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Daily News for Tuesday June 26 and Wednesday, June 27

This is an experiment where I’m going to try to round up the daily Detroit news from any source. Hopefully I will be able to keep updating it daily.

Historic Downtown Detroit Hotel Landmark to Re-Open in 2008 with …

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) and MCP Development, LLC has announced that the legendary Fort Shelby Hotel will once again welcome local residents and the world’s travelers to downtown Detroit with a 204-room Doubletree Guest Suites® hotel after completing an extensive $82 million transformation. The restoration project, located at the intersection of Lafayette Boulevard and First Street, also will feature 63 luxury apartments and a state-of-the-art conference center which will be under consideration for certification by the International Association of Conference Centers. This mixed-used development will contribute to an already burgeoning revitalization effort that continues to take place in downtown Detroit and will mark the return of the first Hilton Family full-service hotel to the district in more than 30 years and is anticipated to welcome guests by late 2008.

More news from the Fort Shelby Hotel development following the Book-Cadillac.
[via Business Wire (press release)]

Quite a collection; Webber shares historic artifacts

NBA player from Detroit shows off his African-American history collection.
[via Detroit Free Press]

It’s no joke: Comics love to bring act to Detroit

Big-name comics with Detroit tours say the city’s lively comedy scene and Detroiters’ edgy sense of humor make it one of the best places to cut one’s teeth on the way up: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

From Gilda Radner of “Saturday Night Live” fame to David Alan Grier, star of film, TV and the stand-up circuit, Metro Detroit has been a crucible for some of the biggest names in comedy. So how does a comedian know if he’s got what it takes to make it big? He can make ‘em laugh in the D.

If you like comedy, check out some of the smaller clubs like Planet Ant in Hamtramck.
[via DetNews.com]

Showcase creativity in Detroit to grow region

The online magazines Model D and MetroMode feel fortunate to be part of a growing next generation of creative companies that are flourishing in Detroit. Together with Rick Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies, I am leading an initiative to measurably grow southeast Michigan’s creative sector economy further.

The creative sector initiative is one of 11 “Road to Renaissance” projects designed to achieve rapid and sustained economic growth in Metro Detroit. Remember, Detroit has given the world wonderful gifts in music, design, advertising, architecture and digital production. We can rightfully claim our place as one of the world’s great creative centers.

There are numerous creative companies and organizations in the Detroit area but they are spread out with in the city and throughout the suburbs and exurbs. Most people are only aware of what’s in their surrounding neighborhoods. While we want these institutions to be in every neighborhood we also need to have an area of concentrated, dense creative activity. Due to the existing institutions (Wayne State, CCS, MOCAD, DIA, TechTown, Pure Detroit in New Center and throughout downtown, etc.) they’ve decided to promote a Woodward Corridor Creative District. With a name like that the corridor can grow to encompass Ferndale,, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, the Cranbrook Academy, all the way out to Pontiac an inward to Highland Park.
[via DetNews.com]

Detroit needs a drink

Temperatures are hovering near 90 and rainfall has been lower than average. So get out there and enjoy the lakes or the Detroit River and be thankful you don’t live someplace that is hotter than 100 degrees from May til September.
[via DetNews.com]

Eco-Friendly Traffic Enforcement In Detroit

Wayne State University police Sgt. Frank Smith used the vehicle to issue a citation to a student who failed to obey a stop sign earlier this month. Wayne State officials said this marked the “first eco-friendly traffic stop issued by a police officer driving a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.”

A Mercedes F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell car made the world’s first hydrogen-powered traffic stop in Detroit. The car gets fuel from NextEnergy up the street in TechTown.
[via H2 Daily]

Hilton Hotel Executives Visit Detroit

DETROIT, June 26 /PRNewswire/ — Executives for the Hilton Hotel Corporation detailed their vision for the Fort Shelby Hotel as part of an event held Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The finished $82 million project will consist of a Hilton Doubletree Hotel with 204 luxury suites, 38,000 square feet of conference meeting space, 63 upscale apartments, a destination bar and restaurant. The project is expected to create 300 jobs.

[via Earthtimes.org]

Stage Version Of Disney’s “High School Musical” Kicks Off In Detroit

New York, NY (AHN) - The stage version of one of the Disney’s most successful original movies “High School Musical” starts at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit on Tuesday. The show will run through July 8, after which the performers will travel to at least nine U.S. cities intercepted by a nineteen-day performance at Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

[via AHN]

FLS Transportation Services, Inc.: Announces opening of 15th …

MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - FLS Transportation, one of the fastest
growing logistics companies in North America, has slated to open its fifteenth
center for logistics operations in Detroit, Michigan. Operations will commence
at the end of June.

[via Canada NewsWire (press release)]

Spin on Stravinsky tells Detroit ‘Soldier’s Tale’

The late novelist Kurt Vonnegut wrote a new scenario to fit Stravinsky’s score. Vonnegut, who fought in World War II, made his protagonist an actual soldier: Detroiter Eddie Slovik, who in 1945 became the first American to be executed for desertion since the Civil War. It is Vonnegut’s version of “The Soldier’s Tale” that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Wednesday night as part of its “8 Days in June” festival.

[via DetNews.com]

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