Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT — (WWJ) General Motors is bringing in three thousand information technology workers from Hewlett-Packard.
Those workers had been assigned to the GM account. They will now become General Motors employees.
It’s part of a deal that will also have General Motors purchasing HP technology and software.
“These agreements with HP will enable us to accelerate the progress of our IT transformation by delivering increased innovation and speed of delivery to our GM business partners, and reduce the cost of ongoing IT operations,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott.
“Transforming our internal IT operations will give us the resources, tools and flexibility we need to provide better services and products to our global GM customers.”
General Motors has been working to bring information technology back in house. They recently announce a new “IT Innovation Center” for the GM Tech Center in Warren. They’ll have other, similar centers in three other places. Austin, Texas is the only one of those three sites to be named.
In addition to the workers coming in from HP, GM is also in the process of doing outside hiring. All totaled the changes in information technology could lead to as many as ten thousand new positions at General Motors.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:41
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT — (WWJ) General Motors confirming one of the auto industry’s worst kept secrets. It’s working on a new 7th generation Corvette, and that vehicle will debut at January’s North American International Auto Show. The unveiling has been scheduled for January 13, 2013, during press preview days of the auto show.
This is something that had been speculated about by enthusiasts, who have been trying to get a climpse at the new vehicle, which will remain closely guarded until the public debut.
One thing that GM is letting people see is a new emblem for the new Corvette.
“The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette deserved an all-new emblem,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette. The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car.”
GM says the new Corvette will only have two parts in common with the current sixth generation model.
The Bowling Green, Kentucky plant that builds the Corvette will shut down for six months next year to prepare for production of the new model. GM isn’t confirming reports that the plant will add a second shift when it reopens next fall.
The 2014 Corvette is expected to go on sale toward the end of next year.
The release of the emblem is just the start of a tease process that will see other parts of the new vehicle revealed slowly between now and the auto show.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:33
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s exciting news for Detroit Tigers fans who still carry a torch for the old ballpark.
Just as the team stands one win away from a trip to the World Series, the Detroit Historical Society has obtained the original lettering from Tiger Stadium.
The words “Tiger Stadium” that stood over Michigan and Trumbull will be installed in a brand new gallery at the Detroit History Museum next week.
The Museum re-opens to the public November 23 with three new permanent exhibits: the Gallery of Innovation; the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy; and an expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibit along with updates to the Streets of Old Detroit and America’s Motor City exhibits.
Museum visitors will find the lettering inside the Allesee Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:29
Category: Top News Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Women’s Informal Network (WIN), a leading advocacy organization devoted to the interests of female executives, decided that it was time to highlight the many men who have been supportive of women’s inclusion and equality in society at its Founder’s Day celebration later this month.
It’s an important milestone.
Too often, we let competitive interests win, pitting Black and White, young and old, male and female executives, against each other. And, in many of those instances, no one wins.
This year’s Founders event, “Wine on the Water3” (WOW3), will honor the accomplishments of 10 men, including Real Times Media CEO and Interim Michigan Chronicle Publisher Hiram E. Jackson, who have a demonstrated track record supporting women in their individual lives and in the workplace.
We applaud all of the awardees and WIN for putting male role models center stage.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:02
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) Crime statistics show Detroit can be a dangerous place, and many expect downtown to be packed Thursday as the Tigers play a game that could potentially put them in the World Series.
But don’t expect to see burning buildings and overturned cars — because police are calling in reinforcements to make sure the town stays safe even if the Tigers sweep the best of seven series in Thursday’s game four against the New York Yankees. The game begins at 4:07 p.m.
Michigan State Police will help keep the area safe after the game.
“What we’re doing is ramping up our security to make sure nothing happens out here,” said Lt. Michael Shaw with MSP. “(The area) it is perfectly safe, the officers, this is a good detail for them, they have a good time down here as well.”
Shaw said despite jokes from the likes of late night TV host Jay Leno , Stephen Colbert and others, Detroit does have a professional police force, and the area will be a safe place to spend the evening.
