Category: Top News Written by Cornelius Fortune
CAPTION: “Zumba Fitness Core” will be released Oct. 16.
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With the end of summer at hand and the approach of fall already making its way in, your daily fitness regimen may need a slight alteration. If you own either a Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect, the transition should be seamless. “Zumba Fitness Core” is scheduled for release Oct. 16, though a demo of the game is currently available on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360. So, what makes “Zumba Fitness Core” distinct from the plethora of move-your-body titles currently flooding the market?
The acquisition (and maintenance) of…abs. Majesco Entertainment Company calls it “the first and only video game designed to sculpt your abs within an exhilarating dance-fitness, total body workout.” “Zumba Fitness Core” features 40 new songs and routines, 33 international dance styles from around the world and new choreography designed to sculpt stronger abs through a total body workout. Celebrity Zumba instructors guide you through routines set to a range of current chart-topping hits, era classics, exclusive re-records and genre-blending fusion tracks that together with new Zumba original songs, deliver the most diverse range of dance styles of any Zumba Fitness game to date.
Choose from 45 different pre-set classes or customize your workout to suit your preference. New fitness features include nutrition and lifestyle tips plus personal goals you can work toward to keep motivated. Granted, nothing beats an offline physical regimen, but an interactive indoor workout can burn calories as well.
To pre-order the game, or for more information, visit www.ZumbaFitnessGame.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 13:07
Category: Top News Written by Amber Boggins/AJ Williams
1. Erebus 4 Story Haunted Attraction in Pontiac Prices vary throughout the week (Monday through Thursday - $23, Friday and Saturday - $28, Sunday $25). All Walgreens locations will also be selling tickets with a $3 discount. Erebus is at 18 South Perry Street in Pontiac. For complete ticketing information and a calendar of hours of operation, visit Erebus at www.HauntedPontiac.com.
2. Boating & Outdoor Festival The Boating and Outdoor Festival will be taking place at the Lake St. Clair Metropark September 20, 2012 through September 23, 2012. You will find boats, ATV’s paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and much more all for sale. There will also be product demonstrations, exhibits and special attractions. Tickets are $7 for those ages 12 and older. For more information please visit www.boatingandoutdoorfest.com or call (800) 932-2628 or (586) 463-4581.
3. Comedian Kevin Hart, 'Let Me Explain' Tour Date & Time: Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 PM Price: $75.50, $65.50 and $45.50 reserved Doors: 6:30 PM More Info: Special Superfan seating is also available.
4. You’ve Been Framed Join the Detroit Institute of Arts every Friday in September for its Drop-In Workshop, You’ve Been Framed. Create small picture frames using markers, gel pens and more to hold your favorite photos. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and is free with museum admission. For more information, visit http://www.dia.org.
5. Painting With a Twist Office hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Party studio available 7 days a week from 10am-10pm call to check availability This is a great place to have fun with your friends, or meet new friends; relax or just let your hair down and be you; or simply discover your inner artist. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint along with our artist to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening. Class Prices: $35 per person for a 2 hour class and $45 per person for a 3 hour class. Family Day and Senior's Day are $25 per person for a 2 hour class. Call 248 850-7182 to make a reservation http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/
6. Battle of the Brains Presented by Great Lakes Trivia Saturday Sep 22 - 7:00PM WWW.GREATLAKESTRIVIA.COM
7. Detroit Design Festival returns Sept. 19-23 The 2012 Detroit Design Festival will take place at venues along the Woodward Corridor, from Downtown Detroit to New Center, and in various neighborhoods throughout Detroit. The festival will feature dozens of Design Happenings, including installations, performances and workshops. Additionally, this year's festival will be programmed in concert with the London Design Festival and New York Urban Design Week. For more information visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com.
8. Learning bus tour for Social Workers Thinking Fresh About Detroit - Food Issues and Concerns* with Linda Yellin, LMSW and Core Learning, Inc Community Partners: Eastern Market Corp., Gleaners Food Bank, ROC - United, Earthworks Garden Price: $109.00 (5.0 CE Clock Hours Certificate, program material, lunch, bus) Friday: September 21,2012 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9. Tigers Vs. Twins at Comerica Park Sept 21 at 7:05p; Sept 22 at 4:05p; Sept 23 at 1:05p Go Online to Tigers.com for ticket information
10. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo September 22, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoological Society will host Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept.23, at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption from MHS and more than 20 additional organizations at the largest off-site pet adoption event in the country. There is no charge for admission or parking for this event, which is held under tents in the Detroit Zoo front parking lot, beneath the signature water tower, located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org/ZOO or call (248) 283-1000.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 13:03
Category: Breaking News Written by Minni Forman
All of the recent efforts to get Detroit kids in school –and stay there—are paying off. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts on Thursday released the latest enrollment reports for the district’s 100 schools showing daily attendance has reached at 90 percent.
