November 3, 2005 |
In a seven-hour funeral filled with song and impassioned eulogies, thousands of mourners crowded into Greater Grace Temple on Wednesday to pay final respects to Rosa Louise Parks, the woman whose act of defiance helped spark the nation's civil rights movement. As 4,000 people sat crowded together in the wooden pews, politicians and religious leaders used the pulpit to warn that the rights that Parks fought for were far from secure.
October 28, 2005 |
In the city where she died and the city where she sparked the civil rights movement, the front of the bus is reserved for Rosa Parks. Detroit and Montgomery, Ala., are reserving the first seats of their buses as a tribute to Parks' legacy until her funeral next week. Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick placed a black ribbon Thursday on the first passenger seat of one of about 200 buses where seats will be reserved.
September 2, 2005 |
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick said the city would cut 75 Fire Department jobs and deactivate some firefighting units to help address a budget crisis that also had forced reductions in the police force and other city services. The cuts are in addition to the 113 Fire Department jobs trimmed in July and come as Detroit faces a possible state takeover of its finances. The latest cuts involve 65 firefighters and 10 battalion chiefs.
August 3, 2005 |
Freman Hendrix and first-term Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick were the top two finishers in the city's mayoral primary Tuesday, setting up a two-man contest that will decide who leads the city over the next four years. Hendrix received about 45% of the ballots cast and Kilpatrick about 34%. Councilwoman Sharon McPhail had about 12% of the vote. The winner in the Nov. 8 election will lead a city with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit and a severe population decline.
July 22, 2005 |
A teenager convicted of plotting to kill fellow students was sentenced to prison Thursday in what the prosecution called the first case to apply U.S. anti-terrorism laws to threats of school violence. Andrew Osantowski, 18, of suburban Detroit will serve at least 4 1/2 years in prison, said Steve Kaplan, a Macomb County assistant prosecutor. He said it was the first prosecution and conviction under a federal anti-terrorism statute passed in 2002.
June 22, 2005 |
An old Studebaker factory was destroyed by fire in an area of Detroit that was once a major hub of the automotive industry. About 150 firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control at the century-old warehouse, which was about 60% vacant but contained a meat market, furniture store and other businesses. The building was the former home of a factory of Indiana-based Studebaker Bros. Manufacturing Co., which folded in the 1960s.
April 12, 2005 |
Detroit may be dancing to a new beat come election time: Martha Reeves, who with the Vandellas recorded such '60s hits as "Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to Run," is circulating petitions to run for City Council. Reeves, 63, said she wasn't put off by the sometimes volatile nature of council meetings. "I think that our City Council could probably get along better if they had a little music," she said. "And I'll get them to dance in the streets."
December 16, 2004 |
Two men whose convictions in the first terrorism trial after Sept. 11 were thrown out because of misconduct by prosecutors were charged Wednesday with insurance and mail fraud. The new charges are part of a long-running legal saga involving the defendants, Karim Koubriti and Ahmed Hannan, who were once accused of being part of a terrorist cell. The terrorism prosecution was dropped.
October 29, 2004 |
A Detroit factory worker attacked and killed a fellow employee with a sword the suspect apparently made himself at the metals plant where both men worked, police said. Witnesses told police the 30-year-old man had complained he was being bullied by another worker. The suspect had been working on the sword for several days and when he finished, he struck the 40-year-old victim in the neck, nearly decapitating him, police said. Neither man was identified.
September 2, 2004 |
The Justice Department conceded Wednesday that in its zeal to win convictions in a terrorism case in Detroit last year, prosecutors engaged in "a pattern of mistakes and oversights" that may constitute criminal misconduct. The case was the first major terrorism prosecution after the Sept. 11 attacks and had been hailed by U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft as an example of the government's successful campaign to disrupt terrorist "sleeper cells" in the country.