Michigan News
4:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Board OKs $120 Million Detroit Bond Sale

Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
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A state board involved in Detroit's financial reorganization has approved the city's sale of $120 million in bonds. 

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5:37 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Students Continue Protests Against Education Achievement Authority

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some Students and faculty at Eastern Michigan University continue to speak out against the university’s contract with the Education Achievement Authority. 

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2:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Motown Site Considered For Historical Designation

Detroit City Council to seek historical designation for site of first Motown recording.
Credit Isaac Moore / DetroitWiki

The Detroit City Council is looking into whether a recording studio where Berry Gordy cut a record that led the way to the Motown music dynasty meets the criteria for historic designation. 

Councilman Scott Benson says the council on Tuesday will refer the United Sound Systems Recording Studio matter to a historic designation advisory board for study.

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Michigan News
8:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Chrysler recalling more than 18,000 Fiats

Fiat 500ls are the latest car to face a recall in the United States
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  Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.

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Michigan News
3:58 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Final Demolition Starts at Infamous Detroit Housing Project

Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects: The four remaining towers as seen in 2010.
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The final phase of demolition has begun for a well-known vacant Detroit housing project that once was home to boxer Joe Louis and members of the Supremes.  Active demolition began Monday on four 15-story towers that are part of the former Frederick Douglass Homes, better known as the Brewster projects.  Louis once lived at the project near downtown Detroit, as did members of the Supremes before the musical trio became vital voices of the Motown sound. Other demolition work began at the site last year.

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1:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Trumpet stolen from jazz master Marcus Belgrave

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The trumpet, made of copper, helps Belgrave create his signature sound. He says he won't press charges and may even give a reward if his trumpet is returned.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges. Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges.
Michigan News
6:11 am
Mon March 10, 2014

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Star To Push Rape Legislation In Detroit

Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", will appear in Detroit today.
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Actress Mariska Hargitay plans to join Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to discuss proposed legislation that would speed up sexual assault kit testing.  Worthy's office also says the Detroit Rape Kit Project will be discussed at the press conference later today. She has been pushing for more funding to process the backlog of kits. 

Hargitay stars on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She also is founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The foundation works with police and prosecutors on eliminating the backlog of testing for sexual assault kits. 

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Michigan News
8:05 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Detroit Mayor Pushing for Scrap Metal Legislation

An AC unit stripped for scrap
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to renew state lawmakers’ interest in curbing scrap metal theft across the state. Duggan met with Democrats and Republicans in the state House on Wednesday.     

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Michigan News
2:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Update

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a news conference in Detroit.
Credit Carlos Osorio / AP

DETROIT (AP) - The office Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr says the blueprint for the city's restructuring through and after bankruptcy is expected to be filed Friday in federal court.       Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes had set a March 1 deadline for the long-awaited plan of adjustment. The plan will spell out how individual creditors will be treated as Orr reduces the city's $18 billion debt.       Spokesman Bill Nowling says Orr's office plans to file the plan with the court Friday.

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Michigan News
6:24 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Nation of Islam Returns To Detroit

Minister Louis Farrakhan to deliver Keynote Address at Detroit Convention
Credit Brian Jackson

DETROIT (AP) - The Nation of Islam is returning to the place it started for its annual four-day convention.

 The Chicago-based movement kicks off Saviours' Day today at Cobo center in Detroit. Organizers say it will feature workshops, spiritual renewal, fellowship and networking.

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3:13 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering J Dilla: Hip hop artist’s legacy inspires hope in troubling times

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WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Dilla Day started three years ago and is celebrated throughout the city of Detroit every year on Feb. 7, the date of Dilla’s birth. It gains success every year.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
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  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
Michigan News
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Detroit: Bankruptcy plan will be filed next week

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit says it will file a plan to emerge from bankruptcy next week, just days before a March 1 deadline.

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Michigan News
4:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Most fuel from spill removed from Detroit River

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say diesel fuel that spilled into the Detroit River from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter has been contained.

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Michigan News
4:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

You Know It's Cold When Kenny Martin Wears Pants

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Kenny Martin finally hit his limit. He's a mailman working out of the Walled Lake post office northwest of Detroit. Despite that northern location he wears shorts all year around. He gives the Detroit Free Press a simple explanation, quote, "I hate pants. They chaffe."

This winter finally broke him. He's put on pants on some of the coldest days though he still likes shorts and adds: I have a very high tolerance for pain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

11:47 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to Open in Downtown Detroit

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Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
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11:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra holds flashmob at Canton Ikea

The Detroit Symphony pays a surprise visit to the Canton Ikea to promote its upcoming Neighborhood Concert Series.

1:27 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

Philanthropist Paul Schaap says selling the Detroit Institute of Arts' masterpieces would devastate the city's morale. Christie's has appraised some works in the collection; the auction house estimates that this piece could bring in $20 million.
Detroit Institute of Arts

  Can wealthy art lovers help save Detroit's pension funds — and one of its museums?

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Local News
5:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ann Arbor-based Organization Counts Stray Dogs in Detroit


The Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society recently completed a census of the stray dog population in the city of Detroit. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with WA2S Executive Director Tom McPhee about the effort.

Top Music
3:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bettye LaVette back on top of WEMU "Sweet 16"

Former Detroiter Bettye LaVette has always defied description and categorization.  While many of her contemporaries followed the dictates of their record label or management, Bettye forged her own identity.  There was always a dark edge to Bettye's voice - even in her early R&B sessions such as "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man", recorded when she was 16 years old. 

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6:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012


Whether recording with a group or going solo, guitarist Charlie Hunter has long been a favorite of both WEMU listeners and hosts.  His newest offering pairs the 7-string guitarist up with drummer Scott Amendola.  Their depth of musical sound makes it hard to believe that there are just two musicians, but these two are so adept and so complementary that they fill all the musical spaces.  They will also likely fill all the spaces when they appear at The Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale on Thursday, November 1st. 

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3:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Detroiter Bettye LaVette Tops "Sweet 16" From October 15th to 21st.

Supporting regional musicians with airplay remains a highest priority at WEMU.  As you peruse the "Sweet 16" for October 15th through the 21st, take note of the many recordings on the list with regional connections including the topper, "Thankful 'N Thoughtful" by Detroiter, soul siren Bettye LaVette.

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4:44 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Joe Jackson's tribute to Duke Ellington, "The Duke" leads WEMU's "Sweet 16" September 24th to 30th.

Joe Jackson in concert

Never let it be said that when a major artist comes to town, that WEMU doesn't get behind the show and share music with listeners to let them know about the music they'll hear.  We got behind last week's Joe Jackson concert at The Michigan Theater featuring violinist Regina Carter in a real big way. 

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3:41 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Bassist Marcus Miller claims the sweetest spot in WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Perhaps it was because the lead track on Marcus Miller's new CD "Renaissance" was called "Detroit" that the disc resonated so soundly with WEMU listeners and staff.  Whatever the reason, it has become a fast favorite of listeners and staff alike. 

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3:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Beloved Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett tops WEMU's Sweet 16 with "I Can Make That Happen"

Johnnie Bassett at The Detroit Jazz Festival.

It was a bittersweet occasion when Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to cancer. 

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