As of Tuesday, 51,674 students have attended school in DPS this fall, surpassing the adopted fiscal year 2012-13 budget’s forecast, which is based on a fall term enrollment of 49,852. The newly released attendance numbers could surpass the fall term budgeted forecast based on student head count. “I continue to witness that attitudes are different across our schools this year,” Roberts said. “This is based on an overall positive direction moving forward, a smooth start operationally and academically for the new school year.”
Roberts also attributed the climbing enrollment to comprehensive efforts by parents and community members in late summer geared to ensure parent and family readiness for the first day of school. That’s in addition to a number of new initiatives to keep kids in class. One of these is a new automated calling system, which notifies families if a student misses even one class a day. To date this system has logged more than 177,000 calls, keeping parents in touch with their child’s attendance.
To help boost enrollment, more than 50 ministers’ wives and widows participated in the new presence mission at DPS on Opening Day. Community involvement in DPS enrollment spiked this year with Detroit Parent Network parent organizers and parent volunteers exceeding 2,000 and DPS enrollment teams present at 100 local events in August.
DPS now has assigned 41 attendance agents whose job is to address absences as they happen. Roberts urges parents and guardians of students who have not returned to classes this fall or who have poor attendance to act now so students don’t fall behind at this crucial point in the academic year. While Tuesday’s enrollment numbers are not set in stone—final count data for the October 3 Term Count dates have not been released yet— the news comes as another positive step forward for DPS.
As enrollment and attendance climbs in the district, so will funds. The enrollment and attendance boost directly connected to community and family involvement according to Roberts, who highly encourages and welcomes those interested with plenty ways to get involved at schools throughout the city.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 12:46
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
After appearing alongside her sisters on WEtv’s hit original series, Braxton Family Values, Tamar Braxton is set to break off into her own limelight, alongside husband Vincent Herbert, in the aptly titled series, Tamar & Vince.
Aiming to keep viewers entertained with her sassiness, the 10-episode spinoff revolves around the couple’s rigorous schedule of balancing their three year marriage in addition to a wide variety of career driven goals.
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, we caught up with the singer-songwriter as she opened up on the new series and recording her as-yet-untitled Streamline/Interscope Records release.
After landing success with Braxton Family Values, what inspired you and Vince to do your very own spin off show?
Well the number one thing would be the fans. They really wanted to know who Tamar really is, and how does Vince put up with this loud mouth, opinionated young woman? And then the network wanted us to do the show. At first we were like, “I don’t think so.” It took a lot, but then we decided to do it, because we felt it was necessary to show all sides of us.
Have you experienced any challenges shooting the show?
The only con is a lot of people might not agree how Vince and I conduct our relationship. We work together every single day, we’re together all the time. We’re pretty much velcro. And he manages me, so it’s a lot. The way we decide to communicate and what works for us, a lot of people won’t agree with that.
This season will show you recording your new album. How has the process been?
I love the records that I have recorded so far. Every time I record a new record Vince wants to change the single. [Laughs] And that’s great news, because if he didn’t like it he wouldn’t be so keen on listening to it all the time like he does. So I’m just really proud of the work that I’ve done.
During the first episode you’re seen recording the track, Get Your Life. Are you still planning on releasing it as the first single as mentioned?
Oh no, that’s not the first single. [Laughs] They actually just put the first single back two weeks. And I just found out that he [Vince] doesn’t know what the single is going to be.
While Vince also serves as Lady Gaga’s manager, are there any plans on recording material with her for the album?
Not on my album right now, no. And it’s not because I’m not a fan, I’m a fan of hers. It’s just that I’ve been waiting my whole life to put out this record, and Gaga would be a great addition to it. But for right now I just want to do things just with me, my way. No features.
Is there tentative title and release date for the album?
That’s still up in the air as well. It just keeps changing.
Since you’re making progress with your recording career, does that also change your stance on becoming a mother?
Honestly, I definitely want to do that. And I wouldn’t have gone through the whole IVF process if I didn’t want to do that. It’s just that the hormones were so much at one time. Looking back on it, I kind of wish that I was in the right frame of mind, because I would’ve done it right then and there. I’m just starting to feel like my old self again within the past couple of weeks.
I just felt like after the IVF process there were some things that were very important to me that I accomplished just as a woman and as a person just to show my kids by example, not just by telling them. I never want my kids to feel like I’m just some housewife who was just kicking it with my husband, because that’s not the kind of woman that I am. If I don’t do things for myself then how am I going to show my kids? So that’s why we decided to wait.
