Category: News Briefs - Original Written by CNN News
(CNN) -- How eager are retailers to boost sales this holiday season? It's no longer enough for them to offer one special day of discounts to online shoppers -- they're stretching the deals out over an entire week.
While retailers are still trumpeting deals for this Monday after Thanksgiving, many such as Amazon, Target and Walmart are now promoting some version of "Cyber Week" and extending Web-only deals through next weekend. The online discounts apply to all types of items, from appliances to clothes to consumer electronics.
Walmart, for example, says it will offer 200 deals on its website each day through Friday, plus free shipping on all orders over $35. Not to be outdone, Amazon is promising new deals as often as every 10 minutes through Saturday, along with free shipping on "eligible orders" of $35 and over (it's not clear how they define "eligible.")
In fact, if you're not getting free shipping on your online purchases this week, you may want to shop elsewhere.
Navigating Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Clothing chains such as H&M, Gap and Banana Republic also are offering storewide Cyber Monday discounts of 40%.
It's not always clear whether Cyber Monday discounts are much greater than what retailers offer online during other sale events. Also, supplies may be limited.
Here's a sampling of some online deals being advertised for Cyber Monday (and in many cases, the rest of the week):
-- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with 16GB of storage: $399, down from $499 (Amazon)
-- Canon Powershot A3500 16MP digital camera with 5x optical zoom (red model only): $99, down from $199 (Target)
-- HTC One 32GB smartphone: 1 cent (it's normally $199), with two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (Amazon)
-- 46-inch Samsung LED TV: $478, marked down from $949 (Walmart)
-- Kindle Fire HD 16 GB tablet: $119, down from $169 (Amazon)
-- Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth rechargeable portable speaker: $69, down from $199 (eBay)
-- HP Pavilion 15-N066US 15-inch laptop: $459, down from $649 (Staples)
-- Motorola Moto X smartphone: $349 without a contract, down from $499. The discount is available for all carriers and for both 16GB and 32GB models, although Motorola says supplies will be limited.
-- Dyson DC41 Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum: $399, down from $549 (Best Buy)
-- Select coats from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, DKNY and London Fog: 50% off, plus free shipping on online purchases of $75 or more (Macy's)
-- Half off select men's and women's clothes and accessories (Target)
The term Cyber Monday was coined in 2005 by a division of the National Retail Federation with the thinking that shoppers, after browsing in stores over Thanksgiving weekend, would wait to make online purchases Monday from their offices, where they had faster Internet connections.
That notion is somewhat outdated now because 70% of Americans have high-speed broadband Internet service at home, not to mention on their phones and tablets.
But since 2010, Cyber Monday actually has been the biggest online-shopping day of the year -- and retailers are trying to capitalize.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 09:10
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Donald James
For many Americans, China, officially the People’s Republic of China, represents an enigmatic country that is viewed in a multiplicity of ways. On one hand, some Americans equate China with the deadly 1989 pro-democratic protests involving thousands of students in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square which ultimately resulted in the death of hundreds of innocent Chinese civilians
But other Americans recognize China’s quantum leap in human rights, as well as its political and economic evolution over the past few decades that has transformed the country into the world’s most populous nation (more than 1.35 billion people), the world’s fastest growing major economy, the globe’s largest exporter and importer of goods, and host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
For Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Detroit-based Real Times Media, China represented a country of mystique that offered more complex questions than answers about its government, people, culture, education system and religious beliefs. Further intrigued by the growing world status of China, Jackson embarked on a media, business and cultural fact-finding trip to the East Asia country several months ago to experience the People’s Republic of China up close and personal.
“I have always been interested in learning more about China’s long history, people and culture,” said Jackson, whose company publishes the Michigan Chronicle, Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier and Atlanta Daily World, as well as annual Who’s Who publications that salute African-American achievements in 25 U.S. markets. “Therefore, I was excited by the opportunity to travel to China on a business and cultural mission.”
Jackson was one of several Black media professionals to make the trip. He was chosen because of his executive acumen in overseeing the massive reach of his company’s print and electronic media platforms to African-Americans throughout the United States.
Other members of the delegation traveling with Jackson, under the banner of the African-American Media Leadership Visit to China, included Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., delegation leader and chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA); Warren Ballentine III, former host of “The Warren Ballentine Show,” a nationally syndicated radio program; George E. Curry, editor-in-chief, National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service; Kierna Mayo, editorial director, Ebony Magazine (digital); and Elizabeth Ragland, chief photographer, George Curry Media, LLC.
