open a newly renovated literary arts classroom on Thursday, September 20 at Blackwell Institute, a Detroit Public Schools member of the PNC Grow-Up Great Program. The classroom make-over will feature new computers, freshly painted walls, new furniture and more. 

Sharpton makes Detroit stop during national voter registration drive

On Sunday Rev. Sharpton preached the Sunday sermon from the pulpit of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, one of the largest and most well-known churches in the Detroit to a to capacity crowd of more than 2200 people. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Detroit this past week-end and drew large crowds wherever he stopped. The reason for the visit was to register people to vote and to get Detroiters excited about the presidential election. Sharpton made a number of stops in a short period of time, but drew record crowds at every location.   

Influential black owned business associations merge

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Business dignitaries and state officials turned out Thursday morning for a press conference to announce the historic merger of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Black Suppliers.  

Detroit Police, Catholic Parishes Host Gun Buyback Today

DETROIT, MI - In an effort to combat violence in the City of Detroit, the Detroit Police Department is cooperating with Catholic churches in Detroit to take dangerous weapons off the street through a no-questions-asked gun buyback program. Additionally, the Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Unit will offer free vehicle etching to deter theft.

Event will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. today at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 10400 Stoepel Street (near Livernois and Grand River)  

New Bike Plaza at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

DETROIT - The Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority (DWJBA) has added to the landscaping and aesthetic appeal of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) by installing a Bike Plaza where visitors can securely park their bicycles.  

Motown Gold Records donated to Detroit Historical Museum

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The treasured gold and platinum records of Motown greats Marvin Gaye and Eddie Kendrick were donated to the Detroit Historical Museum Monday by renowned entertainment attorney Henry Baskin.  

Kruising 4 Kids takes a trip on the Ovation

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Cruising on the Detroit River is a great way to spend an evening. Cruising on the beautiful Ovation Yacht to raise money to support the North East Guidance Center is even better. Cheryl Coleman, President-CEO and Wayne Bradley, Board Chair along with other members of the organization partied with the guests as they raised more than $60,000 to help with the expensive cost of services.   

Forgotten Harvest has successful cruise

The Champagne Cruise does a great job of electrifying the beginning of the Detroit Dream Cruise weekend. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Car enthusiasts get their appetite satisfied by reminiscing and admiring the gleam and horsepower of automobiles from many eras during this special time in August each year. Forgotten Harvest organization benefits because many sponsors of the Dream Cruise remember them. 

Men’s Wearhouse & Jackets for Jobs Make a Difference

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - When Detroiter Norman Snedacar goes on job interviews he’ll have a little more pep in his step because he’ll be wearing a gently used suit donated to him by gospel music superstar BeBe Winans. He received the smart suit through a successful partnership between the Detroit based Jackets for Jobs, Inc., and the Men’s Wearhouse, a clothier with 900 outlets nationwide. 

State government and local businesses campaign hard to derail Moroun Bridge project

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - On Thursday afternoon the Society of Hispanic Business Owners & Professionals (SHBOP), held a community briefing about the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. The briefing took place at Mi Pueblo Restaurant in southwest Detroit. During the presentation Calley shared more information about the bridge project and the lasting impact it will have on Southwest Detroit, the State of Michigan and International Trade.  

The Elijah McCoy U.S. Trademark and Patent Office Opens in Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - Detroit celebrated opening day ceremonies Friday for the first-ever satellite location of a U. S. Patent and Trademark Office outside the nation’s capital..  

Access4Artist provides launch pad for Detroit talent

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Access4Artist held their official launch party at the M@dison Building, and gave Detroiters an eventful night. CEO and founder of Access4Artist, Kiate Moy introduced his online talent discovery platform and showed off some of the talent as well. The event showcased Detroit independent artist featuring some of the top dancers, comedians and musicians featured on the Access4Artists website.

Griem denied motion to drop Bashara case

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Judge Kenneth King denied a motion filed by David Griem to end his representation of Robert Bashara -- the Grosse Pointe businessman behind bars for allegedly hiring a hit man kill Joe Gentz in a Wayne County jail.  

