Wild in the streets: Skating meetup at Detroit’s Brewster Projects

It was an odd, glorious scene. More than 1,000 skateboarders from around the globe converged Thursday on the hulking, abandoned housing projects across I-75 from Ford Field in Detroit as part of the international “Go Skate Day.” Under a scorching sun, skateboarders blanketed the cracked tennis courts, sidewalks and parking lots of the Brewster-Douglass projects […]

Hoekstra shows hypocrisy in ad attacking Stabenow

Hoekstra shows hypocrisy in ad attacking Stabenow

By Steve Neavling Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Republican trying to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, is hoping you have a bad memory. Hoekstra released a radio ad this week accusing the Obama administration of leaking classified national security information, calling the unknown leakers “amateurs” and “traitors.” Not long ago, Hoekstra was on the […]

Thousands of skateboarders to converge in Detroit

Thousands of skateboarders to converge in Detroit

By Steve Neavling Don’t believe skateboarding is making a comeback? Wait until thousands of skateboarders from around the world zip through the streets and sidewalks of Detroit on Thursday as part of international “Go Skate Day.” The event, Wild in the Streets, encourages skateboarders to converge on Detroit’s Hart Plaza at noon. For updates, check […]

Council President Pugh shows off body in new video, photos

Seriously? In the midst of a state takeover, massive service reductions and impending bankruptcy, Council President Charles Pugh’s obsession with his new chiseled chest is a peculiar sight. Today the former TV reporter posted two shirtless photos – one showing his squeamishly oversized belly from a year ago and the other revealing his current six-pack abs […]

Million Man March coming to the Motor City?

Million Man March coming to the Motor City?

By Steve Neavling The annual Million Man March may land in the Motor City. Civil-rights leaders officially made their case Monday as it vies to beat out other cities to host the next march, which could draw hundreds of thousands of people to Detroit. Detroit City Council enthusiastically backed the effort today. Originally held in […]

Fireworks curfew smacks of discrimination

Fireworks curfew smacks of discrimination

By Steve Neavling Detroit City Council thought it had effectively banned unsupervised children today from the annual 2012 Detroit Target Fireworks. But a city attorney quickly ended the curfew ordinance, calling it “an extreme restriction on rights” that would therefore need approval from two-thirds of the council. The nine-member board could only mustered five votes. […]

The vagina heard ’round the world

The vagina heard ’round the world

By Steve Neavling When state Rep. Lisa Peterson turned her vagina into a powerful metaphor for the attack on women’s rights last week, the West Bloomfield Democrat did Michigan a favor. She drew attention to one of the country’s most sweeping anti-abortion bills. Conservative lawmakers are launching an egregious assault on reproductive health care with […]