Monday, May 21, 2018

Michigan civil rights board says state law prohibits LGBT discrimination

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Michigan’s current ban on sex discrimination extends to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the state’s civil rights commission has found. The commission voted 5-0 on the interpretation today in a move the director of law and policy for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights describes as...

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Downriver church creates transgender support group after conversion therapy scandal

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 2:37 PM

A Downriver church is holding support sessions for transgender youth after another church in the area made national headlines earlier this year for planning a controversial workshop some likened to conversion therapy. The Stand With Trans Downriver Support Group held its first session last night at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church....

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Protest of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix planned for this weekend

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 12:47 PM

A group of local residents and park users opposed to the Detroit Grand Prix running on Belle Isle will gather on Saturday, May 26 at Belle Isle's entrance to protest the race. The protest is organized by Belle Isle Concern, which is working to get the race removed from...

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Detroit's new 'creepy ass Mickey Mouse' statue draws mixed reactions

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 12:15 PM

"The Spirit of Detroit." The Joe Louis Fist. The Alexander Macomb Monument. "The Hand of God." And now, "Waiting." A new statue has entered the realm of the iconic in downtown Detroit — if only geographically speaking. Because unlike its older, more esteemed peers, "Waiting" is very — er, modern. More...

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3-year-old shot in head near River Rouge border with Detroit

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 8:57 AM

A three-year-old boy is reportedly in critical condition after he was hit in a drive-by shooting on the Detroit-River Rouge border this weekend. Media outlets report that Jamar Lee Quinn Jr. was shot in the head while he was sleeping at his great-grandmother's house early Sunday morning. The incident...

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Michigan anti-pot-legalization group drops opposition in surprising about-face

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:06 PM

A committee created to derail Michigan's marijuana legalization initiative has dropped its opposition to the effort in a surprising about-face intended to undermine the ballot proposal by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA). The opposition group, the Committee to Keep Pot Out of Neighborhoods and Schools, is...

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Jack Lessenberry resigns from Metro Times following suspension

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Like many of you, I read yesterday’s Deadline Detroit story about longtime Metro Times columnist Jack Lessenberry, which detailed accusations of inappropriate behavior involving female colleagues and students at Wayne State University’s journalism program. Unlike the rest of you, however, I was faced with a difficult decision on how...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Activists will gather at City Hall Friday to demand shutdown of Detroit incinerator

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 10:36 AM

A confederation of local environmental activists and members of environmental groups from all over the country will gather in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue Friday morning to demand the closing of Detroit's trash incinerator. Breathe Free Detroit, a large local coalition of groups opposed to the incinerator,...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mackinac Island rated top summer travel destination in U.S.

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Americans in search of a summer vacation destination appear to be lured by a lack of cars and an abundance of fudge. Mackinac Island has been ranked the most popular summer destination in the country this year by Travel website TripAdvisor. The ranking is based on the greatest seasonal increase in hotel booking interest....

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Report: MSU will pay at least $500 million to Nassar victims

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of young women abused by Larry Nassar, media outlets report. The settlement was announced Wednesday by the California law firm representing the survivors. It came after two days of talks between lawyers for the school and lawyers for...

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