Mexican workers show unity against unfair immigration laws

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - While Mexico celebrates its Mayan Culture, June 26th was declared a Continental Day of Action when workers from throughout the continent convened in front of the Mexican embassies and consulates to demonstrate solidarity with Mexican working class and their unions to protest a terrorist policy of state repression against workers and their organization.

MSU plants garden for local urban farming initiative

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Interest in urban farming has grown significantly over the past years in the City of Detroit. As issues of declining resources and an increasing population arise a transformation of the cities food systems will be put into place.

Michigan State University and the city of Detroit have are collaborating to transform the city as a center for urban food systems technology and development. Both MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, and Mayor Dave Bing signed a memorandum calling the new program the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Custer.

Detroiters at higher risk of dying before their time

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - According to the study Dying Before Their Time II released by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) Detroit residents age 50 and older have a significantly higher mortality rate, require more hospitalizations, suffer from more chronic illnesses, and have less access to health care than residents of the same age who live in the rest of Michigan. The DAAA is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to educate, advocate and promote healthy aging to enable people to make choices about home and community-based services and long term care that will improve their quality of life.

Public Gets Rare Peek inside Palmer Park Log Cabin

(Photo by Tina Nelson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - An historical gem of Detroit history opened to the public over the weekend for the first time in over 30 years.

The Palmer Park Log Cabin, built in 1885 as the summer home of Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer, was open to the public Sunday afternoon, a rare treat for the crowds who found the their way to the cabin nestled in a wooded area off Woodward and Merrill Plaisance.

Buddy's Pizza rolls out 'Michigan Great Lakes Collection' lineup

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit’s original Buddy’s Pizza in partnership with Alliance for the Great Lakes on the beautiful scenic Belle Isle at the Historical Dossin Great Lakes Museum announced their collaboration of Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza Collection. In its 66th year anniversary Buddy’s Pizza originated the Detroit deep dish pie on Six Mile and Conant, a local family-owned restaurant has decided to advance the cause to enhance Michigan’s greatest resource. 

Detroit police wait on autopsy in the death of one-year-old toddler

DETROIT - Detroit police say they're waiting for autopsy results before deciding whether a crime was involved in the death of a 17-month-old girl whose body was found in a closet at her east side home.

Emmanuel Turner tells the Detroit Free Press his brother was watching several children Friday afternoon when he left the room.

Turner says his daughter Zyah Turner was gone when his brother returned, and the family called police.

Police say they searched the house but didn't find the toddler, so they searched the neighborhood. Sgt. Alan Quinn says police then returned with a Southfield police cadaver dog, which found Zyah's body early Saturday.

The family says her body was in a closet.

Twenty-four-year-old Erica James says she wants to know how her daughter died.

Congress agrees to add 26 synthetic chems to Controlled Substance Act

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) commended the House and Senate negotiators for agreeing on legislation to control 26 synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. These drugs include those commonly found in products marketed as “K2” and “Spice”.

Juneteenth: Sacrifices, struggles, they all seem meaningless today

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - It was Dr. Carter G. Woodson who wrote: "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."

DPD narcotics team remove 1.3 mil in drugs off the streets of Detroit

DPD Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. publicly thanked the officers who conducted the raids. Most of their identities are withheld because of the nature of their work. "These are undercover heroes that face danger every day." (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Thursday afternoon the Detroit Police Headquarters smelled of fresh cut weed form the moment you entered the building from the street, until you reached the third floor conference room where three tables displayed a large cache of guns, heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and a huge box overflowing with marijuana. 

Bing pleased with judges ruling, 'consent agreement' back on track.. for now

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - A lawsuit that was promoted by radical factions on Detroit City Council, which threatened financial stability in the debt-ridden city was thrown out Wednesday by Ingham County Court Judge William Collette after a legal 'hired gun' for Mayor Dave Bing intervened saying the city's top attorney had no authority to challenge the agreement. 

Gleaners promises kids a 'Hungry Free Summer'

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The 2012 Hunger Free Summer Campaign launched early Thursday morning at Gleaners Community Food Bank on Detroit’s eastside with more than 40 CEO’s executives and business leaders busy filling hundreds of backpacks with nutritious food and snacks.

