Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Last week this time Mike Duggan, had announced he would not be running for mayor of Detroit due to a judgment given by the court of appeals determining that he did not meet the residency requirements.
However, upon returning from vacation to an outpouring of volunteers and citizens rallying to maintain the right to vote who they wanted to run Detroit, Mike Duggan has had a change of heart.
“I looked at the newspaper of what has happened last week, this city the leadership is so unstable...but the emergency management form of government is unstable by it’s nature.” Duggan said.
Duggan continued. “This is not right, Detroiters right now are not in charge of their city government, schools or the 36th district court, we have got to have a mayor that can move the emergency manger out and transition the decision to the city of Detroit.”
Duggan has admitted that a write-in policy is not going to be an easy accomplishment, especially because there is no formal written instruction on how to submit a write-in ballot. Duggan’s next five weeks will focus on education on how to write Mike Duggan on the ballot so that he can make in onto the primary ballot, where he can then focus on a campaign on bringing the city by to the people of Detroit.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:54
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
A former Highland Park Police officer was sentenced to prison today for
conspiring with three other police officers to commit extortion and protect a shipment of
cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge
Robert D. Foley, III.
During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn, Craig Clayton, 55, of
Highland Park, Michigan, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and two
years of supervised release based on his plea of guilty to conspiring to commit
extortion. Clayton had agreed with three other Highland Park police officers to take
money in exchange for delivering a four-kilogram shipment of cocaine. Clayton brought
his badge and gun to protect the shipment, and Clayton accepted $1,500 in cash from
an FBI informant for his work.
United States Attorney McQuade said, "The court's sentence today sends a
strong message that police officers who take bribes will go to prison, and that no one is
above the law."
FBI Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, "Police officers who swear an oath to
serve and protect are held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The FBI is
committed to ensuring those standards are maintained, and in cases of abuse, will
pursue and prosecute those responsible."Thus far in the investigation, three of the four Highland Park police officers
charged have pleaded guilty and been convicted. Former Officer Shawn Williams
pleaded guilty on May 2, 2013 to conspiring to commit extortion, and former officer
Anthony Bynum pleaded guilty on May 23, 2013 to conspiring to commit extortion and
The case was investigated by agents of the FBI. It is being prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorney David A. Gardey.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:22
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Independence Day and other patriotic holidays are a blast! Party time! For many. But for others, this “blast” propels them right back into the heat of battle. Physically and emotionally. How ironic and gut-wrenching that the very soldiers who sacrificed so we could celebrate our freedom are the ones who suffer most on this day.
So what can we do to help those who may be veterans, or may have Post-Traumatic Stress from other traumas? And what can those who struggle with PTSD do to successfully make it through? We cannot delete the day on the calendar, nor should we deny ourselves the privilege of celebrating these events with gratitude (and fun!). First and foremost we need to realize that we cannot fix it. Although there are many resources to help PTSD (see www.LoveOurVets.org), it will always be there at some level. Rather, as friends, family and loved ones, it is our privilege to care and support in any way we can. Some of the typical signs of PTSD might include flashbacks, avoidance, numbing, putting up walls, withdrawing, hyper-vigilance, irritability, easily startled, memory blocks, sudden bursts of anger or other emotions, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, fear, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other additive behaviors, difficulty holding a job,
relationship problems, and suicidal thoughts. It is important to do all we can to learn more about PTSD, and how it affects those we care about as well as all those around them. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect anyone, resulting from any severe life-threatening trauma. At
that moment, the whole person gets locked into emergency mode - fight or flight survival - which will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Physically, emotionally and mentally. 24/7 they live as if the impending crisis, or a violent attack, could reoccur at any moment, overwhelming
their ability to cope. When something triggers them, they have no reserve with which to handle it in a healthy way as others might.
Bottom line? The person needs to feel safe and be safe. As the wife of a veteran who has struggled with PTSD for over four decades, I share what I and many others are learning personally in LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD. The good news is that
many are learning and growing successfully in spite of the PTSD. Here are some tips to help people feel safe and be safe on this upcoming holiday: Surround yourself with good people, perhaps other veterans or family you know and enjoy. Pet lovers – stay close to your furry friends. They don’t like fireworks either!
Treat your body with good comforts such as a soothing massage, your favorite music, closeness with the one you love, and great food. Many find it helpful to leave town, or go somewhere quiet. Others turn on loud white noise, watch a good movie, or crank up music to drown out the sounds of the fireworks. (And maybe a good pair of earplugs at bedtime.) Stay sheltered indoors, far away from loud explosions and lights in the sky, and do not even drive that day if you can help it. And for the loved ones, you may want to just sit quietly with them, listen when they need to talk, and always respect their space when they need to be alone. As you do what you can to help them, NEVER stop living yourself, but do what YOU need and want.