The China trip was organized and coordinated by Julia A. Wilson through her Washington, DC-based company, Wilson Global Communications. Wilson, an international social entrepreneur who also made the trip, served as the liaison between the China travelers and sponsor and host, China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a China-based organization dedicated to strengthening and improving relationships between China and the United States. Tung Chee Hwa is CUSEF’s founding chairman.
The other sponsor and host was the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), a Chinese organization founded 64 years ago by the late Premier Zhou Enlai. The organization was created to study world issues and facilitate exchanges with statesmen, scholars and other noted individuals representing various countries in order to better understand each other and form friendships. Yang Wenchang serves as the organization’s president.
After several months of planning, the media delegation visited three cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.
Beijing (four days)
Following a long flight from Chicago, Jackson and the delegation landed in Beijing, which is located in the northeast sector of China.
The city is home to approximately 19 million people. To put the 3,000-year-old city in perspective, its population is twice that of New York, America’s most populated city.
“Beijing was everything that I thought it was and nothing like I thought it would be,” said Jackson with a laugh. “You see a lot of Eestern images as soon as you land in Beijing. You see billboards for General Motors, the largest importer of cars to China. You also see fast-food establishments that are recognizable, such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and KFC.”
The group’s first stop in Beijing was to the office of China Daily, the nation’s premier newspaper that is printed in English. The publication reaches more than 400,000 readers worldwide. The group was welcomed by the publication’s Mr. Qu, deputy chief editor, as well as Mr. Zhu, the newspaper’s former editor-in-chief.
Over the ensuing days in Beijing, the delegation was immersed with tours and visits in their quest to learn more about the city and China. The group visited the China International Cooperation Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They also visited the Translation and Compilation Bureau, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, where they had lunch and was welcomed by Director He and Director Wang.
No trip to Beijing would be complete without seeing and walking the Great Wall of China.
“The wall is incredible,” said Jackson. “It’s very difficult to describe just how massive the wall really is. It is thousands of miles long. It was built to keep China’s enemies out.”
The delegation’s stay in Beijing was highlighted during a luncheon hosted by Tung Chee Hwa, founding chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and former chief executive of Hong Kong. He currently serves as vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
“I admire his wisdom to start the China-United States Exchange Foundation,” said Jackson. “He saw a tremendous need for the people of China and the people of the United States to build and maintain better relationships by having a better understanding of each other.”
The group later attended a dinner hosted by Alex Tzang, special advisor to the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Xi’an (one day)
After a two-hour flight from Beijing, the delegation landed in Xi’an, a city of about nine million people. Located in central-northwest China, Xi’an is one of the original birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization. The city is more than 3,000 years old.
“I was amazed by Xi’an’s historic heritage,” said Jackson. “I really enjoyed touring a community in Xia Yang County where we visited the homes of several Chinese people. We were well received by everyone.”
While Jackson saw many fascinating sites in this ancient city, he was most impressed by his visit to the Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum where he saw the original underground sites of more than 7,000 life-sized pottery figures of the Terracotta army warriors and horses.
The figures were buried more than 2,100 years ago, but were unearthed in 1974 by peasants digging a well.
“I was told that the clay pottery figures of soldiers, archers and horses were made and buried to protect the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who at the age of only 13 ruled ancient China more than 2,100 years ago,” said Jackson.
“Each soldier is holding a weapon, ready to protect the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. It’s amazing how detailed the figures are after being made and buried more than 2,100 years ago.”
Shanghai (two days)
Flying from Xi’an to Shanghai, a two-hour flight, Jackson and the group continued their cultural excursion. Jackson was spellbound by Shanghai and learned that it is China’s largest city and has a strong economic, commercial and financial core.
“Shanghai is like New York City on steroids,” said Jackson. “It is very futuristic, very contemporary and very metropolitan, yet it has a great blend of cultures and features of modern and traditional China, with some Western influences. The city has some of the most breathtaking skyscrapers that I have ever seen.”
While in Shanghai the delegation visited the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, an elite education center for top Chinese leaders to gain needed skills to compete in the 21st Century.
The group also visited Huawei Showroom, a company that provides next-generation telecommunications network solutions. The day concluded with a cruise on the Huang Pu River, which gave the delegation an incredible view of Shanghai’s stunning downtown skyline.