“When school lets out, hunger sets in” says Sandy Pierce, President of Charter One Bank, program underwriter of the Hunger Free Summer Campaign and match donor sponsor.  

Detroit to host the 106th Annual National Baptist Congress June 10-15

“We feel extremely blessed to have Detroit as our host city this year,” said Dr. T.B. Boyd III, National Baptist Congress. “The National Baptist Congress is appreciative of the city of Detroit." (Photo by Tina Nelson/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Today was the official Kickoff for the 2012 National Baptist Congress with a News Conference at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, which included National Baptist Congress organizers, government leaders, and host committee, among others. This years 'theme: "Peace and Prosperity in difficult times."  

Detroit host AAN Media convention

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Hundreds of participants in alternative news media gathered at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, for the 35th Annual Association of Alternative News Media convention. As its first year in Detroit, news Professionals were taken back by the city's profound jewels and commended organizers' on its first day success. 

KEM, Black Celebrity Giving .com™ launch Summer Campaign to Benefit Homeless

DETROIT, MI – Black Celebrity  Giving .com (BCG) and Motown Artist KEM are proud to announce their summer cause campaign: “Help Us, Help Them,” a national toiletry drive to benefit homeless communities across the country.

The goal of the “Help Us, Help Them” campaign is to collect donated toiletry items in order to prepare and distribute care packages for over 10,000 individuals this fall. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, there are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness in the United States.  

400 kids attend  2nd annual Fishing Fest on the Detroit Riverfront

2nd Annual Detroit River Days Kids Fishing Fest at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor 1900 Atwater, along the Detroit riverfront and across from the Globe Building. For kids ages 6 to 16 years old

DETROIT (Tell Us Detroit) - This Saturday over 400 youth attended a free program that gave families, parents, grandparents and children throughout Metro Detroit the opportunity to learn the basics of fishing while creating lasting memories and enjoying the beautiful Detroit River. . 

PNC Bank's Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great Programs host over 600 DPS students on Free Prix Friday

Ric DeVore, Regional President, PNC Bank, Karen Ridgeway, Superintendant of Academics, Detroit Public Schools and  Bud Denker, Event Chairman, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix join over 700 DPS students on Free Prix Friday. Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT, MI - After weeks of learning about math, science, engineering and technology through racing, over 600 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) preschoolers and fifth graders took part in hands-on learning activities on PNC Bank Free Prix Day, Friday June 1, at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 

City's future discussed on the Big Porch of the Grand Hotel during Policy Conference

Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Detroit Financial Advisory Board to meet with or without the two Detroit members the city council has neglected to appoint. "What they've (Detroit City Council) elected to do is not appoint members to the board, and my view is I think the board should meet," Snyder said. "If they don't show up, there's no reason the board can't meet, if you look at the agreement. ("Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (Tell Us Det) - The 32nd annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon with an opening address from Governor Rick Snyder, emphasizing the importance of positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global marketplace and how crucial that is to moving the state forward. 

Hundreds call on Legislature to oppose 'Voter Suppression Bill'

LANSING, MI – Hundreds of residents along with members of the activist organization Good Jobs Now disrupted a state House Committee hearing Tuesday, challenging the legislators to oppose bills the group believes would lead to voter suppression.  

DPD and Criminal Sociologist launch 'Community Policing Initiative'

Detroit Chief Ralph L. Godbee Jr. said it’s important to identify suspicious behavior before crime happens and use a moral community backbone to spark alertness. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tel Us Det) - Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. and George Kelling, Ph.D., renowned national criminologist and author of Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities, held a press conference to discuss a pilot program to identify and reduce crime.   

Pastor Marvin Winans: "We have failed our sons and have allowed their hero’s to be thugs and thieves"

Pastor Marvin Winans, who was the recent victim of a carjacking, holds a press conference before the Sunday service at his Perfecting Church in Detroit, MI, May 20, 2012. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Sunday morning, before his message to the congregation at the Perfecting Church, Pastor Marvin Winans addressed the press giving an update on his physical condition by thanking God for allowing him to suffer such a harrowing experience and the grace to walk away from it. Read the full statement Pastor Winans gave to the media Sunday morning.

