Category: Breaking News Written by Crain's Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a new international bridge linking Detroit and Windsor have until Aug. 9 to submit written comments.
The U.S. State Department will accept the comments by email. Residents also can view the application for the presidential permit needed to build the bridge on the federal agency’s website.
Last month, U.S. and Canadian leaders announced an agreement to build the New International Trade Crossing at no cost to Michigan.
The owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge don’t want a competing bridge built and are backing a ballot proposal that would require Michigan voters’ approval before an alternative crossing could be constructed.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration said the agreement to build a second international bridge across the Detroit River can’t be undone by a ballot effort.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:49
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Shaq's New Show: TruTV Orders 'Upload with Shaquille O'Neal'
Shaquille O'Neal is getting a new show. The basketball legend will star in truTV's "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal" (a working title), a new 10-episode series in the vein of "Tosh.0."
Each episode, Shaq, Godfrey and Gary Owen -- the host of series -- welcome a special guest as they scour the internet for the funniest online videos. The panel will comment on the videos, create their own, pull pranks and parody pop culture events.
“I’ve been a fan of truTV for a long time and I look forward to working with my good friends Gary Owen and Godfrey. I’ve always tried to entertain people and I know this show will deliver big laughs,” Shaq said in a statement.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:24
Category: Breaking News Written by Politics 365
The following statement came from Congressman Jackson’s doctor’s office.
“Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”). The name of the attending physician and treatment center will not be disclosed in order to protect his continuing privacy. His physician makes the following statement:
The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
In addition, the rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:21
Category: Breaking News Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Michigan Republicans couldn’t be happier than to see their counterpart Democrats duking it out for two seats in Congress in the 13th and 14th congressional districts.
When the GOP redrew the district lines, snaking them in a way that put Democrats off balance and disadvantaged them in their own territory, in places like Detroit, which traditionally have been Democratic strongholds, and now stand to lose African- American representation in Congress, they knew exactly what they were doing.
They threw a curve ball at Democrats who are now using that ball to eliminate each other in the race for Congress, apparently without looking at the larger impact it has on a city like Detroit which has long enjoyed minority (Black) representation in line with the Voting Rights Act.
And so, in democracy’s name, we rightfully have many candidates seeking the office of Congress in both districts where only two will get elected.
In the 14th District, incumbent Congressman Hansen Clarke, incumbent Congressman Gary Peters, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former Lansing Democratic Minority Leader Mary Waters are vying to represent that district in Washington.
In the 13th District, incumbent Congressman John Conyers, State Senator Bert Johnson, State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative Shanelle Jackson are battling to see who will head to the nation’s capital.
These two races, often overlooked, are particularly significant because they will determine how Detroit moves forward in its national political image and representation in the halls of Congress.
Raw ambition and political zest aside, if in fact Senator Anderson, the only Caucasian candidate in the 13th District, wins largely because all the other (African-American) candidates divided the Detroit vote and Anderson scores big with the suburban vote, it will mean no African- American representation in Congress from that district, at least for now.
And if Congressman Peters pulls off an upset in the hotly contested 14th District, it marks the end of African-American or minority representation in Congress from Michigan, once again, for now.
That is the reality and is the big picture that is not being talked about in the midst of the political platitudes.
Do Democrats have an option to make right the wrongs of the redistricting process?
Yes. Don’t just blame the Republicans. Blame yourselves and if, in fact, Democrats were so concerned about the consequences of a lack of African-American representation in Congress, they would have ensured that at least one of the districts remains in the African-American column.
But that is not the case. Because ambition rather than an acute sense of the political stakes in play is driving a lot of the conversation around going to Congress.
Republicans follow the script and the template ensuring that whoever symbolizes or epitomizes political power — and is delivering — has the support no matter what it takes.
On the other hand, Democrats do not follow the script because they want to please everyone which has its own ramifications. That is evidenced in the races we are witnessing.
I’ve had supporters of some of the candidates tell me that I am making too big a big deal out of possibly not having a Black congressperson from Michigan.
That is because they are looking through the lens of ambition and the potential political opportunities that come with having a “candidate for Congress” listed on a résumé, rather than the real effect of dividing the vote that leads to no Black representation.
While we must encourage as many people as possible to run for office, we cannot dismiss certain basic truths that are part of making America continue to live up to the meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,” which enjoins the Voting Rights Act, which in turn has long guaranteed Black representation in Congress from Michigan.
