MISSING PERSON: Police Search for Missing Wayne University Law Studen Tiane Brown

Original report at http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/police-search-for-missing-wayne-state-university-law-student

Police search for missing Wayne State University law student Tiane Brown

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Posted: 4:34 PM
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(WXYZ) – The Wayne State University Police Department and the Waterford Township Police Department are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing law student.

Tiane Brown was last seen on Monday, October 28 at 8:15 p.m. at the Wayne State Law School. Police say her parents reported her missing when she didn’t pick up her children at their house in West Bloomfield.

Brown is 5′-7″ and around 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown, shoulder length hair. Brown lives in Waterford.

If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact police at 313-577-2224.

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No, You Are NOT a “Grown Ass Man.” You Play Video Games All Day and Drive a Skateboard.

How many times in popular culture have you heard some self important dude with hair all over his face, albeit shaved into cunning little shapes and corners, shout about how he’s such a “GROWN ASS MAN” replete with gang sign hand gestures, freeze posed in your face for effect?

Aren’t ya sick of it?  I am.

I have been reading articles for weeks about the newest trend in America: young people [ aged 16-25 and aged 26-39 key demographics ] are NOT getting their driver’s licenses, citing a [ lame ass ] variety of reasons.

I’ve had an ongoing sociological rant about the psychological “infantile-ization” of America since the early 90s, when I first began to notice that something was not quite right with America’s young people. I journaled about it at the time.

These were the last few years of a mostly innocent pre-internet era pop culture, and there was a lingering afterglow of old American style normalcy still hovering over the country.  Families were mostly still intact.  Detroit was still in one piece, although the fraying around it’s edges had begun.  Bankrupt cities were practically unheard of.  People went shopping in malls without even pausing to consider – EVER – that they could be gunned down by a lost and quietly beserk young American male.

https://i2.wp.com/assets.marshill.com/files/2010/08/21/boyshave.jpgThe crystal-meth epidemic was percolating but had not exploded yet. 34% of everyone you knew HAD NOT smoked crack, shot heroin, or used crystal meth and MDMA the same way I regularly use toothpaste, which is daily.

Already something was happening that really bothered me spiritually but I couldn’t understand WHY it was happening. I noticed it more in young males than in young females, although it did pop up there too, from time to time. The only way I knew how to describe it at the time was as a kind of halted, stunted emotional maturity in late teens / early twenty-somethings. They even named a TV show after this sociological phenomenon:  Arrested Development.” How telling.

American young people were maturing biologically in all the right ways.  Hormones still kicked in between ages 12 – 16 and these young people biologically began to grow up. But in many cases, the inner parts and pieces of them that should have emotionally grown up with their other physical parts, didn’t move forward.  Those parts stayed pretty much right where they were at the emotional age of 11, 12, 13 or 14.

I kept wondering why this was happening.  I also wondered if anyone else saw what I saw. Keep in mind as you read this that it was 1991, 1992 when I started really noticing that large numbers of young people had this visible emotional missing piece in their movement toward adulthood that showed instantly when they opened their mouths, just like a missing tooth would show. At least it showed instantly to me.  Something was askew. The absence of this emotional adulthood glared if the conversation strayed into any territory other than Self, Recreation, Sports, Pop Culture, Fashion or Celebrities. Isn’t it interesting to note that as time has passed these 6 topics have become the mega billion dollar corporate behemoths which now pass for “American culture”?

It was VERY evident when you would strike up a conversation with a young 20-something, about anything, that where they were emotionally was mostly right where they had been when they were still in junior high school. They may as well have still been standing in the hall at their locker, wondering who they would sit with at lunch. Nothing inside had changed much, while their exteriors had changed considerably.

There were, of course, exceptions to this rule, and I delighted in finding these wonderful young people who loved to discuss everything from European Renaissance painting to marine biology – and their possible future place in it. There was hope for my sagging perception of the next generation coming up behind me when I chatted with these sparkling “exceptions to the rule.”

I pondered this phenomenon with regularity while life flew by.  I was already seeing it everywhere. There was an entire army of young men, mostly white, who were in their late 20s to late 30s who traveled the streets of my city via skateboard. That was it. They didn’t own a car, and apparently never intended to. I recall how jarring it was to watch a man in his late 30s with a full beard flying down the road, in all seriousness, scooting his skateboard along with daily traffic. His bearded buddies, all late thirty-something “grown ass men” like him, scooted along behind him. Some of them were dressed like they might be going in for a job interview, or going to work in an office. I tried to imagine everyone else parking their cars in the paved lot [ a la “The Office” in Scranton PA ] while these jokers scooted up, popped their boards into one hand, briefcase clutched in the other, and strolled inside, ready to face another ‘grown-up” day at the office with their co-workers. Really??? Something was just not quite right about that scene. It was a scene I would find that I was accidental witness to with increasing regularity as the 1990s yawned open and the world whirled through toward the new century.

I was accustomed to seeing little boys playing on their skateboards, traversing our neighborhood via the one footed scoot. I had seen that for decades. What I COULD NOT get used to was a man who was 38 years old scooting down the street on a skateboard with no more concern for how ridiculous he looked than if he was curled in half onto a kid’s tricycle, trying to peddle it.

I kept wondering again and again how these men ever got a date. And if they did, what the hell did they do about it? Oh yeah, I forgot. They stayed at home and played video games on their own sofa and the date had to comply with this activity or leave. [ Were any babies even made in the 1990s? If so, how? ]

Video games had already altered the American landscape forever for a generation of young people by 1992. Next, the internet would emerge, and with it a virtual universe would open up – for better AND for worse – for young people around the world.