3 Charged, Arraigned in Carjacking Case

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Police arrested three males, who were arraigned on felony charges in connection to the carjacking of Pastor Marvin Winans.

Due to the investigators ’hard police work, and citizens who began to step up with calling in tips, the following individuals were arrested and are currently sitting in Wayne County Jail:  

Cookin’ With Ritzy Reds and Livin’ Grand

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Watch out Food Channel Network, there’s the possibility of competition from the Ritzy Reds Livin’ Grand Red Hatters. Skillets were smoking and ingredients were being tossed around under the skillful eye of Chef Leonardo at the Detroit Seafood Market in downtown Detroit.  

Deadline Det Report: Carmen Harlan's Son  Bill Ford's Daughter to Wed

DETROIT - In a merger that is sweet, cross-industry and very Detroit, the children of two Motor City icons are planning to marry.

They are Ellie Ford, daughter of William Clay Ford Jr. and Lisa Ford, and Joseph Cobb, son of Carmen Harlan and Joseph Cobb.

New Restaurant Opens at Rosa Parks Transit Center

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The restaurant that first introduced metro Detroit to Cajun/Creole style cooking 40 years ago is now the first tenant to open for business inside the Rosa Parks Transit Center located on Michigan Ave. at Cass in downtown Detroit.

Former Deputy CIO for Wayne County cops plea on $13K bribe, cooperates with Feds for reduced time

DETROIT - David Edwards, the former Deputy Chief Information Officer for Wayne County pleaded guilty today to taking illegal gratuities from a private contractor because of his official acts, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI").

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of MI receives Wearable Robot, users stand and walk

DETROIT - DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) became the 8th rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. to receive Ekso, a wearable, robotic exoskeleton that powers people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to get them standing up and walking.

The New Lincoln MKZ: Our Future Begins

NEW YORK – The all-new Lincoln MKZ makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show, marking a key milestone in Lincoln’s reinvention.

“The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,” said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. 

Mackenzie celebrates opening of $21 million school

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - More than 1,000 Detroit Public School students, parents, staff and community members of Parker Elementary Middle School and Barton Elementary school gathered at Mackenzie Pre K to 8 to celebrate its grand opening. In attendance was Emergency Manager, Roy Rogers who briefly spoke about the status of the improvements in all of the DPS schools.

DPD Chief applauds Crime Task Force for work in cracking the Escort murders

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - A task force consisting of Detroit Police Department, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies continued to investigate the deaths of four women whose bodies were found on the city’s east side in December, 2011. Investigators and the public remained diligent and watchful in regards to the Escort Investigation.   

Michigan to receive more than $400K in grants for community health centers

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $19,600,806 in grants awarded to community health centers in Michigan due to the new health care law – the Affordable Care Act. Grantees estimate these awards will help them serve approximately 23,521 new patients. A full list of Michigan grantees can be found below. 

Mr. STEVIE: A Motor City Music Creator!!!

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Formally known as Stevie Soul, now "Mr. Stevie," there is no difference in delivery nor talent- just a simple name change. If you're just now getting hip to this Vocal Entertainer, YES-Vocal Entertainer, Award-Winning to be exact, you're in for a treat!  

Variety Fundraiser Gala A Major Success

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The Emagine Royal Oak and Star Lanes hosted a gala to induct honorees, Diana Lewis-Channel 7 News Anchor and the late Jeff Zaslow-Columnist for the Wall Street Journal into the Michigan Celebrity Hall of Fame. 

Petition Drive Would Require Mich. Voters to Decide Bridge to Canada; Bridge Co. says, “The People Should Decide”

DETROIT, MI – Language has been presented to the State Board of Canvassers that would authorize a petition drive to place a requirement that voters decide prior to a bridge being built between Canada and Michigan. This would come before voters in Michigan in November. 

Charges pending on two men  connected with the murders of 4 Detroit women

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Police arrested two men Tuesday in connection with the murders of four Detroit women, which in the case of three of them who had ties to an online classifieds website featuring escort ads. Authorities also executed a search warrant at a home in Sterling Heights, an official said. 