Jackson has gained a new perspective of the People’s Republic of China. He was appreciative of Julia A. Wilson and her company, Wilson Global Communications, for the outstanding planning and coordination of the seven-day trip.
“We would have never accessed China on the high level that we did without Julia,” said Jackson. “She made sure that even before we traveled to China that we were educated in Chinese culture, protocol and etiquette.
“She is an incredible, intelligent and internationally astute African-American woman who has been doing these types of international tours and cultural exchange trips with China and other countries around the world for almost 20 years.
“The main reason for the trip to China was to help remove the stereotypes that many Americans have about the country,” said Wilson, who has led several other African-American groups on cultural, business, and educational trips to the People’s Republic of China.
“I believe the best way to remove the stereotypes of China is to go there and see it for yourself.”
For Jackson, Wilson’s advice paid off.
“My impression of China before the trip was that it was a closed, almost monolithic society with limited political freedom,” Jackson said.
“Although much of that does exist, I saw that China was developing and had more freedom than I thought. There’s music, there’s fashion, there’s nightlife in China!
“Before going to China, I wasn’t sure what the Chinese people thought about African-Americans,” he said. “However, I found that Chinese people have a great curiosity about the African-American community.
“While there is a great hunger for China to do business in the United States, the country views African-Americans as possible allies in doing future business in the People’s Republic of China.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:39
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson also chosen as local partner
Rock Ventures has announced it has selected SHoP Architects as the architect of record to lead the design process for the two-acre site of the former Hudson’s Department Store in downtown Detroit.
Headquartered in NYC, SHoP will partner with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) to create an innovative concept for a signature development on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District bordered by Gratiot, Grand River and Library Street.
“These two firms, known as premier urban catalysts, were chosen for their innovation and creativity, as well as their track record of committing to community engagement. We believe SHoP and Hamilton Anderson will join a long list of distinguished architects including Yamasaki, Burnham and Kahn who have created landmark buildings in Detroit that stand the test of time,” said Jeff Cohen, founder, Rock Companies, LLC, a member of the Rock Ventures Family of Companies. “From its six-dimensional Building Information Modeling (BIM), to a live construction mobile and web application, SHoP’s well-rounded, entrepreneurial approach is a perfect fit for our culture and for Detroit.”
SHoP is the architect on dozens of world-renowned projects like the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York, where the world’s tallest modular housing towers — also designed by SHoP — are currently under construction. The modules are being fabricated in a nearby factory setting with the Brooklyn Navy Yard and point to a promising new frontier for urban manufacturing. Hamilton Anderson’s notable Detroit area projects include the Tech One Building at the TechTown Research and Technology Park, Wayne State University Welcome Center and the award-winning North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
“SHoP and HAA will be charged with the mission of designing one of the most important sites in downtown Detroit that honors the city’s architectural legacy as well as complements Detroit’s recently-renovated and newer buildings,” Cohen added. The selection of SHoP comes on the heels of a global architectural ideas competition for architects, designers, planners, artists and the public hosted by Rock Ventures in March 2013.
This competition was designed to reengage the community with the Hudson’s site and attract and exhibit ideas for the potential future use of this key location. The competition attracted more than 200 entries from across the globe. To see all of the design ideas, winners and learn more about the competition visit http://hudsons.opportunitydetroit.com. Judging for the Hudson’s site ideas competition took place in June of this year with interviews of several additional architectural firms occurring over the past few months.
“In visiting Detroit, we’ve experienced the zeal and sense of entrepreneurship that underpins a vibrant urban environment. Through our inclusive design process and engagement with academia, we look forward to becoming part of the local culture and conducting a dialogue about the future of downtown,” said William Sharples, SHoP principal.
“The Hudson’s block is historic and full of symbolism for Detroiters everywhere; it is the emotional and physical heart of downtown,” said Kent H. Anderson, principal, Hamilton Anderson Associates. “This project has the capacity to link disparate parts of downtown and become a catalyst for change and development beyond its immediate surroundings. Breathing new life into this site purveys what we have all been waiting for — confirmation that the heart of the Central Business District will beat strong.”
Originally an eight story building constructed in 1891, Hudson’s Department Store was an iconic fixture in downtown Detroit and a shopping destination for millions of Michiganders for nearly a century. With frequent additions, it grew to 25 stories and 2.2 million square feet before closing in 1983. The building was imploded in 1998.