In 1994, of course, the term which was most often used to describe the fledgling computer network was “the world wide web.” The word “texting” was not a part of the English language and had not come into use yet. Cell phones were large cumbersome contraptions [ see early episodes of Seinfeld for examples of these hilarious boxes ]  which looked like they ought to belong in a Dick Tracy comic, with an ostentatious sci-fi antennae poking out of the top. They were exorbitantly costly to own. They had already emerged as upper crust status symbols for the more affluent. I was still using a land line in 1994, 95 and saw no reason to own a cell phone as I worked at home on [ the brand new freshly invented ] internet and didn’t travel that much. Everyone I wanted to talk to usually came to the front door and rang the bell. Remember that? House guests? I even cooked for them. We served drinks. We talked face to face. We didn’t have to call that exchange “face time” yet. Talking face to face was part and parcel to the “old normal.”

No one ever said “the new normal” and if they had they would have been stared at politely with a mildly amused gaze, while the rest of the group waited to hear their explanation. Life was still quite civilized. Mostly.

But commuting around town I was bothered by the incessant “skate board men” which were always everywhere. Had they only been 20 years minus in age their mothers would have still been standing with a dish towel in her hand at the back screen door, calling them by all three of their given names to come in off the street with their boards, and eat dinner. I shuddered to think what the studio apartments of these guys might look like. Nope. Strike that sentence. These were guys who lived in their mother’s basements. A studio apartment is a very grown up thing to have. It often involves something called a driveway where a personal transit mobility device called an automobile is parked.

So we fast forward twenty years or so into the bulging, smelly, overwhelming, incomprehensible NOW of late 2013. “Grown Ass Men” can no longer be bothered with the troubling errand of going into the DMV to acquire their time honored American personal passport into adulthood which is also known as a “driver’s license.” These are the current statistics and they are NOT good:

SURVEY: “When we asked young people when they planned 2 get a driver’s license, 21.5% of 16 to 25 year olds said ‘Never.’  & 35.4% of people aged 30-39 also said ‘Never’.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/13/teen-drivers-license/2891701/ …

See http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/13/teen-drivers-license/2891701/

I’m not finished opining on this topic. The hour is late in America, and the situation is now urgent. I’m sending out the Clarion Call to all psychologists and sociologists everywhere to get your heads out of your own asses, or the sand on the beach, and begin writing papers on the long term sociological, societal and psychological effects of two generations of young people in America who, for the most part, absolutely REFUSE to grow up, yet biologically mature anyway, then marry and have offspring of their own. Hello? Does anyone out there see what I see coming? Oh wait. Wrong again. it’s already here. But now it’s worse. So much worse that I will have to cover that disintegration in another essay.

Somewhere along the road to the future which began in the early 90s with the birth of the web, and has brought us all here, to 2013, where the full effects of the first two generations of children who have grown up with the internet held in the palm of their hands has finally ripened and fallen off the tree with a definite rottening splat, our great thinkers and philosophers [ we used to have those, once upon a time ] have all looked the other way  – while 30 million American young people have crept away back to mom’s basement.

There they have squatted, modern Neanderthals, texting their drool onto other tiny machines in umpteen trillion meaningless misspelled words, watching ever more violent video games until they snap, gunning down their neighbor’s kids, blowing their own brains out, doping incessantly on daddy’s executive credit card, building backpack bombs in the garage while dad plays golf, extolling the virtues of all of this darkening urban and turbaned Never-Never-Land of endlessly drugged, skateboarding Peter Pans and Pansies who now scoot one-footed around the detritus of America’s collapsing cities, tattered spray paint can in hand, looking for new gangland graffiti scat from rivals, which they will then blithely marr over with their own.

See also:

Peter Pan syndrome: Does the rise of women mean men will never grow up?

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OMG: All Out Lawlessness in Chicago Reflected in 2 Days of News Headlines

What region of the United States would you most dread to have to live in? Miami? New Orleans? Los Angeles? Detroit?

I am making a wager this morning that the region of Chicago Illinois may arguably be the most lawless deadly region in the United States to call home. A quick perusal of two headlines will give one a decided clue that law enforcement in Chicago is not only fighting an uphill battle, but that they are losing it too.

Keep in mind as you browse these headlines, unedited from the “breaking news” section of the Chicago Tribune, that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, if not the strictest. If making it hard for people to get guns was the answer, then the headlines below would not be happening. Are you ready for this?  Have a look?

 

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Disabled woman missing from Southwest Side

Disabled woman missing from Southwest Side

Updated 21 minutes agoPolice are asking for help finding a mentally disabled woman who disappeared Friday afternoon on the Southwest Side.

Boy injured in fall from 2nd floor window on West Side

Boy injured in fall from 2nd floor window on West Side

Updated 45 minutes agoA 5-year-old boy was injured in a fall from a second-story window in the Lawndale neighborhood this afternoon, authorities said.

CTU teachers, parents march to protest closings

CTU teachers, parents march to protest closings

Updated 56 minutes agoAbout 100 people, including local teachers, parents and students, marched Saturday morning on the South Side in protest of the proposed closing of 54 schools.

Man, 28, killed in Austin: 'You can't go back to sleep'

Man, 28, killed in Austin: ‘You can’t go back to sleep’

Updated 1:21 p.m.Lula Parker sat on her front porch in a heavy pink robe. A 27-year-old man lay on her parkway, shot in the head, part of the exit wound visible on the lower part of his face. He was surrounded by…

Bill allows tougher penalties in social media based mob attacks

Bill allows tougher penalties in social media based mob attacks

Updated 12:53 p.m.A bill signed into law Saturday allows judges to impose stiffer penalties on people who use social media or other methods of electronic communication to organize mob attacks.

