Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

April 22, 2014
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Welcome Valerie Vande Panne, the new Detroit Metro Times editor

The Detroit Metro Times, Detroit’s award-winning alternative weekly media company, is proud to announce the recent hire of Valerie Vande Panne as Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning independent journalist and Michigan native, Vande Panne’s work has appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among other publications. Previously, Vande Panne attended Harvard University and...
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Joumana Kayrouz to cover ‘Metro Times’

April 22, 2014
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She welcomes you when you enter Detroit, from every direction, with the one word that might just be Detroit’s biggest philosophical question: Injured? Joumana Kayrouz is deeper than the inflated image watching over Detroit, peddling justice to the poor and broken of the city. This Wednesday, Drew Philp takes us behind the billboard and...
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

April 22, 2014
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Fire at PJ’s Lager House, no people hurt

There was a fire in an upstairs apartment at PJ’s Lager House on Monday evening. No people were hurt, although three cats belonging to the tenants died after CPR. The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. during a show featuring Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Curtin, and Jeffrey Jablonsky. “We just smelled...
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Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

April 21, 2014
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Detroit councilman: Increased parking fines an ‘anti-growth strategy’

  There’s at least one city councilmember who’s less than pleased with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to increase all parking violation fines. Councilman Gabe Leland, whose district represents the city’s west side, issued a statement today, calling Orr’s plan a potential “deterrent” to attracting people to the city. I don’t believe the argument...
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

April 21, 2014
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Reviewing Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

Bird Box By Josh Malerman HarperCollins, 293 pp., $25.99. Back in August, we profiled High Strung singer Josh Malerman due to the fact that his book, Bird Box, had earned him a six-figure multi-book deal from HarperCollins, and was going to be made into a movie. We wrote a cover story (a multi-award winning...
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The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

April 18, 2014
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The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action:...
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Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

April 17, 2014
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Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers...
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Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

April 17, 2014
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Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh...
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Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

April 16, 2014
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Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups,...
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Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

April 14, 2014
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Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

“Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of buildingdetroit.org, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike...
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