Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) — Soul superstar John Legend took to social media and spoke directly to his fans announcing that his Fall 2012 tour will be postponed until 2013 to coincide with his forthcoming album “Love In The Future.”
Legend’s Detroit concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, November 4 at the Fox Theatre.
This is how he explained the change on his website:
“Unfortunately, while the creative process has been exciting and I’m pretty certain we’re going to deliver the best album of my career so far, the timing hasn’t adhered to the schedule I originally envisioned,” he wrote. “In other words, we’re not done with the album. And my team and I have made the agonizing decision to put off the tour until 2013* when we know we will have the new music done and will be ready to fully unveil the creative vision through the album and the live experience.
He went on to say he had never postponed a tour “or done anything like this” before, missing only a couple of shows due to illness his entire career.
“I don’t like letting my fans down, and I sincerely regret disappointing the thousands of you who have already spent your hard-earned money and gotten excited to see the show,” he wrote. “Please know that we will try our best to make the music and the 2013 tour well worth the wait. In the meantime, ticket holders can get a refund on your ticket purchases now.”
Tickets already purchased will be honored for the new, yet-to-be-announced date. For Ticketmaster Customer Service, please call (800) 653-8000. Ticket refunds are also available at point of purchase.
Additional details and updates on John Legend’s album and tour dates can be found at www.johnlegend.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:40
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Amid reports that workers were crossing the picket lines and returning to work, the Executive Board of AFSCME Local 207 released word Wednesday evening that word of the strike ending were greatly exaggerated.
The union said the strike will not end “until there is an agreement from DWSD management that there will be amnesty for all of the 34 fired workers, and that there will be no retaliation against any other workers or union officers.”
Meanwhile, Water Department officials said the facilities were running normally. The strike in the department, which has about 900 employees, comes in the wake of cuts the city wants to institute after a study found 80 percent of the jobs there are redundant.
“The power of our strike is based on the support of Detroit’s black community and the surrounding communities of Michigan, including unions and churches, and is being expressed more and more each day,” the union said in a press release.
“The power of our strike cannot be measured by numbers alone, but in what it represents to hundreds of thousands of people who understand that the striking members are heroes. Our strike’s power is based on the potential of our fight to expand and become more militant, and change the balance of power between the people and the powers-that-be.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:33
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
EASTPOINTE (WWJ) - An Eastpointe police sergeant has turned in his badge and a second officer remains under investigation for trying to sell merchandise that was seized during drug raids.
WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports the pair is being investigated for misconduct in office after accusations emerged that they sold off seized items that included a Rolex watch, jewelry, televisions and tire rims. The items were believed to be traded or sold in exchange for cocaine and heroine.
The story came to light after some of the seized items were found listed for sale on Craigslist.
Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane told WDIV the officers had “blurred the lines of responsibility” as they worked in an undercover capacity to gain the trust of targeted drug dealers. He said the officers had to build those relationships in order to further their investigations.
Both officers involved worked in the drug enforcement unit and will likely face charges.
Police say evidence in the case was recently handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:28
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) He didn’t have to play, in fact his manager probably tried to talk him out of it — but in the end, Miguel Cabrera did it his way and walked away with baseball’s first Triple Crown since 1967.
Cabrera finished the 2012 season on Wednesday night, playing in the Tigers regular season finale in Kansas City. Manager Jim Leyland would have gladly given his star the evening off to get ready for the playoffs, but Cabrera wouldn’t have it. That’s not his style. Despite going hitless Wednesday night, Cabrera walked away with the achievement after putting together one of the all-time great seasons in the game’s long and storied history.
Cabrera finished the year with a .330 average, beating out the Angels’ Mike Trout, who hit .326.
He blew away the Rangers Josh Hamilton in RBI’s, 139 to 128.
And he also edged out Hamilton in the home run category 44 to 43.
With a division title on the line, Cabrera raised his game during the most crucial part of the year, hitting .357 in the month of August with eight home runs, 24 RBI and an OPS of 1.092. Cabrera followed up with a September and three days in October where he hit .339 with 11 HR’s, 30 RBI and a 1.089 OPS. He was hitting over .430 during the last seven days alone.
