Tag Archives: Detroit

Relatives Say Aretha Franklin Is “Gravely Ill” [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Aretha Franklin is reportedly “gravely ill” in Detroit, where friends and family have gathered around the Queen of Soul. Showbiz 411 first reported on Franklin’s condition Sunday night, with Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy – who broke news of Franklin’s impending retirement in February – confirming that Franklin’s family informed him Monday morning that Franklin is “gravely ...

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Pastor Busted On Child Porn Charges, Allegedly Posed As Teen Boy To Entice Preteen Girls On Skype [VIDEO]

The Detroit News reports: A Port Huron pastor is facing federal charges amid allegations he enticed underage girls to engage in sex acts online. FBI agents learned about Jackie Douglas Woodburn’s virtual interactions while probing a chatroom-based website that attracts adult men who pose as youths “seeking to sexually exploit minor teenage and preteen girls.” Among the more than 50 ...

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Eminem Gets Cheered, Kid Rock Booed At NBA Game

The Detroit Free Press reports: Despite the less-than-sellout crowd — the arena was probably two-thirds full — those who arrived to christen the joint for basketball helped fill it with buzz. The atmosphere was helped by a slick, Pistons-colored light show and an unexpected showing from Eminem. The rapper took the microphone briefly and worked the crowd into a frenzy. ...

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OH, MY LUGGAGE!: Ben Carson Bolts On Live CNN Interview In Detroit To Go Find His Luggage [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: In the middle of a CNN interview in Detroit talking about the black community and Donald Trump, Ben Carson realized he didn’t know where his luggage was. So in kind of a hilarious moment, Carson cried “Oh, my luggage!” and walked off-camera. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond filled time by just recapping what’s been going on before Carson walked back. ...

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MICHIGAN: Trump Runs Gauntlet Of Black Protesters Outside Visit To Black Detroit Church [VIDEO]

The Detroit News reports: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived at a black church in Detroit on Saturday greeted by groups of protests from community, religious and labor activists who denounced his visit that is intended to reach out to the African American vote. The Rev. Lawrence Glass said during a protest outside the church that Trump’s heart is not ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Man Films Himself Threatening “Gay” Man With Gun, Challenges Police To Apprehend Him

From the Detroit Free Press: A viral video of a man shouting slurs and pointing a gun at another man he believed was gay as he exited a convenience store on Detroit’s west side has sparked outrage and is being investigated by police, an official confirmed Wednesday. “We are aware of it,” said Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody. “It was ...

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Most Bizarre Counter-Protest Ever? [VIDEO]

The Satanic Temple describes the clip below: In response to a nationwide Planned Parenthood protest on April 23, 2016 members of The Satanic Temple of Detroit crashed the event dressed in bondage fetish wear, baby masks and diapers and engaged in group flagellation. The performers were then painted gold by adoring fetal idolizers. The action was intended to expose fetal ...

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Four US Cities Ranked Among World’s 50 Most Violent

St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans have been ranked among the world’s 50 most violent large cities based on homicides per 100,000 residents. Brazil has a staggering 21 cities on the list. From the Daily Mail: Latin America features highly in the ranking, released by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, as it is home to ...

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The Devil Went Down To Detroit

Via World Net Daily: After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place. Just after 11 p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil. Leaders of the Satanic Temple ...

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Ford Worker Files EEOC Complaint Over Firing For His Anti-Gay Email To Bosses

Via Detroit’s ABC affiliate: A former Ford Motor Company contractor says he was fired because he criticized the auto company for having a policy that is pro-gay, according to a complaint filed with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Thomas Banks of Ypsilanti, who also filed his EEOC complaint against Rapid Global Business Solutions, stated that the companies violated his ...

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PETA Offers To Pay Water Bills Of Detroit Families But Only If They Become Vegans

From PETA’s website: With jobs in Detroit disappearing, many residents are struggling. As they’re forced to choose which bills to pay, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has chosen for them―shutting off water and leaving many people high and dry. The department put the shutoffs on a temporary hiatus, but people’s water bills are mounting. So with the help of ...

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Detroit Ruled Eligible For Bankruptcy, May Not Have To Pay Pension Obligations

This does not bode well for other cities. Via New York Times: The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending ...

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GM Recognizes Gay Marriages

General Motors will now recognize same-sex marriages for the purposes of insurance and pension benefits. “GM will recognize a legal marriage for U.S. employees no matter the state of residence,” the automaker said in a statement. “For example, if a GM employee residing in Michigan, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, got married in New York, GM would recognize that ...

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Sen. Rand Paul: Obama Will Bail Out Detroit Over My Dead Body

“There’s some good things that come out of bankruptcy. One is you get to start over. Bankruptcy lets you be forgiven of your debt. And you do so by getting new management, better management, and by getting rid of unwieldy contracts, contracts that give you where public employees are getting paid twice what private employees are and things come back ...

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Detroit Declares Bankruptcy

Yesterday the city of Detroit finally declared bankruptcy. The decision, confirmed by officials after it trickled out in late afternoon news reports, also amounts to the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in American history in terms of debt.  “This is a difficult step, but the only viable option to address a problem that has been six decades in the making,” said ...

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Chicago Transit Bans Political Ads

As Pam Geller continues a court battle with the city of Detroit, Chicago’s transit authority has banned all political advertising. Geller’s transit ads have faced legal challenges almost everywhere they have appeared. The CTA said in a statement it allows ads as a way to raise money — not as a way to get a political message out. “CTA buses ...

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Vatican Advisor Edward Peters Tells Marriage Equality Supporters That They Should Not Receive Communion

Edward Peters is a Detroit professor and the Vatican’s US legal advisor. He’s also the father of NOM’s Thomas Peters.  This weekend the elder Peters warned Catholic supporters of same-sex marriage that they should not attempt to receive Holy Communion at Mass or else they’ll be “rebuked or sanctioned.” Peters said that Catholic teachings make it clear that marriage is ...

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Röyksopp – The Drug

Filmed in the ruins of Detroit. Strange even by their standards.

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Where Are People Moving?

Using 2008 IRS data, Forbes Magazine has created a fascinating interactive map showing which cities are gaining or losing populations and where people are coming from/going to. Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami appear to be suffering the greatest exoduses, with New York City remaining fairly unchanged. Red lines are outbound, black lines are inbound. You can click on every county ...

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Decaying Detroit

Click over to IO9 for a slideshow called The Grandiose Decay of Abandoned Detroit. Strangely and sadly beautiful. Detroit proper has lost half of its population since peaking in 1950, although the surrounding suburbs and metro region has continued to grow.

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