Hobbs speaks to his experience as a first-grade teacher on Detroit’s eastside.


Warren Evans for Wayne County Executive

Mandella Day July 22,2014

Rudy Hobbs For Congress


Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. The average annual pension for police and fire retirees is $32,000, while most other retired city workers get $19,000 to $20,000. Orr has said pension changes are unfortunate but necessary because two funds are underfunded by billions. If investment performance improves in the years ahead, he said, the cuts could be restored. "I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed positive decision about their future and the future of the city," Kevyn Orr said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

DETROIT - A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.

Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit's overall strategy to eliminate or reduce $18 billion in long-term debt is fair and feasible to all creditors.

Trial starts Aug. 14.

"I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed, positive decision about their future and the future of the city," said Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who has been handling Detroit's finances since March 2013.

General retirees would get a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments. They accepted the changes with 73 percent of ballots in favor. Retired police officers and firefighters would lose only a portion of their annual cost-of-living raise. Eighty-two percent in that class voted "yes."

Voting ended July 11, and the counting was done by a private company. 


Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days

DETROIT - Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy.

The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation's largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses. 


First Marygrove houses awarded to City in nuisance suits being added to auction website
Winning bidders able to tap into $1mil in forgivable rehab loans

DETROIT - Four months ago, city officials stood in the middle of the Marygrove neighborhood on the city’s northwest side to launch a program to take legal action against the owners of every privately owned vacant home in the 16-block community.

Since then the owners of 35 of the 90 homes originally posted with legal notices have signed agreements to fix up their homes and have them occupied within six months. Work on many of them already is underway. 


Residents gear up to prevent immigrant children from entering their community

VASSAR, MI (Tell Us Det) - About 50 people turned out to protest a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in a small Michigan community.

Protesters were quite vocal in their views during the march. “We want to live the American dream for our kids, not some kids who are dropped off in our lap,” said Vassar Township resident Chad Fabbro.

Tamyra Murray, an organizer for Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, led Monday's march from Vassar City Hall to Wolverine Human Services' 145-bed Pioneer Work and Learn Center, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. Some carried U.S. flags, rifles or handguns. 


Sports Technology Set to Score at New Sports Tech Marketplace at the 2015 International CES

CEA to partner with SFIA to showcase innovations in sports technology

ARLINGTON, VA - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the launch of the Sports Tech Marketplace, a showcase of the latest in sports technology set to debut at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The 2015 CES is scheduled to run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Presented by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the Sports Tech Marketplace will highlight how technology is being incorporated into sports and how it is affecting the participant experience.  


Daughter seeks right for autopsy of Casey Kasem

SEATTLE - A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains or removing them from a funeral home.

Kasem, the radio host of "American Top 40" and voice of animated television characters like Scooby-Doo's sidekick Shaggy, died June 15 at a hospital in Gig Harbor. Court records show his body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, south of Seattle, more than a month later. 


Detroit Riverfront Conservancy names Mark Wallace new CEO and president

Detroit Resident Brings Public-Private Partnership and Real Estate Development Expertise to City’s Thriving Riverfront Redevelopment Efforts

DETROIT – The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC) Board of Directors today named Mark Wallace as the organization’s new chief executive officer and president. In his new role, Wallace, 37, will oversee the continued development and permanent stewardship of the Detroit riverfront that will ultimately provide 5.5 miles of contiguous access along the Detroit River, an international waterway bordering Downtown Detroit and shared with Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He will begin his new role in mid-August.


Sun shines bright on 34th Metro Detroit Youth Day at Belle Isle

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - One of the highlights of summer went off flawlessly for more than 35,000 youngsters from the metro Detroit area during the annual Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD). This year (2014) the colorful event for children celebrated its historic 32nd anniversary on July 9. It is the largest youth event in Michigan.

Metro Youth Day began following altercations between youth and Detroit merchants in the summer of 1980. The event was created to show youngsters that businesses, the community and civic organizations do care about our youth. 


Ilitch organization unveils world-class sports entertainment district

DETROIT, MI - Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District. The project will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable, livable mixed-use District neighborhoods. 

Gala to celebrate Detroit’s Black American Trailblazers: Coach Jim Caldwell to be honored

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - The Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee is observing its 43rd Anniversary Gala, which honors African American trailblazers in all fields of endeavor.

This year the historic hiring of Jim Caldwell is being recognized, it marks the first time in Detroit Lions history that an African American will lead the NFL team. At the college level, Caldwell held his first breakthrough position. At Wake Forest University he became the first African American head football coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1993 to 2000. 

Paulson and Snyder address Michigan's future business with China at DEC meeting

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - On Monday afternoon Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson met with members of the Detroit Economic Club in the atrium at Ford Field.

The two were there to share their views on how foreign direct investment can help the greater Detroit region and the state of Michigan using Chinese investment. 

Cheers for Elizabeth Warren at conference offer peek at Democrats' mindset

DETROIT, MI - Even before Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., entered the grand ballroom of the Cobo Center here Friday for a much-anticipated speech to hundreds of liberal activists, her admirers were handing out plastic boater hats, bumper stickers and lawn signs declaring, "Elizabeth Warren for President." 

M-1 RAIL announces details of July 28th start of construction

DETROIT, MI - Representatives of M-1 RAIL on Wednesday shared details of what to expect when streetcar construction begins Monday, July 28, 2014. The team also shared the anticipated near term and the full construction schedule of activities through 2016. 

HopeLine from Verizon Supports Alternatives For Girls

$30,000 Grant Benefits Domestic Violence Prevention Programs in Detroit

DETROIT, MI - HopeLine from Verizon, a program connecting vital resources to survivors of domestic violence, is supporting the nonprofit organization Alternatives For Girls (AFG) with a $30,000 grant. The donation will help continue family and individual counseling sessions and other programs at AFG that are aimed at reducing domestic violence and its devastating effects.

"Detroit Food Trucks Have Gone to the Dogs... Bark Appétit!"

DETROIT, MI - Building on the massively popular Detroit food truck trend, Milo's Kitchen brand dog treats is launching the Motor City's first mobile food experience for dogs and their pet parents.

With planned stops at dog parks in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Canton, and additional locations -- plus visits to 15 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. [http://mktreattruck.com] -- the Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck will offer all of Detroit's gour-mutts the chance to:

OABI Beach Festival releases Paddlerama event schedule & music lineup

Visit www.oabidetroit.com for Advance tickets and event information

DETROIT, MI - OABI Beach Festival, taking place on the shores of Belle Isle Beach, Detroit on Saturday, August 9, 2014 announces the full Paddlerama schedule of events, featuring paddleboard and SUP events for all ages, kayak events as well as the Outdoor Action Company OABI Race, live music, craft beer and local food for everyone to enjoy.


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