Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Neighborhoods in Detroit are in for some extreme, and much needed, renovations. In an effort to rehabilitate neighborhoods and get occupants into previously foreclosed properties, the city is auctioning off properties for as little as $1,000 starting next month. [More]

Bus Tour Shuttling Suburban Christmas Shoppers Away From The Malls And Into Detroit

Bus Tour Shuttling Suburban Christmas Shoppers Away From The Malls And Into Detroit

Detroit has been having a tough go of it for a long time now, with a judge just recently ruling it’s eligible for the bankruptcy it filed for in July. In an effort to infuse the city with more holiday spirit and all the holiday dollars that go along with Christmas shopping, a guided bus excursion is ferrying shoppers from the ‘burbs back into the city. [More]

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

Company Markets Stun Gun iPhone Case In Detroit, Where It Would Be Illegal To Use

A company that sells iPhone cases that double as low-powered stun guns has selected Detroit as a target market, disregarding the fact that such a device appears to be illegal in Michigan. [More]

Was Detroit’s Singing Hot Dog Guy Fired Because He Hates Ketchup, Or For Just Being Annoying?

Was Detroit’s Singing Hot Dog Guy Fired Because He Hates Ketchup, Or For Just Being Annoying?

For more than a decade, he’s scaled the steps of Comerica Park in Detroit, selling hot dogs to Tigers fans and occasionally busting out in song to hawk his wares. Then last week, he was given the boot by the stadium’s foodservice contractor. Some say it was because of his too-harsh stance against ketchup on hot dogs. Others say it was just because fans finally got sick of his singing. [More]

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Woman Who Let Detroit Keep Her Tax Refund Rewarded With $5,300 Bill From The City

We believe in unicorns and ghosts, but someone voluntarily letting a city keep her tax refund? Yes, such a person really exists, but somehow her act of goodwill toward the city of Detroit has been turned into an ordeal of vastly annoying proportions. The city now claims that she actually owes it $5,300. Good thing she’s kept up on her personal paperwork. [More]

Comcast Now Testing Prepaid Cable Service, But With No Sports Channels Or HD

Comcast Now Testing Prepaid Cable Service, But With No Sports Channels Or HD

Earlier this year, Comcast started testing prepaid Internet service for consumers in the Philadelphia area. Now the nation’s cable provider is trying out a prepaid (non-HD) TV service that offers a few dozen channels (but no ESPNs, Nickelodeon, or MTV) and costs anywhere from $15/week to $45/month. [More]

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Foreclosed-Upon Homeowner On The Hook For Squatters Because BofA Won’t Assume Title To House

UPDATE: Bank of America now gives Consumerist its side of the story, saying it could not foreclose on the property because the homeowner had filed for bankruptcy. [More]

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Woman Sues TSA, FBI, Frontier Airlines After Being Detained & Strip-Searched

Back on Sept. 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an Ohio woman was one of three people detained by authorities at Detroit Metro Airport, where she claims she was strip-searched and held without cause for four hours. [More]

A lack of bells for Detroit.

Detroit To Lose Again When Everyone Else Gets Free World Series Taco Bell Tacos

With the Phillies nowhere near the baseball postseason, the only reason I’ve been watching the World Series is to add to my Ken Rosenthal bow tie Pinterest page and to see which player would be the first to steal a base and thereby win free Taco Bell tacos for the entire nation. [More]

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Homeowner Has To Share House With Squatter Because Police Can’t Do Anything

A couple years back, a woman in Detroit thought it would be a great idea to snap up a house for $23,000, but after a series of unexpected twists, that homeowner and her 1-year-old daughter are now sharing that house with a squatter who refuses to leave because she says she has a lien against the house. [More]

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MGM Grand In Legal Fight With Michigan Over “Virtual Beer Pitchers”

If you’re splitting a pitcher of beer between pals and you’re all imbibing at a decent enough rate, the beer in said pitcher will stay reasonably fresh. But how about a device that lets you buy a pitcher’s worth of beer, but only pours it out when you want more to drink? The folks at the MGM Grand Detroit think it’s a pretty cool idea. Unfortunately, the state of Michigan seems to think it would violate the state’s ban on alcohol vending machines. [More]

Detroit Sneaker Store Offers Free Nikes To Kids Who Show Up For School

Detroit Sneaker Store Offers Free Nikes To Kids Who Show Up For School

October 3 is Student Count Day in Detroit. A headcount will be made of all the kids in school that day, and that figure will be used to determine state and federal funding. It will also earn free sneakers for every student who decides to show up. [More]

Neighbors Resort To Prank-Playing In Attempt To Drive Out Squatter

Neighbors Resort To Prank-Playing In Attempt To Drive Out Squatter

Last summer, a home in the Palmer Woods section of Detroit became vacant when the homeowner walked away on the mortgage. Not long after, a moving van pulled up and a new neighbor moved himself in. Thing is, he wasn’t the new owner — and there wasn’t much the neighbors could do about getting him out. [More]

Woman Sues "Drive" For Not Having Enough Driving

Woman Sues "Drive" For Not Having Enough Driving

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the movie Drive because she felt the moving didn’t have enough driving in it relative to what was promised in the movie trailer. [More]

Detroit Bureau Uses Money Meant To Feed Poor To Buy $314 Trash Cans

Detroit Bureau Uses Money Meant To Feed Poor To Buy $314 Trash Cans

Three stainless-steel trash cans with motion-activated sensor lids: $314.93 each. A 500-lb capacity ottoman for the cafeteria: $469. Mahogany-finished conference room table: $3,000. The line items sound extravagant enough on their own. When you learn that they were to makeover a Detroit city office that handles the federal money for feeding and clothing the poor, and the credenzas and sofas and such came out of that money, it’s time to get livid. [More]

More Chrysler Workers Suspended For Drinking During Work Hours

More Chrysler Workers Suspended For Drinking During Work Hours

For the second time in less than a year, workers on Chrysler manufacturing lines have been caught on camera — and subsequently suspended for — drinking (and possibly smoking a controlled substance) during work hours. [More]

High Gas Prices Aren't Giving The Blues To Motown Car Makers

High Gas Prices Aren't Giving The Blues To Motown Car Makers

When gas hit $4 a gallon in 2008, Detroit’s Big Three auto makers took it on the chin as American demand for big, fuel-thirsty SUVs and trucks suddenly disappeared. But even with gas prices again hovering north of $4, American car companies are whistling a much happier tune–all the way to the bank. [More]

Toyota Announces Lower Production Until November

Toyota Announces Lower Production Until November

Toyota says it will take until the end of the year before post-quake production levels return to normal. [More]