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 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
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 - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the first Hispanic member of the Detroit City Council representing the newly created District 6. And being first does come with responsibility, especially the expectations of her constituents in Southwest Detroit who are beaming with pride to have someone from the nation’s most rapidly growing community to be represented on this legislative body.
But Castaneda-Lopez’s election on Nov. 5 is not only reverberating around Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Rather, her elevation from a simple beginning as the daughter of an immigrant and a rural postal carrier to the Detroit City Council is receiving national attention.
This week, the Texas evangelist, Rev. Frank Emeka Obi, who commands a large Hispanic following hailed news of Castaneda-Lopez’s election as a bright spot for Detroit, which has been in the glare of the national and international press for reasons other than celebrating diversity.
“My heartfelt prayer is for the new councilwoman to serve her city with the fear of God, drawing worthy examples from our Lord Jesus Christ, and pleading the pertinent cause of the poor, the weak and the oppressed who really need help,” said the Texas minister who is president and founder of the Spring Texas-based Revival Evangelism Institute. He hopes to meet with Castaneda-Lopez during his visit to Detroit.
Rev. Obi, a Black preacher who works primarily in Hispanic communities in North America and South America said he is delighted for what he calls a “well deserved victory” and hopes that Castaneda-Lopez’s election “marks the beginning of a new era of resplendent and productive diversity in the city of Detroit.”
Jimmy Hernandez, communications director of the Washington, DC-based VotoLatino organization, said in a phone interview that Castaneda-Lopez’s election is a strong signal that “Latinos are a growing community in the U.S. with a huge influence,” and that by 2050 Latino youth are expected to comprise 29 percent of the entire population of young people in the U.S.
Hernandez cited as an example Election Day (Nov. 5) where he said Hispanic voters helped to elect two governors: Chris Christie of New Jersey and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.
“It is important for Hispanics to be elected in all of these municipal bodies because these local offices make decisions that impact the everyday lives of their constituents,” Hernandez said. “They make decisions when it comes to school boards and that is why every segment of the community should be represented when local bodies are making those types of decisions.”
Local elections set the stage for national office, Hernandez said, citing President Barack Obama’s rise as an indication given that the leader of the free world was once a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side before he ran for U.S. Senate and eventually president.
“Hispanic business operators like me don’t depend on government, but we desire and encourage government policies that promote entrepreneurship and create jobs for people in our multicultural communities,” said Ezekiel Serna, owner of Ezekiel Innovation Design and Art in Houston, Texas. “So, I wish and hope that my sister, Raquel, whose Detroit electoral victory I celebrate in far away Houston, will dedicate herself to good policies that help Detroit businesses expand and create much-needed jobs.”
Councilwoman-elect Castaneda-Lopez has also touted her community organizing skills during the campaign trail, having honed those skills in several political offices including that of State Rep. Rashida Tlaib and other community and volunteer programs.
“We know that one of the best ways to get people into national office is to look at the local level,” Hernandez said. “That type of recruitment at the local level is necessary so we have national figures who can speak on behalf their communities.”
Elias Gutierrez, who runs the Latino Press, Michigan’s leading Hispanic newspaper, said he welcomed the political development on the Detroit City Council because “Raquel represents the future, not the division of the past. We hope that other council members work in concert with her to develop our communities and enhance Detroit and its image nationally.”
Gutierrez said Castaneda-Lopez’s campaign theme has been to serve all of Detroit and that he believes she will keep to that mantra of “working for all of Detroit given the fact that she grew up in a diverse community.”
On her campaign website, Castaneda-Lopez prides herself as a “first generation college graduate with a master’s degree in social work,” who worked tirelessly in the nonprofit sector for 13 years because working for Wayne State University helped underrepresented African American and Native American students.
A volunteer soccer coach with Think Detroit PAL, she has served on the Hispanic Commission of Michigan, chairing its education and health committees as well as being part of its civic engagement committee.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:11
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