“Blending the talents and expertise of Detroit’s own Hamilton Anderson Associates with a firm of SHoP’s international acclaim is a winning combination for everyone involved,” said George W. Jackson, Jr., President and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). “This is a site that was important to Detroit’s past and is significant to its future. It deserves a design team that can respect downtown’s rich architectural heritage and project its strong steps toward the future.”
In the coming month, SHoP and HAA will meet with local stakeholders to discuss programming and design concepts. In early 2014, the two firms will host a lecture series for the community to learn more about the architects, the Hudson’s site and what it will take to get a project of this magnitude underway.
“Designing a signature architectural project from the ground up in downtown Detroit — or any great city — is an opportunity of a lifetime, and we are committed to getting it right,” said Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Rock Ventures.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:50
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the French colonial governor in North America who founded Detroit, died centuries ago. But France’s interest in this unique American urban city situated in one of the world’s largest democracies has not died.
Instead, one could say that the special bond that Cadillac discovered when he named the Detroit River “d’Etroit” is now being displayed in a rather interesting way in the wake of the bankruptcy in Detroit.
The French media has taken an interest in Detroit that is worth noting, since the announcement of chapter 9 bankruptcy, giving special attention to all things Detroit.
In the last two months two signigicant publications in France, the first being Le Monde and then Le nouvel Observateur, two of the most influential media outlets in Europe, contacted me about my take on the city and bankruptcy. They want to know what life would be like after bankruptcy.
Just as their correspondents were very curious to talk to me as demonstrated in their emails, I was equally looking forward to hearing about how Detroit is viewed in the eyes of France.
Because media helps shape public opinion and thus any story about Detroit in the French press does have an impact on how its people, and government, see this urban city that often gets derided in news reports that are beyond our shores.
For example, Le Monde, the most influential newspaper in France which is equivalent to the New York Times and widely read in Europe, and Le nouvel Observateur, the largest weekly magazine in France, which carries the same clout as Time magazine, are two publications that have massive reach beyond France itself.
And so on Monday, Natacha Tatu, correspondent for Le nouvel Observateur, who was once based in Chicago covering the auto industry, walked into my office for an interview to begin her exclusive look into Detroit’s present condition and where it potentially could be.
She had with her a list of people to talk to, the majority of whom were not available. They either did not respond to her email requests or just were too busy to sit down with France’s largest weekly magazine for a story on Detroit.
She was a bit disappointed but was encouraged by the fact that a few people were open for conversation with her. For example, Quicken Loans, founded by Dan Gilbert, arranged an interview with her and Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, one of Gilbert’s companies.
We discussed for almost an hour the financial crisis, new political leadership, the private sector, growth of neighborhoods, public safety, a booming downtown, Midtown and the future of the city.
She specifically noted that she visited some of the neighborhoods and saw firsthand poverty, abandonment, despair and blight, all of which form some of the recurring themes that take center stage in our political town halls.
On the bankruptcy she was keen about the decision that Judge Stephen Rhodes will hand down next week when he rules on the eligibility question of the city entering chapter 9. I told her we’ll wait and see.
At the end of the interview she assured me that her story was going to be a balanced and thorough piece on the city, referencing the “60 Minutes” program on CBS.
As she started to ask about my take on “60 Minutes,” I reached across the chair from my desk and handed her my column, the rebuttal I wrote three weeks ago about the program’s extreme and unbalanced coverage of Detroit. She promised to read it as she puts her story together.
Before she left, I decided to turn the table on her, to ask about France and why in the last eight weeks, two notable publications are descending on Detroit for special coverage.
My first question was the obvious one that is on everyone’s mind — the city’s international image and especially in France.
“So far, the image of Detroit in France is a very bad image. All the TV programs are about the devastation of the city. I haven’t seen anything positive,” Natacha told me as I leaned back on my chair, not surprised.
Redefining Detroit in the international media by doing balanced and informed stories that do not suggest the city is the Mogadishu of the Midwest as CBS’ Bob Simons carelessly put it, is going to be like climbing Mountain Everest or Mountain Kilimanjaro.
That is because it is hard to erase decades of prejudiced coverage and perceptions that have long been fed to global media.
If the perception about Detroit is so bad in France, because of its own media, why another trip?
