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« Eastern European women tricked into working as exotic dancers in a Detroit strip club
» Detroit News Roundup for Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Kalamazoo school chief leaves with Promise secret intact

Who are the wealthy donors making it possible for every Kalamazoo child to attend college in Michigan without paying a dime?

Brown says she’s still the only one who knows.

[via USA Today]

Detroit band gets loud in libraries

Singer-guitarist Josh Malerman is hitting the books again, and it has nothing to do with studying.

“I’m sitting outside the library in Carson City right now,” he said enthusiastically by phone from Nevada. “They’ve got an Alfred Hitchcock festival going on. It’s fantastic.”

Later, the library would serve as host for a rock and roll show, and Malerman’s hyperkinetic trio, the High Strung, would headline - another stop on the Detroit-based garage-rock group’s improbable National Public Library Tour. For the third consecutive summer, Malerman and bandmates Chad Stocker and Derek Berk are turning libraries into places to be rocked, not shushed.

[via AZ Central.com]

Ninth Conspirator Sentenced in Detroit Human Trafficking Scheme

The FBI has announced the sentencing of Michail Aronov, age 34, to 7 {1/2} years in prison as will as requiring him to pay in excess of $1 million in restitution. The conviction stems from his involvement as a ring leader of a conspiracy that forced women form countries in Eastern Europe, who thought they were begin brought to the United States for legitimate jobs, to work as exotic dances in strip clubs in the Detroit, Michigan area.

[via Associated Content]

Montessori school begins teaching this fall in Midtown

This September, Detroit Montessori School will begin offering classes at its Cathedral Church at St. Paul location in Midtown. Founder and teacher Clima Fields says the new location’s appeal is its proximity to cultural amenities such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the main branch of the Detroit Public Library and Wayne State University. With the motto of “Building a Foundation for College,” Fields plans to inspire her young charges to dream big.

The school, for students two-and-a-half to five years old, is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is more academically oriented than traditional daycare. Fields says the Montessori philosophy has more one-on-one teaching. “We know that children learn at different times and have different interests,” she says. “A student might be musical, artsy or quiet and independent — we cater to all of those things.”

[via Model D]

Contemporary design store to open in Hamtramck on Sept. 1

Architect Gina Reichert is opening a design store and studio Sept. 1 on Jos. Campau in Hamtramck. For now, Design 99 features local and regional artists, but she plans to expand that reach to national talent in the near future.

Reichert says that she and her partner, Mitch Cope, are taking a contemporary approach to design. The front half of the space will be reserved to showcase and sell art objects, while the rear will serve as her architectural design studio, a place where someone can obtain over-the-counter design advice.

[via Model D]

Detroit International Jazz Festival Nears

This year’s featured artists are Sachal Vasandani, Chiara Civello, and Dominick Farinacci.

Special concerts at the festival include the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Griffin’s Blowin’ Session. 3-B3 Blowout, Kenny Barron and Regina Carter, Patti Austin and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and Come Monday Gospel.

[via WDIV]

Woodbridge’s Carriage House gallery stages first installation

On Saturday, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit celebrated the opening of its new installation space, the Carriage House Gallery on Warren just west of Trumbull. CAID, along with help from neighborhood groups Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation and Safe in Woodbridge, completed renovations including a new roof, fence installation and improvements to the front entrance.

It was CAID’s conscious decision to make minimal changes to the building’s appearance. Initially, the non-profit organization planned to white-box the interior, then decided against it. “We wanted to preserve the historical integrity of the building,” says Aaron Timlin, CAID’s executive director. “This allows the artists to play with the historic architectural elements of the building.”

See a picture of the carriage house in the article.
[via Model D]

High-tech boost expected

A news release from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade says officials “will announce a new investment that will ensure Windsor’s future as a leader in automotive and manufacturing innovation.”

At the time, officials said a new engineering facility would be by far the largest structure on campus and could open by 2009 — with such features as roof-topped windmills, a treed central atrium enclosed by solar glass, and a green roof designed to catch rainwater.

Mayor Francis suggested the new building could be built downtown, around the Art Gallery of Windsor.

[via Windsor Star]

UM study: Economic rebound starts next year

University of Michigan economists predicted Wednesday that the housing and auto markets will rebound next year, providing a national economic turnaround that will result in solid growth in 2008 and 2009.

Saul Hymans, emeritus professor of economics at UM and his colleagues, Joan Crary and Janet Wolfe, predicted in their annual summer forecast of the U.S. economy that gross domestic product will increase to 3.5 percent in the first half of 2008, go to 3.7 percent over the second half, then average 3.2 percent in 2009.

[via Crain’s Detroit Business]

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