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Monica Conyers released from probation 8 months early — Detroit Convicted felon and former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was released from probation eight months early Wednesday. The move by U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn ends a criminal case involving one of Detroits most powerful politicians, and wife of Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit.
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HopCat plans festivities for upcoming Midtown Detroit opening — HopCats Midtown location is set to open on Nov. 15 with live music and a record-breaking tap take over. News exploded in February of a Detroit location for the award-winning Michigan beer bar, which has locations in Grand Rapids and East Lansing (and anther coming soon to Ann Arbor).

None — Season 12 of Top Chef will include a familiar face for Metro Detroiters. Chef James Rigato of Howell, executive chef of the Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake, will be one of 16 cooking experts to compete on the popular Bravo show.

Flood of garbage has Metro Detroit communities, residents talking trash — Nothing like a week of dealing with stinky, sewage-sopped trash to turn normally civil people ugly. A seemingly endless parade of licensed haulers and private citizens have flowed into the South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority hoping to rid themselves of sewage-tainted and ruined property from last week's flooding, even as another storm bore down on the area Tuesday evening.

Tigers' Justin Verlander will return to action Saturday — St. Petersburg, Fla. His body, and his bosses, must all be in agreement, but Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said Wednesday he will end his hiatus and start one game of Saturdays day-night doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field. I dont want to say everthings perfect now, said Verlander, who has not pitched since Aug.

Shooting suspect leaves tether on, makes it easy for Detroit cops to catch him — Detroit Doyle Mims cut off his tether when he wasnt supposed to, and then left it on after it was scheduled to be removed, which made it easy for police to catch him after he allegedly shot a man on the citys northwest side.
Aug 20, 2014

This allegedly dumb criminal didn't bother having his tether removed before he shot someone:

Judge delays start of Detroit bankruptcy trial until Sept. 2 — Detroit U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday delayed the start of the citys bankruptcy trial until Sept. 2, hours before the city was expected to file an updated debt-cutting plan that will incorporate at least one previously announced agreement with creditors.

Grapevine: Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams — A week after the world learned of Robin Williams death, David Letterman honored the late comedian with a lengthy tribute Monday night on The Late Show. Letterman talked about their 40-year friendship, which started at the Comedy Store in New York. Williams was a guest on the various incarnations of Lettermans late-night show nearly 50 times.

Plan to cut Detroit schools' pay by 10 percent OK'd — State education officials have approved a plan by Detroit Public Schools to slash pay by 10 percent district wide to help erase the district's $127 million deficit. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced this morning he approved the district's updated five-year deficit elimination plan in order for the district to continue receiving state school aid.

Michigan GOP braces for tea party showdown — Michigan Republicans are gearing up for a showdown at their state convention Saturday that could unite the GOP for the general election or embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder by exposing deep ideological divisions. At stake is the renomination of Lt. Gov.

Former Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer gets Browns' starting spot over rookie Johnny Manziel — Berea, Ohio Brian Hoyer will open the season as Clevelands starting quarterback, barely hanging on to his job by holding off hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel. Browns coach Mike Pettine picked Hoyer (Michigan State) over Manziel to start the Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.
Aug 20, 2014

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can feel the heat, but he won't buckle — St. Petersburg, Fla. When a rookie manager talks about the managers role in a teams fate, good or bad, he is neither indicting nor exonerating any skipper, himself included. He speaks generally, without offering any specific triumphs or failures, minus any deep self-critiques, which was at the heart of a conversation Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had Tuesday with a small media crowd in the visiting managers office at Tropicana Field.
Aug 20, 2014

Brad Ausmus talked before yesterday's game about ... managing. Detroit News article.

Staples to shut 140 North America stores in 2014 as sales stall — Staples Inc. plans to shut about 140 stores in North America this year as the office-supply retailer responds to online competition that has hurt sales. Staples shut 80 outlets in the region in the first half, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said in a statement Wednesday. Net income in the fiscal second quarter through Aug.
Aug 20, 2014

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