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Grosse Pointe Park businessman Robert Bashara convicted of Murder As Charged

Bob Bashara, left, and his defense attorney Mike McCarthy enter the courtroom for the reading his verdict at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Bashara was found guilty on all five counts for hiring handyman Joseph Gentz to kill his wife Jane Bashara. The trial revealed his secret life: a former Rotary Club president who used cocaine and hosted men and women at a sex dungeon under a bar. (AP Photo/David Coates)

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Thursday, December 18, 2014, after 12 weeks in trial a jury has convicted Robert Bashara of, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder, First Degree Murder, Witness Intimidation, and Obstruction of Justice.

On April 17, 2013 Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy charged Robert Bashara, 57, of Grosse Pointe Park in connection with the homicide of his wife Jane Bashara, 56, in their marital home located in the 500 block of Middlesex in Grosse Pointe Park. Robert Moran, Chief of Special Investigations and Lisa Lindsey, Lead Assistant Prosecuting Attorney prosecuted the case.

Bashara will be sentenced before Judge Vonda Evans on January 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

“We applaud the jury's time, attention, and patience during this very lengthy trial. We are extremely pleased with this verdict and hope that it gives the family of Jane Bashara some respite. This three year investigation and prosecution would not have been possible without the extreme dedication of the Wayne County Assistant Prosecutors, Investigators, and Staff; the Federal and State agencies and the Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park Police Departments. May Jane now truly rest in peace,” said Prosecutor Worthy. 


Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads

LANSING, MI - Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1 percentage point hike in the 6 percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6 billion road and school funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders.

The Republican-led Legislature is expected to vote on the plan later in the day, the last of the two-year session. A statewide vote would occur in May if two-thirds of the House and Senate OK the proposed constitutional amendment.


Handel's “Messiah” Hartford's Community Gift Sunday, December 21st

DETROIT - Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (HMBC) will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 21 at 4 pm at Hartford Church. This is a star powered performance, and most amazing Hartford presents this world-class Handel’s Messiah presentation free of charge.

“It is our gift to Detroit and it offers an untold opportunity to reach out to a diverse public throughout the area,” said Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Church. “We are proud to present this ageless production year after year. Our young people must experience all kinds of music. Families are especially invited to be a part of this gift to the community.” Pastor Adams also sings tenor for the performance.


Franklin Wright Settlement host the Spirit of Giving Gala

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Franklin-Wright Settlement presented An Evening of Elegance at the beautiful Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to showcase its 133 years of existence as it continues to fulfill its mission to help children, families and seniors to have a higher quality of life.

The annual gala serves a dual purpose to honor local heroes for their involvement and commitment to community service as well as those who provide the services. Master of Ceremonies-Andrew Humphrey of WDIV-TV Local 4, Monique Marks, President and CEO and Rev. Robert Dulin, Board Chairman did an outstanding job of ensuring that the events flowed to keep all participants actively engaged.




Grosse Pointe Park temporarily moving sheds that separate Detroit at the border

GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI (Tell Us Det) - Officials say they are temporarily moving fruit and veggie sheds that have blocked a roadway between the black residents on the east side of Detroit and upscale white residents of Grosse Pointe Park.

According to the community group DiverseGP, a Grosse Pointe area race dialog organization, one of three sheds was moved to a vacant lot near the infamous blockade located on the boarder this weekend.


First digital car key offers old ideas with new technology

DETROIT, MI - This winter Keyfree Technologies of Toronto will launch what they say is the world’s first digital car key solution at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in La Vegas, NV, taking place in January.

The product will be a digital replacement for the physical car keys which are stored on your smartphone. In addition the system also provides a platform to incorporate other features currently on the market, such as vehicle tracking, diagn
ostic monitoring and remote starting.


Parenting after technology, a new father's point of view

DETROIT, MI - (Tell Us Det) - The digital age! How amazing is to live this moment, I am not reading the changes in a book (The same book that have been squeezed in to a flat screen device), I am actually living the moment while things happen.

To be honest I thought I had seen many new things and had no idea on how I was entering a new world. I am a new dad! Be a parent in the times of technology for sure is more fun that my parent’s time, times are extremely different today from in previous generations, right?


New report shows Hispanics responsible for $605B in annual U.S. spending power, $190B in tax revenue

One Out of Every Ten Dollars of Spending Power in U.S. in 2013 Held by Hispanics

New York, NY (Tell Us NYC) - Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy released a new report highlighting the important role that both native and foreign-born Hispanics play as consumers, purchasing goods and services that circulate money through the economy and help to grow and sustain businesses. The report also highlights their contributions to tax revenue, Medicare, and Social Security programs.


