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January 23, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 23, 2014

Michigan’s proposed solution to the virtual ghost town that is Detroit? The governor wants to give visas to 50,000 highly skilled immigrants who would move to the city and make it more awesome, or something like that.

Is there a possible carcinogen in most sodas? It’s not clear whether 4-methylimidazole (often found in the caramel coloring used in many sodas) is unsafe, but the FDA is double-checking.

The Metro-North train system in NYC had some sort of weird-ass computer problem, leading to a major delay that left people stranded for hours.

Hate revenge porn king Hunter Moore? Good news—he was just arrested on federal hacking charges.

Meet the person who will give the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address.

23:35 // 6 months ago
December 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 3, 2013

Detroit can go ahead with the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history ($18 billion in debt, for those playing at home), which is bad news for retired city workers, who now find their pensions facing a sudden threat.

Earlier this year, a Nigerian man spent three days trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, surviving thanks to an air bubble on his sunken ship. He thinks the rescue was divine deliverance.

Kim Jong-Un apparently fired his uncle, who was a powerful deal-broker in the country. Couldn’t negotiate that one, it seems.

Good news for Obama’s Kenya-born uncle: He won’t be forced out of the U.S., after a judge threw out a deportation notice.

Two companies that nobody likes can officially get married.

19:38 // 7 months ago
November 18, 2013
15:30 // 8 months ago
November 7, 2013
Suspects engaged a couple of victims. Several shots were fired. It’s unknown if some of the victims fired back. Right now the information that we have is that nine people have been shot. Of that number, we have three confirmed, pronounced (dead) at the scene, one we’re not sure of.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig • Discussing a mass shooting in Detroit, where ten people were shot outside of a barber shop on the city’s east side. Three died in the incident, WDIV reports. The barber shop was known as a haven for gambling, according to police officials.
6:38 // 8 months ago
November 6, 2013
19:39 // 8 months ago
October 10, 2013

Nearly thirty-year sentence handed down to former mayor of Detroit

  • 28 years in prison will be served by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, following his conviction on two dozen charges that include bribery and wire fraud. Kilpatrick has been in custody since his conviction earlier this year, and is expected to appeal the sentence. source
14:42 // 9 months ago
September 18, 2013
kohenari:

Earlier today, I posted a picture of the demographics of Omaha, Nebraska; for the sake of comparison, here’s Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding suburbs.
Here’s the color key:
Blue dots: White
Green dots: African-American
Red dots: Asian
Orange dots: Latino
Brown dots: all other races
Can you spot 8 Mile Road?

Better question: How can you miss it? It’s the ultimate dividing line.

kohenari:

Earlier today, I posted a picture of the demographics of Omaha, Nebraska; for the sake of comparison, here’s Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding suburbs.

Here’s the color key:

  • Blue dots: White
  • Green dots: African-American
  • Red dots: Asian
  • Orange dots: Latino
  • Brown dots: all other races

Can you spot 8 Mile Road?

Better question: How can you miss it? It’s the ultimate dividing line.

13:01 // 10 months ago
July 25, 2013
I’d like to relocate to Oakland County, where I can rely on city services and feel safer, even if it’s just on the other side of the street.
Detroit resident Lou Willis • Speaking about the divide between the haves and have-nots, separated between the bankrupt Detroit and the comparably rich Oakland County, affects her. It a divide which Bloomberg Businessweek says “often resembles a border dispute.” That divide, of course? Along 8 Mile Road.
18:29 // 1 year ago
July 21, 2013

More on Detroit’s bankruptcy and that court ruling

obumbra said: I thought the court then ruled it unconstitutional, though.

» SFB says: While a state judge did say the ruling violated Michigan’s constitution, the fact is, the city is still $18 billion in debt … so something has to be done about that. Also worth keeping in mind is that the ruling was made in a state court, but the bankruptcy filing itself was done in a federal court, so it’s very likely the court’s ruling will prove ineffective. On top of that, the state attorney general is fighting the case in court. Either way, expect this to get messy; USA Today says that as many as 100,000 creditors are likely to be involved in the bankruptcy proceedings. — Ernie @ SFB

23:51 // 1 year ago
We’re not the only city that’s going to struggle through what we’re going through. We may be one of the first. We are the largest, but we absolutely will not be the last. And so we have got to set a bench mark in terms of how to fix our cities and come back from this tragedy.
Detroit mayor Dave Bing • Discussing the city’s bankruptcy crisis, stemming from more than $18 billion in debt. While bailing out is an option, Bing says he hasn’t broached the topic with the Obama administration. “I think it’s very difficult right now to ask directly for support,” he said. Bing is relatively limited as far as options, with the city’s financial situation being handled by an emergency manager in the city. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says that, had the bankruptcy move not been made, the city would have “gone further downhill.”
23:09 // 1 year ago