With a day game scheduled on the lead-up to a weekend, many expect downtown bars, restaurants and other hot spots to be filled with revelers. The spotlight will be on Detroit, and Shaw predicts the city will shine.
‘This is great national coverage for us, with the Tigers doing this, this is an opportunity for us to show Detroit in a positive light instead of maybe the Jay Leno jokes that say Detroit may not be a great place to be,” Shaw said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:48
Category: Top News Written by Cornelius Fortune
StreetVision.com’s “The Street Pass App,” wants the world to take another look at Detroit and its surrounding cities. Andre McWilliams, CEO/App Producer, StreetVision.com, has a larger vision for the city, which is manifest in his recent creation.
App users will have an opportunity receive discounts from restaurants, salons, apparel and retail stores, entertainment venues, and other businesses listed in “The Street Pass App.” Additionally, app users can also RSVP for events of their choice.
McWilliams has worked with AT&T Wireless, Fudruckers, The Detroit Grand Prix (IMG Motor sports), the Star Theaters, Grand Marnier, Gregory Terrell & Associates, and others.
A successful photographer and budding DJ, McWilliams hopes to rise as a global entrepreneur with plans to expand the promotions of StreetVision.com and the “Street Pass” app to other metropolitan cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, and even London. – Cornelius A. Fortune, managing editor
Michigan Chronicle: Where did the idea for “The Street Pass App” come from? How long has it been in the works?
Andre McWilliams: I have always paid close attention to technology. I’ve known that sooner or later, we’d be using mobile devices to do more than talk to each other, and I’ve been working on the “Street Pass” membership card for a few years; however, the challenge was how to deliver the content. At first, it was via the Web. I would go to events, take photos, and collect e-mail addresses. I would then send out e-mails telling people where to view their picture. Great idea, right?
However, at the time, most of the people I was engaging didn’t even have a computer. In fact, when I started StreetVision.com, I didn’t have a computer. It became obvious that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, when they stopped using the term cell phones and began using the term “mobile device,” I realized it was time to make my transition to a mobile app.
“The Street Pass App” serves the same content that was originally on StreetVision.com. The app contains everything from community events, cool shops, photos, videos, as well as podcasts. I produced the app over a month ago, and it’s now available for iPhones and Android (based) phones.
MC: In what way does the app “engage people where they live, work and play”?
AW: Our phones are an intricate part of our lives. Everyone has one, some people have two. If you leave your wallet at home, you might agonize over whether you can make it through the day or not. However, if you leave your phone, you’ll probably be late.
The “live, work and play” slogan that has been used at various organizations, including the Downtown Partnership and people like Dan Gilbert. It’s about making Detroit a place where people want to live, work, and play, and with the “Street Pass” app, we want to promote that engagement. If you’re at work, and you want to plan an off-site meeting, or an after work affair, the app can help you. If you’re at home, you can find a cool place to eat or shop. If you’re looking to have a little fun, search for events at various venues such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, as well as community and charity events, “Street Pass” can help you. The app promotes the city.
MC: What were the challenges of putting this together? What lessons did you learn from the experience?
AW: The challenges are many, but mainly, financial. It is hard finding investors who will put their money on something that they don’t understand. I proposed a concept for a website to WJLB after Mason invited me to the station to meet Grant Hill, who had just been signed to the Pistons. Part of the idea was to put a camera in the studio and stream video on the Internet and give each on air personality a web page.
I launched StreetVision.com a few years later, and WJLB’s website launch a few years later after that. The challenge was producing the app. I had no idea I would have such a hard time getting it in the Apple market (the first submission was rejected). I had to start the process all over with a new developer. Having access to capital is very important for a venture like this.
Just producing content for an app can be a full time job. This, like Facebook, is something that will not be profitable until there are enough users that will generate revenue from advertisers. This venture is helping me to learn patience and that I really need a strong team.