Cabrera was also named AL player of the month in August and will probably get the honor for the month of September as well.
Cabrera was clutch when it mattered most during the course of the season, hitting .356 with runners in scoring position and .420 with RISP and two outs. Cabrera also dominated late in games raking at a .326 clip in the seventh through the ninth innings.
Cabrera joins 13 other players who achieved the feat a total of 15 times throughout the course of baseball history. Carl Yastrzemski was the last to do it in ’67 with the Red Sox with a .326, 44 HR, 121 RBI season, while Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby did it twice in their careers. Cabrera’s numbers aren’t the best compared to the other 15 times the Triple Crown has been won, but being the first player to do it in 45 years speaks for itself.
St. Louis left-fielder Tip O’Neill led all Triple Crown winners in average, hitting .435 in 1887. The Yankees Mickey Mantle headed the home run category with 52 long balls in 1956, and Lou Gehrig had 165 RBI for New York in 1934.
2012 marks the second consecutive season a Detroit player has secured a Triple Crown achievement. Justin Verlander earned the pitchers’ Triple Crown last season when he led the American League in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strike outs (250). The pitchers’ version of the Triple Crown is not nearly as rare, having been done 38 times. Hal Newhouser is the only other Tiger to accomplish the feat back in 1945.
With the postseason about to start and one of baseball’s near-impossible feats accomplished, only one question remains: Is winning the Triple Crown enough to get Cabrera the MVP?
Seems to me the answer is obvious.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:15
Category: Breaking News Written by News One
The first presidential debate has been a highly anticipated event, and President Barack Obama’s performance left much to be desired. It’s not that he “failed” as a debater, because he’s never really succeeded (see: Obama/Clinton primary showdowns). So many of us weren’t exactly expecting raindrops on roses, or whiskers on kittens. It’s not even that GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, gave a stellar performance. As abysmal as his numbers have been, all Mittens had to do was show up and not look like a complete idiot to feel better about himself.
The president blew it because he stood there, disengaged and uninterested. It was as if he had been coached and prepped within an inch of his life; yet, when he stepped before the crowd, he choked. With seemingly no idea of how to improvise, President Obama clung to the script as desperately as he said those red states clung to their guns and religion. Mitt Romney was allowed to smirk, lie and flip-flop his way through 90 minutes and it was a troubling thing to watch.
While many are labeling this debate Style (Romney) vs. Substance (Obama), I would argue that the style was retro-80′s Reaganomics and the substance resembled the green plant that the POTUS refuses to legalize — both as flimsy as paper and easily evaporated. In honor of one of the most anti-climatic events in recent political history, read below for 5 things that I observed during the first 2012 presidential debate.
Mitt Romney’s plan for America: “Big Bird, you’re fired.”
It’s a sad, sad day when the take-away from a presidential debate is a quip about ‘Big Bird,’ but that’s exactly what happened. Telling moderator Jim Lehrer that he would slash funding for PBS — firing Big Bird, effective immediately, and turning Sesame Street into Sesame Enterprises, LLC — showed that Romney has no concern for the average American. It takes chutzpah to tell a man to his face that he will probably be out of a job if you have your way, but that is exactly what Romney told Lehrer.
One of the last vestiges of social fairness and untainted discourse in media, PBS has been a great stabilizer in a partisan nation, in addition to providing educational outlets for children who may otherwise be left behind. Romney doesn’t care about that, though. It’s all about the bottom line. For him, it’s perfectly acceptable to have off-shore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands and dodge taxes, but borrowing money from China for the greater good of the nation is a big no-no.
Being challenged publicly throws President Barack Obama off his A-Game.
President Obama is a professor and that problem is two-fold. Some professors are too intelligent to teach their audience what they know and that was Obama tonight. It was obvious that he felt the substance was enough, stopping short of relaying it in a memorable way. As most professors, the POTUS seemed to expect everyone to take notes on the lecture, go home and study, then come back and pass the test — or in this case, the vote. That startling misstep from an incumbent was exacerbated by Cirque du Mittens performing at the podium next door. Unfortunately, many voters don’t want verbose acrobatics, they want Cliff’s Notes, and the more Romney bulldozed his way to center-stage, the more withdrawn the president seemed to become.
Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?
According to a CBS poll of undecided voters, 46 percent thought Romney won, while 22 percent gave the win to Obama. 32 percent thought it was a tie. After the debate, 63 percent of undecided voters believed that Romney cared about their concerns. Before the debate, that number stood at 30 percent.
Keep in mind that Romney believes that 47 percent of Americans are card-carrying members of the Victims Club. From his own mouth, if you think that government should play a role in healthcare for the sick, food for the hungry, or housing for the homeless, then he is not your guy. Yet, he puts on a smiley face, pretends that those comments were never made and Johnny-come-latelys give him a bump in the polls. The man is a snake oil salesman. He gives you a discount on lies and throws in a side of bullsh*t free with purchase.
Whatever was on President Barack Obama’s notepad was apparently more interesting than the debate.
Which brings us to the president’s notes. What on earth was written in his notes? He kept his head bowed so much throughout the debate, I wanted to jump through the screen, snatch his paper and see what exactly was so fascinating that it trumped the first debate of the election cycle. He seemed transfixed. Romney was attempting to engage and the POTUS remained immersed in whatever was written there. He nodded and smiled slightly with the look of someone who wanted to be anywhere else — preferably with Michelle celebrating their anniversary.
Mitt Romney thinks President Obama is just like his “boys.”
“I know that you and your running mate keep saying that, and I know that’s a popular thing to say with some people, but it’s just not the case.”
“Look, I’ve got five boys,” Romney added. “I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that is not the case.”
Whoa. In 2008, McCain labeled Obama “that one;” now he’s like Romney’s “boys”?
Well, that explains the dynamic we saw throughout the debate. Romney was condescending and antagonistic — exactly like a bad parent. It was almost as if he felt that he had to lower his standards to fraternize with the natives. As Obama flashed his grin, though nothing was funny, Romney lied with the ease of a man who is used to getting away with dishonesty. For him, blatant untruths and character attacks are not wrong; they’re strategy and Obama let him slide with that approach for 90 minutes.
When Jim Lehrer walks into the office tomorrow morning, he should immediately offer his resignation. Do not stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. He was awful and allowed Romney to berate and control him the entire night. He sat by as the former governor decided the tempo and topics at pivotal moments and never truly “moderated” anything. Wherever Gwen Iful is right now, she is owed a huge apology.
Though the president bombed in a huge way, nothing will shift. We know there are facts that would leave Romney exposed like the self-serving politician that he is — Thank you, Bill Clinton — and the fact-checkers have already begun to dismantle the vast majority of his claims. Still, the president’s performance was reminiscent of his oddly flat DNC speech and this was just the surface of domestic policy.
When faced with questions about unmanned drones, Afghanistan and Iran, Libya and Syria, he’s going to, at the very least, have to hold his head up and look directly at his opponent.
And Romney, well, he’s such a farce of a candidate, it’s difficult to predict his performance. Being the chameleon that he is, we’ll just have to wait and see which character shows up.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:06
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) The Detroit Police Department is denying a published report that Police Chief Ralph Godbee is resigning Wednesday afternoon.
Godbee remains out of town at a police chiefs’ conference in Santa Monica, Calif. — and still hasn’t commented on an alleged affair with another officer that resulted in his 30-day suspension Wednesday.
The affair accusations came from Angelica Robinson, an internal affairs officer. Robinson, in an interview with a local TV station, said she went public after learning that Godbee was involved with another woman.
“He is a sex addict, he loves to have sex with all different women,” Robinson said in the interview.
Robinson, who put a photo of herself with a gun in her mouth on Twitter after she said she discovered Godbee was cheating on her, is calling for him to resign. Godbee and his wife recently filed for divorce.
Former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, who was forced to resign in the midst of his own sex scandal in 2010, is inferring there’s a double standard if Godbee faces only suspension.
