December 10, 2003 |
A Detroit radio station has been fined $27,500 for airing a show during which the hosts and listeners described strange and explicit sex techniques, including physical assaults on women. The Federal Communications Commission also warned Viacom Inc.'s Infinity radio unit, owner of the station that aired the program in 2002, WKRK-FM, that it could face the revocation of its broadcast license if further serious indecency violations occur.
October 9, 2003 |
The days of symphony musicians preparing for performances in a trailer, concertgoers sitting on their coats and patrons standing in the snow to collect tickets, are no more. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra today dedicates the Max M. Fisher Music Center, known as "The Max." The $60-million center includes a restored and modernized Orchestra Hall, a newly built 450-seat performance hall and an education center.
October 2, 2003 |
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Detroit-area school acted improperly in barring a student antiwar protester from wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of President Bush and the words "International Terrorist." The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the constitutional rights of student Bretton Barber were violated a month earlier by Dearborn High School when it ordered him either to wear the T-shirt inside out or to go home.
August 17, 2003 |
As the Motor City got rolling again after two long, blacked-out nights, residents and leaders of this much-maligned metropolis took a minute to pat themselves on the back. "Everyone was bracing for the worst," Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick said Saturday, referring to predictions that the blackouts might cause looting and other civil disturbances in Detroit. "It was never going to happen, and we should take this message around the country."
July 14, 2003 |
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick beams as he shares the good news: His city will soon get its first Home Depot. And its first Borders books. Its first sushi bar is also on the way. "All these things sound so small, but when you're talking about Detroit, it's a big deal," Kilpatrick says. He corrects himself. It's more than a big deal. "It's incredible." Scarred by riots, crime and relentless white flight, Detroit lost half its population -- nearly 1 million residents -- between 1950 and 2000.
June 25, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.