Natacha’s answer was different.
“I met a French guy who is buying a lot of houses in Detroit, working with some Canadians,” she said. “I found it very interesting. He believes strongly in Detroit.”
The French man who is looking at Detroit with a different lens from the ones being presented to the public in France is Michael Bugaldon. Apparently, Bugaldon, like other investors, has been silently buying numerous houses in the city as well as some in the suburbs. Unlike others, Bugaldon is not drinking from the wells of pessimism, despair and destruction that have long been the hallmark of the city’s national and international image.
If a French businessman can defy his own country’s negative view of Detroit in France and travel to the city to embark on a wholesale purchase of properties through auctions, what should Detroiters think of themselves?
The French public was shocked by news of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Natacha said and because of that there is an interest in knowing what will happen to the city from this point on.
“People in France are wondering what Detroit’s bankruptcy means because it is different for us in France. We don’t have chapter 9 or chapter 11,” she explained. “What we are doing now is trying to tell the story about what’s next for Detroit.”
She referenced her earlier reporting beat, saying that while she believes the auto industry is in a very bad shape in Europe, “It is a paradox that the car industry is in complete revival here in Detroit.”
How do you change the perception about Detroit internationally?
“Probably a TV program showing that people are investing in the city because there are people who won’t think about buying a house in Detroit,” Natacha said, adding that television reports are mostly based on print media reviews.
But she also has some advice.
“If the image of the city is that important to people in Detroit, they should react to something faster when an international reporter is calling. If they care about the image, be a little bit more open to the international media,” Natacha said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:27
Category: News Briefs Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The latest ad from the Oneida Indian Nation’s Change the Mascot campaign will air in Baltimore and Detroit in the lead-up to the cities’ Thanksgiving Day NFL games. The first from the campaign not tied to a Washington football game, the new radio spot celebrates the ideals of Thanksgiving and thanks those who have spoken out against the D.C. team’s use of the R-word.
The Oneida Indian Nation today launched a new Thanksgiving-themed radio ad calling for an end to the Washington NFL team’s use of the R-word. Part of the Nation’s Change the Mascot campaign, the latest ad will air on Baltimore’s WBAL-AM and Detroit’s WXYT-FM in the lead-up to the cities’ Thanksgiving Day NFL games.
Entitled “Giving Thanks,” the new radio spot is the first from the campaign to surround NFL games that don’t directly involve the Washington team. Previous ads have run in the nation’s capital and other cities where the D.C. team has played road games, and will continue throughout the remainder of the NFL season.
In the new advertisement, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter celebrates the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday and extends the Nation’s gratitude to those who have spoken out against Washington’s team name.
“Thanksgiving is a holiday emphasizing the ideals of inclusion and mutual respect, and is a time when we give thanks. We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has spoken out about the important moral and civil rights issue of changing the Washington football team’s name,” said Halbritter. “Change the Mascot supporters have sent a powerful message to the NFL that no group deserves to be treated as the target of a hurtful racial slur, and that Native Americans should be treated as what we are: Americans.”
Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, Change the Mascot is a growing national campaign to end the Washington NFL team’s use of the R-word. The grassroots movement has attracted supporters from all across the country and prompted numerous leading publications to halt their use of the team’s name. Learn more about the Change the Mascot campaign at http://www.changethemascot.org or at https://twitter.com/ChangeDCMascot.
Full text of the Giving Thanks ad:
VOICEOVER: “I'm Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate the ideals of mutual respect between Native Americans and their surrounding communities and to give thanks.
"In that spirit, we express our gratitude to everyone who has stood up in support of an important civil rights issue - changing the Washington NFL team's name.
"We give thanks to the civil rights and religious leaders, sports icons, members of the media, lawmakers from both parties, the President of the United States, and Americans from all walks of life who have spoken out against the continued use of Washington's racist mascot. We are deeply thankful that this moral and civil rights issue has expanded into a national debate.
"It has been particularly inspiring to see young people leading on this issue: the students of Cooperstown High School in New York admirably voting to change their mascot and school newspapers from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania have decided to stop using the R-word.
"The supporters of change have sent a powerful message to the NFL. They have said that no group deserves to be treated as a target of a racial slur. They have said Native Americans deserve to be treated as what we are: Americans.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:59
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
On Wednesday, November 27th, President Obama will announce the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Both turkeys will be pardoned, but only the American people will decide which bird takes the title.
