Satanists: Discriminatory Businesses Should Have to Display Prejudices

In December, Michigan's House passed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which would allow businesses with "sincerely held religious beliefs" to "act, or refuse to act" based on those beliefs. (In other words, refuse service to anyone they feel like.) Now, the state's local Satanists are proposing a modest—and… » 3/16/15 5:10pm 3/16/15 5:10pm

Detroit Police Officer Who Killed Seven-Year-Old Girl Won't be Charged

Seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed during a SWAT-style police raid in May, 2010. On Friday, the final charges against Joseph Weekley, the police officer who killed the girl, were dismissed. » 1/31/15 2:00pm 1/31/15 2:00pm

Man Who Had Wife Killed So He Could Be a Bondage Master Sentenced

What is it that advice columns always say about good relationships? It's either "communication is key" or "murder your spouse and become a sex monster." Unfortunately, "Master Bob" (real name: Bob Bashara) forgot which was right. Now he faces life in prison. » 1/15/15 5:50pm 1/15/15 5:50pm

Detroit Program Seeks Private Donations to Test 11,000 Rape Kits

Building on the momentum of a new $35 million national fund for rape kit testing, Detroit's Wayne County Prosecutor's office—which discovered 11,000 untested rape kits in an abandoned storage unit five years ago—announced a new public-private partnership working to raise $10 million to fund the investigation and… » 1/07/15 3:00pm 1/07/15 3:00pm

PETA Assholes to Detroit: We'll Pay Your Water Bills If You Go Vegan

The latest in the ongoing and progressively more depressing series of crises in Detroit has left thousands of seriously impoverished residents without water. How can PETA fix this? said nobody. And, as if it could hear itself not being summoned, PETA showed up to act like assholes. » 7/25/14 10:00am 7/25/14 10:00am

Sing for Me, They're Dying of Thirst

A few days ago, a video made the rounds about the water crisis in Detroit, where a community activist exposed the biased and inaccurate claims of a reporter. The reporter, who works for a local news outlet in Detroit, claimed that a significant amount of Detroiters whose water were being cut off, actually had the… » 7/16/14 8:57pm 7/16/14 8:57pm

Details of Abuse Surface in Investigation of Missing Detroit Boy

Remember when Nancy Grace of HLN's Nancy Grace told a father on live television that his missing son had been found in his own basement? We all had ourselves quite the WTFSMDH moment. And while Charlie Bothuell IV denied being aware of his son's whereabouts (which also escaped police searches for a while), we all… » 6/28/14 3:33pm 6/28/14 3:33pm

Calling It: 2014 Is the Summer of Goats

The roiling hordes of Internet users demand cute—but they also demand novelty. With Grumpy Cat nearing 100% mindshare, cats are played out. Puppies are just so, so obvious. Sloths are weird. Bunnies are niche, their appeal limited to avant/fashion types. » 6/20/14 3:40pm 6/20/14 3:40pm

Renisha McBride's Shooter Wants a New Trial Judge, Blames Facebook

Theodore Wafer is requesting a new judge for his impending June trial in connection with the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride last year. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a felony firearm after he shot McBride in the face when he found her on his porch in late one night in… » 4/03/14 4:00pm 4/03/14 4:00pm

Flower-Delivery Drones Fly Again, Thanks to Federal Judge

Truly, friends, we do live in an age of technological wonders. Thanks to a decision by a federal judge, a Detroit-area florist plans to resume tests of flower delivery via drone. » 3/13/14 2:30pm 3/13/14 2:30pm

Attorney Celebrates Valentine's Day With Free Divorce Contest

If you're married but approaching Valentine's Day with loathing and dread because you're so, so done with your spouse, there's at least one attorney who wants to help you out. That's why he's running a contest for one free divorce. Ain't love grand? » 2/12/14 6:30pm 2/12/14 6:30pm

Suburban Detroit Mom Says No To Reading About Anne Frank's Ladyparts

Would-be Belieber Anne Frank has been getting attention for all the wrong reasons lately. One suburban Detroit mom could have it so she gets no attention at all because of her "female genitalia." » 4/25/13 1:14pm 4/25/13 1:14pm

Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy Discusses 11,000 Untested Rape Kits With…

We've spent a fair amount of time chronicling the battle of badass Kym Worthy, the Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor who stumbled on over 11,000 untested rape kits at a former police storage warehouse back in 2009, the lack of funding Worthy was faced with even after arranging for a federal grant of one million… » 2/16/13 6:00pm 2/16/13 6:00pm

This Impossibly Badass Prosecutor and 'Rape Kit' Advocate Is Our New…

Plagued by rape fatigue? Meet Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy, the woman who's been leading the charge to sort through more than 11,000 untested police "rape kits" since 2009. Worthy is hellbent on getting the kits, which contain evidence of rape such as semen and saliva, logged, tested, and entered into the national… » 8/28/12 11:00am 8/28/12 11:00am

Your Evening Cry: Brave Firefighters Rescue Dogs from a Burning House

In a recently released clip from BURN, a documentary following a year in the Detroit Fire Department, firefighters rush to save two dogs from a burning home while the distressed owner is forced to stand by. The outcome looks bleak when the dogs are finally removed from the house — both, one only a puppy, are… » 6/12/12 6:55pm 6/12/12 6:55pm

Rape Kits Having a Hard Time Getting Out of a Detroit Evidence Room

Now that the Rube Goldberg machinery of justice has started creaking back to life, law enforcement officials in Detroit have a chance at processing more than 11,000 untouched rape kits that have languished in a police evidence room for years. However, apart from the fact that belatedly broaching the subject of rape… » 4/22/12 12:00pm 4/22/12 12:00pm

Look Out, Michigan. You've Got a 'Pantyhose Pervert' in Your Midst

Congratulations, women and children of Detroit, you have a new sex offender to look out for. A white male in his 50s has been witnessed frequenting several establishments, mainly clothing stores and salons (where he reportedly requests Brazilians), wearing only pantyhose to cover his lower half. I know, how terribly… » 3/23/12 2:00pm 3/23/12 2:00pm

Revisiting Untested Rape Kits Cracks Cases but 'Revictimizes' Women

DNA evidence is tested ASAP after a murder, but between 180,000 and 400,000 forgotten rape kits are collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, even though technology can easily link attackers — who are often strangers and serial rapists — to their crimes. So it's a gigantic step forward that the National… » 3/19/12 3:10pm 3/19/12 3:10pm