Bankole Thompson is editor of the Michigan Chronicle and the author of a six-part book series on the Obama presidency. His book “Obama and Black Loyalty,” published in 2010, follows his recent book, “Obama and Christian Loyalty” with a foreward by Bob Weiner, former White House spokesman. His forthcoming books in 2012 are “Obama and Jewish Loyalty” and “Obama and Business Loyalty.” Thompson is a political news analyst at WDET-101.9FM (NPR affiliate) and a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening roundtable on WLIB-1190AM New York and simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:06
Category: News Briefs Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Southfield, MI - Hope United Methodist Church will present The 2nd Annual Southfield Festival of Hope, taking place at 26275 Northwestern Highway on July 12 - July 15, 2012, and featuring the largest carnival production in the midwest, come on out and have some fun there's something here for everyone. Four days of great rides, games, live entertainment, step show, and our delicious Soul Food Alley."
Donors for the event include St. John’s Providence Hospital, Ram’s Horn, S.E.T. Enterprises and other donors. Some of the jazz entertainment at The Southfield Festival of Hope include:
Thursday: Serieux 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday: Renowned saxophonist Randy Scott 9:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: Katrina Carson 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Al McKenzie and Penny Wells 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.,
Sunday: Gospel Music groups - Testimony Sings - 8:00-9:00 p.m.
LaToya Turrentine & Favor’s Voice - 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Additionally, there will be a Greek Step Show, dance troops, gospel choirs, and much more! There will be fun for the whole family.
July 12 & 13 - Thurs. / Fri. 4:00pm - 11:00pm
July 14 & 15 - Sat. 12:00noon - 11:00pm / Sun. 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 17:18
Category: News Briefs Written by Huffington Post
PITTSFIELD TWP. (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say a woman has turned herself in to police in connection with a hit-and-run rollover crash that killed two children and injured several others.
AnnArbor.com reports Wednesday the woman was the driver of a Honda Odyssey, the same make and model police were seeking after the June 22 crash on U.S. 23 in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township.
State Police said Dawn Siegel was hauling her 4 children and 2 step-children in the family minivan when witnesses said she was “cut off” by by another motorist driving an Odyssey. Siegel attempted to avoid the vehicle, but lost control on the shoulder and rolled over several times.
Michigan State Police Detective Dale Smith said the woman turned in the vehicle at the same time she turned herself in. Her name isn’t being released pending any possible charges in the case.
The funeral for 11-year-old Ashley Siegel and 14-year-old Jordan Siegel was June 26. They were students at Royal Oak Middle School.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:48
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Judge Denies Krystal Crittendon's Appeal Of Detroit Consent Agreement Lawsuit
The last-minute motion of reconsideration filed by Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon in regards to Detroit's consent agreement has been denied.
WDIV reports that Judge William Collette, who originally dismissed Crittendon's lawsuit questioning the validity of the consent agreeement with the state of Michigan, won't reconsider his opinion.
"The court having reviewed the memoranda supplied by the City Attorney filed on the very last day that it could be considered finds no basis to revisit its ruling and hereby DENIES the motion," wrote Judge Collette.
On June 13, Collette found that the city's top attorney lacked the legal standing to bring a challenge to the consent agreement to court without the approval of Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council.
Crittendon filed a lawsuit in Lansing's Court of Claims alleging that the consent agreement between Detroit and the State of Michigan was invalid. Crittendon believes the state owes Detroit $224 million in past revenue sharing, as well as other debts. Michigan law prevents municipalities from entering into contracts if either party is in debt to the other.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:56
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Mitt Romney Booed At NAACP Convention For Saying He'd Repeal Obamacare.
Mitt Romney was booed Wednesday at the NAACP conference for promising to repeal the president's signature health care reform law, bringing him to an awkward halt in the middle of an otherwise civilly-received pitch for black voters.
It was an awkward moment that forced him to go off script, after giving a somewhat pained smile as the booing continued.
"I'm going to eliminate every non-essential, expensive program I can find, that includes Obamacare, and I'm going to work to reform and save --" Romney said before being interrupted for about 15 seconds.
"You know, there was a survey of the Chamber of Commerce -- they carried out a survey of their members, about 1,500 surveyed, and uh, they asked them what effect Obamacare would have on their plans, and three-quarters of them said it made them less likely to hire people," he said when the booing stopped. "So I say, again, that if our priority is jobs, and that's my priority, that's something I'd change and replace."
Romney wasn't entering a crowd that was likely to be convinced: a vast majority of black voters went for President Barack Obama in 2008. Still, Romney made an attempt at the Houston conference to tout his policies and say they would better serve the black community on education, unemployment and traditional marriage.
For the most part, the audience was quiet and polite, applauding at points and listening to his pitch. He explained why he made the appearance by saying he understands the importance of all Americans.
