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  • Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointment’s to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]

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  • Rovers Scooter Club Celebrates 10 Years

    Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m.  Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party,  a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.   

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  • Lessenberry on the battle to ban the Metro Times

    Turns out, our very own Jack Lessenberry knows the Grosse Pointer seeking to ban the MT: Ten years or so ago, a woman named Andrea Lavigne sat in on some media survey classes I was teaching at Wayne State University. She was in her late 30s or early 40s, and seemed to be searching for answers. She wanted to know how the media work, and told me she was a Maoist. This fascinated me, because I thought authentic Maoists were almost as rare as passenger pigeons. Chairman Mao, we now know, starved to death and slaughtered tens of millions of his own citizens, and kept China economically and intellectually backward. Intrigued, I got together one night before class with her and another Maoist, to find out what they were all about. Alas, they spouted a form of primitive, grade-school Marxism. They seemed to have very little historical knowledge of Communism or what it had actually been like. Yes. A Maoist. Read the full story at Michigan Radio here.

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  • Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by noxious odors and contaminants … As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s’ negligence in operating and/or maintaining the facility, Plaintiffs’ property has been invaded by noxious odors.” The eight-page complaint charges that local property values have dropped due to the incinerator’s presence, “and has interfered with Plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks a financial award in excess of $25,000 and all costs and attorney fees related to the case. In an email, a spokesperson for the company says, “Detroit Renewable Power is reviewing the complaint filed today,” but declined further comment. The suit comes weeks after a Metro Times’ cover story earlier this month found a growing number of odor complaints from nearby residents since Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) took control of the facility in 2010. The investigation found a spike in citations from the Michigan Department […]

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  • Winners announced for the ‘High Times’ Medical Cannabis Cup

    The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is more than just a celebration — although with the recent shift in attitudes toward marijuana legalization, there certainly is much to celebrate.  HT‘s Danny Danko described it as “just like any other harvest festival or a county fair where people bring their best produce, their best pigs and horses and cows, and they compete with each other for bragging rights, basically.” Here are a list of winners from this year’s Cannabis Cup, who did indeed walk home with some well-deserved bragging rights — if anyone knows their marijuana it’s High Times: Indica 1ST - Oasis Medical Seeds - Paris OG 2ND - Herbal Solutions - Alien Dawg F2 3RD - Herban Legendz, LLC - Grape OX Sativa 1ST - Arborside Compassion - CATFISH 2ND - Organibliss - Ghost Train Haze #1 3RD - We Grow Education and Collective Centers - MelonGum Hybrid 1ST - Herbal Solutions - Gorilla Glue 2ND - Pure West Compassion Club - Death Star 3RD - Kushman Veganics for Buds & Roses - Veganic Candyland Concentrate 1ST - Mr. B’s Extracts - Raskal’s Lemon 2ND - 710 Savant - Kosher Kush Dewaxed 3RD - Oasis Medical / Vader Extracts / Dab Vader - Candy Jack Shatter Non-Solvent Hash 1ST - NLG - Jedi Kush Ice Wax 2ND - Arborside Compassion - HeadCandy Kush Hash 3RD - New World Seeds Resource […]

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  • Satanists Leverage Hobby Lobby Ruling In Support of Pro­Choice Initiative

    So is the title of the press release we received this morning from The Satanic Temple. You may recall our interview with Doug Mesner from earlier this year. The Satanic Temple is, perhaps, best known for trying to build a child-friendly monument to satan in OKC: How Mesner and TST are rocking the Hobby Lobby ruling is interesting: The Satanic Temple Leverages Hobby Lobby Ruling to Claim Exemption From State Mandated ProLife Materials Reads the next line of the press release. And then their website: A number of states require that abortion providers give information to patients that maybe inaccurate or misleading. Demands that members of the Satanic Temple, or those who share our beliefs, be subjected against our will to anything but the best scientific understanding are a violation of our religious beliefs. Thanks to rulings such as Hobby Lobby, we can take a stand against these practices. Mesner points out how the Hobby Lobby ruling bolsters their position: While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when […]

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Best of Detroit 2013

Real Deal - Staff Picks

Our staff picks for retail in Metro Detroit

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Best Place to Buy Sausage Supplies

Bozek’s Market

3317 Caniff St., Hamtramck

313-369-0600;bozekmarkets.com

Where does one go when in need of hog casings, fatback, pork butt and any of the other ingredients needed for sausage making? You’re not going to find hog casing at the local big box store. Our favorite place to get all things hog is Bozek’s Market in Hamtramck. White smocked butchers are on hand to help you out with all your sausage making questions. This market has so much meat it gets its own chilled room, which presents an alternate reason for visiting in the middle of the broiling summer heat.

 

Best Place for Late-Night Shopping

Meijer

See meijer.comfor scads of locations

Maybe everybody else has become inured to this, but … isn’t it just kind of amazing that you can charge into a Meijer at 1 in the morning, maybe in an altered state, and just start loading up a cart with 5-mil black plastic bags, a pick and a spade? Or with a few cases of beer, several gallons of whiskey, and a couple of boxes of shotgun shells? And that the checkout lady won’t even look at you sideways? Are we the only ones amazed by this? God. Bless. America.

 

Best Print Shop and Skate Shop in One Convenient Location

Chiips

10229 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck

313-874-5336; chiipss.com

Do you have a hankering for a skateboard and a need to get something screen-printed? How will you ever have time to do both? Head over to Chiips. When the Chiips folks moved their skate shop from Plymouth to Hamtramck in late 2012, they moved their sister business, the Barber Shoppe Screen Printing, into the back of the 2,700-square-foot space, with enough room leftover for a half-pipe, so you can test out your new board right in the store.

 

Best Place to Find Unusual Detroit Records

Record Graveyard

2610 Carpenter St., Hamtramck; 313-870-9647

How things have changed! You may think you knew the Record Graveyard back when it was on Caniff Street in downtown Hamtramck, but now that it has moved to the northern fringe of town, it’s much changed and, frankly, for the better. The selection is better organized, and, best of all, the 45 RPM singles with Detroit origins have been sifted out. We’ve been thrilled to paw through the collections of Detroit rock, soul and, especially, gospel, buying original records featuring the Lemon Singers, even nameless recordings from storefront churches. Honcho Jeff Garbus deserves many thanks for running what has become, more than a shop, an important local historical resource.

 

Best Gift Shop for Browsing

Shine

621 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak

248-414-5277; shopshine.net

Sometimes “eclectic shopping experience” is a euphemism for rummaging through barely sorted stuff dumped onto shelves without care. Not at Shine. The various and sundry items are in balance on adjacent shelves, with no cognitive dissonance. The mix at Shine can include high-end candles, beauty products, stylish housewares, swanky jewelry — even retro pajamas. It’s one of the few places that makes shopping for gifts easy and enjoyable, and the kind staff is more than happy to help you find the perfect gift, pricey or humble. This is one store where the online experience simply can’t measure up to visiting in the flesh.

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