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June 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
State Atty. Gen. Mike Cox said he would not bring charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his security force, saying there was no evidence to back allegations of misconduct. Kilpatrick came under scrutiny after a deputy police chief said the mayor fired him in May for investigating allegations of drunk driving, falsified overtime records and a cover-up by two security detail members.
June 25, 2003 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The steel arcs rising in a broken rainbow on the riverfront are meant to resemble giant gears bursting out of the earth. They honor the working-class men and women who built Detroit. But the sculpture is not just about remembering. It's a statement of defiance. Unions represent only 13% of American workers these days -- the lowest level in six decades. The manufacturing jobs that traditionally have been the backbone of organized labor are vanishing, often going overseas.
May 11, 2003 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Amid thundering rap music and the cheers of 8,000 young fans, the handsome star moved to center stage and, the way hip-hop heroes usually do, called out the name of that night's arena crowd. "What's up, Detroit? What's up, Detroit?" The man at the microphone, though, was no rapper. He was Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the elected leader of this city and, according to his introduction at this rally, "America's hip-hop mayor."
January 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police asked prosecutors to file charges against a Detroit police officer who cut off a woman's fingertip with a 4-inch utility knife as he tried to arrest her in a bar parking lot. Officer Anthony Johnson also deeply cut another finger of the suspect, Joni Gullas, 45, as he tried to cut off her coat sleeve so he could handcuff her. Johnson was placed on desk duty after the weekend incident.
November 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A fugitive terrorist suspect was arrested at a bus stop this month in North Carolina and is being transferred to Michigan to face federal terrorism charges, authorities said Thursday. The suspect, identified in federal court papers only as "Abdella," allegedly provided direction for three others who sought to buy weapons, obtain false identity documents and identify security breaches at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to court documents.
When he travels abroad, President Bush rarely bothers to do any sightseeing. Yet when he rolls out the red carpet for a visiting head of state, Bush expects his guest to be a good tourist. So it was that on Thursday, he brought Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski to this Detroit suburb for a taste of Middle America and a warm reception from Polish Americans. ''I believe you have to go beyond Washington to truly capture the energy and diversity of our country,'' Bush explained.
June 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Alarmed by the slayings of 12 children so far this year, Detroit officials announced a plan Tuesday to raze thousands of abandoned homes and put more police on the streets. At least two of the children slain this year had been caught in the cross-fire of drug-related shootings, and drug dealers routinely operate out of some of Detroit's 10,000 or so abandoned homes. Police Chief Jerry Oliver said the department will also reorganize itself to put more officers on the street.
November 4, 2001 | LAURIE PIKE
Somehow it's fitting that underground music from the Motor City is finding champions in we-love-our-cars Los Angeles. While Detroiters Kid Rock and Eminem have grabbed headlines in recent years, the Motor City's alternative band scene is also burning rubber--aided and abetted, it seems, by L.A.'s indie recording fraternity.
January 10, 2001 | Associated Press
Northwest Airlines agreed Tuesday to pay $7.1 million to more than 7,000 passengers forced to wait for hours on grounded airplanes at Detroit's airport during a storm in 1999. The airline admitted no wrongdoing in settling the class-action lawsuit. More than a dozen Northwest planes were stranded on snow-covered taxiways and tarmacs as a storm pounded the Midwest on Jan. 3, 1999. Passengers waited up to 11 hours on board and in some cases were subjected to overflowing toilets and a lack of food.
Linda Boyce swapped a sick day from the assembly line for six hours of standing in a party line, one of hundreds of people dripping and squirming and dancing on the baked pavement, just dying for a duel to the debt with an invading army of one-armed bandits. Then the gates were unlocked, the doors to the fortress were flung open, and a black woman who may have built the transmission in your Ford Motor Co.
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