CLICK HERE to Learn about each bird, listen to their gobble and then make your selection.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:58
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by CNN News
(CNN) -- Yale University asked people there to shelter in place late Monday morning because of reports of a person with a gun on the southern Connecticut campus.
The alert came as most of Yale's schools were out on Thanksgiving recess.
The university issued its first alert at 10:17 a.m., saying that police in Yale's city, New Haven, received an anonymous phone call reporting a person on campus with a gun.
Less than an hour later, the university said there was a "confirmed report of a person with a gun on/near Old Campus."
"Teams from Yale Police, New Haven and the State Police are on the scene and are actively searching for any gunman," the university said later on its website.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 13:07
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by News One
NewsOne previously reported, several police officers from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department in Michigan are being accused of filming Blacks in humiliating situations and sharing the videos for their own twisted amusement.
Now one of the men, Scipio (pictured), who is mentally challenged and allegedly made to sing and dance like a chimp in one of the videos, spoke to My Fox Detroit about the scandal.
The 55-year-old man, who lives in a boarding house, told the news outlet that he has no recollection as to when the video was filmed. He makes his living collecting cans in the ritzy Detroit suburb and claims he runs into police frequently. Scipio, whose speech is affected and has some cognitive issues as well, told Fox 2 Detroit that he was unaware he was the subject of the officers’ amusement and actually thought they were his friends.
“They made me look like a fool, humiliated me,” he said.
Eric D. Lawrence reports fresh developments in the Free Press:
The videos have drawn condemnation and protests because they appear to have been designed to humiliate Scipio.
“An officer has stepped forward to take responsibility for the video and for interacting with Mr. Scipio in that fashion. The officer has been removed from patrol duty pending the conclusion of our investigation,” said Grosse Pointe Park spokesman Greg Bowens. He added the investigation is nearly complete. . . .
Scipio had lived in a Detroit boarding house near Grosse Pointe Park and often came in contact with Park public safety officers.
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:56
Category: News Briefs Written by Associated Pfress
- Former basketball player Dennis Rodman, right, former sumo grand champion Akebono, left, and Japanese actress Maomi Yuki pose for photographers during a news conference to promote a Japanese cable network’s coverage of the upcoming NBA season, in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He's been named GQ's No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.
The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine's third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a "Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity."
Rodman said this week he's preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.
Deen, whose cooking empire imploded this year after she admitted to having used the N-word to describe black employees, came in at No. 2 on the list behind Rodman, while former sexting U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner took the No. 3 spot.
"He's the saddest lecher in American politics, and that's saying something, because they're all lechers," the magazine said.
Cyrus, who garnered attention at this year's MTV Video Music Awards for her provocative performance with a foam finger, won the No. 6 position for "basically trying every inane strategy she could think of to rile up America's few remaining pearl clutchers." The magazine noted "what's sad is that it totally worked."
Obama came in at No. 17 because "nothing gets done."
Other celebrities deemed non-influential include Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Ryan Reynolds and Will Smith.
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 November 2013 12:44
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Emergency Manager, Mayor-Elect Announce John Hill as Detroit’s New Chief Financial Officer
Former Washington D.C. municipal CEO will help lead Detroit’s restructuring
Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr and Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan today joined together to announce that John Hill, the former CEO of the Washington, D.C. Federal City Council, has been named the city’s Chief Financial Officer. Hill, a CPA who specializes in municipal finance, will lead the city’s finance department and serve as an important member of the city's restructuring team.
In his previous role as the Executive Director for the D.C. Financial Control Board, Hill was responsible for working closely with presidentially-appointed control board members on developing and implementing the Board’s strategic plan to restructure all financial and operational management systems for the District of Columbia and to improve the delivery of services to Washington, D.C., residents, businesses and visitors. He was the North America partner in charge of state and local government consulting for a major CPA and Consulting Firm.
“John Hill brings a wealth of municipal finance and restructuring experience to Detroit,” Orr said. “John’s similar service in our nation’s capital will help move Detroit forward.”
Mayor-Elect Duggan added: "In interviewing Mr. Hill, I was very impressed with his successful history in Washington D.C. and with his commitment to the importance of citizen input in the decision-making process. I strongly encouraged him to accept this position and I'm very pleased he has agreed to serve as Detroit's CFO."
His appointment takes effect immediately.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:43
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