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Men’s rights activists blame feminists for alleged threats against Detroit confab

Men’s rights activists are raising money to save a conference scheduled for later this month after its venue received alleged death threats. Janet Bloomfield, social media director of the International Conference on Men’s Issues, made an appeal for donations in a 17-minute video produced by men’s rights blogger Dean Esmay…

Detroit teacher fired after breaking up classroom brawl with broomstick

A Detroit teacher was fired after using a broomstick to break up a fight between two students in her classroom. The incident was captured April 30 on cell phone video that shows two boys fighting for about half a minute, knocking over classroom furniture, while others stand by and watch…

Detroit’s civilian retiree group agrees to pension cuts

(Reuters) – The group representing the largest block of Detroit’s retired workers on Friday agreed to accept the city’s proposed cuts to their pension benefits, the latest in a string of deals the city has struck in an effort to resolve its historic bankruptcy. The board of directors for the…

Homeless Detroit man found locked in Port-A-Potty ‘home’ months after hypothermia death

A homeless man in the Detroit metropolitan area was found dead this week in a port-a-potty where authorities believe he was trying to live to stay out of the cold. According to the Macomb Daily, the decomposed body was found locked in the portable restroom at a boat ramp over…

Creditors say Detroit’s bankruptcy plan lacks needed details

(Reuters) – Creditor objections flowed into a U.S. bankruptcy court on Monday, claiming a document supporting Detroit’s plan to deal with $18 billion of debt and other obligations is missing crucial details. Labor unions, bond insurers, bondholders, city retiree groups and Michigan county governments met Monday’s deadline set by the…

Bankruptcy judge approves $120 million loan for Detroit

(Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Detroit’s plan to borrow $120 million from Barclays PLC to improve services in the cash-strapped city. Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case, overruled objections by city creditors who took issue with the timing and structure of the…

Detroit asks federal court to approve a deal stopping interest rate swaps

(Reuters) – Detroit on Monday asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to approve its third try at ending controversial interest rate swaps, laying out a plan that would cost the city just $85 million. The cost to terminate the hedging deals with UBS AG and Merrill Lynch Capital Services is…

Three separate Detroit residents shoot intruders in one week, two killed

A cluster of armed defenses from intruders in Detroit has given ammunition to the police chief’s support for an armed populace as a way to combat crime. Earlier this week, a woman fired shots from a rifle as three teenagers tried to break into her house. None were hurt. Two…

Bankruptcy judge turns down Detroit deal with banks on pension debt

A U.S. bankruptcy judge rejected a deal on Thursday that would have allowed Detroit to pay two banks $165 million to conclude a disastrous pension debt agreement, which has been partly blamed for bankrupting the city. Judge Steven Rhodes turned down the compromise on the premise that it was “just…

The fight to investigate Detroit’s 11,000 forgotten rapes

Detroit’s reputation precedes it: its economic decline and apparent decay regarded as a warning sign for modern civilisation. But one Motor City native isn’t buying this narrative. “Detroit is a wonderful place,” enthuses Kym Worthy. “Yes, it’s half the size it once was, and yes it has had its share…

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