Vickie’s City Beat Blog

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Native Detroiter Returns Home To Put On Art X Detroit Performance

“People have rolled up their sleeves here. People are putting their hands in dirt. People are making art,” said Aku Kadogo.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/11/2013

WWJ Photo: Vickie Thomas

Detroit’s New Public Safety Headquarters Turning Heads

Detroit’s men and women in blue will be seeing a lot of green when they move into the new $60 million pubic safety complex.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2013

Ester Collins (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Community Creates Special Quilt

Over 100 people from all walks of life joined forces in Detroit to stitch together a masterpiece.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/29/2013

Kwame Kilpatrick Federal Corruption Trial Week In Review

The week kicked off with a bit of a blow for the prosecution.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/05/2013


Kwame Kilpatrick Federal Corruption Trial Week In Review

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is charged with fraud, bribery, tax crimes and racketeering conspiracy. His father, Bernard Kilpatrick and Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson are also on trial in Detroit federal court. Trial Update by Vickie […]

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/14/2013

Kwame Kilpatrick Federal Corruption Trial Week In Review

City contractor Johnson Akinwusi wrapped up his testimony saying he paid nearly $5K for suits the incoming mayor had in layaway.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/21/2012

Bobby Ferguson, center, is seen with his attorneys Mike Rataj and  Gerald Evelyn. (credit: WWJ/Vickie Thomas, File)

Kwame Kilpatrick Federal Corruption Trial Week In Review

A nasty fall by defense attorney Susan Van Dusen on Monday tripped up the trial this week and caused federal prosecutors to re-direct their focus on new allegation not detailed in the 100 page indictment.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/14/2012

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Kwame Kilpatrick Trial – Week In Review

WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas brings us the latest from the Kwame Kipatrick corruption trial in Detroit federal court.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/30/2012

(Photo: Vickie Thomas) Spike Lee's movie "Red Hook Summer" brings up a troubling subject for some Detroiters.

Blog: Spike Lee Strips Cover Off Shameful Subject In New Film

Sean H. Robinson said: “We put these people on pedestals and don’t think that they are fallible.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/27/2012

WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas

Signs Warn Of ‘Crackhead Infestation’ At Detroit Park

One Detroit man is taking an unusual step to warn others about crime in his city.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/17/2012

File photo. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

City Looks To Create Lighting Authority To Help Keep Street Lights On In Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s chief operations officer Chris Brown outlined for city council plans to finally fix and keep the street lights on.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/11/2012

(WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Challenge Detroit Finalists Issue Challenge To Detroiters: Love Your City!

It is often said that Detroiters are even more down on their city than some outsiders. City residents who feel that way can learn from a group of 66 finalists in the Challenge Detroit competition.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/04/2012

Motor City Makeover - gets a spirited kickoff - to help clean up Detroit. (WWJ: Vickie Thomas)

A Little Elbow Grease Needed For Motor City Makeover

Detroit officials are looking for volunteers to help spruce up the city.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/21/2012

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Vickie Thomas: I Had A Ball Throwing Out The First Pitch At Comerica Park!

It was a bucket list moment but I really didn’t have time to be nervous about throwing out the first pitch at Comerica Park.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/13/2012

Detroit City Council To Begin Annual Budget Process

In addition to reviewing the budget council must also decided who will fill council’s two seats on the financial review team under the consent agreement with the state.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2012

WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas

If Opening Day Were Everyday in Detroit, There’d Be No Need For State Intervention

You would have been hard pressed to tell that Detroit is in such dire straits judging from all the hoopla in and around Comerica Park for opening day Thursday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/06/2012

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City Votes To Raise Corporate Taxes 1 Percent

Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to increase corporate income tax from 1 percent to 2 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2012

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Is Detroit Ripe For Civil Unrest?

Inflammatory remarks made by a Detroit minister has some Metro Detroiters worried about possible civil unrest in the city as it deals with a financial crisis which likely will require state intervention.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/29/2012


City Workers Agree To Concessions In New Agreement

The city and many of its unions have reached new contract agreements.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/23/2012

Day 2 of '12 Days of Action'(credit: Vickie Thomas)

Opponents Of State Takeover In Detroit May Let Their Feet Do The Walking And Talking

Opponents of Gov. Synder’s proposed consent agreement say they may walk over 90 miles to Lansing to deliver their message: “No state occupation of Detroit.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/19/2012


Proposed Consent Agreement Sparks War Of Words Between The State And Its Largest City

The barbs are flying over a controversial consent agreement proposed to help get the city of Detroit’s financial house in order.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/15/2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing waits in line to collect his pay check during an audit of the city's payroll. (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Vickie Thomas: Ghost Employees On Detroit’s Payroll?

Are there “ghost employees” sitting on the City of Detroit’s payroll?

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2012

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Governor’s Safe Speech Sidesteps Detroit’s Financial Tsunami

In State of the State speech, Governor Rick Snyder skirts the issue of an emergency manager possibly stepping in to take over Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/19/2012

Forgotten Harvest 3rd Annual Holiday Dinner For The Homeless

Huge Holiday Dinner For Homeless Highlights Reason For The Season

Volunteers humbled by huge holiday meal for the homeless hosted by Forgotten Harvest and The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/22/2011

Detroit church sandwiched by burned out apartment building and vacant houses. (credit: WWJ / Vickie Thomas)

Arsonist Shines Light On Blight And Detroit House Of Worship

A series of arson fires highlight a devastated Detroit neighborhood and a house of worship that stands as a beacon of hope.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/13/2011

(WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Bing Confidant: ‘Detroit Needs An Emergency Manager’

Former Bing Apponitee Charlie Beckham Believes State’s Review of Detroit’s books Is A Prelude To Emergency Manager.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/05/2011

Detroit. File photo (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Doomsday In Detroit?

As the mayor prepares to deliver a sobering message on the Detroit financial crisis, a councilman says 2,300 city employees could get pink slipped as we enter the holiday season.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/16/2011

(WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Occupy Detroit Protesters Fare Better Than Others Across The U.S.

As police in riot gear and swat teams break up anti-Wall Street protests across the country, here in Motown all is quiet at “Occupy Detroit.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/26/2011

Attorney Anthony Chambers (WWJ File)

‘Underwear Bomber’ Case Fizzles – But Why?

Revealing photo may have led to guilty plea by “Underwear Bomber.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/13/2011

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing at Call to Action on Welfare Cuts

City Works To Weave Web For Those Cut From Welfare Rolls

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is working to put a safety net in place for thousands of Detroiters cut off from receiving cash welfare payments.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/03/2011

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