Dearborn’s mayor Abdullah Hammoud and other elected officials were sworn in over the weekend. Hammoud made history as the city’s first Arab American and Muslim mayor. Two imams and a reverend opened prayers to begin a historical swearing-in ceremony Saturday at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. But the focus of attention during the..
The omicron wave is still sweeping the state and the world with thousands of Michiganders getting sick every day. Trying to help Michigan navigate through this wave of COVID-19’s newest variant is Michigan’s new Chief Medical Executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, a key adviser to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. As part of the weekly series MichMash, WDET’s..
Last year’s municipal elections brought about some big changes in city government in Detroit. That’s especially true on City Council, which has been plagued by corruption probes and criminal charges in recent months and years. On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced former Councilman Andre Spivey to two years in prison. "I'm looking forward to restoring..
President Biden is holding his first formal press conference of the year at the White House. The event comes as the administration faces numerous challenges, including the surging coronavirus pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues.
Former Detroit City Councilmember Andre Spivey was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to receiving nearly $36,000 in bribes. The case is the first conviction in a broader federal corruption probe into Detroit city hall and its police department. Five public officials have been charged as part of "Operation..
Listen and subscribe to Tracked and Traced: Apple Podcast — Spotify — NPR — Stitcher — Google Podcasts After the 9/11 terror attacks, American Muslims were subjected to surveillance, suspicion and put on the terrorist watchlist — a database shared by law enforcement agencies for suspected and known terrorists — leading to fear and paranoia of Islam and Muslims. Fatima Salman first..
Experts say the Oakland County prosecutor took an unusual step by charging the parents of the alleged shooter at Oxford High School with involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutor Karen McDonald says she did so in part because the 15-year-old suspect had easy access to a firearm bought by his parents. Now Democratic State Sen. Rosemary Bayer, whose..
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on a statewide tour to pre-sell and fine-tune the State of the State she will deliver next week. The governor made stops in Royal Oak and Warren. In Macomb County, the governor said she wants pandemic recovery plans to create more opportunities for minority- and female-owned businesses. She also said she..
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has hosted its annual Day of Racial Healing for six years. The foundation’s president and CEO, LaJune Montgomery Tabron says the event follows the Martin Luther King holiday so the civil rights leader’s life of service can be used to inspire action. Tabron says racial healing is needed for racial..
After ignoring the topic of race for a long time, there is a new debate emerging in Democratic political circles: How should liberals deal with the topic of race in politics? Should they lean into it, and push hard for not only racial justice but a pervasive racial consciousness, potentially shaping a nation dedicated to..