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 […]

Pigs on a stake for Jesus

Pigs on a stake for Jesus

By Steve Neavling There’s no way like promoting God than some good-old fashion bigotry. That’s what a group of Christian missionary groups did this weekend when they taunted Arab Americans with a pig’s head and signs trumpeting hatred at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, the Free Press reports. Yea, I’m sure Jesus is down with […]

Stay out of my vagina, lawmaker pleads

Stay out of my vagina, lawmaker pleads

By Steve Neavling Vagina. Yep, I said it. Vagina. Offended? House Republicans were when state Rep. Lisa Brown referenced her anatomy on the floor today, telling conservatives that a sweeping anti-abortion bill is an intrusion on women’s rights. “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no,’” the […]

Judge tosses state takeover lawsuit

Judge tosses state takeover lawsuit

By Steve Neavling The rhetoric-laced drama unfolding over who controls Detroit’s finances took a big twist today when a judge quickly dismissed a lawsuit by the city’s attorney that challenged the state’s financial intervention. Now city and state officials can get back to fixing a budget that has run a deficit every year for more […]

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 […]

J Dilla: Rebirth of Detroit

Before emerging as one of hip hop’s most influential artists, J Dilla was a regular fixture in Detroit’s mid-1990s underground scene. His posthumous album, Rebirth of Detroit, is released today, with guest spots from local artists Danny Brown and Guilty Simpson. Watch the video for “Dillatroit,” a track on Rebirth of Detroit that features Nick […]