CTA Red Line Dan Ryan closure starts early Sunday

CTA Red Line Dan Ryan closure starts early Sunday

Updated 12:35 p.m.CTA Red Line riders who use the south leg of the north-south “L” line will have to find alternate transportation starting 2 a.m. Sunday.

Boy shot near Old Orchard Mall

Boy shot near Old Orchard Mall

Updated 11:31 a.m.A boy was shot in the abdomen near the Old Orchard Mall in Skokie Friday night, police said.

Man killed among 3 shot in Chicago Heights attack

Man killed among 3 shot in Chicago Heights attack

Updated 9:53 a.m.A man was shot dead Friday night in Chicago Heights in attack that wounded two other people, authorities said.

3 shot in Lawndale: 'Who would shoot up a family?'

3 shot in Lawndale: ‘Who would shoot up a family?’

Updated 8:50 a.m.When the shooting stopped in Lawndale late Friday night, three people lay on the ground with gunshot wounds outside a family prom party on Kolin Avenue.

Chicago Overnight Report

Chicago Overnight Report

Updated 7:23 a.m.A wrap-up of news from the Tribune’s breaking news desk.

11 shot, 3 fatally, in city overnight

11 shot, 3 fatally, in city overnight

Updated 8:16 a.m.A teenage boy and two men were killed in three separate shootings Friday night and Saturday morning in Chicago, according to authorities.

Teachers elect Lewis to 2nd term as CTU head

Teachers elect Lewis to 2nd term as CTU head

Updated 6:31 a.m.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, an often controversial leader who took on Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a strike last fall and has been leading the fight against the district’s plan to…

Woman testifies in suit against Trump Tower

Woman testifies in suit against Trump Tower

Updated 15 hours agoHer family too poor to care for her, Jacqueline Goldberg was placed in a children’s home at age 10.

Sheriff: Lice, scabies outbreak at Cook County Jail

Sheriff: Lice, scabies outbreak at Cook County Jail

Updated 20 hours agoPart of Cook County Jail and its hospital have been isolated because of an outbreak of lice and scabies, officials announced today.

In plea deal, man gets 145 days in South Side teen's killing

In plea deal, man gets 145 days in South Side teen’s killing

Updated 20 hours agoA Chicago man has admitted to killing a Beverly neighborhood teenager by punching him in the head on July 4, 2011, and will serve 145 days in jail, a prosecutor said today.

Man charged with killing wife fit for trial, judge rules

Man charged with killing wife fit for trial, judge rules

Updated 22 hours agoA Will County judge has ruled that a Tinley Park man accused of beating his wife to death in December can be tried for the offense, officials said.

Boy, 16, held on $1M in shooting of woman outside H.S.

Boy, 16, held on $1M in shooting of woman outside H.S.

Updated 21 hours agoA 16-year-old Chicago high school student whose friend had been killed earlier, accidentally shot a female student on Wednesday as he was gunning for a rival gang member, prosecutors said today.

Man struck, killed by Orange Line train

Man struck, killed by Orange Line train

Updated 20 hours agoPart of the CTA’s Orange Line on the Southwest Side was shut down this afternoon after a man was run over and killed by a train, authorities said.

Husband, wife dead in Chicago Heights fire

Husband, wife dead in Chicago Heights fire

Updated 22 hours agoA husband and wife were found dead after a fire in Chicago Heights early Friday morning, according to authorities.

Geneva bank teller accused of using account info to steal

Geneva bank teller accused of using account info to steal

Updated 21 hours agoA former Geneva bank teller has been indicted in what prosecutors called a scheme to use bank customers’ account information to steal at least $245,000.

Prosecutors: 3 teens posted taped sex assaults of girl, 12, on Facebook

Prosecutors: 3 teens posted taped sex assaults of girl, 12, on Facebook

Updated 22 hours agoThree teenagers face sex assault charges after they raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and posted a video of the December attacks on Facebook, prosecutors said.

Near North elevator malfunction sends 4 to hospitals

Near North elevator malfunction sends 4 to hospitals

Updated 23 hours agoAn elevator malfunction in a Near North building sent four people to the hospital, officials said.

Cops: Women fend off purse snatcher, man charged

Cops: Women fend off purse snatcher, man charged

Updated 23 hours agoA South Side man was arrested after a woman and two of her female friends fended him off when he tried to snatch the woman’s purse in the Near North neighborhood Thursday evening, police said.

Teen, 17, fatally stabbed during fight in Romeoville parking lot

Teen, 17, fatally stabbed during fight in Romeoville parking lot

Updated 21 hours agoA 22-year-old Romeoville man suspected of fatally stabbing a 17-year-old Joliet male outside of a Romeoville supermarket Thursday night is scheduled to appear in Will County Holiday Court Saturday…

Illinois Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Illinois Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Updated 22 hours agoSPRINGFIELD — The Senate today approved legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Sandburg administrator's blood-alcohol over legal limit before fatal crash: coroner

Athletic director’s blood-alcohol over legal limit before fatal crash: coroner

Updated May 17, 2013Sandburg High School’s former athletic director Bruce Scheidegger had alcohol in his system when his vehicle left a rural roadway in Carroll County in February, according to the coroner.

Officials: Boy, 15, shot dead in Gresham

Officials: Boy, 15, shot dead in Gresham

Updated 23 hours agoA 15-year-old boy was shot dead Thursday night in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.

4 injured in Avondale crash

4 injured in Avondale crash

Updated May 17, 2013Four people were injured, at least one critically, when the car they were in struck a pole in an alcohol-related crash in the Avondale neighborhood early Friday morning, police said.

Metra board delays Wi-Fi decision

Metra board delays Wi-Fi decision

Updated 22 hours agoAfter considerable discussion, Metra’s board today deferred a decision on testing Wi-Fi on its trains.

