Grosse Pointe Park builds snow wall

February 13, 2014
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Grosse Pointe Park builds snow wall

Real estate blog Curbed Detroit caught some guff last year for a headline on a story about a developer’s plans to construct an entertainment district in Grosse Pointe Park that would effectively cut off access on Kercheval to and from Detroit. The theme of that headline, “Cut the Road: Grosse Pointe Park Retail Doesn’t Want Detroit,” was...
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Bid to put legalizing pot on city ballot wins another round

April 2, 2012
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Detroiters edged closer Monday to a vote on legalizing marijuana use. The Michigan Court of Appeals denied the City of Detroit’s motion to reconsider its previous ruling requiring a local legalization measure be placed on the ballot. The decision comes two years after the Coalition for a Safer Detroit, headed by pot-activist Tim Beck,...
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Will this become the next photo of Mitt Romney’s early years to go viral?

January 17, 2012
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Will this become the next photo of Mitt Romney’s early years to go viral?

Out of all those in the GOP field vying for the party’s presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has faced enormous scrutiny for his activities prior to becoming a career politician (or “not” becoming a career politician if you take his word for it). It might be difficult to imagine the man who expressed with ease on...
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Corporate personhood: Hightower, Colbert and MLK

January 16, 2012
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Progressive columnist Jim Hightower gave us a cover story back in November that we billed as Up against the corporations: Here’s how real people can fight back. Now Hightower is advancing the case of human people vs. corporation people alongside The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ben and Jerry and others in a video...
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U.S. Supremes go 9-0 in Redford church-state case, but aren’t exactly clear

January 15, 2012
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Last summer, MT reported on a landmark case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court involving a former teacher, Cheryl Perich, who was fired from her job at Hosana-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford. On Wednesday, the Court ruled unanimously in favor of the school’s firing, but left some court-watchers scratching their heads...
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Rochester Hills pol pushes new curbs on gay rights

January 3, 2012
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In a recent interview, state Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills)  described himself to citizenlink.com as someone who’s been “somewhat active throughout the years in trying to stop … special-rights ordinances for homosexual behavior.” Perhaps he’s too humble. The purpose of his interview with CitizenLink — an organization self-described as dedicated to inspiring men and...
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Air pollution in your neighborhood? Click on this map

November 17, 2011
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The Environmental Protection Agency was conceptualized by former President Richard Nixon in the summer of 1970 with the mission to establish and enforce “environmental protection standards consistent with national environmental goals,” according to its website. But decades later, glaring issues still linger with hundreds — conservatively — of communities (some of them close to...
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Moroun meets his match: Protesters block bridge

October 28, 2011
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Moroun meets his match: Protesters block bridge

The Southwest Detroit folks who have long railed against billionaire Manuel ‘Matty’ Moroun’s endless capability to stop the Gateway Project for a new bridge from moving forward turned the tables and stopped something themselves. For 40 minutes the Ambassador Bridge’s truck ramp leading on to Fort Street was halted after more than 150 protesters...
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Occupy Detroit: Grand Circus Park takes to the street

October 21, 2011
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As promised, Occupy Detroit marchers, along with Moratorium NOW!, came back to the Guardian Building on Friday, continuing to demand that Bank of America, which has offices there, end foreclosures immediately. A group of 500 or so demonstrators picketed to the same beat as on Tuesday, chanting to the rhythm ably banged on a...
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A demand from Occupy Detroit: Stop foreclosures

October 18, 2011
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A demand from Occupy Detroit: Stop foreclosures

The Occupy Detroit group has potentially set a precedent for groups aligned with the flagship in New York City. After their first weekend in Grand Circus Park, the group organized a demonstration with Moratorium NOW!, a pre-existing coalition that seeks to to stop foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. (See “Up Against the banks,” MT...
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