Gov. Snyder visits crumbling hi-way in Detroit, offers plan on a fix

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Gov. Rick Snyder got an up-close experience of the state's aging and crumbling hi-ways during a Monday morning rush hour visit to Detroit.

I've been bounced around pretty good," Snyder said this morning during a press briefing on the Lodge Freeway near Meyers and McNichols Rd. He was shown a retaining wall which is at risk of collapse and is in need of $1.5 million in repairs.

Snyder is stepping up pressure on lawmakers to boost Michigan's fuel taxes to raise $1.4 billion to improve roads and bridges.


Can Roberts Riverfront Hotel become resort within Detroit?

DETROIT - Michael Roberts had already enjoyed a long career in his native St. Louis before he bought the defunct Omni Hotel on Detroit’s east riverfront in 2010.

Since then, Roberts has poured about $5 million into renovating what everyone agrees ought to be a jewel, a historic Parke-Davis pharmaceutical laboratory building transformed 25 years ago into a boutique inn as part of the Stroh River Place complex.


Get ready for the Children’s Center 2015 AutoGlow Presented by Ford Motor Company

DETROIT, MI – Tickets are now on sale for The Future Starts Here, the 2015 AutoGlow of The Children's Center, presented by Ford Motor Company. The gala event, held Jan. 16, 2015, is the largest fundraiser for The Children's Center and directly supports its mission to help children and families shape their own futures.

Ford Motor Company returns as the Presenting Sponsor of AutoGlow, building upon 85 years of support for The Children’s Center. The event is hosted by Lisa and Bill Ford and, for the first time, Jane and Mark Fields. 


X1 TALKS: Comcast launches industry's first voice guided TV interface
“Talking Guide” Reads Aloud Channel Names, Show Titles and DVR Commands; Allows For Independent Search and Discovery For People With Disabilities

PLYMOUTH, MI - Comcast  announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks. 



Report: Michigan offers Jim Harbaugh $8 million per year

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 17-7. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SAN FRANCISCO (Tell Us SFO) -University of Michigan has offered Harbaugh a six-year, $48 million contract to replace recently fired Brady Hoke as its head coach, NFL Network reported Wednesday. The $8 million annual salary would make Harbaugh college football’s highest-paid head coach, ahead of Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7.16 million).

Eastern Market merchants and farmers pack food baskets for area needy families

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - The 28th annual packing of holiday food baskets for needy families in the Eastern Market area took place Wednesday, December 17 at Sacred Heart Church in its activities center located at 1000 Eliot Street.

Volunteers from Eastern Market, local area merchants, Michigan Food and Beverage Association filled hundreds of baskets with frozen turkeys, vegetables, fruits, nuts, soft drinks and bread products which have been donated by merchants in the market area.

Message to Bill Cosby: Stop the Blame Game

Op-Ed by Karen Hudson Samuels

My hopes of comedian Bill Cosby coming forward to clear his name by addressing the mounting accusations of sexual assault have been shattered.

Instead of addressing his accusers and preserving any remnant of his standing as America’s favorite Dad, Cosby has decided to play the blame game, by taking the African American media to task. This is not just disappointing but perhaps a sad revelation of his true character.

Tar Heels, Rutgers meet in inaugural Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - On December 26 Rutgers, the oldest college football team in America, will meet the North Carolina Tar Heels, for the very first Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit

New Facility to Double Size of Little Caesars World Headquarters Campus in Michigan’s Largest City

DETROIT – Twenty-five years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit’s Fox Office Center, Little Caesars is building a brand-new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size.

Floating pocket helps protect electronics, Drifter keeps them safe if bag drops

As the technology of laptops and tablets progress, so do the designs of their cases and carrying bags. Companies are now feverishly taking steps to engineer a backpack built for the technology inside. The Drifter has come up with an idea by concealing two floating sleeves crafted for holding a laptop and tablet safely, making it ideal as a transitional bag from a weekday commute to a weekend excursion.

Got out of town holiday guest? Take them for a Detroit Coney Dog

DETROIT - To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that "coney" means something entirely different.

In Michigan and a few other places, coney is a generic term for hot dogs topped with onions, mustard and chili. Brooklyn's Coney Island has its own hot dog culture thanks to Nathan's Famous, which has been selling dogs there since 1916. But chili is not a typical New York topping for a dog — we mostly stick to mustard and sauerkraut.

Idlewild residents try to revive lost ‘Black Eden’

IDLEWILD, MI You’d never know this was once paradise.

There’s not much traffic on the crisscrossing dirt roads. The old shacks set back in the woods are mostly empty. There’s little noise other than the sound of the wind blowing the leaves.

But this remote area was once alive, crowded, famous around the world not just for what it was, but more for what it meant.




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