Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 8:23 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 The more than 1,700 janitors who clean the GM Renaissance Center, Cobo Center and many other downtown Detroit businesses will announce the results of a strike vote at a prayer vigil in front of the Compuware Building in Campus Martius on Monday. The janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1, says they are seeking higher, more livable wages and improved benefits. Some janitors working in the city currently make as little as $9.45 an hour, and median annual earnings are so low, many rely on public assistance to make ends meet, said SEIU Local 1 spokesman Nick Desideri. "These 1,700 janitors have spent years making sure Detroit is safe and clean for everyone," he said. "They are not seeing the benefits of Detroit’s redevelopment." The janitors' contract expires July 31. At Monday's event, scheduled for 7 p.m., local clergy will offer prayers "for a positive outcome to … [Read more...] about Downtown Detroit workers to announce strike decision at vigil Monday
Sunday July 22, 2018 03:59 PM Lin-Manuel Miranda is helping establish a fund to boost the arts in Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria Written by The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda is helping establish a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. The "Hamilton" playwright said Sunday during a visit to the island that he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He said all funds from the upcoming "Hamilton" show that will be performed in Puerto Rico in January will be donated to the fund. Cultural and artistic groups in Puerto Rico have been hit especially hard by the Category 4 storm, losing government and nonprofit support amid an 11-year recession. The Flamboyan Foundation will manage the fund. At least five recipients have been announced, including a dance school and a theater company. Share this … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ creator announces arts fund for Puerto Rico
Updated 1:00 pm CDT, Sunday, July 22, 2018 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has announced his resignation. The Herald-Dispatch reports Republican Del. Chuck Romine of Cabell announced Friday that he was stepping down for health and personal reasons. In his resignation letter, he said he and his wife have moved to a retirement community outside of the 16th District. Romine said in the letter that he has been honored to serve five terms in the House. He announced in January that he would not seek re-election. His term ends in November. Gov. Jim Justice has 15 days to appoint someone to the seat. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD lieutenant fired after derogatory Facebook post San Antonio Express-News Woman fatally ejected from vehicle during rollover crash on the far NW side San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Gunman fired into woman's East Side home, grazing her head San Antonio Express-News … [Read more...] about GOP Del. Chuck Romine announces resignation
RYAN CALLAHAN GoVols247 Published 5:55 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 Trey Knox, one of Tennessee’s top in-state targets in the 2019 class, isn’t ready to make his college choice, but he has set a target date for when he’s hoping to announce his decision. The four-star rising senior wide receiver from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., posted Saturday afternoon on his Twitter account that he’s planning to make his college choice known on Oct. 1, indicating that he’s likely to take at least a few more visits before reaching a decision. Continue reading at GoVols247. More GoVols247 Headlines: Vols trending with CB targets on 247Sports Crystal Ball Video: Vols love working with strength coach Craig Fitzgerald After years of spread offense, Vols 'have a fullback now' Fulmer a voice Pruitt can 'lean on' with Vols Vols in Major League Baseball update Highly ranked Vols commits set to return to Tennessee Four-star, in-state Vols WR target sets … [Read more...] about Four-star, in-state Vols WR target sets announcement date
Adam Tamburin Nashville Tennessean Published 6:55 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Family of former Metro Nashville Councilman Loniel Greene Jr. have announced funeral arrangements for the politician, who died earlier this month after a cardiac arrest. Greene's funeral will be held at 1 p.m. July 28 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville. A wake will be held from noon to 6 p.m. July 27 at Terrell Broady Funeral Home at 3855 Clarksville Pike. In a statement, Greene's family called his July 18 death "heartbreaking." They asked for privacy as they grieved his loss. "We would like to thank his medical team and the numerous community members, and elected officials that have stood with Loniel in prayer during this trying week and have expressed their love and condolences during this time," the family said in a statement. Greene was elected District 1 councilman in 2015, representing parts of Bordeaux, Joelton and Whites Creek. He served less than … [Read more...] about Funeral arrangements announced for former Nashville councilman Loniel Greene Jr.