Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

Right-wing coalition angry over Muslim group’s presentation at a public school (UPDATED)

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 by The American Independent 4 Comments

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A coalition of right-wing groups are up in arms over a presentation made last fall at Tampa’s Steinbrenner High School by Hassan Shibly of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). (more…)

Lowe’s protest over Muslim show ad-withdrawal draws more than 100, including Michigan rep.

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A Saturday demonstration outside of a Lowe’s home improvement store in a Detroit suburb brought out more than 150 local residents and religious leaders and even one state representative — all of whom were protesting the chain’s decision to pull its ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim after receiving numerous calls to do so by the Florida Family Association.


Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 14 Comments

On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal for how many Americans will be on treatment by 2013 (6 million people). And while HIV patients and advocates welcome efforts to fight and treat the disease on a large scale, many agree that at the state and local levels, serious problems with treatment programs and the criminalization of HIV-positive individuals often go unaddressed. (more…)

Detroit mayor indicates interest in serving as his city’s emergency manager

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Wednesday that the city may run out of cash by February and he may be interested in serving as Emergency Manager if the governor decides to appoint one. (more…)

Marathon Petroleum Co. plans to buy up homes around Detroit refinery

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Marathon Petroleum Co. has announced that it will offer to buy more than 300 homes near the southwest Detroit refinery that is being upgraded to process more Canadian tar sands oil. (more…)

Bacterial strain found in Detroit dogs could harm humans, reports suggest

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A dangerous bacterial infection that can cause serious disease and death in dogs, and can spread to humans, has been identified in an outbreak in Detroit. reports that the disease Leptospirosis has been identified in 20 dogs in Detroit. The disease is caused by the bacteria leptospira. Once the bacteria infects an animal, it lodges in the kidneys. Some animals do not become sick from the infection, but spread the bacteria through urine, while other animals develop fevers, vomiting, and ultimately the shutdown of organs.

The disease is usually found in stray dogs, but in this outbreak experts from Michigan State University say it has been found in animals that are family pets. Ten of the dogs have died or been euthanized as a result of the infection.

State senate schedules bridge vote, Canada offers support

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The Detroit News reports:

The Senate Economic Development Committee, which is considering legislation to create a public authority to take bids on the new bridge, will hold hearings Tuesday and Wednesday and vote on the two bridge bills at the end of Wednesday’s session, said Mike Murray, chief of staff to committee chairman Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake. (more…)

Michigan gets $196.5 million for rail service between Detroit and Chicago

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A U.S. Dept. of Transportation grant awarded Wednesday will help create a high speed rail line across southern Michigan and cut 30 minutes from the travel time between Detroit and Chicago. (more…)