Tag: Detroit (Mich)

Family of Teen Who Died After Being Tased Reaches $12 Million Settlement

The family of a 15-year-old who died after a Michigan state trooper stunned him with a Taser has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Michigan State Police for $12 million, a family lawyer said Sunday. The family of the teenager, Damon Grimes, will receive $7.8 million from the settlement, and family lawyers will receive about […]

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Green Liquid Oozes Onto a Michigan Highway, Prompting Questions and a Cleanup

A peculiar sight greeted motorists on a busy freeway outside Detroit on Friday: a bright green liquid oozing from a retaining wall on Interstate 696. Its appearance snarled traffic and prompted lane closings to allow for a hazardous materials cleanup that started on Friday and could last for several more days, Michigan environmental officials said. […]

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U.A.W. and Fiat Chrysler Reach Tentative Labor Deal

The United Automobile Workers union reached a tentative agreement on Saturday on a new labor contract with Fiat Chrysler, the last of the three Detroit automakers at the bargaining table. The union’s national council will meet on Dec. 4 to approve the contract before it is put to a ratification vote by union members. The […]

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Prosecutors Usually Send People to Prison. These Are Getting Them Out.

After Aaron Salter was convicted of murdering a man he had never met, he immediately began trying to track down the real killer from behind bars. When another inmate described the crime in detail, Mr. Salter began investigating him. Eventually that other man signed an affidavit swearing that Mr. Salter was innocent. Yet appeals courts […]

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Mexican Workers’ Gains Would Be Ours, Too

Despite financial gains won recently by the United Auto Workers in a new contract that ended a nearly six-week-long strike against General Motors, the longest in a half-century, the deal will not rectify the major problem that has hurt American autoworkers and will continue to do so. The problem has been the longstanding lack of […]

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A Robbery Ring Targeted Indian-Americans. Its Leader Got 37 Years in Prison.

There was a method to the robberies: One crew member, usually a woman, would knock on the door. Then others, donning bandannas and brandishing firearms, would storm the home when someone answered and corral its occupants. While one robber restrained the victims with duct tape and threats of violence, prosecutors said, another would ransack the […]

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Here’s a Way Forward on Facial Recognition

A furious debate is underway over the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement purposes. San Francisco and a few other communities have banned their police departments from using it. Detroit is among other cities wrestling with the question. At the same time, law enforcement agencies say that software that analyzes human faces to […]

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Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Expressionist Painter, Dies at 93

Ed Clark, an African-American expressionist painter who used a broom and bold colors to capture the natural world and to convey emotions about the racial injustice of the 1960s, earning him international acclaim, has died. He was 93 and lived in Detroit. His death was announced Friday by Hauser & Wirth, which represents Mr. Clark […]

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What Makes Us All Radically Equal

Around New Year’s 2017, a community organizer named Chris Lambert leased a soon-to-be-empty school building for $1 in one of Detroit’s poorer African-American neighborhoods. The plan was to pour $5 million into remodeling the building, take on the $1-million-a-year operating expenses and turn the place into a vibrant hub for the surrounding community, with nonprofits, […]

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Facial Recognition Technology in Public Housing Prompts Backlash

WASHINGTON — This year in Detroit, crews working for the city’s public housing authority cut down a row of bushy trees that had shaded the entryways to two public housing units known as Sheridan I and II. Their aim: to give newly installed security cameras an unobstructed view of the hulking, gray edifices, so round-the-clock […]

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Elizabeth Warren Joins U.A.W. Picket Line in Detroit as Democrats Use Strike to Court Labor

DETROIT — The Democratic presidential candidates have been chasing labor support all summer, appearing at small union halls and large conferences, and tweeting support for workers at companies like Amazon and Walmart. But now, as the United Automobile Workers, one of the nation’s largest unions, stages a strike that has even drawn words of support […]

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The Autoworkers Strike Is Bigger Than G.M.

Successful strikes beget more strikes. When nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked out at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, it was just the latest in the largest burst of strikes in decades. Last year’s victorious teachers’ strike in West Virginia was the initial spark, helping inspire statewide walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona as well as strikes in […]

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G.M. Workers Say They Sacrificed, and Now They Want Their Due

DETROIT — A decade ago, when General Motors was on the brink of collapse and was ushered into bankruptcy by the federal government, the company’s unionized workers bore a significant portion of the pain to bring the automaker back to financial health. The United Auto Workers agreed to allow General Motors to hire significant numbers […]

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Autoworkers Union Calls for Strike Against G.M.

The United Automobile Workers said Sunday that it planned to go on strike at General Motors at midnight after the two sides could not reach an agreement on a new labor contract. The current bargaining agreement expired at midnight on Saturday, with the union and company far apart on most of the major issues on […]

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We Sent Jimmy Aldaoud to Die in Iraq

When you foresee a death, there’s no joy in being right. On June 4, I told my colleagues that Jimmy Aldaoud — a medically frail Michigan man who came to the United States in 1979 when he was an infant — was not going to survive. That was the day his sister Rita Bolis called […]

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Body of Michigan Man Deported to Iraq Is Returned to the U.S.

A coffin arrived in Detroit from Iraq on Friday with the remains of 41-year-old Jimmy Aldaoud, whose death this month prompted bipartisan efforts to curb the Trump administration’s deportation of Iraqi nationals. Mr. Aldaoud, whose parents were Iraqi, was born in a refugee camp in Greece, entered the United States legally in 1979 when he […]

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These 3 Cities Are Destinations for Democrats. They’re Not in Iowa.

MILWAUKEE — An energized crowd of 500 packed into a mixed-use space here on a summer Sunday afternoon to hear a rousing stump speech from Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who was making the final stop in a 12-day campaign blitz in a state that won’t hold its primary until April. “A Democratic victory […]

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ICE Deported Him to a Country He’d Never Seen. He Died 2 Months Later.

ERBIL, Iraq — Life was already a struggle for Jimmy Aldaoud. He was bipolar and schizophrenic, and battled depression and diabetes. He got into trouble, frequently landing in jail or on the street in and around Detroit, where he grew up. Then, in June, he was deported to Iraq, and life got even more difficult. He […]

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‘Fire Pantaleo,’ Lead Poisoning and the Perils of Going National

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Bill de Blasio embarked on his long shot campaign for president, he hoped to convince voters that his record as New York City mayor argued for a chance to prove he could pursue progressive policies from the White […]

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