Fight to bring justice to
sexual assault victims in Detroit
PRNewswire/ -- The Mars Agency has taken its community involvement and local improvement efforts to a new level by teaming up with the African American 490 Challenge (AA490 Challenge) to bring justice for sexual assault victims in the Detroit area.
In 2009, more than 11,000 unopened and untested rape kits were discovered in a Detroit Police Department storage unit, some dating back more than 30 years. Enough SAID, an independent collaboration of the Michigan Women's Foundation, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Detroit Crime Commission, raised private-sector funds to cover the costs to test the unopened kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and secure justice for victims; 690 kits are still to be tested.
Ken Barnett, Mars' Global CEO, challenged the agency to support this cause and fund the processing of 10 kits. VP of People & Culture Lisa Bradley-Mitchell worked with the President of AA490 to organize donations and create a dedicated area of their Crowdrise website for Mars' employees to contribute. The Mars Agency held a "Denim Day" to key off a similar citywide Denim Day that was promoted and hosted by AA490 several days earlier. Employee donations together with agency funds enabled the processing of 10 rape kits, at a cost of $490 per rape kit. The $490 processing cost is reflected in the AA490 moniker.
"These crimes are a true travesty of justice, which has caused such enormous pain for thousands of victims and their families for so long," says Ken Barnett, Global CEO of The Mars Agency. "When we learned of this opportunity to help out, it was a natural for The Mars Agency to get involved and help others in need. True to form, our people stepped up to ensure justice was served and help make our community safer for all residents."
The Mars Agency launched a Corporate Social Responsibility program in 2013, in conjunction with its 40th anniversary, which includes community involvement as one of its four pillars. The operating premise of this employee-led effort is, "Creating Impact – One Life at a Time," also known as its "Start Small" campaign.
Various initiatives include an annual global citizenship day to volunteer in the community; employee sabbaticals; quarterly food and educational drives; pro bono work for non-profit organizations; and individual employee volunteer days. This year's goals for the Start Small program are to impact 1,000 children and donate 2,500 hours of employee time.
Mike Duggan - Coleman Young II to face off for Detroit Mayor in November election
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the son of a former mayor won the lion's share of Tuesday's non-partisan mayoral primary and will face off in a fall general election that will determine who will lead the city for the next four years.
With about 90 percent of the precincts reporting as of late Tuesday, Duggan led with 68 percent of the vote to 27 percent obtained by State Sen. Coleman Young II.
"Thank you, Detroit," Duggan told a packed crowd at a hotel. "I saw the numbers come in and it was just overwhelming."
Young, 34, raised $22,000 to Duggan's $1.6 million for the campaign. Campaign manager Adolph Mongo said Young's name, the same as the city's first black mayor, was worth $2 million.
Coleman A. Young was elected in 1973 as Detroit's first black mayor. He decided not to seek re-election in 1993 and died in 1997 after a long illness.
Young kept out of the limelight in the days leading to the election, relying on his father's reputation and press events.
Duggan, 59, kept up a busy schedule of public events in the past few months. He also attended community meetings and knocked on doors.
Duggan also was endorsed by prominent labor groups, including AFSCME and AFL-CIO, clergy and 24 former cabinet members and appointees of Young's father, who was Detroit's longest-serving mayor.
"We ran an old-fashioned campaign. No TV, no radio," he said. "We won it in the streets."
Duggan was elected in 2013, the city's first white mayor since 1973. He won the primary that year as a write-in candidate. Detroit is more than 80 percent black.
The next highest vote getter on Tuesday's ballot was first-time candidate Donna Marie Pitts at nearly 1 percent. Court records in Wayne and Oakland counties show Pitts has multiple felony convictions dating to 1977 for offenses including firearm charges and assault. Five other candidates and write-ins received the remaining votes cast.
Atlanta murder suspect captured in Detroit
An Atlanta man suspected of murdering a 16-year-old girl was captured in Detroit.
Dwight Lewis, age 26, of Atlanta was arrested without incident on August 3 by FBI agents and Task force Officers of the Detroit FBI Violent Crime Task Force, in Detroit, Michigan.
Lewis is wanted by the Atlanta Police Department where he is charged with murder in the February 2, 2017 homicide of a 16-year-old girl.
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Lewis is alleged to have fired several rounds from his semi-automatic handgun, as part of an altercation, into a vehicle with a 16-year-old female inside. The 16-year-old female was struck and died from her injuries. The shooting occurred at the Deerfield Gardens Apartments located at 2909 Campbellton Road S.W., Atlanta.
Lewis is being detained at the Wayne County Detention Facility, Detroit, Michigan where he will await extradition proceedings back to Atlanta, Georgia.
FBI raided former Donald Trump campaign manager Manafort’s home in July
Reuters - Washington: FBI agents seized documents and other material last month at the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump`s former campaign manager, as part of a special counsel`s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, a spokesman for Manafort said.
The predawn raid was conducted at Manafort`s home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria without advance warning on July 26, a day after Manafort had met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the probe.
The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the U.S. Justice Department in May to head the investigation, departed the home with various records, the Post said. Investigators were looking for tax documents and foreign banking records, the New York Times reported.
Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed the raid had taken place.
"FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr Manafort`s residences. Mr Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," Maloni said in an email.
The raid was the latest indication of the intensifying of Mueller`s probe, which Trump has derided as a "witch hunt." Allegations of possible collusion between people associated with Trump`s campaign and Moscow have dogged the Republican president since he took office in January.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential race, in part by hacking and releasing emails embarrassing to Trump`s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to help him get elected.
Manafort has been a key figure in the congressional and federal investigations into the matter. Mueller`s team is examining money-laundering accusations against Manafort, poring over his financial and real estate records in New York as well as his involvement in Ukrainian politics, two officials told Reuters last month.
Congressional committees are looking at a June 2016 meeting in New York with a Russian lawyer organized by Trump`s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who released emails last month that showed he welcomed the prospect of receiving damaging information about Clinton at the meeting. Manafort attended the meeting.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately return a request for comment on the raid. Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for Mueller`s office, declined to confirm the raid.
Manafort has been cooperating with the congressional committees in their Russia probes, meeting with staff members behind closed doors and turning over documents. He also has been in talks with them about testifying publicly.
He met with investigators from Senate Intelligence Committee staff last month and has been negotiating an appearance before the Judiciary Committee.
Committee leaders said they wanted to discuss not just the campaign, but also Manafort`s political work on behalf of interests in Ukraine. Russia`s aggression in Ukraine was one reason the U.S. Congress defied Trump and passed new sanctions on Russia last month.
Manafort previously worked as a consultant to a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine and helped support the country`s Kremlin-backed former leader, Viktor Yanukovich. According to a financial audit reported by the New York Times, he also once owed $17 million to Russian shell companies.
A Senate Judiciary Committee aide said the panel on Aug. 2 received approximately 20,000 pages of documents from Trump`s presidential campaign that it requested for its own Russia investigation, as well as about 400 pages of documents from Manafort the same day.