NIU VP back at work after 2-month leave

NIU VP back at work after 2-month leave

Updated May 17, 2013A Northern Illinois University vice president who has been part of a federal law enforcement investigation returned to campus today after a two-month paid leave.

Park Ridge police: Man may have scammed dozens with fake-business scheme

Park Ridge police: Man may have scammed dozens with fake-business scheme

Updated May 17, 2013Park Ridge police continue to unravel a web of fake names allegedly used by a 63-year-old Chicago man suspected of setting up fake businesses across the Midwest to scam dozens of people out of…

Chicago State board stands behind president

Chicago State board stands behind president

Updated May 17, 2013The Chicago State University board of trustees said this morning it supports President Wayne Watson, who earlier this year was on the verge of taking a yearlong sabbatical as the board started…

Harris Bank to pay $400K to settle 2012 suit by disabled workers

Harris Bank to pay $400K to settle 2012 suit by disabled workers

Updated May 17, 2013BMO Harris Bank will pay $400,000 to 14 former workers to resolve a disability lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Chicago Overnight Report

Chicago Overnight Report

Updated May 17, 2013A wrap-up of news from the Tribune’s breaking news desk.

Navy Pier remake would add urban park elements

Navy Pier remake would add urban park elements

Updated May 17, 2013Navy Pier, the highly commercialized tourist attraction jutting into Lake Michigan, will take on a more park-like feel under the first phase of redevelopment plans to be formally announced Friday…

A barbecue, a disco ball, music on street -- and then, shooting

A barbecue, a disco ball, music on street — and then, shooting

Updated May 17, 2013Three young men who police say belonged to two different gangs walked into Roseland Hospital overnight with gunshot wounds, each shot within blocks of each other in a pair of West Pullman neighborhood…

Emanuel returns donation from tech firm lobbyist

Emanuel returns donation from tech firm lobbyist

Updated May 17, 2013Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned a $10,000 campaign donation from a lobbyist for a tech firm disqualified from a city program this week after the Tribune raised questions about potential violations…

Transit agencies look to keep South Side moving during CTA work

Transit agencies look to keep South Side moving during CTA work

Updated May 16, 2013The time for campaigning is about to end. Now the hard work — delivering on promises made to 80,000 daily CTA Red Line customers who will lose a vital transportation lifeline for five months…

Police: Woman's report of Mag Mile robbery unfounded

Police: Woman’s report of Mag Mile robbery unfounded

Updated May 16, 2013Chicago police have discredited a 68-year-old woman’s claim that she was robbed of tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry during a brazen attack Wednesday afternoon along the Magnificent Mile.

Madigan says universities, community colleges willing to share pension costs

Madigan says universities, community colleges willing to share pension costs

Updated May 17, 2013— House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday announced that he has struck a preliminary deal with the state’s universities and community colleges that will require them to slowly pick up the cost…

State panel to back hearings into 7 claims of police torture

State panel to back hearings into 7 claims of police torture

Updated May 17, 2013Three decades after Jackie Wilson was first convicted with his brother of gunning down two Chicago police officers during a traffic stop, a state commission has found credible evidence that Wilson was…

Officials demand more information about proposed immigration detention center

Officials demand more information about proposed immigration detention center

Updated May 16, 2013Joliet City Councilman Jim McFarland wants to hear firsthand – and publicly – what Corrections Corp. of America plans to do if it builds an immigration detention center in Joliet.

Authorities: Maywood man killed in wreck near home

Authorities: Maywood man killed in wreck near home

Updated May 16, 2013A 51-year-old motorist was killed this afternoon during a car crash near his Maywood home, authorities said.

Worker in fatal construction site accident identified

Worker in fatal construction site accident identified

Updated May 16, 2013A man working at a construction site on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston who died after he was struck by a beam that fell from six stories up this morning has…

College student shot to death in Maywood

College student shot to death in Maywood

Updated May 16, 2013Ryan Jones said he and his best friend, Dashamone McCarty, decided during a phone call Wednesday evening to sign up together for summer classes at a community college.

 FEMA disaster center opens in Lisle

FEMA disaster center opens in Lisle

Updated May 17, 2013Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have begun to accept applications for federal assistance now that a presidential disaster declaration has been made for DuPage and Will…

Warrant issued for suspect in Far South Side shooting

Warrant issued for suspect in Far South Side shooting

Updated May 16, 2013A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Matteson man suspected of shooting a man in a Beverly neighborhood building on Wednesday.

Jereme Richmond pleads not guilty to threatening probation officer

Jereme Richmond pleads not guilty to threatening probation officer

Updated May 16, 2013Jereme Richmond pleaded not guilty today to threatening his probation officer.

Funeral held for unidentified newborn found inside cooler

Funeral held for unidentified newborn found inside cooler

Updated May 16, 2013Sharon Grill gasped as the tiny white casket was led into Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church this morning.

16 food trucks applied to be part of the Taste

16 food trucks apply to be part of the Taste

Updated May 16, 2013A total of 16 food trucks submitted applications to be part of this year’s Taste of Chicago, the city said Thursday.

Man, 85, knocked down and robbed at Loop CTA stop

Man, 85, knocked down and robbed at Loop CTA stop

Updated May 16, 2013An 85-year-old man was pushed down and robbed as he climbed the stairs of a Blue Line stop in the Loop this morning, police said.

Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield

Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield

Updated May 16, 2013SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate.

Homes quickly found for 17 abandoned puppies

Homes quickly found for 17 abandoned puppies

Updated May 16, 2013It took just days to find homes for 17 mixed lab puppies found dumped along a road near the Indiana Dunes.

Facing foreclosure, man finds winning Lotto ticket in cookie jar

Facing foreclosure, man finds winning Lotto ticket in cookie jar

Updated May 16, 2013Maybe you’ve heard this story before. Or dreamt it.