The unmarried Evans posted this on Facebook: ”Single man openly dates single woman = forced resignation. Married man has affair with single woman=promotion to Chief. Married man has another affair with married woman=30 day suspension.”
In the meantime, Mayor Dave Bing’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying the City’s Human Resources Department will handle the investigation into Godbee to ensure there’s no conflict of interest.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:00
Category: Breaking News Written by The Root
(The Root) -- After months of running one of the most gaffe-plagued and widely-mocked presidential campaigns in modern history, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney delivered a debate performance that may not have been a bona-fide knockout, but was definitely a winner -- at least with certain voters.
Romney looked relaxed, confident, even likable -- all adjectives he has struggled to convey in recent months. President Obama on the other hand looked, and sounded exhausted. That's understandable, given the fact that he's busy doing full-time jobs including a pretty big one (you know, being president) and another pretty big one (you know, running for president.)
While Romney's answers flowed freely, the president often seemed to be searching for his. The end result? Romney enjoyed a clear victory, particularly with male voters, if the CNN instant poll tracking the reactions of undecided voters was any indication.
Here’s what I mean. Almost as often as he used the phrase “middle class” (one I predicted the president would use repeatedly) the president used the word “education” frequently. The reason? It's an issue that polls have shown resonates more strongly with women than with men. (A Pew Research study found 79 percent of women consider education “very important” in determining their vote this fall.)
In fact, CNN's instant poll tracking the reactions of undecided voters throughout the televised debate, which was visible to all viewers, showed that undecided female voters reacted extremely positively whenever President Obama mentioned "education," as well as when he touched upon the benefits to families from "Obamacare." (Health care is another issue on which female voters place greater emphasis on than male voters.)
Similarly, whenever Romney mentioned the word “jobs” -- which he mentioned about as many times as the president mentioned “middle class,” male undecided voters appeared to react extremely positively -- much more so for him than they did when the president discussed the economy.
I have written before of President Obama’s struggle with male voters, particularly white male voters. The bad news for the Obama campaign is the president likely didn’t win them over during the first debate.
The good news for the president’s campaign? There actually wasn’t much from last night. Romney was dubbed the clear winner in post-debate polls. But there are these silver linings:
One: there are two more matchups with Mitt Romney.
Two: Women voters, who are largely credited with keeping the Obama campaign afloat so far, are unlikely to abandon him after tonight’s performance.
The president’s delivery, tone and body language clearly left a lot to be desired (even his own team is unlikely to deny that), but he hit a number of high notes that resonate with women. That doesn’t mean the president “won” with women tonight, but in a campaign not losing a significant part of your voting base to your opponent can be just as important as winning over additional voters.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:52
Category: Breaking News Written by The Root
Eskinder Nega (via Warscapes)
From Warscapes: Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega describes what it's like to be arrested for his writing.
(The Root) -- President Barack Obama's strong defense of freedom of speech at the United Nations last month was clearly directed at the sputtering young Arab and North African democracies, where violent anti-American protests were ostensibly sparked by a video (Why don't people stop calling it a film?) that insulted the Prophet Muhammad. The president's tough speech followed his late-night call to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, demanding that he get control of the demonstrations by alleged radical Islamists. The big stick that President Obama wielded was America's huge aid to Egypt. And presto, the Egyptian president complied.
The same tactic could be used in Ethiopia, where not only is the new leadership continuing the previous government's ongoing repression of independent journalists -- including those imprisoned on specious charges -- but it is getting even more repressive. According to the U.S. State Department: "The total U.S. government assistance, including food aid, between 2000 and 2011 was $6.226 billion. In FY 2011 the U.S. government provided $847 million in assistance, including more than $323 million in food aid. Today, Ethiopia is an important regional security partner of the United States."
It is hard to imagine that the U.S. government condones the widely condemned treatment of Ethiopia's independent journalists, including Eskinder Nega, recently sentenced to 18 years in prison on spurious charges of terrorism that were actually nonviolent criticisms of the increasingly repressive Ethiopian regime. Now, in the last few days, the Ethiopian government has frozen Nega's meager assets, along with those of two others in prison with him: Andualem Arage and Abebe Gellaw.
