Detroit

5:06 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

United Auto Workers Picks New President

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Dennis Williams previously served as the union's secretary-treasurer.
Detroit Dennis Williams was overwhelming elected as the next United Auto Workers president by delegates at the UAW constitutional convention Wednesday. Williams, the unions secretary treasurer, handily defeated Gary Walkowicz, a longtime union worker from Fords Dearborn Truck Plant who has been outspoken about many of the UAWs policies and a perennial presidential challenger.
Arts & More
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

'A Detroit Anthology' Allows Writers to Control The Narrative About Their City

Children enjoying a baseball game at Briggs Stadium, August 1942. Author Gail Griffin captures her own childhood memory of enjoying a game in the same place in the new book 'A Detroit Anthology.'
Credit John Vachon / Library of Congress

Author and professor Gail Griffin can remember her tenth birthday- spent catching a baseball game on a summer night - like it was yesterday:

"A rectangle of night sky opens ahead. Brilliant banks of lights against the black. The low crowd hum, rising, like a sea sound. Then acres of green seats and then, below it all, the blazing diamond, emerald they should call it, nothing has ever been so green.

Left field, Maxwell. Right, Colavito, the outrageous Cleveland trade, who points his bat at pitchers like a gun.

Humidity haloes the lights. Men yelp HOTdogs, HOTdogs, PROgram. I am transfixed, dizzied by the vastness. My stomach lurches like on the Ferris wheel at the State Fair when it surges up and I can almost see Canada. How can an entire world fit inside a building? It’s a gleaming secret, a hidden kingdom, an alternate planet shining at the core. Secret garden, emerald city, wonderland. The night breeze licks my skin. I might be dreaming."

- From "Night, Briggs Stadium, 1960."

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Arts & More
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Author Sean Madigan Hoen plays to a familiar beat in 'Songs Only You Know'

  The idea of sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a lot more glamorous than the actual circumstances themselves. 

  Just ask Dearborn native Sean Madigan Hoen, writer of the new post-music memoir Songs Only You Know. Hoen came of age in the punk rock scene of Detroit in the 90's, where he struggled to craft his own identity as a musician while dealing with the realities of having a drug-addicted father. Hoen kept his music life secret and also struggled with his own substance addictions, eventually moving past music and into writing. Hoen is now based in Brooklyn and graduated in 2011 from the MFA program at Columbia University. 

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5:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Future of Detroit Art Collection Still in Question

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Bondholders and other Detroit city creditors could still press for a sale of the Detroit Institute of Arts' works.
Experts said that even in the wake of tentative agreements between the city and Detroit retirees and pensioners, the bondholders and others pushing hard for a sale of art still have viable legal arguments. It's therefore too early to predict whether or not Detroit's emergency manager might still be pressured into putting DIA art back on the table, they said.
5:12 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Detroit Pension Board Approves Retirement Benefits Cuts

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The Retirement System approved the proposal unanimously, but the process isn't done yet.
A Detroit pension board could vote this afternoon on a deal that would cut pension checks for non-uniformed city workers and retirees by 4.5% and eliminate cost-of-living adjustment increases to retirement benefits. But even if trustees for the city's General Retirement System accept the deal today, the cuts still would have to be approved by the pension fund's nearly 18,000 individual retirees and workers.

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