Friday, December 30, 2016

Study: Nearly 10,000 metric tons of plastic flow into Great Lakes each year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 7:24 AM

About 21.8 million pounds — or nearly 10,000 metric tons — of plastic flow into the Great Lakes each year from the United States and Canada, according to a new study from the Rochester Institute of Technology. The study, "Inventory and Transport of Plastic Debris in the Laurentian Great Lakes," was published this month...

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Nightcall's Peter Werbe: The exit interview

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 6:29 AM

On Halloween, Nightcall radio host Peter Werbe announced that his program, commercial radio’s longest-running live call-in talk show, had came to an abrupt end. The show, which had run for 46 years, went off the air without fanfare, and Werbe, perhaps commercial radio’s only self-identified anarchist, atheist, vegetarian host,...

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Our top 10 stories from 2016

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 1:26 PM

As this hellish year is winding down, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the stories that shaped 2016 into the cluster-fuck of a year that it is. 1. Detroit teachers are using Twitter to document poor school conditions DPS teachers started using the...

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Michigan has banned banning plastic bags

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Under a new Michigan law, local governments are banned from banning plastic bags. Public Act 389 preempts local governments that ban, restrict, or place fees on plastic bags. The bill was signed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Wednesday while Gov. Rick Snyder is on holiday vacation. The law makes it easier...

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PR firm's locker room humor falls flat

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:45 AM

Media people in metro Detroit can tell that the year is finally winding to a close when a certain mailpiece arrives. It’s the annual cartoon calendar released by Michigan PR firm Truscott Rossman. They usually lampoon the Michigan political scene with a light touch, and the cartoons generally get...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In Flint criminal charges, is Schuette indicting ... himself?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Following the news that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is charging four more people in the Flint water crisis investigation — including two of Flint's emergency managers — the Detroit Free Press brings up an interesting point: Schuette's office was the the one that, in part, approved the administrative consent...

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Four highlights of live, local theater in the new year

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 7:22 AM

If you haven't been a spectator of live theater in a while, what you find might surprise you. In a day and age when overblown CGI graphics appear in lieu of character-driven drama, and when absolutely instantaneous videos on YouTube have shortened our attention spans, tucking the cellphone away and...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The reason why crime in Midtown is down

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM

When I was living in Midtown ten years ago, it was a known secret: in case of emergency, don't bother with 911. Instead, call 577-2222 — the number for Wayne State Police Department. Even though I and most of my friends didn't attend WSU, we knew we'd have better luck calling...

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Finally: Detroit cops can now have beards

Posted By on Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 2:11 PM

In an obvious slow news day move, the Detroit Free Press is reporting today that Detroit cops can now wear beards. (Which isn't exactly news: according to the report, the rule went into effect in July). Yet here we are, taking the Free Press's bait. Previously, Detroit police facial hair options...

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Denzel Washington's film version of 'Fences' to show at Cinema Detroit

Posted By on Sat, Dec 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Denzel Washington's Fences will be showing at Cinema Detroit starting Sunday, Dec. 25. For those unfamiliar with the play, playwright August Wilson racked up Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk awards for his plays on the 20th century black experience. It's a cycle of 10 plays, each set in a different...

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