MC: There’s plenty of competition out there, particularly in the Apple App Store. What truly sets “The Street Pass App” apart from that competition?
AW: As an app, “The Street Pass” is like most any other app in the market – the functionality of most apps are pretty much the same. However, “The Street Pass” is more like a publication. We will use “The Street Pass App” to enhance consumer interest in areas where buying power exists, but marketing strategies do not. “The Street Pass App” is the first part of a larger engagement. As our user database grows, we will use “The Street Pass App” to create sponsorship opportunities where we will help local business drive traffic sales and generate customer leads.
MC: Who’s your target audience for this product?
AW: The target audience for “The Street Pass App” is the upwardly mobile Detroiter who is open to explore new and different things around town, and looks forward to the revitalization of the city. The demographic is very diverse and targets the entire metro Detroit area. If you carry a smartphone, you’ll think the app is cool.
The Street Pass App is free in the Apple Store for download to the iPhone and through Google play for Android phones and other devices. Businesses can be listed on the Street Pass App for $25.
For more information, or to have your business listed on the Street Pass app, call (313) 237-8740.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:34
Category: Breaking News Written by Abdul Sada, the grio
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has become the latest GOP lawmaker to convey ambiguity on the institution of slavery.
In recent remarks, he seemed to imply that while the slavery era was bad, conditions in the U.S. are even worse today.
According to Huffington Post, while speaking on a conference call with conservative pastor Rick Scarborough, Gohmert warned listeners that the nation could be coming “toward the end of [its] existence,” because its leaders and citizens allegedly neglected to remain true to Biblical teachings.
He said, “We strayed away different times. Andrew Jackson’s time was not a great time, different times slavery was a blot on our existence … But the trouble is we have never as an entire nation overall been so far away from God’s teaching and so openly rebelling, even from the top, against God’s teachings in the Bible.”
Gohmert sparked controversy this summer when he claimed that the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting was an example of attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and representative of the weakening of Christian values in America:
“You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place … Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important. … Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. … We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.”
The outspoken conservative has also said that President Obama has “helped jump start a new Ottoman Empire” and alleged that “terror babies” are involved in plots to attack the United States.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:33
Category: Top News Written by Carol Cain
Special to the Chronicle
As American cities go, so goes the fate of the nation the saying goes, which is why President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney took time out from the campaign trail to answer a question about their agenda for urban cities as the CBS Local Presidential Forum continued.
CBS Local is posing 10 questions over 10 days on important issues to the two candidates vying for the White House to help voters learn more about them and their policies in this critical election year.
Over 87 million Americans are living in cities with populations over 100,000. Yet, in this campaign, not much conversation has been held about the state of our cities.
“It’s because of the lack of questions being asked of the candidates,” said former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer (1993 until 2001) who also was president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“The reality is cities do matter,” Archer added. “Most people live in large cities or metropolitan areas around
Romney talked about Obama’s urban policy and offered up his own elixir for cities.
“President Obama’s failed economic policies have hurt cities from coast to coast,” Romney answered in the exclusive CBS Local Forum. ”Those in the industrial heartland like Cleveland and Detroit are facing not only the nationwide struggle of the last four years, but also a longer-term challenge resulting from the erosion of America’s manufacturing might.”
He added, “Restoring American leadership in manufacturing will require policies that make our economy the most attractive place in the world to set up shop and make things. Fundamental tax reform will bring our corporate tax rate in line with other developed nations’, and regulatory reform will cut through the red tape that is driving up costs for our businesses.”
Obama, a former community organizer on the south side of Chicago, has called on local leaders and government officials to develop solutions that help revitalize neighborhoods, and get at the root of problems that cause cyclical poverty while empowering those with the best ideas to overcome them. He created the White House Office of Urban Affairs in 2009 to ensure that federal dollars targeted at urban areas would be effectively spent on the highest-impact programs.
When it comes to America’s future, the issue of education rises to the top for many which is why Obama and Romney were asked to weigh in on it as well.
