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Kate Abbey-Lambertz
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Kate is the Detroit Editor for The Huffington Post. She was previously the associate editor for HuffPost Detroit. Kate is a graduate of the Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. For tips or comments email

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How A Public Art Fest Made A Real Change In A Detroit Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 11:25 AM

A public art festival that brought dozens of murals to a Detroit neighborhood last week also sparked a subtler, but no less inspiring, change in students at a nearby school.

Designers, painters and former graffiti artists traveled from as far away as Australia to convene...

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A White Artist Wrote ‘Black Lives Matter’ 2,000 Times. But His Mural Almost Said ‘All Lives Matter.’

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 3:16 PM

Artist Renda Writer wrote “Black Lives Matter” about 2,000 times last week on a wall in Detroit, the white text in his handwriting appearing both tiny, streaming over the black background, and huge, shouting its message to anyone who walks by.

Writer, a white

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Judge Refuses To Delay Trial For Ex-Cop Charged In Dashcam Beating

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:43 AM

A former police officer shown on a dashcam video beating an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop...

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Haunting Photos Show The Real New Orleans, Through Hope And Despair

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:01 PM

David Spielman’s New Orleans is solemn and still, a place where cat’s claw vines creep up walls and consume entire houses. A staircase leads to an empty lot where a building once stood; a piano sits outside on a sunny day, unplayed and sharing space with...

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You May Not Know These Black Millennials, But They're Helping Detroit Make Its Comeback

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 8:22 AM

Stories of Detroit's revival have continually left out the black residents working to improve the city they've called home for decades.

Young black Detroiters have chosen to stay in the majority African-American city or have returned from other places to take part in revitalization efforts --...

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A Tiger Posed In An Abandoned Factory, Or When Ruin Photography Becomes Exploitation

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 9:19 PM

A viral story about a tiger getting loose during a photo shoot in an abandoned Detroit factory was untrue and overblown, photographer David Yarrow said, but the incident has still sparked criticism in the local art world.

Video posted on social media last week showed Tony...

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Police Investigate Whether Woman's Death Is Tied To Date

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Police are investigating the death of a Detroit woman whose body was found Monday, three days after...

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ICE Officer Will Not Be Charged In Death Of Terrance Kellom, Killed During Detroit Arrest

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:31 AM

DETROIT -- An officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old black man four times at his home will not...

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Detroit Cop Indicted On Charges Of Lying About Murder Plot

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:54 AM

A Detroit police officer was indicted Friday...

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Embattled Republican Breaks Silence After Sex Scandal, Says She Won't Quit

(19) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Michigan state Rep. Cindy Gamrat said Friday that she believes she will be vindicated by a misconduct investigation...

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Tea Party Republican Explains Why He Made Up Gay Sex Story About Himself

(5) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:05 AM

A Michigan lawmaker is claiming that he was blackmailed in a “clandestine operation to control public officials” after local media revealed his attempt to conceal an affair with another lawmaker last week.

The Detroit News reported on Friday that state Reps. Todd Courser and...

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Woman Claims She Had Miscarriage After Cop Used Stun Gun Against Her

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:59 AM

An African-American woman is suing the city of Chicago, saying she had a miscarriage after a white police officer with a record of misconduct unfairly used a stun gun on her.

Elaina Turner and her fiancé, Ulysses Green, filed a civil rights lawsuit on July 31 against...

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Michigan Tea Party Lawmakers' Reported Affair Cover-Up Is Being Investigated

(8) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:50 AM

A report that a Michigan state House representative planned to cover up his affair with a colleague by planting a fake sex scandal story will be investigated, House leaders said.

The Detroit News published recordings Friday in which they identify Rep. Todd Courser (R)...

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Spy Planes Aren’t Surveilling Detroit-Area Arab Community, FBI Says

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:09 PM

DEARBORN, Mich. -- An FBI spy plane that circled over a Detroit suburb dozens of times this weekend...

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Activists Want To Know Why An ICE Officer Is Back At Work After Fatal Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:50 PM


A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer who fatally shot a young black man while serving an arrest warrant in April returned to duty after three days of mandated paid leave, leaving community activists calling for transparency and justice.

Authorities are still investigating ICE agent...

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Chicago Just Fired An Investigator Trying To Hold Cops Accountable For Unjustified Shootings

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:33 PM

The independent agency tasked with policing Chicago cops hasn’t released findings on several unjustified police shootings, and its leaders are more concerned with protecting officers than investigating citizen complaints, a fired employee said. 

Lorenzo Davis, an Independent Police Review Authority supervisor who was fired this month, said...

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Ex-FBI Agent: Detroit's Disenfranchised Kids Could Be Radicalized By ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 12:32 PM


The potential for disenfranchised kids in Detroit to be radicalized by terrorist groups poses a "huge threat"...

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Muslim Man Who Wants To Build Youth Camp Shocked By Terrorism Accusations

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 8:21 AM


WEST BRANCH, Mich. -- A Muslim man planning to build a secular summer youth camp in Michigan says he’s dumbfounded by accusations that it could be used to train terrorists.

David Salha wants a special use permit to construct the camp on his 150-acre vacation...

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Ford Worker Fired For Anti-Gay Comment Sues For Religious Discrimination

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 4:53 PM

A former Ford Motor Co. engineer says in a lawsuit that the automaker violated his religious freedom when it fired him for posting an anti-gay comment on the company website.  

Thomas Banks, of Michigan, describes himself in a federal lawsuit filed Friday as a Christian who worked for...

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Judge Frees Kids She Sent To Juvenile Center For Avoiding Lunch With Father

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 5:59 PM

 PONTIAC, Mich. -- A judge who sent three children to a juvenile detention center last month for refusing to eat lunch with their father has decided to release them so they can attend summer camp.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca lifted her civil...

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