Can fans expect any of your sisters to make an appearance on the show?
No, my sisters are not on the series, and it’s not because of me. [Laughs] We just wanted to show the real side of Tamar and Vince. And when we are together they are not around, like right now they’re not here. They’re about to go to Italy. They’re not thinking about me.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 12:31
Category: Breaking News Written by Minni Forman
MGM Grand Detroit on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of TAP, a sports-themed restaurant offering micro-brew beers, traditional pub fare and Midwest-inspired comfort food. “We’re thrilled to see the vision for TAP come to life,” said Steve Zanella, general manager of MGM Grand Detroit. “Our food and beverage experts have put together a menu that guests will find very satisfying.”
The restaurant’s décor offers a glimpse of Detroit’s past with museum-quality collectables from Detroit’s sports teams while maintaining a lively environment for music and sports enthusiasts. TAPS is the perfect place for game-day viewings with more than 40 HD flat-screen televisions in the restaurant. TAP’s beverage menu is geared to please beer-lovers, featuring a year-round curated collection of more than 30 beers on tap. But there’s something for everyone on TAP’s own specialty drink menu featuring seasonal wines and spirits.
A lively collection of sports memorabilia is artfully displayed in the new eatery, providing a casual, yet captivating atmosphere. The collection includes authentic artifacts not only from Detroit’s baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams, but other sports traditions such as hydroplane racing, wrestling and boxing. The knockout bout between Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson at Olympia and the Detroit Lions moment of silence on the field after President John Kennedy’s assassination are just two examples of the one-of-a-kind images guests will find at TAP.
Chef Fershone Steen is the creative force behind TAP’s menu as he brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to the restaurant, including leadership roles in popular Midwest dining establishments such as Bonefish Grille, Buca di Beppo and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. This week, Steen and his culinary team have unveiled a menu that celebrates Detroit’s dining history while serving up a modern twist on pub classics. Highlights include the TAP Classic Burger, savory wings, and comforting fried mac-and-cheese sticks.
TAP’s design concept captures the city’s industrial age with interiors made of concrete, wood and steel. Pressed tin ceilings and reclaimed wine barrel tables add to the distinctive feel of the space. The kitchen, situated near the bar, will establish a connection with guests, allowing them to watch as chefs prepare food as it is served. “Our designers have created an interior that’s reminiscent of the city’s early days, yet hip and modern,” Zanella said. “It’s a recipe for a good time.”
Regular hours of operation at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit are 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Sunday. Lunch is available at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday – Sunday. During football season, TAP will open at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 12:29
Category: Breaking News Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Opening statements started today in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Prosecutors begin to outline how city contractor and co-defendant Bobby Ferguson, made millions of dollars through rigged bids. Allegedly assisting in these fraudulent bids along with Kwame Kilpatrick were co-defendants, Victor Mercado and Kilpatrik’s father Benard Kilpatrick.
Among the allegedly bids they profited from, according to prosecutors, was in connection with a Sterling Heights sewer collapse in 2004 that took months to repair. Defense lawyers tried unsuccessfully to have this trial moved out of Detroit, arguing that heavy media coverage of the case had tainted the jury pool. Judge Nancy Denied a motion for a change of venue on Thursday.
The Kilpatricks are also accused of shaking down contractors who wanted business from Detroit city hall. All of the defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, bribery and extortion. Kilpatrick was mayor until 2008 when he resigned in the unrelated text-messaging scandal.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 12:24
Category: News Briefs Written by mlive
DETROIT, MI - The Detroit Public Schools tentatively has surpassed anticipated fall enrollment, according to the district.
As of Tuesday, 51,674 students had attended classes in the district's 100 schools. The district's fiscal year budget is based on fall term enrollment of 49,852 students.
The district says attendance was 90 percent Tuesday as 46,668 students made it to class, the Associated Press reports.
Detroit Schools has been pushing to increase enrollment and attendance in all of its schools.
A new automated calling system which notifies families of a student's absence in even one class each day has logged more than 177,000 calls and 41 attendance agents are addressing truancy.
About 66,000 students attended Detroit schools last fall. That number was down from 104,000 in 2007 and 168,000 in 2000.
“I continue to witness that attitudes are different across our schools this year,” Emergency Manager Roy Roberts said. “This is based on an overall positive direction moving forward, a smooth start operationally and academically for the new school year, a comprehensive effort in late summer aimed at ensuring parent and family readiness for the first day of school, and other new attendance initiatives.”
Along with the automated calling system, some 50 ministers' wives and widows participated in their new presence mission at DPS schools on Opening Day. Doors knocked on this August by Detroit Parent Network parent organizers and parent volunteers exceeded 2,000, and more than 100 events were covered by DPS enrollment teams during a several-week Back-to-School period. 41 Attendance agents have begun addressing truant children.
