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Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

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 Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city.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.


Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak BrookThe 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.



California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group

(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.


32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.


Scottish opinion poll knocks the British pound

LONDON (AP) ? The British pound slipped sharply after an opinion poll showed that those advocating Scottish independence from the United Kingdom have gained ground, a little more than two weeks before the vote.


6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.


Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.


School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

FILE - In this Aug. 26. 2013, file photo, Chicago Police patrol the neighborhood at Gresham Elementary School on the first day of classes in Chicago. Thanks to $1 million from the city, another 100 ?Safe Passage? workers will be on routes kids walk through crime-ridden neighborhoods when classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) ? Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.



Outrage over store allegedly selling BB guns to children

Outrage over store allegedly selling BB guns to childrenProtesters in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood are outraged over a corner store that they say is illegally selling BB guns to children.



Infamous speed trap town investigated over tickets

In this Aug. 29, 2014 photo, drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. The AAA auto club named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two ?traffic traps? nationwide. The other town is nearby Lawtey. Now Waldo is facing a scandal over its traffic tickets. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)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.