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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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  • 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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High art in Highland Park

Move over, Midtown, and get out of the way, Eastern Market — Highland Park is the new hot art community of the D. Recent New Zealand transplant Robert Onnes and Detroiter Bob Sestok have teamed up to transform 333 Midland from an abandoned factory into what could be the biggest and brightest of Detroit’s galleries, and last weekend was the three-day opening celebration for Big Paintings at the Factory, the space’s inaugural exhibit. The 20,000-square-foot property hosted a mix of the Cass Corridor’s old guard, as well as Detroit’s young blood to check out the work of 47 artists, including Gilda Snowden, Jerome Ferretti, Mike Ross, and Tead. The Pink Flamingo, a groovy Airstream trailer-turned-food truck, was on hand slinging Vietnamese steak sandwiches and Mexican elotes. Highland Park mayor DeAndre Windom even made an appearance, looking dapper in a gold suit. 

Detroit councilman troubles

Sometimes you really do run into people in the strangest places. For example, when we were inside the Central Records room in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, a stuffy section of the building’s basement, lo and behold, as soon as we sat down, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. walked in, asking the clerk for something related to a particular case. We’re not sure what brought Cush down into the bowels of the city-county building, but we have one idea: Just 12 hours-or-so earlier, Fox 2 aired a story from investigative reporter M.L. Elrick on accusations against the councilman that he essentially stole two classic cars from a woman as part of a lawsuit. The alleged story’s a bit much: The woman’s husband died in 2011, but he apparently didn’t leave a will. A relative introduced the woman to Cush, who said he’d settle the husband’s medical and funeral expenses by helping sell his two classic cars. In the suit, the woman claims Cushingberry drove the cars around, and eventually sold them. And she claims she received none of the proceeds. Elrick actually found a guy who purchased one of the cars, which, to us, sure seems like it got Cush’s attention. 

Beer, food, and friendly faces at Campus Martius 

Though it was a bit drizzly and a touch cold, DDAYS had a hell of a time at Summer Beer Fest at Campus Martius on Friday night. Though we were stationed at Rochester Mills’ brand-new tiki hut for most of the evening (pouring beer to raise money for Handy Hearts), we got to wander around a bit and ran into some of our favorite folks. Allison and Jay Clark, Danielle Mayo, Alex Wojcik, Sadie Q, Lanie Offman, Stephanie and Josh McKeith, and Brian Sawyer were just some of the faces we saw. Swigging Rochester Mills’ new Tongue Tied Cherry Saison for most of the evening, by the time 10:30 p.m. rolled around, dancing in the rain to Top 40 hits was as much fun as we’ve ever had at a beer fest.

Oh taste and see!

DDAYS popped in to Grosse Pointe Park Saturday afternoon for the grand opening of Atwater’s new brewery. Housed in the former Grace United Church, the unique atmosphere features stained-glass windows, high vaulted ceilings, a huge indoor bar, and a rockin’ front patio biergarten. Young and self-taught Brad Etheridge is the brewmaster whose beers are paired with a diverse food menu created by the Epicurean Group. The menu includes German dishes like bratwurst and schnitzel, pierogis, and the quintessential bar burger. 

Trick Trick’s No Fly Zone

DDAYS understands that Rick Ross was due to headline the Summer Jamz 17 mega rap show at Chene Park on Saturday night, but he had to cancel because of threats made by controversial local rapper Trick Trick. We understand that 100 to 150 supporters of T2 formed a blockade around the service entrances, preventing Ross and his people from entering. Eventually, Ross decided to leave rather than get into something serious. Essentially, if an out-of-town rapper comes to Detroit to make a lot of money, he is apparently required to call Trick Trick first. Rappers are not to blow into town, make a bunch of cash, and then blow out again without doing something that constitutes “keeping it real” here. 

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