Seattle's median household income soars past $100,000 — but wealth doesn't reach all
For Seattle, the 2010s were marked by the explosive growth of two things: Population and income.Regarding population, the city ended the decade with the distinction as the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. So it seems only fitting that when it comes to income, Seattle should also close out the previous 10-year stretch with a milestone.And according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, Seattle did just that, crossing over into six-figure territory.The median income for the roughly 345,000 households inside Seattle’s city limits hit $102,500 in 2019, up about $9,000 from 2018...
The Seattle Times
Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...
Michigan football lineman Jalen Mayfield cleared to play, says Jim Harbaugh
Michigan football’s star offensive lineman, Jalen Mayfield, recently opted back in to playing this college football season after declaring for the NFL draft.And it appears any hurdles regarding his eligibility have been cleared.“He did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play, and that waiver has been granted,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on the “Inside the Wolverines” radio show with Jon Jansen on Monday night. “I think there’s a few stipulations that he has to do, but I think that waiver has been granted that he can return.”Mayfield, a redshirt sophomore who started all 13 games...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: The true meaning of Shariah
A recent article in USA Today addressed a claim going viral on social media — that defunding police departments will lead to Muslim groups hitting the streets with “Shariah patrol forces.”Such a claim, which the paper debunked, would be truly laughable if it weren’t for the depressing fact that some Americans actually believe canards like this.No American Muslim organization has ever advocated imposing “Shariah law” in the United States. No group attempting to do so could ever be successful, because the U.S. Constitution prevents the establishment of any religious law in our country. These soc...
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Detroit’s violent crime leads the nationDETROIT — Detroit’s violent crime rate led the nation among big cities in 2019, despite the city’s numbers dropping.Last year, 13,040 violent crimes were reported to police — murder, rape, assault and robbery — in Detroit compared with 13,478 in 2018, a 3% drop, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report released Monday morning. It occurred as violent crime nationwide dropped 0.5% last year.But Detroit’s rate of 1,965 violent crimes per 100,000 people placed it highest among cities with more than 100,000 residents, followed by St. Louis, Mi...
Tribune News Service
After surge of federal agents ends, officials in Kansas City tout results of Operation LeGend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Days after it was announced that more than 200 federal agents and investigators involved in Operation LeGend have left Kansas City, local and federal officials gathered to talk about the results of the crime-fighting initiative.At a news conference Monday, U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said 518 arrests were made as part of the operation and federal charges were filed in 126 cases. Most of those cases involved firearms offenses, Garrison said, and the rest included drug trafficking and other violent crimes.Garrison was joined by Mayor Quinton Lucas and Police Chief Rick Smith at...
The Kansas City Star
Michigan AG announces criminal investigation of group seeking repeal of Whitmer powers
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is launching a criminal investigation into Unlock Michigan, the committee collecting signatures to repeal an emergency powers law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to address the coronavirus pandemic, Nessel said Monday.Nessel’s announcement follows a series of Detroit Free Press articles about questionable tactics employed by paid signature collectors working on the Unlock Michigan campaign.“Our ballot initiative process allows efforts with strong public support to be presented to the Legislature,” Nessel said in a news release. “But that pr...
Detroit Free Press
Detroit's violent crime leads the nation
DETROIT — Detroit’s violent crime rate led the nation among big cities in 2019, despite the city’s numbers dropping.Last year, 13,040 violent crimes were reported to police — murder, rape, assault and robbery — in Detroit compared with 13,478 in 2018, a 3% drop, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report released Monday morning. It occurred as violent crime nationwide dropped 0.5% last year.But Detroit’s rate of 1,965 violent crimes per 100,000 people placed it highest among cities with more than 100,000 residents, followed by St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Baltimor...
The Detroit News
Susan Tompor: Mystery shopper, fake job offers target people stretched for cash during pandemic
Tosha Waggoner, 33, of Newport, Mich., would love to land a job. But she wasn’t sure that depositing a $6,000 check that arrived out of the blue was the right way to get one.Admittedly, her job hunting prospects have been bleak after she gave birth to a daughter in April, when many businesses had closed their doors during the pandemic. Her fiancé isn’t working either, but he’s going to a union trade school for masonry.They could use the money, like most people during the economic downturn.“It was a straight up check,” Waggoner said.The instructions, sent in August by a supervisor named Michael...
Detroit Free Press
Colleges are already canceling spring break due to COVID-19
A growing number of colleges and universities are canceling spring break six months in advance, due to concerns about students’ anticipated travel activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The University of Michigan is the latest institutions to amend its 2021 academic calendar, removing the traditional spring break period, which it did at a Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17, according to ABC News.In doing so, the University of Michigan joins other Big Ten universities that have eliminated spring break for the coming semester, including Ohio State University; Purdue University; University of Iowa ...