The unraveling of Council President Pugh

The unraveling of Council President Pugh

By Steve Neavling It’s safe to say Detroit has never seen a council president quite like Charles Pugh. The former TV reporter with no political experience swept into city hall in 2009, collecting more votes than any of his eight colleagues. Detroit’s first openly gay councilman pledged to restore faith in a council battered by […]

Kenyatta: Don’t celebrate the Fourth of July

Kenyatta: Don’t celebrate the Fourth of July

By Steve Neavling Independence Day should not be celebrated tomorrow; it should be mourned, Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said this morning. The oft-misunderstood councilman questioned the wisdom of Detroiters celebrating the Fourth of July at a time when the city is anything but free. The state has partial control of the city, and Detroiters remain […]

New MLive.com columnist calls for “armed rebellion” after Supreme Court ruling

New MLive.com columnist calls for “armed rebellion” after Supreme Court ruling

By Steve Neavling MLive.com should be kicking itself for hiring conservative agitator Matthew Davis as its new political columnist. As the Michigan news site was welcoming Davis to his new job, the former Free Press reporter and mouthpiece for conservative causes created a firestorm. So irate by this week’s Michigan Supreme Court decision on health […]

Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s trip to Detroit gives us hope today

By Steve Neavling The message from Nelson Mandela, delivered 22 years ago today during a sold-out rally in Tiger Stadium, remains just as strong today. “Your solidarity has given us enormous strength and courage,” the South African liberation leader told Detroiters. “We will not forget you.” On June 28, 1990, Mandela met with then-Mayor Coleman […]

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

Council president throws temper tantrum on Twitter

By Steve Neavling Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh threw a temper tantrum on Twitter after a journalism intern dared suggest the councilman is a disappointing leader. “Josh, do you think the folks at Automotive News would be interested in your inaccurate, offensive commentary? Just curious?” Pugh tweeted. After no response from the intern, Pugh […]

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

Pugh: My muscles offend you?

By Steve Neavling Council President Charles Pugh seems genuinely bewildered by the reaction to his whopping 48-minute-long weight loss video that shows him bare-chested and flexing as the city nears bankruptcy. Pugh was particularly upset by a Detroit News column that labeled his video “abs-urd,” so he encouraged his thousands of Facebook friends to tell the author, Laura Berman, […]

Brooks Patterson: A golf club, tweets & drinks

Brooks Patterson: A golf club, tweets & drinks

More than 85 tweets, a golf outing and cocktails. It was a busy day for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Tuesday. The bubbly, wise-cracking Republican was participating in the Oakland County Executive Golf Outing, a fundraiser for business development. What most impressed us wasn’t his eloquent stroke but his 85 tweets during one […]

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 […]

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 […]

Updated: Free Press to lay off reporters, cut newsroom

Updated: Free Press to lay off reporters, cut newsroom

By Steve Neavling The Detroit Free Press plans to sizably reduce its staff of reporters, and one of its top editors is leaving, Editor and Publisher Paul Anger told trepidation newspaper employees today. Anger said the cuts “won’t be tiny,” according to three reporters and an editor who were at the meeting. Another blow to […]