Voter Suppression Laws may keep millions from voting in November elections

SAN FRANCISCO, CAL (NAM) - Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, Texas says his elderly mother could become one of millions of Americans likely to be barred from participating in this year’s voting process because of newly enacted voter suppression legislation. 

Flashbacks of Being Colored

A Poem By Anelsa/Tell Us USA, Washington DC Bureau

When we were colored we were family and children had respect

No interrupting conversation, no talking back, we minded child things, we didn’t get bored, we were children and children play. 

DPS Golightly Mass Media Program Named "2012 MABF Radio Station/Program Of The Year

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - For the second year running, the Mass Media Communications Program at Golightly Career and Technical Center takes the distinguished honor of “2012 High School Radio Station/Program of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF). 

Metro Detroit Youth Day To Celebrate 30th Anniversary on Belle Isle July 11, 2012

DETROIT - One of the highlights of summer for more than 35,000 youngsters from the Metro Detroit area is the annual Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD). This year (2012) the colorful event for children will celebrate its historic 30th anniversary on July 11. It is the largest youth event in Michigan.

Ed Deeb receives FBI Director’s  Leadership Award

DETROIT - The FBI and its Detroit Division is pleased to honor Mr. Edward Deeb, a community leader who is the co-founder of Metro Detroit Youth Day, an annual event that brings together thousands of young people for a day of fun and sportsmanship.

Metro Detroit Youth Day is the largest youth event in Michigan and draws more than 35,000 people to Belle Isle each July.

Hundreds continue to march on DTE Energy

Company has forgotten 99 percent, failed to help thousands facing shutoffs

DETROIT – DTE Energy officials promised to hold a phone call with representatives of Good Jobs Now on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 1 p.m., after more than 300 protesters marched for 90 minutes at the company’s downtown office today. The protest was to show that the company has forgotten the 99 percent by failing to help thousands who are struggling with their energy bills.


Denby HS students rally against EAA takeover

Students carry signs outside Denby High School to protest educational authority control (Photo/Det News)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Over 350 Denby High School students protested outside their school early Friday morning, upset over Denby being placed under the control of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. 

Wayne County Prosecutor charges father of missing Bianca Jones with murder

D'Andre Lane, has been charged with felony murder in the disappearance of his 2-year-old daughter Bianca Jones. (Police Mug Shot)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged D'andre Louis Lane, 32, of Detroit, with the homicide of his two-year-old daughter Bianca Jones. At 9:45 a.m. on December 2, 2012, Lane reported that he was allegedly at a location of Brush and Grand River when he was forced from his car at gunpoint by two men who then drove it away with his infant child Bianca in the rear passenger portion of the vehicle. Within 40 minutes of Lane's report, the car was discovered without the child. Bianca Jones has not been seen since December 2, 2011. 

Report: Minority students still face harsher punishments in school

WASHINGTON - More than 70 percent of students involved in school-related arrests or cases referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or African-American, according to an Education Department report that raises questions about whether students of all races are disciplined evenhandedly in America's schools.

Networking With Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce President Elect and owner of Detroit Seafood Market Kenny Akinwale hosted a membership reception that attracted more than 300 business owners on Tuesday, February 21, 2011 in downtown Detroit. The excitement and electricity throughout the restaurant told the story of the importance of building and maintaining black businesses in Detroit. Greetings, introductions and business cards were being exchanged in every possible corner.   

Greed, Crime, Racial Injustice and Desperation: An Urban American Story

People hang out on the street in Washington DC's Anacostia neighborhood. (Photo by Catherine Karnow)

Op-Ed By Edward Foxworth III/Tell Us USA News Network

(Tell Us USA) - It doesn’t take much to notice, not only the rise in gas prices in this country, but also that of racism, greed and desperation. On one hand and mostly in urban communities, senseless crimes continue under the hands of a cohort of desensitized youth. The neighborhood attitude of “kill or be killed” has been around for decades and officially commemorates the passing down from one generation to another.  

Detroit produced Powerbag is perfect recharging station for electronic devices on the go

LAS VEGAS, NV - We've all been in that situation when you are on the go and your treasured electronic - phone, iPad, computer - dies at the most inopportune time.

