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Detroit's Housing Disaster Is Its Leaders' Fault

The Huffington Post | Edmund Zagorin | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics

DETROIT ― On Sept. 7, officials in Wayne County, Michigan, began selling off roughly 14,000 homes in what has become the nation’s largest foreclos...

Unlocked: Juvenile Probation Reformed

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

In Wayne County, Michigan, a teen named Debbie sat down for her weekly meeting with Juvenile Justice Specialist, Susan Wiley. "Have you been drug screening as you've been required to?" Wiley asked.

David Lohr

Missing Mom's Boyfriend: 'They Know Something Happened to Her' | David Lohr | Posted 03.04.2015 | Crime

The boyfriend of an upstate New York mother of three who has been missing since last month said police have told him to prepare for the worst. "The...

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Detroit
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

With Football and Hazing, History Repeats Itself

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 12.14.2014 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

When a school team's hazing customs go unchecked, the bullying will grow more degrading every season. In many instances, each class looks to top its predecessor. Given how widespread hazing is, it cannot be eliminated.

JamesMichael Nichols

After Dark: Jayne County, Transgender Musician And Nightlife Icon | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This is the thirteenth installment in HuffPost Gay Voices Associate Editor JamesMichael Nichols' 30-part series "After Dark: NYC Nightlife Today And D...

Protecting Voter Choice

Kevin McNamara | Posted 06.29.2014 | Detroit
Kevin McNamara

Activist Robert Davis filed a challenge with the Wayne County Elections Commission to remove my name from the August 5th Primary Election ballot as a ...

A Proactive Wayne County Government is Necessary

Kevin McNamara | Posted 05.04.2014 | Detroit
Kevin McNamara

The devil is in the details, as the saying goes. We've seen many plans shared by the current administration that went wrong. And, those plans had far more supporting documentation than this deficit elimination plan.

Conversations With John Fogerty, Marky Ramone, Tom Odell and The Sadies' Dallas Good, Plus Slowriter's "Omen" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"It's not that I had a plan, but it kind of felt like by saying that, I was allowing that person to have their influence rather than me telling them."

We Must Affirm Detroit as a Safe City

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.10.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Neighborhood revitalization is the key to Detroit's transformation. Our city will never truly be transformed until we can affirm it as a safe city.

FACT CHECK: Public Safety Not Properly Funded in Wayne County

Benny Napoleon | Posted 08.31.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

In a county where crime and public safety is every taxpayer's primary concern, why would any elected official not properly fund the most important service the county provides during a time when crime and public safety is a top concern for every resident and business?

Wayne County Must Put Safety of Its Communities First

Sarah Tofte | Posted 08.07.2013 | Detroit
Sarah Tofte

Every other week, I sit in meetings with our team in Detroit, and hear about the incredible investigative leads we are gathering from rape kit testing, and the enthusiasm of the police and prosecutors to pursue those leads. The only thing stopping them is the money they need to do their jobs.

Ashley Woods

Gilbert's Company Has Good Reason To Get Jail Out Of Downtown | Ashley Woods | Posted 06.04.2013 | Detroit

Developer Dan Gilbert has worked to transform Downtown Detroit into a lively cultural destination. So it's not surprising that he'd like to help a cou...


Detroit Free Press | Posted 06.17.2013 | Detroit

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office doesn't take 911 calls, but 61 employees have take-home cars in case they're called out to an emergency. That tot...

Spirit of Detroit Statue Represents the Potential for Our Great City

Benny Napoleon | Posted 06.10.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Somehow we have lost our way as a city. We have lost sight of what really matters to our quality of life and to a strong Detroit.

Reclaiming Integration and Opportunity in the Era of Multiracial Democracy

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Dr. Curtis L. Ivery

Apart from a few notable exceptions of successful integration efforts, the public school system in the United States has reverted to a two-tiered institution, effectively segregated by race and class.

Kym Worthy Will Tell 'Rock Center' About Wayne County's 11,000 Untested Rape Kits

Detroit News | Posted 02.12.2013 | Detroit

Detroit -- Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is scheduled to appear on national television Thursday to discuss the thousands of untested rape kits di...

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Voting YES on Prop 2 Supports Public Service Workers Who Protect Our Kids

Benny Napoleon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining rights for public sector employees is not a one-sided worker argument. Passage of Proposal 2 provides the mechanism for public sector workers to protect their professional training from getting cut.

Turkia Mullin: Pay Me!

Detroit News | Posted 09.13.2012 | Detroit

Detroit — Turkia Mullin's legal victories are piling up against her former bosses at the Wayne County Airport Authority. One week after authority...

Protect a Detroit Gem: Vote YES on County Art Authority to Support the DIA

Gary A. Brown | Posted 10.06.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

We have institutional gems in Detroit that other cities envy. Many times we take them for granted. One of these gems, which needs our support, is the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

Renewing County Jail Millage Necessary to Protect Your Safety

Benny Napoleon | Posted 10.03.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

It's no secret that Wayne County government faces a budget deficit and ongoing economic challenges with declining property values. However, now is not the time to decrease resources for public safety.

Grosse Pointe Shores Wants Out Of Wayne County

Grosse Pointe Patch | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit

By Sara Eaton Martin Grosse Pointe Shores residents will be asked in August to vote about whether they would like their city to secede from Wayne C...

Michigan, Detroit and the Fall of the Byzantine Empire

James Melton | Posted 05.19.2012 | Detroit
James Melton

Folks, it's time to just shut up and focus on what's coming at us across that metaphorical Dardanelles Strait. If the walls are breached, it really won't matter whose fault it is or how it happened. We'll all be in a bad way.

Trust Must Be Regained to Move Wayne County Forward

Kevin McNamara | Posted 04.23.2012 | Detroit
Kevin McNamara

Government cannot endure without some form of trust among the elected officials and by the taxpayers who voted for them.