Detroit financial crisis: Takeover fight looms

March 1, 2013
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The clock is ticking. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today officially declared that Detroit is experiencing a financial emergency, setting the stage for appointment of an emergency financial manager. The governor said he has someone in mind for the job, but won’t yet say who the likely person is. But the path from here to...
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Free help fighting foreclosures

February 28, 2013
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Detroit Eviction Defense — a coalition of a network of homeowners, union members, faith-based activists and community advocates — and the Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will be holding a free legal clinic on Saturday, Mach 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams St....
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“Right to Work” goes to court

January 31, 2013
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The ACLU has just issued a press release announcing a court challenge to Michigan’s recently enacted “Right to Work” law. In out interview with UAW president Bob King that’s in this week’s paper, he provided a heads up that a legal challenge was in the works, but didn’t indicate that the ACLU would be...
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Daily Show’s Ambassador Bridge yuck up

January 11, 2013
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A recent Daily Show segment on cable TV’s Comedy Central about opposition to the new publicly owned bridge across the Detroit River that Gov. Rick Snyder wants to build is a perfect example of why we love the show. Serious journalists (and even the semi-serious here at the MT) have, at last count, printed exactly...
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Mitch Albom makes a list, and it’s not nice

December 21, 2012
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A few of the bah-humbuggers here at the Metro Times actually got a mild jolt of holiday cheer when we saw that Detroit Free Press columnist and mega-selling book writer Mitch Albom earned his way onto an unenviable “year in review” list posted on “The Atlantic Wire,” a website associated with The Atlantic magazine....
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Bloviators and bomb throwers

December 13, 2012
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M.L. Elrick, a former Free Press investigative reporter and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, delivered a few solid body blows to one of his erstwhile co-workers this week, business writer Tom Walsh. Elrick, who’s now at Fox 2, used his Facebook page to rightly take Walsh to task for a recent Freep column about the...
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It’s Miller time on Comedy Central

December 7, 2012
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For those of you in need of a laugh to lift sagging spirits — and we imagine there are lot of you, given what’s being going down in Lansing these past few days — we offer this clip from a recent episode of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show featuring U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, a...
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Christmas Jubilee at the Masonic Temple Featuring Patti Smith-December 16th

December 4, 2012
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Christmas Jubilee at the Masonic Temple Featuring Patti Smith-December 16th

For those who attended Patti Smith’s show at the DIA earlier this year should be eager to catch Smith for the second time this year at the Christmas Jubilee. It’s not just a Patti Smith show though: Vin Dombrowski, Jennifer Westwood and the Waycross Georgia Farmboys, Ty Stone, The Thornbills, and The Curmudgeons (Fabulous...
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Compromising positions

November 16, 2012
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How are Republican’s taking defeat? Let’s rephrase that. Aside from the more than 860,000 whiners  who have signed secession petitions since Barack Obama was re-elected president, how is the rest of the Republican Party accepting the results of Election Day? Well, we have the defeated GOP standard bearer, Mitt Romney, whining to contributors that...
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Debating the debate: Facts and whoppers

October 23, 2012
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I went on Charlie Langton’s radio talk show this morning to discuss Monday’s presidential debate, with the affable Langton serving as moderator as Henry Payne and I debated the outcome of the debate. Payne, an editorial cartoonist at The Detroit News and editor of an online publication called The Michigan View, carried the conservative...
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