Chicago Overnight Report

Chicago Overnight Report

Updated May 16, 2013A wrap-up of news from the Tribune’s breaking news desk.

DePaul arena part of broader plan to boost Chicago tourism

DePaul arena part of broader plan to boost Chicago tourism

Updated May 16, 2013Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to unveil Thursday a $173 million plan to build a 10,000-seat arena for the DePaul Blue Demons next to McCormick Place, couching it as part of a broader blueprint for…

City contract seekers donate to Emanuel despite his own ban

City contract seekers donate to Emanuel despite his own ban

Updated May 16, 2013Leaders of a tech firm seeking a city contract donated $15,000 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign fund, despite Emanuel’s own executive order banning contributions from vendors trying to get city…

Lawuits say school closings unfair,discriminate against blacks

Lawuits say school closings unfair,discriminate against blacks

Updated May 16, 2013The Chicago Teachers Union’s decision to go to court to try to stop the city from closing 53 elementary schools, while not unexpected, makes clear that the Board of Education’s vote on the proposal…

Police: Fugitive carjacker spoke of robbing banks, armored cars

Police: Fugitive carjacker spoke of robbing banks, armored cars

Updated May 16, 2013The bizarre saga of Michael Buhrman, a former nuclear plant operator turned fugitive carjacker, took another odd turn Wednesday when it was revealed that Buhrman spoke of assembling a crew to rob…

Police shoot man in Riverdale

Police shoot man in Riverdale

Updated May 16, 2013Riverdale police shot a man Wednesday afternoon after he pointed a gun at them, according to a statement released by the south suburban department.

Chicago Cubs seek to add new Wrigley gate

Chicago Cubs seek to add new Wrigley gate

Updated May 16, 2013With eye-grabbing proposals that include a giant video screen looming over the left-field bleachers, a new entrance to Wrigley Field received little notice when the Cubs unveiled plans for the park at…

Bolingbrook elementary school locked down

Bolingbrook elementary school locked down

Updated May 15, 2013An elementary school in west suburban Bolingbrook was locked down after school Wednesday because building staff noticed a man walking outside the school, knocking on doors and holding his hand in…

Free 'L' transfer between Washington Blue Line, Lake Red Line stops

Free ‘L’ transfer between Washington Blue Line, Lake Red Line stops

Updated May 15, 2013Starting Sunday, CTA riders will be able to transfer for free between the Lake Red Line and Washington Blue Line stations, the CTA announced Wednesday.

At least 7 wounded in shootings across Chicago

At least 7 wounded in shootings across Chicago

Updated May 16, 2013A man was shot and critically wounded inside a building in the Beverly neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, among seven people shot across Chicago into the evening, police said.

Body of child found in river still unidentified

Body of child found in river still unidentified

Updated May 15, 2013As authorities tried to identify the body of a child found in the Des Plaines River, a woman thought to be the boy’s mother was in court Wednesday on charges she and her boyfriend beat her son to…

5 arrested in protest over CPS closings

5 arrested in protest over CPS closings

Updated May 15, 2013Five people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after they blocked traffic in the West Woodlawn neighborhood while staging a protest against the city’s plan to close schools, according to protest…

Sergeant kills pit bull attacking teen: 'That dog would have killed me'

Sergeant kills pit bull attacking teen: ‘That dog would have killed me’

Updated May 15, 2013Tyrell Henry just got off the bus and was walking to school when he got a quick glimpse of a pit bull seconds before it jumped him.

Prosecutors: Man killed after mom has dispute in parking lot

Prosecutors: Man killed after mom has dispute in parking lot

Updated May 15, 2013A Homewood man ran over and killed a South Side man after their mothers, who are neighbors, got into a dispute in a parking lot near their homes, prosecutors said today.

Woman killed after motorcycle strikes tractor trailer

Woman killed after motorcycle strikes tractor trailer

Updated May 15, 2013A Sycamore woman was killed today when her motorcycle struck a tractor trailer near Elgin, authorities said.

Wheaton man guilty of soliciting to have judge, prosecutor, ex-wife murdered

Wheaton man guilty of soliciting to have judge, prosecutor, ex-wife murdered

Updated May 15, 2013A Wheaton man already serving a lengthy prison sentence will face at least 20 more years behind bars for conspiring to have a DuPage County judge, a prosecutor and his ex-wife murdered.

Preckwinkle dealt setback in effort to shrink juvenile detention center

Preckwinkle dealt setback in effort to shrink juvenile detention center

Updated May 15, 2013Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle is temporarily reversing her signature initiative to shrink the Juvenile Detention Center because a federally-appointed administrator says there are too many…

Signal problems delay Metra Union Pacific lines

Signal problems delay Metra Union Pacific lines

Updated May 15, 2013Trains on Metra’s Union Pacific lines ware being delayed by as much as an hour late this afternoon because of computer signal problems.

Illinois could allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

Illinois could allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

Updated May 15, 2013Gov. Pat Quinn and other prospective governor candidates next year might be targeting a new voting group during the Democratic and Republican primary elections: 17-year-olds.

Ex-Northbrook officer pleads guilty, receives probation

Ex-Northbrook officer pleads guilty, receives probation

Updated May 15, 2013A former Northbrook police officer has been sentenced to two year probation after he agreed to plead guilty to charges that he stole jewelry from a home he’d been dispatched to check on.

SUV driver charged with dragging Chicago cop

SUV driver charged with dragging Chicago cop

Updated May 15, 2013A South Side woman who had parked her car in an alley refused to yield to a marked police squad car, then grabbed a Chicago police officer and dragged her as the SUV with two children inside sped…

Duckworth makes first trip to war zone since copter shot down

Duckworth makes first trip to war zone since copter shot down

Updated May 15, 2013WASHINGTON — Making her first trip to a war zone since she was gravely injured in 2004, Rep. Tammy Duckworth visited Afghanistan last weekend with five other congresswomen.

