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Published: 04/28/11

Baggage Handlers Arrested in Drug Smuggling Bust at Detroit Airport

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Baggage Handlers Arrested in Drug Smuggling Bust at Detroit Airport

Federal agents arrested 12 people today who are suspected of smuggling marijuana and cocaine into Detroit Metro Airport. Ten of the twelve people arrested in the yearlong investigation are current or former employees of Delta Air Lines, U.S. Immigrations Customs and Enforcements spokesman Khaalid Walls told AOL News. The Detroit News reports that the Delta employees are baggage handlers from the Detroit area and are accused of smuggling drugs from Jamaica into Detroit while working at the airport. The other two people arrested are from Texas and California, ICE officials said in a statement...

Published: 04/2/11

Sheen Kicks Off 'Torpedo of Truth' Tour in Detroit

By  not in system - AOL News
Sheen Kicks Off 'Torpedo of Truth' Tour in Detroit

DETROIT -- Charlie Sheen has been pretty well everywhere the past few months, popping up all over national TV, the Internet and in other forms of mass media, blathering on about the "tiger blood" coursing through his veins and decrying the "trolls" who derailed his lucrative acting career. So much has been said by and about the unemployed actor, it's almost as if there's nothing left to learn about him. Sheen's banking on the "almost" part. Bauer-Griffin Charlie Sheen kicks off his 20-city 'Torpedo of Truth' tour in Detroit tonight. Here, he parades a bottle of red liquid labeled...

Published: 03/29/11

Home Price Declines Deepen in Major US Markets

By  not in system - AOL News
Home Price Declines Deepen in Major US Markets

NEW YORK -- Damage from the housing bust is spreading to areas once thought to be immune. In at least 14 major U.S. metro areas, prices have fallen to 2003 levels - when the housing bubble was just starting to inflate. Prices will likely drop further this year, making many people reluctant to buy or sell. That would push down sales and prices more. The depressed housing industry is slowing an economy that has shown strength elsewhere. And it's starting to hurt those who bought years before the housing boom began. In some cities, people who have paid their mortgages for a decade have little...

Published: 03/29/11

Grandmother Who Stole to Feed Five Grandkids Faces Prison

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Grandmother Who Stole to Feed Five Grandkids Faces Prison

A 67-year-old widow struggling to feed her five grandkids may now be going to prison for Social Security fraud she claims was necessary to keep her family afloat. Mary Alice Austin lives in Detroit and has custody of her grandchildren: four from her daughter, who's battling drug addiction and couldn't care for them herself, and one child from her son, who's been in prison for the past 20 years. As a nursing home aide, her salary of $8,000 to $10,000 a year wasn't enough to cover the family's expenses. So she broke the law. Austin is being sentenced on Friday for Social Security fraud. Court...

Published: 03/24/11

Can Anything Be Done to Help Cities Like Detroit?

By  Laura Parker - AOL News
Can Anything Be Done to Help Cities Like Detroit?

Even for those who watched the long, slow decline of Detroit, the new census count stunned: The one-time powerhouse of the industrial Midwest lost 25 percent of its population in the past 10 years, falling below 715,000 residents. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing moved swiftly to announce the city would challenge the accuracy of the official count and focus like a laser on luring new residents and new business. "We must confront reality ... and commit to doing things differently," Bing said at a news conference. "If we don't change, the population drain will continue." But Bing -- and his successors...

Published: 03/24/11

For al-Qaida, Detroit Was Just the Cheapest Flight

By  not in system - AOL News
For al-Qaida, Detroit Was Just the Cheapest Flight

WASHINGTON -- When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Houston or Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. But tickets were too expensive, so he refocused the mission on a cheaper destination: Detroit. The decision is among new details emerging about one of the most sensational terrorism plots to unfold since President Barack Obama took office. It shows that al-Qaida's Yemen branch does not share Osama bin Laden's desire to attack symbolic targets, preferring instead to strike at...

Published: 03/20/11

Detroit Schools Struggle to Solve Huge Budget Woes

By  not in system - AOL News
Detroit Schools Struggle to Solve Huge Budget Woes

DETROIT -- Robert Bobb has spent the past two years closing dozens of schools and firing principals in an effort to fix the failing Detroit Public Schools. Yet, he still hasn't solved the problem for which he was hired - erasing a legacy budget deficit that now stands at $327 million. Now, in his final months as the state-appointed emergency financial manager, Bobb is proposing several headline-grabbing ideas - including a radical plan to shut down so many buildings that some high schools could see more than 60 students per class - in an attempt to wipe out the red ink. Carlos Osorio,...

Published: 03/8/11

In 2 Gang Rape Cases, Communities Blame 11-Year-Old Victims

By  David Lohr - AOL News
In 2 Gang Rape Cases, Communities Blame 11-Year-Old Victims

Authorities in Texas have arrested more than a dozen suspects in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. There is outrage and there is anger -- but much of it is being directed at the victim. Something similar has also happened in Michigan, where another 11-year-old was gang raped. "People have a tendency to say, 'Boys will be boys.' That is a common mentality now," Dr. Walter E. Afield, a nationally known mental health expert, told AOL News. "But rape can be just bad as murder, and if they had killed an 11-year-old people would be outraged." In Texas, the girl's mother says she has been...

Published: 02/28/11

Authorities Say Man Persuaded Moms to Sexually Abuse Kids

By  not in system - AOL News
Authorities Say Man Persuaded Moms to Sexually Abuse Kids

DETROIT -- A Michigan man posed as a psychologist and persuaded mothers across the country to sexually assault their children as a form of therapy, then send him the images of the attacks, authorities said Monday. Since authorities arrested him in October, seven children were rescued and at least three mothers have been arrested. Prosecutors say all of the children are now safe. Steven Demink, 41, of Redford Township, Mich., appeared in federal court in Detroit to enter his plea on six charges related to the sexual exploitation of children. Seven charges were dropped as part of a plea...

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