Roberts encouraged the parents and guardians of students who have not returned to classes this fall or whose attendance has lagged to act now to take advantage of the instruction taking place at this valuable time of the academic year.
Final count data for the October 3 and upcoming Winter term Count dates and 10-day reporting windows that follow is based on the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) students. The actual FTE could be less than “head count” enrollment, for example, for a high school level student not attending full schedule.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 10:01
Category: News Briefs Written by WDIV
DEARBORN, Mich. -
The Islamic Center of America is organizing a Rally Against Hate event to combat hate with goodwill, fellowship and peace, the center said.
The rally will take place at the group's center in Dearborn today at 3 p.m.
The ICA said the organization was motivated to plan the event by recent world events and film and cartoons about the Prophet of Islam.
"The level of freedom to express one's views in any country is judged by how all expression is protected, including abhorrent speech that is considered hateful. However, those who produce and promote expression that is hateful and which has no redeeming value, other than to promote division and encourage bigotry, should be put on notice that good people of faith will not stand idly by and allow hate to triumph over truth, love and respect," organizers said
ICA leaders said the purpose of the event is to convey the message that "every faith tradition has a place at the community table to engage in civil dialogue and the exchange of ideas in a civilized way, as was the tradition of the founders of all the worlds great faiths."
ICA's web site says one of the group's purposes is to "educate the American society about Islam and the Arab culture."
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:48
Category: Breaking News Written by WDIV
A federal judge has denied a request that the trial of Kwame Kilpatrick be moved out of Detroit.
The paperwork for a change of venue was filed Thursday morning,
A jury was selected Wednesday for a Detroit trial. The 12 jurors include four African-American women, one African-American man, one Hispanic woman, two white men and four white women.
Alternates include: two white men, one white woman, two African-American women and one African-American man. Those jurors will decide if the former mayor was running a criminal enterprise with family and friends which included taking cash bribes, kick backs, vacations, private jets and more in exchange for getting contracts in the city.
Other defendants in the case include Kilpatrick's dad Bernard Kilpatrick, his childhood friend Bobby Ferguson and ex-Detroit City Water boss Victor Mercado.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:00
Category: Breaking News Written by Financial Post
The Canadian Auto Workers hammered out a four-year tentative agreement with General Motors Thursday under the threat of a strike if a deal wasn’t reached by the end of the day.
Ken Lewenza, CAW president, said the GM deal follows the same pattern established in the tentative agreement achieved with Ford Motor Co. earlier in the week.
The union will now turn its attention to talks with Chrysler, the last of the Detroit Three without a labour pact.
“We have Ford establishing the pattern. We’ve got General Motors agreeing to the pattern and tomorrow we go to work with Chrysler,” he said at a late-night news conference announcing the GM pact.
The CAW extended talks with both GM and Chrysler Monday after reaching a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co. ahead of its midnight strike deadline.
Both automakers had agreed in principle to follow the Ford deal, but the union reserved the right to serve 24-hour strike notice if it felt the talks had stalled with either automaker.
Mr. Lewenza said he hoped strike notice wouldn’t have to be served at Chrysler.
“As long as we’re making progress we’re not interested in pulling the trigger,” he said.
Similar to the Ford contract, the GM agreement lowers entry-level wages for new employees to roughly $20 an hour from $24 and extends the period of time it takes new employees to reach peak pay levels of $34 an hour to 10 years from six.
The deal foregoes cost-of-living increases until June 2016, and employees instead will receive a $3,000 lump-sum payment in year one and $2,000 in the subsequent three.
The new hires will also be moved into a cheaper hybrid pension plan.
In exchange, the CAW said GM has committed to a third shift at its flex plant in Oshawa, Ont., which he said would help the union maintain full employment levels at the company by the end of the contract.
The CAW will hold a ratification vote on the Ford agreement this weekend, and hopes to take the GM contract for similar vote as soon as possible, Mr. Lewenza said.
The union turned the pressure up in the talks with GM Thursday morning by saying if it didn’t have a deal by the end of the day it was prepared to serve 24-hour strike notice.
Mr. Lewenza upped the anti just after 1 p.m. by saying if GM didn’t address the outstanding issues within “two hours,” strike notice would be served.
But both parties returned to the bargaining table until shortly before 8 p.m.
Mr. Lewenza said the primary sticking points were issues of employment security, and the union’s efforts to put further restrictions on GM’s temporary worker program.
Mr. Lewenza said the new contract addresses both those issues, including putting restrictions on the temporary workers so they can only be used for their original intentions, such as during the launch of new vehicles.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:00
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