You aren't at an office or home so you can't just plug in to a wall outlet, but instead appear to be out of luck with no battery life remaining in your treasured iPhone 4S.

Police, DPS and community supporting Detroit youth

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Detroit police, DPS and Federal agencies team up In an effort to keep kids safe and reduce crime during a truancy sweep this week.


DPS Emergency Manager announces school changes for the 2012-13 school year

DPS emergency manager Roy Roberts announced Wednesday 16 school buildings that will close permanently at the end of the school year and four that could become charter schools this fall. An additional 15 schools -- among the lowest-performing 5% in the state -- will be transferred to the statewide reform school district in the fall. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT - DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts on Wednesday announced school changes, academic initiatives and key dates and timelines for parents for the 2012-13 school year.

AMERICAN BLACK MEN: Disconnected, Desensitized, Disenfranchised & Desperate

My America? By Artist Jon Onye Lockard

FOXWORTH REPORT: - In 2012, we are still witnessing cyclical social issues that have never been seen by any other generation. Given the history of those that were once spat upon, bitten by dogs, whipped, dragged behind trucks and often just for the sport of it all, lynched, what exponential progress has been made? 

New Finney Crockett High School nearing completion

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - DPS gave the media a sneak peek at the new Finny High School under construction on the city's eastside, preparing parents of the upcoming school changes for next year.

The new $46.5 million, 221,000-square-foot high school is being constructed at the site of the former Finney High School.

DPSL National Letter of Intent Signing Day

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - In conjunction with college football’s National Letter of Intent Signing Day, DPS football scholarship recipients were assembled before their parents and the media as they each announced their college choice. The eventtook place Wednesday. Feb. 1 at the Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit.

Chief Godbee urges Detroiters to make the right call for public safety

Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The City of Detroit continually work to improve the 9-1-1 system with multi-language and Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) support, staffed by trained dispatchers. When a citizen calls 9-1 -1, police resources are sent out based on identified threats to Life, Safety and Property. 

Achievers and achievements provide insight into Black history Month

Op-Ed By Edward Foxworth III

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - Whether it was Tulsa Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street”, depicting how African-Americans could create and conduct business with each other successfully or efforts made by “The Tuskegee Airmen” and their ability to showcase their desire, teamwork and respect for one another, historical acts provide lessons on how we can live our lives today.


Bing and coalition of unions agree on concessions

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Members of the City’s non-uniform coalition of unions reached a tentative agreement with Mayor Bing and his negotiating team last night.

This tentative agreement is the first meaningful step in achieving the necessary concessions and structural changes to resolve the city’s financial crisis.

Bing said Thursday that the deal was reached Wednesday night, though union members still have to ratify it. 

"Red Tails" fly's into theaters with rave reviews

(Tell Us USA) “Red Tails” will open in local theaters on Friday, January 20th. If you haven’t already heard or read about this outstanding star studded movie that chronicles the heroic past of the proud, brave men of the Tuskegee Airmen Fighter Group you will. This action packed film is about courage, strength and pride. It has been the talk of the movie industry for months, and is finally in movie theaters. 

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix visits the Auto Show to promote the June 1-3, 2012 event

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Some of the top road racers in the world cruised into the Motor City on Friday, Jan. 20 meeting with media and fans at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center.. 

Race bating and GOP Primary Politics

Op-Ed By Karen Hudson Samuels

DETROIT - Racially charged rhetoric took center stage at the GOP Presidential debate Monday night as Newt Gingrich defended his recent remarks on food stamps and poverty before a cheering audience in South Carolina.

'Hugo' leads Oscars with eleven nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film "The Artist"; the family drama "The Descendants"; the Sept. 11 tale "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the Deep South drama "The Help"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris"; the sports tale "Moneyball"; the family chronicle "The Tree of Life"; and the World War I epic "War Horse."

Michigan residents and church groups march on Gov. Snyder's Ann Arbor home

Hundreds of marchers demonstrate outside the gates of Gov. Rick Snyder's private residence near Ann Arbor during a MLK Day rally, loudly chanting in protest of Michigan's emergency manager law. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI (Tell Us Det) - Nearly a thousand people chanting and carrying picket signs came together on Martin Luther King Day and marched outside of Gov. Rick Snyder's home located in a gated community near Ann Arbor, MI.  