Trump: 87-year-old woman 'is trying to rip me off'

Trump: 87-year-old woman ‘is trying to rip me off’

Updated May 15, 2013Billionaire mogul Donald Trump, his signature bravado on full display Wednesday, clashed repeatedly with the opposing lawyer during a second day on the witness stand at a trial in Chicago.

Emanuel to shift retired city workers to Obamacare

Emanuel to shift retired city workers to Obamacare

Updated May 15, 2013Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to start reducing health insurance coverage next year for more than 30,000 retired city workers and begin shifting them to President Barack Obama’s new federal system.

Man in critical condition after motorcycle strikes minivan

Man in critical condition after motorcycle strikes minivan

Updated May 15, 2013A 20-year-old man was in critical condition after a motorcycle crash Tuesday night.

Lawsuit: Baseball coach coerced college player into sex

Lawsuit: Baseball coach coerced college player into sex

Updated May 15, 2013A  former Concordia University Chicago student has filed a lawsuit against the university and its former baseball coach alleging the coach coerced him into performing sexual acts more than a…

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Detroit Michigan Earns Dreary Distinction of Being #1 Most Miserable City in America

I began a periodic documentation of the ongoing sorrows of Detroit Michigan last summer, right after I stated this news blog.  I had discovered several Michigan based blogs which were documenting the disintegration of a large 40 block section of the dying city in explicit photo essays. The jaw dropping pictures and video clips were dreadful to take in: row after row of crumbling, rotting, dilapidated mansions, abandoned homes by the hundreds, if not thousands, entire city blocks which had deteriorated into deathly urban ruins.  It was mind boggling.

HOW does this happen in America?

WHY did it happen in Detroit?

Detroit named most miserable U.S. city in Forbes ranking

But of course it’s worse than that now. Recently more dire news out of Detroit broke via ABC’s 20/20 TV current events documentary series that more than 12,000 unsolved rape cases have languished in the bowels of law enforcement departments in Detroit, evidence stacked in boxes from floor to ceiling for decades, literally, and either no one caring enough or not enough funds to proceed with trying to solve them and prosecute the perpetrators.

To be a young black woman trying to cope on the streets of Detroit must be it’s own hall of horrors. It makes the soul shudder.

Cited: 

“In fact, an investigation by 20/20 has uncovered a dirty little secret of law enforcement, unknown to victims and their families. Hundreds of thousands of rape evidence kits sit unprocessed on dusty shelves in police storage rooms around the country simply because police say they can’t afford the cost of processing them, which is on average no more than $500 per kit.

Safir, who is now a consultant to a company that owns a DNA lab, was stunned to learn that when he was in office, his department was one of the worst culprits, but by no means the only one.

“That’s outrageous,” said Safir. “It says to a woman who’s a victim: We don’t care.”

Safir said he found out about his department’s predicament when Barry Scheck, a prominent defense attorney, came to see him and told him there were 12,000 unanalyzed rape kits sitting on the shelves of the police department’s storage facility.

“I thought he was insane, and I looked into it,” said Safir. “I didn’t have 12,000. I had 16,000.”

What’s worse, nationwide Safir estimated that there are at least a half million unanalyzed rape kits that, if processed, could turn out tens of thousands of suspects. I have pondered this awful fact and I actually wonder if one of the reasons these backlogged rape kits are not being processed is that the number of convictions they might result in could overwhelm an already bulging and overcrowded penal system in the US. In other words, if all of the alleged rapists in the United States were caught and prosecuted, there might not be enough prison space to hold them.

If you wondered why gun ownership in the US among women is soaring, stop and think about it. The chances of a rapist actually being caught and prosecuted are so low in cities like Detroit, or Saint Louis, or Stockton California, a woman who walks city streets had better be well armed to defend herself from attacks, because law enforcement of the crime of rape is literally falling away.

Adding to the burden upon Detroit law enforcement are the burgeoning numbers of missing person and “Jane Doe” cases. Bloggers can aid law enforcement by publishing any helpful leads, missing person photos, or crime solving tips. It will take the concerted efforts of the entire country to help Detroit address their unsolved crime problem. It’s not just Detroit’s problem. It’s every American’s problem. What spills out of Detroit today could be in your backyard tomorrow, putting pressure on already strained law enforcement agencies in other American cities. Share and RT this post on your own social networks. Thanks.

See also:

Michigan Cases : Missing Persons & Unsolved Homicide & Jane Doe’s

https://21stcenturyscreenshots.wordpress.com/2016-obamas-america-movie-going-viral/collapsing-in-slow-motion-detroit/

https://21stcenturyscreenshots.wordpress.com/2016-obamas-america-movie-going-viral/dying-american-cities-video/

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=123852&page=1

Lab to test more than 1,000 rape kits. Finally.

Walking Away: 14 Million Abandon Their Homes in 2012, Vacant Homes Up 43.8% Since 2000

Recently I have been looking into the plight of collapsing cities in America. I’m still doing research. I usually only post about 10% of what I learn on a given topic. I already knew it was bad. But I did not know HOW bad. We all know about Detroit. The collapse and failure of that city has been fairly well publicized. But that’s where I started. Check most recent posts and pages to see everything I am publishing about abandoned homes and collapsing cities in America.

One thing you will notice in these videos is that it’s not just small modest homes that people have abandoned. Huge palatial homes, grand estates and large mansions are among the casualties of abandoned homes. There are even large shopping malls that are now abandoned. It begs the question:  What happened here? Why does someone walk away from a multi-million dollar property?

