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Category Archives: Detroit

Motor City Muckraker’s Steve Neavling, Ypsi’s new IB elementary school, the campaign for the Riverside Park playground, and Pointless Brewery & Theatre… on episode 41 of the Saturday Six Pack

Tonight’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack will be in four parts. During our first segment, we’ll have on Cassandra Sheriff and Karla Graessley to discuss the recent announcement that Ypsilanti Community Schools, building on the successes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school and high school, will be opening an IB elementary school. [Graessley […]

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Hijacking a local karaoke night, the reclusive Patrick Elkins announces his intention to take Totally Awesome Fest international this year

Every year, at about this time, Patrick Elkins, the director of Ypsilanti’s Totally Awesome Fest (TAF), calls a big press conference to formally announce the coming festivities. And, every year, invariably, I’m the only member of the professional press to show up. This year’s press conference, which took place yesterday evening during a hijacked karaoke […]

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Columbus gets an axe to the head in Detroit

It would appear, based on the above photo, which was posted to Reddit this morning, that Christopher Columbus no longer garners the same kind of respect in Detroit that he once did… Yes, the bust of Christopher Columbus, which is located at Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, just outside of the Renaissance Center, apparently got […]

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Grace Lee Boggs, the mother of Detroit activism, passes away peacefully at 100

Activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died peacefully in her sleep this morning at the age of 100. If you never had an opportunity to meet her personally, or hear her speak, I’d suggest making time this evening to watch the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which does a great job […]

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Disturbing video surfaces of Davontae Sanford being forcefully subdued by prison guards at the age of 16

Yesterday the folks at the Huffington Post released a gut-wrenching expose on the treatment of kids sentenced to adult prison in Michigan. The report, titled Cruel and All-Too-Usual, begins with a graphic video accompanied by the following warning. Warning: The following video, obtained by The Huffington Post, shows the rough treatment of a minor by […]

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