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Petition seeks cuts in Warren council

Wayne State student Michael Bertollini is leading a petition that calls for a reduction of the size of the Warren City Council to seven members from nine and carving out representative districts. Currently, all nine council members are elected at-large and live north of I-696, an area which comprises the bulk of new housing and business construction, is more affluent and less diverse than the older southern portion of the city. http://www.freep.com/article/20100603/NEWS04/6030389/1001/News/Petition-seeks-cuts-in-Warren-council
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URC reports energy gains, announces joint events

Michigan\'s University Research Corridor (URC) Thursday announced steady progress on recent energy research grants, according to URC executive director Jeff Mason. A URC-supported collaboration between researchers at Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University began with a $523,282 seed grant that helped the researchers win a $12.5 million federal grant less than a year later, leading to scientific progress and several new partnerships and publications.

New Lawyer aims to free Kilpatrick, appeal conviction

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick\'s new attorney said Tuesday he will immediately file a motion asking that his client be released from prison while appealing his probation violation conviction. But Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning says such motions are rarely granted. "It's the trial judge's initial decision as to whether the defendant should be incarcerated, and absent extraordinary circumstances, the appeals court normally wouldn't grant that kind of motion."

Healthy eating promoted

The state, local governments and community groups are ramping up efforts to make fresh, healthy produce more widely available -- especially in urban areas -- with a mix of programs targeting shoppers and sellers alike. This spring, Detroit launched a new effort to improve its grocery stores. And a food bank that serves tens of thousands of families in western Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is among agencies expanding fresh food delivery. Kami Pothukuchi, associate professor of urban planning at Wayne State, comments in the story.