State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

State raping Detroit? Kenyatta says so.

Tempers flared today after Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta suggested the state was anally raping the city. Kenyatta was urging his colleagues to stop participating in the state intervention, “rather than continuing to pull your pants down without Vaseline and allowing the folks to do what they’re doing to us.” Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins called out […]

DPS Chief: Class sizes won’t reach 61 students

DPS Chief: Class sizes won’t reach 61 students

Detroit Public Schools won’t come anywhere close to the reported class sizes of 61 students, DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts assured City Council this morning. Roberts also said the long-struggling district should be deficit-free by 2016. Roberts dismissed fears that classes would bulge to 60 or more students, saying he has a plan to limit […]

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. […]

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

By Steve Neavling Leave it to Detroit City Council to turn a peaceful apple orchard into a heated, divisive issue. Forget the city’s other problems, like chronic poverty, high illiteracy rates, tens of thousands of vacant homes and a budget shortfall that could land Detroit in bankruptcy court. When council members learned Tuesday that volunteers […]