Posts tagged "detroit"

Cities That Surprise: Detroit, Michigan

You can take the girl out of Michigan, but I’m not so sure you can ever take the Michigan out of the girl. I never thought this would be the case when I first left home, but the deeper I delve into building a life here on the East Coast, the harder I stubbornly cling to my…

Claire Hannum / May 20, 2015

5 Great Poems By Philip Levine, Who Found Magic In Everyday Life

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, died Saturday at age 87. His early life in Detroit and his work on the auto assembly line inspired much of his poetry, which focused heavily on working-class middle America. He was, in the words of the New York Times Dwight Garner, “an outsider archiving the…

Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

Detroit Is Finally Doing Something About Its 11,000 Untested Rape Kits

In the years leading up to Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy filing, as local leaders scrambled to keep a city afloat that couldn’t even afford street lights, thousands of rape kits somehow went untested, preventing countless rapists from being prosecuted. In 2009, 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit police storage unit. Two thousand of the kit…

Claire Hannum / January 7, 2015

DoubleTree Hotel In Detroit No Longer Hosting “Men’s Rights Activists” Conference

A conference for “men’s rights activists” will no longer be held at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Detroit, Michigan, June 26 – 28 due to a sudden and unexplained change of venues.

The manager of the DoubleTree confirmed to the blog Motor City Muckraker that the MRA conference would no longer be held…

Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2014

Renisha McBride’s Parents Speak Out About Murder Charges Against Theodore Wafer

Earlier today we learned about the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter against 54-year-old Theodore Wafer in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

On November 2, the Michigan man shot McBride in the face through a closed and locked screen door at his home when she knocked on his front door earlier thi…

Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

Prosecutors Charge Theodore Wafer, The Man Who Killed Renisha McBride, With 2nd Degree Murder

Perhaps there will be justice for Renisha McBride after all. Detroit prosecutors have officially decided to charge Theodore P. Wafer, 54 (above left), with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old McBride. The young women knocked on Wafer’s door the evening of November 2nd, likely looking for help after she allegedly got in a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 15, 2013

Catch An ’80s Dance Party Fever

There’s a special place in my heart for late ’70s and early ’80s dance party shows. The more local and cable access-y, the better. So I’m especially fond of this clip from Detroit-area dance show, “The Scene,” featuring one of the first ever Detroit techno hits, “Sharevari,” by A Number of Names. This clip i…

Julie Gerstein / November 20, 2012

Be My Boyfriend: Most Misogynist Tree Removal Guy

You had me at, “I don’t take no orders from no woman.”
Meet Ihor Stetkewycz, the man of my dreams — a tree removal guy who pissed off Detroit-area residents when he dumped a pile of tree stumps on their street and sped off. But that’s not why we’re in love. Ihor is my boyfriend…

Julie Gerstein / June 14, 2012

Detroit City Council Trying To Ban Lap Dances

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the Detroit City Council meeting yesterday. DJs, strippers, and club owners descended on the council, begging to be left alone. See, Detroit’s city government is trying to put regulations on the adult entertainment industry and has proposed that dancers stay at least six feet away…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 30, 2009