See also https://21stcenturyscreenshots.wordpress.com/collapsing-in-slow-motion-detroit/

Tags: housing, real estate, empty homes, homelessness, abandoned properties, walking away from homes, housing collapse, real estate collapse, economic collapse in america

Pondering the Ruins of Detroit Michigan

 

This fall everyone is watching the hit TV series “Revolution”which tells the fictional story of American survivors coping and fighting for their lives after the collapse of human civilization due to the sudden loss of electricity all over the world. Survivors hike through the overgrown rotted remnants of what used to be cities, towns and neighborhoods with swords tied to their waists, often fighting to the death over trifles. Death is commonplace. Hope is practically non-existent. Most people are now living like animals. You have seen at least one episode of the TV show, right? You know what I am describing.  It’s all written into the script.

“….the show presents an America transformed by calamity, a collapsed civilization living in the ruins and husks of mighty man-made environs reclaimed by nature…”

In the TV script for “Revolution” residents of big cities flee after a few weeks without electricity wrecks civilized normal life and people begin mugging, killing and kidnapping anyone they can find anywhere at any moment just to rob them for some food. Families begin to pile their belongings into whatever they can haul and they walk away from the remnants of civilization to try to find ways to survive on the land, away from the crime, death, looters, and gangs. Doesn’t that also sound eerily like what has happened in Detroit?

More than 40 square miles of the city of Detroit Michigan now lie vacant – one third of the entire city of Detroit. It is arguably the largest ever urban American inner city wasteland to exist within the confines of an adjacent urban city center since the founding of the nation. 

Detroit Michigan is a dying and disintegrating city in the United States where the grisly scenes and deadly scenarios of “Revolution” are already playing out in real life, albeit it has taken place so gradually over decades that millions of other Americans don’t even know it’s happening at all.

Instead of filming “Revolution” on a carefully dressed out TV set in Wilmington NC, shouldn’t it be filmed on location in the boarded up burned out neighborhoods which now litter many parts of Detroit? It seems it would be more suitable to include a little dose of present actuality into the mix of TV futuristic fantasy.  I’m just saying.

When part or all of a city collapses, it doesn’t always happen like a sudden bomb going off, all normalcy and civilized living disintegrating practically overnight. The collapse actually takes place in a kind of hideous slow motion, often stretching out over several decades, sadly giving the rest of the surrounding region plenty of fair warning that “something’s wrong here, very very wrong” and it needs immediate and urgent attention. Apparently for parts of Detroit Michigan that early warning cry was not heard in time, or it was ignored completely until it was too late.

It’s not as if the national news media routinely rushes in to begin to document the awful “before” and “after” snapshots which emerge from the erosion and decay of a great American city over time. That’s not necessarily a reality that the White House wants emphasized during an election year.  Sometimes sporadic local news coverage does take place, sometimes not.  I have been watching as increasingly bizarre headlines trickle out of Detroit Michigan in the alternative news media for several years now.  Many of them are really troubling. The story of the collapse of Detroit also includes many stories of greed, corruption and other financial crimes committed by community leaders who were intrusted with funds meant to be spent improving the lives of people in the region.

I collected and posted some of the emerging “Detroit” news stories on this page and it will be updated weekly.  I have become very interested to see how this story ends.

What is happening in Detroit is also happening in other parts of the country in 2012. You mostly never see it because the mainstream media is apparently under a mandate to skip over these ugly spots in the American landscape and follow the TV fake news script they are given to read instead. So if you haven’t heard about the slow motion collapse of Detroit it’s because many of the Big Media outlets are all but ignoring it, and they have been for some time. My gut tells me that the sorry story of what happened to Detroit is just one more ugly actuality behind the facade of “hope and change” fanfare that put Barack Obama in the White House four years ago. Looking in and reading the news out of Detroit, I see little hope and almost no change from the residents’ circumstances four years ago. If anything the decay is accelerating and the overall situation in the city is much worse.

Micheal Moore first brought America’s attention to the plight and blight of Detroit when he included some scenes from Detroit Michigan neighborhoods in his now famous George W. Bush era documentary “Fahrenheit 9-11.”

Here’s my brief snapshot of Detroit – before and after, over 40 years. I present this snapshot of slow-motion collapse as a series of headlines linking to the few stories out there which document in any part, what has happened to the city of Detroit Michigan since the mid-1960s.

Let’s begin here, with 100 Abandoned Houses.

Photos of the 100 Abandoned Houses, front page of the blog.

58% of Detroit Residents State They Have plans to Vacate the City: Survey Results 10.09.2012

Financial advisory board member warns Detroit could soon have cash crisis

Poll: Detroit Residents Have Little Confidence in Their Leaders

90% of Highland Park School District middle school students are functionally illiterate when tested

Human Remains Found Scattered Around Detroit Identified

Detroit Michigan Police Chief Steps Down Due to Sex Probe

Remembering Detroit, Michigan, in the 1940s and the 1950s, and my Awakening to the Divine Light of Islam!

Michigan GOP pulls cable TV ad bashing heavily Democratic Detroit following criticism

Abandoned Castle in Detroit

Man busted by feds for allegedly flying to Detroit to meet 14-year-old boy for sex

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/man-busted-by-feds-for-alleged-flying-to-detroit-to-meet-14-year-old-boy-for-sex#ixzz28vx5Bz4y

Pugh Alleges Detroit Police Deliberately Sabotaging Court Proceedings

Man Electrocuted Trying To Steal Copper From Pole

Detroit home squatters forced out by police

So how did all this happen? What the hell actually happened to Detroit over time which created a 40 mile inner city vacant lot which is now littered with moldy mattresses, crumbling mansions, drug gangs, wild dogs, unsolved murders, daily muggings, rapes and robberies? it took about 40 years for it to come to this. What took place over 40 years? Author John Gallagher tells the unbelievably sad and sorry story in about 3 sentences and one word: politics.