"With 90 percent of African Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community, and to address the NAACP," Romney said. "Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:46
Category: Breaking News Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
LANSING, Mich. ‒ In accordance with state law and the U.S. Constitution, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today called a special election in the 11th Congressional District to fill the vacancy created by last week’s sudden resignation of U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter.
The lieutenant governor’s strong preference is to save local tax dollars and spare election officials a significant burden by conducting the special primary election in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Aug. 7 primary. However, the timing of McCotter’s resignation makes that impossible. Primary ballots already were printed and absentee ballots were mailed when McCotter made his announcement. In addition, ballots must be sent to Michigan voters who are overseas or serving in the military at least 45 days before an election, which means the special primary election must be held on a different date than Aug. 7.
“It is extremely disappointing that the district is forced to have a special election that is neither cost-effective nor efficient,” Calley said. “Taxpayers deserve better. But the requirement for the governor to call a special election in this situation is clear and we must do so in a way that establishes fair, realistic deadlines for candidates and election officials. We will move forward so that district residents have full representation in Congress for the remainder of the term. I have every confidence that the outstanding election officials throughout the district will get the job done in spite of this challenging timeline.”
The special primary will be Wednesday, Sept. 5. That still allows for the special general election to fill the vacancy to be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Nov. 6 general election.
State election officials estimate the cost of the special election to total $650,000 for the impacted local and county governments.
Calley cited Michigan election law, which states that the governor “shall” call a special election in this circumstance, as well as Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which contains similar language requiring a special election as the reason for his decision.
By issuing the call for a special election today, the governor’s action allows candidates adequate time to collect the required 1,000 petition signatures for ballot access by Friday, July 20. This in turn allows local officials to print special ballots to send to military and overseas voters 45 days before the Sept. 5 special election.
The 11th Congressional District is comprised of portions of Wayne and Oakland counties.
On Nov. 6, some district voters will see the 11th Congressional race listed twice on their ballot. Voters will decide which candidate serves the remainder of McCotter’s term, which expires in January 2013. They also decide which candidate wins the full two-year term that begins in January 2013.
Article V, Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor when the governor is outside the state.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:50
Category: Breaking News Written by News One
DETROIT — The Mother of a Detroit woman shot and killed while dancing with an off-duty police officer questioned Monday why he would carry a loaded gun at a party in his own backyard.
Police said Adaisha Miller (pictured below right) was dancing with the officer early Sunday morning when she hugged him from behind. His gun, which was in a waist holster, went off, and the bullet punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart.
She died at a hospital.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee (pictured above left) described Miller’s death during a Monday news conference as a tragic, “unfathomable” accident.
“Somehow, in the course of dancing with the individual to his rear and touching his waist, his Detroit Police Department-issued weapon discharged, striking Ms. Miller,” Godbee said. “There is absolutely no indication that the officer placed his hand on his weapon at all.”
Godbee implied contact from Miller appeared to have caused the gun to go off, but he stopped short of saying she pulled the trigger on the .40-caliber handgun.
The officer, 38-year-old Isaac Parrish, has been placed on desk duty while the case is investigated. There was no answer at his home early Monday afternoon. Godbee said Parrish is “very remorseful.”
Miller was celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday on Monday, said her mother, Yolanda McNair. She was invited to the Saturday night fish fry at Parrish’s home by friends who knew him, McNair said.
“Why do you need a gun at your own house? Why do you need a gun at your own party?” she asked. McNair said she would be watching the police investigation closely.
Detroit police officers have the option of carrying their weapons while off-duty. The model issued by the department has a safety mechanism built into the trigger.
The Smith & Wesson M&P primarily was designed for police and military use. It does not have a safety switch, but the trigger has to be pulled back completely for the gun to fire, certified firearms instructor Rick Ector said.
Ector said that if properly holstered, the gun cannot be fired accidentally.
David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms examiner, said the investigation also should look at the gun’s angle given that Miller was shot in the chest.
“What’s going to be very important here is the angle of the entry of the wound to the victim [and] if there is in fact any gunpowder residue,” Balash said. “I’m having a great deal of difficulty understanding how a weapon that’s pointed at the ground can be turned literally 110 degrees minimum to be in an upward position to strike someone.”
But Godbee said Parrish’s waist holster was made of a soft, neoprene-type material, and it would be possible for the trigger to be pulled while the gun was in it. He also said the barrel direction typically would have been pointing down while holstered.
There still is “no justification” for her daughter’s death, said McNair, 44.
“She didn’t do anything wrong,” McNair said. “She told us she was going to a party.
“I should have been baking my daughter her birthday cake.”
The Wayne County medical examiner’s office was to perform an autopsy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:01
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