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By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit?s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. ?What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,? said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. ?If you don?t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you?re going to do is repeat it going forward.? Detroit?s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city?s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.
The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging walkouts in more than 100 cities and plan to use nonviolent civil disobedience tactics such as sit-ins, The New York Times reported.
(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with the school to choose the new logo.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that a Somali official said targeted the group's leader.
WALDO, Fla. (AP) ? The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.
BERLIN (AP) ? A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.
PITTSBURGH (AP) ? A western Pennsylvania groom spent his wedding night in the back of a police car after allegedly harassing a waitress at the reception then resisting arrest after an altercation with the pregnant woman's boyfriend.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.