Premier season opening Prep Football event moves to downtown Detroit

Games include 2011 champs match-up Brother Rice vs. Cass Tech

DETROIT, MI – The premier season-opening high school football event in Michigan has a new name and a new home. It was announced today by the Detroit Sports Commission that The Detroit Sports Commission Prep Kickoff Classic will be held in Detroit at Tom Adams Field on the campus of Wayne State University August 24-25, 2012.  

Kids and Cars become the Stars at Charity Preview Gala

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - It was a spectacular evening at one of the most exclusive events in the nation. Downtown Detroit was buzzing Friday night as thousands of people packed the Cobo convention center for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 Charity Preview. This is Detroit's premier black-tie gala that brings car lovers together for a good cause. Charity Preview is an event that raises funds for children's charities across southeast Michigan.

Over 1,500 Auto Execs and Car Enthusiasts Attended the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards

Tony award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad and Emmy award winning co-anchor John Quinones graced the stage as co-host of the show. (Photo by Monica Morgan/Tell Us USA News Network)

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us USA) - More than 1,500 automotive executives, celebrities, local dignitaries and car enthusiasts attended this year’s Urban Wheel Awards on Sunday, January 8th, 2012 at the MotorCity Casino, Sound Board Theater. From the afternoon reception in honor of Bill Perkins, the first African American chairman of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), to the late-night afterglow featuring Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band, the event was an exciting star-studded fete.

Detroit's Ambassador Bridge owner ordered to jail

DETROIT - A judge ordered the 84-year-old owner of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge to jail Thursday for failing to meet court orders on a construction project linking the span to adjacent interstates.

Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards said Manuel "Matty" Moroun and top lieutenant Dan Stamper will stay in jail until they comply with a 2010 order to get the work going. It's unclear how long they'll be behind bars after an appeals court hours later refused to suspend the decision and release them.

"It is clear that the Detroit International Bridge Co. does not intend to comply with the court orders unless meaningful sanctions are imposed," Edwards said.

Three Key Strategies For Maximizing Productivity In 2012

DETROIT - 2011 may not have been what you expected it to be. Sure there were high notes and low valleys but after all was said and done, here you are! Hopeful, excited about the opportunity to start anew, leaving the challenges of the past behind you and focusing on making things better. 

Godspeed to Sam Logan, longtime publisher of the Michigan Chronicle

DETROIT (Tell Us USA) - The city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and America itself lost a man who stood tall for all things right and just with the passing of Sam Logan, the longtime publisher of Michigan’s largest weekly black newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle.

Logan was a fierce fighter for what is good and right. His vision, spirit and integrity transcended geography, politics, gender or race.

Logan was an accomplished journalist and business leader who nurtured the young and gave hell to politicians and business leaders who deserved it.

Eastern Market Merchants pack holiday baskets for neighborhood families

DETROIT - The 25th annual packing of holiday food baskets for needy families in the Eastern Market area will take place Wednesday, December 21st at Sacred Heart Church in its activities center located at 1000 Eliot Street at 10:00 a.m.

Detroit’s Landmark Hotel St. Regis, La'Musique Restaurant Open For Business

DETROIT – The landmark 125-room Hotel St. Regis and 110 seat La’Musique Restaurant are open and ready for business. Earlier this year, 2011, the property was purchased out of receivership by a group of local investors lead by iconic Detroit businessman O’Neil Swanson.

Since that time, the group has been working hard to ensure that the hotel exceeds the guest expectations. Despite the challenges of trying to preserve an historic Detroit landmark, Swanson remains optimistic.


International photojournalist places spotlight on Autism

DETROIT - Looking at a snapshot in the life of LaKingna Simmons, mother of two: Timmy is 9 years old, he is like other boys his age - he enjoys math, loves to text and is fascinated by cars. At 4 years old, Summer loves the color pink and can’t spend enough time with her Dora the Explorer doll. Both Timmy and Summer have Autism.

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