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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Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

April 14, 2014
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In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped...
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Cycle 7 opens at the Red Bull House of Art

April 11, 2014
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By: Ayana Bryant-Weekes The Red Bull House of Art, a multidisciplinary and collaborative art project, relieves the stress of financial limitation or lack of tools and space so budding artists can manifest their creative dreams right here in Detroit. Six artists are selected for a three-month residency where they are provided individual studio space...
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This is what life was like when the Red Wings last missed the playoffs

April 11, 2014
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This is what life was like when the Red Wings last missed the playoffs

It lives! It’s been awhile since the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs; the team clinched its 23rd consecutive playoff berth this week, the longest such streak in professional sports. And, as you can expect, life was exceptionally different back in 1990. Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard blog offers a rundown today on what was...
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Judge signs off on Detroit’s $85 million swaps settlement

April 11, 2014
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Judge signs off on Detroit’s $85 million swaps settlement

The judge overseeing Detroit’s historic bankruptcy has signed off on an $85 million settlement involving two banks tied to a horrendously complex financial deal to shore up the city’s pension systems. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes previously rejected two offers involving Bank of America and UBS, an international bank based in Switzerland with affiliates...
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Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez is coming to Midtown this summer

April 10, 2014
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Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez is coming to Midtown this summer

Mac n’ cheese lovers, rejoice. Chef Lorraine Platman is bringing her popular pasta joint, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez, to Midtown in August. Our friends over at The Detroit News report the new shop will set up at Cass and Warren, and will sling gooey made-to-order mac with up to 37 unique meat...
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Jerry Vile “humbled” to be voted Best Painter in Detroit

April 10, 2014
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Jerry Vile “humbled” to be voted Best Painter in Detroit

We love Jerry Vile and so do you, and this statement that he sent us in response to his “Best Painter” award in the Metro Times Best Of Issue shows exactly why. This is Vile at his sarcastic, razor-sharp best. And he truly is the best. Perhaps of all time. “Jerry Vile, Detroits best...
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Retiree Tales, Vol. Two: ‘The governor fooled us again’

April 9, 2014
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Retiree Tales, Vol. Two: ‘The governor fooled us again’

  Detroit continues to work its way through bankruptcy court. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s currently proposed debt-shedding plan could slash police and fire employees monthly pension checks by 15 percent, while general employees could see a 26 percent cut, unless they reject the plan, which then could see that figure rise as high...
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