Yale professor talks Plato, James Madison and Detroit’s emergency manager law

July 30, 2014
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Yale professor talks Plato, James Madison and Detroit’s emergency manager law

Much has been made about Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s decision this week to transfer authority of the city’s water department to Mayor Mike Duggan. In what is the most interesting read on the situation, Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, pens an analysis on Michigan’s novel emergency manager law on the New York Times...
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Where to meet a baby dinosaur this week

July 30, 2014
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Where to meet a baby dinosaur this week

Walking with Dinosaurs, a magnificent stage show that features life-sized animatronic creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, will be in town next week. But to preview the show’s run at the Palace, a baby T-Rex will be making an appearance at four area malls to the delight and wonderment of shoppers. Baby...
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Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

July 30, 2014
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Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that’s produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics, even if the data might be hard to come...
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Long John Silver’s makes nod to Nancy Whiskey in YouTube commercial

July 30, 2014
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We don’t know about you, but usually Nancy Whiskey and Long John Silver’s aren’t two concepts we’d place in the same sentence. However, the international fast food fish fry conglomerate made a nod to the Detroit dive in their latest YouTube commercial. LJS is offering free fish fries on Saturday, August 2, which is...
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Michigan’s women-only music fest still shuns trans women

July 30, 2014
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Michigan’s women-only music fest still shuns trans women

We came across an interesting item this week: Apparently, a music festival with the name “Michfest” is quietly oriented as a “Women-Only Festival Exclusively for ‘Women Born Women.’” It seems a strange decision to us. If you wanted to have a women-only music festival, why not simply proclaim loud and clear that it is for...
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Use this widget to find your polling place for Aug. 5 primary election

July 30, 2014
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Reminder: the August 5 primary election is coming up. Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot? All these questions can be easily answered by simply typing the address you are registered to vote at into this handy widget created by Pew Charitable Trusts and Google: You can embed this widget on your own...
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Thank you, Detroit

July 29, 2014
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Thank you, Detroit

I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog...
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Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

July 29, 2014
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Christmas in July, Jack White, and the Tigers

  We here at MT will be delighted when Mr. Jack White throws out a pitch at Navin Field (at least, we hope he will), but until then, we’ll be happy with his pitch to Santa this evening at Comerica Park.    
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Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

July 29, 2014
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Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said...
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Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

July 28, 2014
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Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul,...
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