Finally, I encourage ALL of us to stop and THANK anyone we know who has served and sacrificed for our freedom, the reason we can celebrate, with or without fireworks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:30
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by cardhub.com
With the 4th of July just a week away, CardHub.com today announced its rankings for the Best & Worst Cities to Celebrate Independence Day in 2013. Consumers who are planning to travel for the Fourth can hopefully use this report’s findings – which are based on a number of different metrics, including weather forecast, hotel prices and entertainment options – to have more fun and spend less.
Fourth of July spending is expected to be significantly higher in 2013 than in years past. Americans, including those who are not planning overnight trips, are expected to spend an average of $300 on Independence Day celebrations this year – 58% more than the $190 we shelled out last year. That’s unsurprising given the economic recovery, but with rising credit card debt levels painting a worrisome picture of what the future could hold for many people’s personal finances, savings opportunities should be welcomed whenever they present themselves.
With cost-effective festivities in mind, CardHub compared the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the United States – which are always popular vacation destinations – based on the following factors:
4th of July Popularity
Price of a 3-Star Hotel
Number of Bars & Restaurants
Number of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments
Legality of Fireworks
Based on this analysis, the Best & Worst Cities for July 4th Vacations are as follows:
1. Los Angeles
3. San Francisco
4. New York
7. San Diego
14. Washington, D.C.
15. St. Louis
19. Las Vegas
24. San Antonio
30. Kansas City
You can find other highlights of the report listed below, along with 5 Tips for July 4th Savings & Safety and commentary from Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of CardHub, entrepreneur and widely-respected personal finance expert.
Other Main Findings
Half of the 10 Best Cities for 4th of July Celebrations are in the West, largely due to more temperate weather and varied restaurant, bar, and entertainment options.
Detroit is the only major U.S. city that allows the sale and use of aerial fireworks, following a recent change by the Michigan legislature. However, the law enables local governments to impose their own restrictions, so this might not be the case for long.
Many cities have further restricted the use of fireworks in recent years due to drought and the threat of wildfire.
Las Vegas, Tampa, and Phoenix offer the cheapest hotel rates (most likely due to the high summer temperatures in those areas), while hotels in St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, and Pittsburgh charge the most.
New York City, San Francisco, and Boston are the most walkable 4th of July destinations, while Phoenix, San Antonio, and Kansas City are the least walkable.
New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have the most bars, restaurants, and entertainment options, while Kansas City, Sacramento, and Portland have the least.
San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco boast the best 4th of July weather forecasts (in terms of expected high temperatures and chance of rain), while Houston, Tampa, and Baltimore have the worst.
“While the fact that July 4 falls on a Thursday this year may prevent some folks from scheduling prolonged vacations around the holiday, plenty of people will undoubtedly use it as an excuse for a long-weekend getaway. From gas and dining out to hotel reservations and festive attire, there are a number of different expenses associated with such a holiday. It’s therefore important for consumers to take a few simple steps to regulate their expenses, particularly given what recent credit card debt trends are telling us about our spending and payment habits,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, “By and large, we’ve had a tough time adhering to a budget in recent years. Much of that is obviously due to the fact that only about 2 in 5 people even have a budget, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. But you also can’t ignore the diminishing distinction between luxuries and necessities in people’s minds. Make no mistake about it, a 4th of July vacation is a luxury, so if you’re in debt you might want to stay home. The great thing about the 4th of July is that most municipalities host some sort of free celebration. So, whether you’re staying local this holiday or traveling, there should be plenty of things to do that won’t put an undue burden on your wallet.”
5 Tips for July 4th Savings & Safety
Comparison Shop & Book Packages: Consumers have a wealth of pricing information at their immediate disposal these days, so in addition to checking out CardHub’s Best & Worst Cities report, it makes sense to hunt around for attractive deals online. Booking hotel and transportation accommodations together is often an easy way to save.
Declare Financial Independence: Too many folks are dependent on debt these days, as evidenced by rising credit card debt levels. So, in the spirit of the holiday, you might want to leverage attractive credit card offers like the Slate from Chase – which offers 0% on balance transfers for 15 months with no balance transfer or annual fees – in order to free yourself from your financial burden at the lowest possible cost.
Budget: The best way to keep 4th of July spending under control is to figure out how much you can afford to spend and then plot out exactly how you wish to allocate these funds. This will give you the foresight necessary to prioritize your expenses as well as to search for low-cost substitutes for certain buys that you may now be questioning.