It is also hard to imagine how Nega's wife, Serkalem Fasil, who was once imprisoned with him, and their 7-year-old son, who was born in prison, can manage now. And without a car, how will she get to the prison on the outskirts of Addis Ababa to visit her husband and take him much-needed nutritious food? Money talks in every part of the world, including Ethiopia.
The following essay by Nega, whose release I have advocated for with Ethiopian officials, is just one more chilling example of the need to include Ethiopia in the president's demand for what is called for everywhere: respect for freedom of speech.
General Tsadekan, the EPRDF and the North African Revolution
Rush, rush, rush. Time is flying. The article has not been finished. Write, edit, delete, write again, revise; it doesn't have end. Two hours left. The last minutes are for coffee. Alas!
Friday is like that for me, for the journalist. I have appointment on Friday morning with Ethiopians who reside Washington, D.C., via Skype. I am rushing to be on time for my appointment. Other Ethiopian Diaspora could meet me anytime.
I log out my email and stand up. It is hard to sign in and out of a simple email window. Fast broadband Internet gave birth to the North African revolution, and now the revolution-phobic EPRDF-led Ethiopian government [Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front] is struggling against fast Internet access. As the Ethiopian proverb goes, "Clueless dude will marry a pregnant woman"; EPRDF is trying to dry the source of revolution out of frustration, and fast Internet and social media are targets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:35
Category: Breaking News Written by Ugonna Okpalaoka,thegrio
Mitt Romney supporters didn’t have kind things to say Monday night when a member of liberal group ProgressNow held up a cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama as people lined up outside.
“Go back to Kenya!” one person yells as he walks by.
Thousands of people attended the Romney/Ryan rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado when they spotted the cut-out of Obama on their way in and began insulting it, KDVR reported.
ProgressNow caught the action on video and posted it on YouTube yesterday morning.
“Strangle him!” one person calls out in the video.
“Is that your Muslim communist buddy?” an onlooker asks the man holding the cut-out.
“Why are you supporting an Islamist, Marxist idiot?” another supporter asks.
“He looks real good standing on a street corner,” one man says as he walks by. “In about three months, he’ll be doing that all the time.”
The insults alternated with boos and thumbs-down gestures.
ProgressNow members stood silently as bystanders made comments.
“We did nothing to further provoke the crowd,” the group told KDVR in an e-mail.
“It’s clear that not all, but many within Romney’s base of support dislike the President for irrational and often hateful reasons. Comments like ‘go back to Kenya,’ and asserting Obama is ‘black and used up’ reflect a much uglier prejudice than most Americans would identify with,” Joanne Schwartz, the executive director of ProgressNow, said.
“Everyone we videotaped yesterday has a right to free expression,” Schwartz continued. “But others have the right to publicly reject intolerance. In a free society, we have an obligation to call this out.”
You can click here to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jt-Fqf6s1s&feature=player_embedded
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:20
Category: News Briefs Written by Huffingtonpost
DC residents are getting a glimpse of the D with two photography exhibits that opened Sunday at the National Building Museum.
Views of Detroit and its residents are displayed through rich, large-scale photographs of urban decay in Andrew Moore's "Detroit Disassembled" and Camilo José Vergara's examination of the city through the years in "Detroit Is No Dry Bones." The two exhibits will be on view in adjacent galleries until February 18.
For Detroiters who feel saturated by images of urban decay, Moore's image of the melted clock in the razed Cass Tech high school, recently turned into a commercial object as the likely inspiration for a Swatch watch design, may seem overwrought. But the visceral, metaphoric depictions of the city's struggles will likely strike a chord for those who have never witnessed it first hand, and there's no denying the artist's talent for finding beauty in the city's abandoned ruins.
Vergara's view of Detroit, refined after more than a quarter century visiting the city, offers a more nuanced view, where the ruins take a background role to the lives of residents and current projects.
Take a sneak peek at some of the photographs in "Detroit Is No Dry Bones" and "Detroit Disassembled" in the slideshow below, and tell us how it changes, or reinforces, your view of the city in the comments.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:54
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