“First, I will promote increased choice and innovation, specifically by allowing the parents of low-income and special needs students to choose the school they attend and bring federal funding with them,” said Romney.
“Secondly, my policies would ensure high standards and responsibility for results by providing better information for parents through public report cards that evaluate each school on its contribution to student learning, Romney said. “And, I will support states in recruiting and rewarding great teachers.”
Obama said education is an economic imperative that serves as a gateway to good-paying jobs, a strong middle class, and a workforce that out-innovates the rest of the world. He doubled funding for Pell Grants and increased the number of recipients by over 50 percent. And he said he hopes to recruit 100,000 math and science teachers and give two million workers a chance to learn skills at their community college that lead to jobs and cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next decade.
Today: Education Reform
The issue of education and school choice resonates with many. “The sad reality of our education system today is that it is rampant with inequality of access, which is jeopardizing not just the futures of the thousands of students sentenced to a substandard education, but also the future of the next generation of American leaders,” said Malcom Glenn, national director of communications for the American Federation For Children, a national organization that advocates for school choice for families.
The organization has been involved in expanding school voucher programs in Milwaukee, Indiana, New Orleans and in Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
“It’s why we’ve fallen to 14th in the world in reading, 17th in math, and 25th in science, and why a child’s ZIP code is often a determiner of their long-term educational outcome,” Glenn said. “That’s unacceptable, and it’s why parents should have more educational choice.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:21
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) - Game four of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers was postponed until 4:07 p.m. Thursday after a storm front on radar delayed the game Wednesday night.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game marked ALCS Home Game #2 are now valid for the game to be played on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Tickets marked ALCS Home Game #3 are now valid for Friday, Oct. 19 at a time to be determined. If the Yankees force a game five, it will likely be a day game as the NLCS already has a game scheduled for Friday night.
The Tigers, trying to return to the World Series for the first time since 2006, lead the best-of-seven series 3-0.
There is a chance of rain in Detroit during at least parts of Thursday and Friday, but the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies later Thursday that would allow the teams to play ball.
The first pitch Wednesday night was slated for 8:07 p.m., but an approaching storm caused officials to delay the game.
A radar forecast for the Detroit area was eventually posted on the scoreboard video screen, as if to explain to fans why there was no baseball despite what was still pleasant weather at the ballpark, the Associated Press reported.
After about 90 minutes, the game was called off for good. Rain started to fall nearly 15 minutes later.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:17
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
A flier being circulated in the Mercer University residence halls declares November and December as "White History Months," and students are not big fans. Around 40 students rallied on the Macon, Ga., campus Tuesday to show their outrage against the flier, WMAZ reports.
"Since there is too much white history to squeeze into one month, we will settle for two," the flier reads. It also complains there are no white student groups on campus:
There are African American societies, black student organizations, and Indian heritage associations; however, there is not one white society of engineers, white student organization, or Caucasian heritage association. Why? Because if there are, various individuals will say this is racism.
Students referred to the flier as evidence of persistent racism and a bad attempt at satire.
"I think it just shows how real racism is in our community and even though we say that we have moved passed it and that we are in a state of enlightenment that racism is still real," student Fredrick Woods told WMGT.
In an email to the Mercer community, university President Bill Underwood said the flier "demeaned efforts to promote education about people of diverse races and cultures and their contributions to our society. The ignorance reflected in the poster is a reminder of the imperative of these efforts."
A student at Towson University in Maryland also sparked controversy recently by attempting to create a "White Student Union" on campus. Matthew Heimbach has stood behind his proposal to start such a group at Towson while sharing his own fliers that read, "Love Your Race."
Mercer's flier was anonymous, and it isn't the only anonymous flier to cause controversy on a college campus recently. Students were outraged at Miami University in Ohio over a flier found detailing "10 Ways To Get Away With Rape."
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:12
Digital Daily Signup
Sign up now for the Michigan Chronicle Digital Daily newsletter!