Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s award shows why people distrust government

By Darren A. Nichols
Published 2:28 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2020

The Duggan administration made national headlines last week, but it wasn’t for anything the Mayor will use in his next “State of the City” address. 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and his team were named the most secretive publicly funded agency or person in the country by the Investigative Reporters and Editors journalism association, earning its “Golden Padlock” award. 

The group cited the administration’s handling of public documents having to do with Make Your Date, a maternal health organization that worked with the city to fight infant mortality.  

A Free Press investigation in 2019 showed how the administration directed $358,000 in  city grant to Make Your Date and had staff raise money for the nonprofit, which is led by a woman with ties to Duggan. During the course of its investigation, the Free Press learned that the administration had attempted

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Middlesbrough mayor vows to defy government over new Covid restrictions

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Middlesborough Mayor: ‘They are unacceptable’

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More than 2 million people in Merseyside, Warrington and Teesside will be banned by law from mixing with other households indoors in the latest extension of lockdown restrictions, as Middlesbrough’s mayor took the extraordinary step of saying he was prepared to defy the government.



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a group of people playing instruments and performing on a stage: Pubs and restaurants in Liverpool account for half the business rates paid in the city.


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Pubs and restaurants in Liverpool account for half the business rates paid in the city.

The measures were announced as coronavirus cases continued to rise sharply in the north-west and north-east of England.

The new rules mean it will be illegal from Saturday for nearly 5 million people in those regions to meet others they do not live with in all indoor settings, including pubs, bars and restaurants. Similar rules came into force elsewhere in the

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