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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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  • Reports from the ‘High Times’ Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio

    On Saturday we set out to check out the High Times Medical Marijuana Cup in Clio, Mich. — High Times did hold a Cannabis Cup in the Motor City back in 2011, but Detroit police flexing their muscles and making arrests at that event may have been to blame, at least partially, for the choice of a new host city. The event was held this year at the Auto City Speedway, (also known as “B.F.E.” to Detroiters). Nevertheless, the prospect of stopping at the Torch for the best burger in the Genessee County was compelling — and anyway, this was the Cannabis Cup we were talking about. Was it really going to be “work?” It turned out, just a little bit. An inexplicable lack of an on-site ATM meant hiking quite a ways up the road to the nearest gas station, and then waiting for an attendant to restock the ATM with cash. We spoke with plenty of Cannabis Cup attendees at the gas station — everybody knows that the local gas station is a stoner’s best-friend. The two-day festival, for which one-day tickets were sold for $40, was divided into two sections — a general area and a medicating […]

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  • ICYMI: Forbes rates Detroit #9 on its “America’s Most Creative Cities” list

    Yes, it’s true. Forbes says Detroit is one of America’s most creative cities: “We ranked these places based on four metrics: activity per capita on project-funding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo and music sites Bandcamp and ReverbNation. The goal was to capture organic creativity, since many artistic and musical types have “day jobs” outside of creative pursuits.” The Forbes list sandwiches #9 Detroit between #8 Seattle and #10 Oakland, Calif. If you are watching the art and culture explosion happening right now in Detroit, you probably think we should rank higher than #2 Boston and #1 San Francisco, if only for the fact that it’s actually affordable to create here and there is space for everyone to be creative. But hey, those metrics weren’t part of the equation. And there’s always next year.

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Tooth & Nail

See someone with a necklace made out of a raccoon jaw and you may question everything you thought you knew about fashion. But this hasn’t stopped local jewelry designer Stacy Dumoss from taking a leap in an eerie direction.

After attending the College for Creative Studies and living in metro Detroit for the last 10 years, you will now find Dumoss in her small boutique, Tooth & Nail, inside Ferndale’s Rust Belt Marketplace. “I’ve always been fascinated with anatomical art,” she said. And it definitely shows!

Whether it’s a necklace made out the jaw of a coyote or rat (Dumoss claims they have the perfect little jaws for a neat necklace), the essence of the natural world can be seen in her designs. A personal favorite are her Birch Tree Bracelets, which are treated, bent and attached to leather to form a cuff. It may be a little left-field for some, but Tooth & Nail is a must-see if you want to make a statement at the next dinner party you attend.

Detroit GT

Chris Gorski never imagined taking one vocational class in high school would eventually lead him to ownership of Detroit GT. In high school, Gorski learned how to make silk-screen T-shirts and began giving them away to friends and family as gifts; as demand picked up, a business was born. Gorski, a native Detroiter, started his company 10 years ago, slowly introducing his designs through consignment shops. Catchy phrases like, “I’ve got people in Detroit” or “Bitch, please, I’m from Detroit,” have made his product line a hot commodity. He hand draws a lot of his designs, finding inspiration from his car collection and the automotive world. You can find Detroit GT in Ferndale’s Rust Belt Marketplace, Michigan Artisans in Eastern Market, or Art Is In Markets in various malls.

Stef-n-Ty

Women love their hats, as any God-fearing Detroit churchgoer will attest. While milliners aren’t as prevalent today as they once were, local mom-and-pop team Stefanie and Tyrone Dickey know that a good hat is hard to find. Founding their Detroit-based store in 1992, the Dickeys distribute their well-heeled headgear to several retail outlets as well as maintaining a Stef-n-Ty Studio at 227 Iron St., No. 313, near Belle Isle along the city’s waterfront area.

Garden Fresh

There once was a little restaurant in Ferndale that ended up becoming so well-known for its fresh-made salsa that, after some prodding by the head honcho of a local upscale grocery chain, the Garden Fresh brand was born. Today, Jack and Annette Aronson’s enterprise not only makes one of America’s best-selling refrigerated salsas, their company also makes a leading tortilla chip and has expanded into hummus and other gourmet dips. The Aronsons’ secret weapon, which seems to be the same secret other gourmet foodstuff manufacturers employ, is a micro-batch approach, which ensures the artisanal taste people are willing to pay a premium for. Still based in Ferndale, Garden Fresh also invests in its human capital, its neighborhood and the environment. The company powers local school buses with biodiesel fuel made from its recycled tortilla chip oil, and has provided grants to University of Michigan hospital and Children’s Hospital of Detroit. To list the company’s distribution would be many more pages than we have. Walk into nearly any grocery and the Aronson’s salsa will be waiting for your next party; or check the company out at gardenfreshsalsa.com.

Global Detroit Human

Jill Drnek’s store, Global Detroit Human, at 4240 Cass Ave. in the city’s Midtown district is getting a lot of hype. The entrepreneur brought 12 designers from all over the state under one roof to create an eclectic and edgy variety of clothing unlike the boring crap you’ll find at a mall. When asked “Why Detroit?” She responds, “I wanted to expand the accessibility of Michigan fashion. Detroit is, for a lack of a better term, in my blood. A city that never follows the rules and neither does fashion, so the two should get along well.”

Drnek hopes to forge a relationship melding Detroit’s long history of sewing and textiles with new up-and-coming designers.

Michele Saulson Designs

Michele Saulson is the classic example of the small-business love story. After taking a bead class three years ago in West Bloomfield, her bracelets quickly caught on among friends and family. Before long, requests were coming in and she realized she could turn her talent into cash. Saulson’s full-time job is a wife and mother of three, but between shuttling kids to friends or soccer, she has turned the sunroom of her house into its own little factory, cranking out a multitude of bracelets and necklaces.

Her jewelry features elements like antique buttons that make for beautiful pendants with a history and a story to tell. Her fall collection will feature highlights of copper, bronze and silver. Check her out at michesaulsondesigns.com.

Drought

The James sisters, all five of them, come from a tight-knit family in Plymouth. With a “united we stand” philosophy, the ladies have pooled their considerable talents to form a natural juice company called Drought. Using the Norwalk cold-pressed juicing method, the James sisters have honed their craft to create artisan-inspired beverages that cater to the health-conscious consumer. Using organic fruits and vegetables, all pressed individually, the raw juice ingredients are married according to recipe, and the final product is sealed in recyclable and reusable glass bottles. The cold press enables the extracted, pulp-free juice to be bottled and will maintain freshness for as long as 72 hours. One of Drought’s product lines is its “Wash” series, which are regimented body cleanses meant to be consumed over the course of one day. The company currently stocks its product line in specialty markets like Plum, and opened its first retail outlet inside the new Shinola store at 441 W. Canfield, between Cass and Second, in the city’s Midtown district. For more information, check out droughtjuice.com.

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