Arrange Public Transportation: For some reason, many people seem to believe the best way to celebrate Independence Day is to drink, get behind the wheel of a car, and then trade in their freedom for a jail cell. For your own sake and that of the general public, look into the availability of public transportation and maybe even factor cab fare into your budget.
Use Common Sense with Fireworks: Whether legal or not, it would be naïve to think that people will refrain from shooting off celebratory fireworks this 4th of July. If you are among them, you should consider how much you want to spend as well as what steps you can take to ensure your own safety as well as that of neighbors and surrounding property.
Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, shared some tips on how to do so. In addition to advising that people be careful when mixing sparklers and young children (particularly since they burn at high temperatures and stay hot for quite a long time), Heckman offered the following cautions and best practices when it comes to using fireworks.
“First and foremost, you need to know what’s permissible where you live and to obey the local laws. You should also plan your activity so that you consider an area that’s free from dry grass and shrubs. It makes sense to water down the area with a garden hose in advance and have a bucket of water ready just in case. You should always use your fireworks outdoors in a safe, flat, and non-wooded area,” she said. “You should always have a sober adult in charge of all fireworks activities. Light only one at a time; you don’t want too much going on because then people will get hurt. You should never touch, throw, or combine fireworks. It’s a big problem when people try to manipulate the devices. If the fuse does not ignite, you do not want to relight the firework. You want to let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then you should just douse it in water.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:43
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Plan Ahead for Your Online Hereafter Asset Protection
Lawyer Offers 3 Steps to Take Now
Now, you really can live forever, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Many of your online accounts – from automatic bill payments to eBay – may remain active after you pass away, unless you take steps to ensure they don’t, says attorney Hillel Presser, author of
“Financial Self-Defense (Revised Edition), ”www.assetprotectionattorneys.com.
Automatic bill pay, for example, can theoretically keep tapping your bank account long after you’re gone or, at least, until your money is.
“It’s important to make sure your online bank and shopping accounts, even your social media, can be closed out, or that your loved ones are authorized to access them,” Presser says. “You may ask, ‘Why would I care if I’m gone?’ I can tell you from experience: because it can create real headaches, and more heartache, for your family.”
Bank and shopping accounts will be vulnerable to identity theft, which would affect your estate if someone opens credit cards in your name. You might have valuable intellectual property, like domain names.
They may need access to your health records, particularly if you died under questionable
circumstances, he says.
There’s the sentimental stuff – photos and emails -- that your family may want as a remembrance of you, and the libraries of music and ebooks, which may represent a considerable investment on your part.
“The problem is, even if you provide a family member with all of your accounts, log-ins and passwords, they may not be legally allowed to access them,” Presser says. “In many cases, they may be violating the accounts’ terms of service or violatingfederal privacy and computer fraud laws. Some states have laws governing online materials, but they’re different and which of your accounts are covered depends on where the provider is located.”
What can you do to ensure your family isn’t left with a virtual nightmare after your passing? Presser offers these tips:
• Create a list of all of your accounts, including log-innames, passwords, and answers to any security questions. Obviously, your list will need to be securely stored. Since you’ll need to update it regularly as you add accounts or change passwords, it will be easiest if you keep the list on your computer in a password-protected folder. Some versions of Windows allow you to create protected folders, but you may need to get third-party software to do this, such as freeAxCrypt. Remember to create a backup of your list, whether it’s on a jump drive or printed out on paper. Store the backup in a secure place such as a safe deposit box. Do not put password information in your will, which is a public document.
• If you have a Google account, set up the new inactive account manager. In May 2013, Google became the first site to give users an option for choosing what becomes of their content if they should become debilitated or die. Under the profile button, click “Account,” scroll down to “Account Management,” and you’ll find instructions for “Control what happens to your account when you stop using Google.”
You can select how long the account should be inactive before your plans are set into motion; choose to whom you want to offer content, such as YouTube videos, Gmail, Google+ posts, Blogger and Picasa web albums, or whether it should simply be deleted.
• Appoint a digital executor. Perhaps the simplest way to ensure your online life is taken care of is to appoint a digital executor – a tech-savvy person who will be willing and able to carry out your wishes. Authorize the person to access your inventory of log-in information and spell out what you want done with each account, whether it’s providing access to loved ones or business partners, or deleting it.
The digital world has grown and transformed so rapidly, the law hasn’t kept up, which makes managing your digital afterlife challenging, Presser says.
“Until there are more consistent laws and procedure governing this area, it’s best to plan ahead, leave clear instructions and be sure you have a list of accounts where your estate lawyer or a loved one can find it and access it,” he says. “It will make a world of difference to your survivors.” About Hillel L. Presser, Esq., MBA
Complimentary copies of “Financial Self-Defense” are available through www.assetprotectionattorneys.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:20
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