Cited from Found Michigan news blog:

John: Well, the key to understanding what’s happening in Detroit as well as all these Rustbelt cities—Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Gary, Flint, all of them—is that we blame white flight and de-industrialization, but essentially what happened after World War II is that all American cities spread out. Sunbelt cities were able to capture that growth through annexation. In 1950, Houston, Texas, for example, was roughly the same size as Detroit: Houston was 160 square miles, Detroit, 139. But today Houston is 600 square miles because it captured all that suburban growth—they annexed all their suburbs as they grew. Detroit and Cleveland and all the other older cities, however, were not allowed to do that for a variety of legal and political reasons. And so even though metro Detroit became much larger geographically, the city itself was trapped behind these rigid municipal boundaries, and the tax base went away to the suburbs. So today the tax base of metropolitan Detroit includes just a tiny part in the city and the vast majority is in the suburbs.

FM:And so that imbalance essentially starved the city.

John: Right, and so as a result you had city revenues—which were mainly based on tax base—inexorably going down while expenses inexorably went up. This became a problem as early as the 1960s; it became obvious in the ’70s and it’s been a crisis more or less ever since. Detroit has tried to deal with it over the years by creating a city income tax, having the highest property tax rates, having a utility tax—which most people probably don’t even realize they pay—borrowing very heavily—I mean, hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that they borrowed to meet current obligations—and it still can’t pay its bills. And now it’s to the point where it’s become this crisis where it’s got to be dealt with.

Right now “dealing with it” means that for the time being the state of Michigan has taken over the city of Detroit and will be running the city as a sort of temporary nanny custodian. They are calling this arrangement a “consent agreement”, but Detroit’s tax base problems won’t be addressed properly even if the state can balance it’s books and put a budget back together. That’s because Detroit’s tax base is leaving. 25% of the city’s residents have already gone. Of the residents that remain, 58% of them state they plan to leave too. You can’t exactly re-build a city with more than 70% of the former population gone. I’m not exactly sure what you could build, other than something brand new, very imaginative and innovative, very small, very high technology, with a vast resurrected “NYC Central Park” inner city wilderness recreation area where the existing 40 square mile slum stands now.

Today in spite of John Gallagher’s well intentioned book “Reimagining Detroit” there is no hope and there has been very little change in Detroit Michigan. Hopelessness has settled in. Residents are turning their backs on what has passed for leadership in the city. 58% of Detroit residents when surveyed said they want out, and plan to leave Detroit as soon as they can.

Can the Ruins of Detroit Michigan be resurrected?

The headline which caught my eye RE: this pressing question may answer the question once and for all. City leaders most likely would see not purpose in re-investing in Detroit when more than half the present residents of Detroit when recently surveyed states that they plan to leave the city for good as soon as they are able to.

“Glengariff president Richard Czuba said the survey shows Detroit residents overwhelmingly believe the city is on the wrong track and have no faith that the people in charge have a plan to turn it around.”

My take: Detroit Michigan needs a brand new sugar daddy billionaire to come in with outside talent and begin rebuilding the remnant of the city from scratch, from top down to the the ground up: new industries, new civic leaders, new architecture, new roads, bridges, condos, a totally and completely new vision for the city, something so spectacularly imaginative and unusual that young families from San Diego to San Francisco to Philadelphia to Miami would want to pick up and move to Detroit to begin a new life. Is this even possible?Could the indebted city literally be auctioned off to the highest NON-Government bidder who had pockets deep enough to take the tattered remnants of automobile greatness and begin again. I have a few ideas here:

1) Fire everyone who has been involved in city leadership in the past 20 years and bring in a fresh team from outside the city limits. Make it 57% women at least. They are less corruptible and they are smarter at solving problems without taking to the boxing rink to do so.

2) Call out the National Guard to patrol the city streets to try to stop the bleeding of good tax paying citizens out of the region. Do whatever it takes within legal means to restore law and order and keep people from leaving.

3) Bring the deep pockets of the internet community and the potentially explosive growth “private sector space industry” to Detroit Michigan. Offer jaw dropping incentives for internet companies – along with all the companies who flourish due to the wealth of big internet companies, and private sector space industries to relocate  to the region and set up shop.

4) Look outside the normal resource zones for economic fund raising. If Detroit begins to produce something that the world cannot live without in the next 100 years, Detroit can be “back in business” within 3-5 years and the become the greatest urban turn-around story in American history.

5) Don’t be afraid to fire people who continue to stand in the way. Show them where the door is, then don’t look back. You have to identify those “persons as obstacles” first then start handing out pink slips as fast as these obstructionists are identified. Begin again. It’s never too late.

6) Try just as quickly as possible to get Detroit out of the state of Michigan’s temporary nanny-care. It sets a horrific precedent that as American cities go bankrupt – many times due to their own mismanagement over decades, that the states must step in to handle their affairs. How would you feel if you had to file for bankruptcy and your own next door neighbors began knocking on your door, telling you that you no longer had the authority to balance your own checkbook, but that now they would be coming into your home to balance it for you? Well that is the equivalent of what is happening right now to Detroit.

Do I hear a “hell yeah” anywhere?  Is there anyone else out there in “internet-land” who thinks this horrific situation can be turned around? Can Detroit still be saved? Here’s what I am learning about sporadic recent efforts to restore and rehabilitate sections of Detroit:

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/1177/Reimagining-Detroit

Detroit Michigan news outlets:

The other region of the United States which I am watching that is threatened with outright collapse is parts of Southern California. But that is another story.

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