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Detroit, 2014

DETROIT, 2014

Coney Dog Girl

FEA – American Coney Island employee Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, brings more balloons outside during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28, 2014.

Ferguson Arrest

SN – A protestor is arrested while marching down Gratiot Ave. on Detroit’s eastside, shutting down the street during a rally for Ferguson Tuesday night, Nov. 25, 2014. Two majors protests sparked up over the city, effectively shutting down traffic on 3 different major freeways.

The Dance

PV – Two dancers perform “Give and Take Away” a dance choreographed by Cori Terry at the 2014 Michigan Dance Festival Showcase at Oakland University on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2014.

Devil's Night

SN – Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires on E. Kirby St. on Detroit’s east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night, Oct. 31. Firefights tried to stop the flames from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away Detroit Firefighters fought two vacant dwelling fires. Devi’s Night, the night before Halloween, is historically when arsonists set fire to hundreds of abandon buildings throughout the city of Detroit in one night dating back to the 1970s.

Veteran Dog Reunion

FEA – Cena, a black labrador military service dog, kisses US Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung on the cheek at the arrival gate of Detroit Metropolitan Airport, June, 2014. DeYoung was reunited with the former bomb-sniffing dog Cena after not seen each other in over four years. Two used to work together in Afghanistan detecting IEDS or improvised explosive devices. The 7 year-old dog will retire to the DeYoung family home in Muskegon, MI with Jeff, his wife and their two young daughters.

Ann Arbor Skatepark

SA – Mark Davenport, 26 of Toledo, skates the big bowl in the advance contest at the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Skatepark in Veterans Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, MI on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Motor City Soul

FEA – A couple grooves to Detroit’s own 12-piece funk and soul band, Collective Peace, at the basement venue The Shelter, made famous from Eminem’s 8-Mile, while a women paints beside the stage on Sunday night in Downtown Detroit, April 13, 2014.

Election Tears

GN – Maleah Egelston, of Battle Creek, is visibly upset over Democrat Mark Schauer’s loss in the governor’s race to incumbent Republican Rick Snyder, at the Michigan Democratic Party Election Night at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit, Nov. 4, 2014.

Le Nap

PV – A women takes a nap in the late afternoon sun outside of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France on a warm September day.

The Golden Coney Dog

FEA – American Coney Island employee Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, carries extra balloons down the street during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28, 2014.

Le Louvre

FEA – A man looks over the map of the Louvre’s collection while resting in the Flemish paintings section, Sept., 2014.

The Clowns

FEA – The Distinguished Clown Corps are a parade favorite, throwing out 300,000 beads to the crowd, during the 88th America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Woodward Ave. in Detroit’s Midtown Thursday morning Nov. 27, 2014.

Easter Sunday

PV – Theresa Trybus, of Detroit, sits next to a pot of bring yellow spring flowers during the Easter Sunday service at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, 3810 Gilbert St., in Detroit on Sunday April 20, 2014.

First Skate

FEA – Three and a half year-old Thea Sugar sits on the bench while her mom Jane Sugar, of Detroit, helps her put on her skates during Friday evening’s preseason ice skating opening at the ice rink in Campus Martius Park Downtown Detroit, Nov. 14, 2014.

Two Detroits

PV – The final tower of the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects is demolished as the Renaissance Center, General Motors’ world headquarters, is masked in its dust, Aug. 21, 2014. The low-income Brewsters sprawled over 14-acres of land and were most notable for being the childhood home of Diana Ross and Lily Tomlin. Crime and drugs took over the project as Detroit’s population decreased; its last tenets left in 2008. The Brewsters sat vacant for years until its demolition 6 years later in 2014 as Detroit looked to find its way out of bankruptcy.

Detroit Drumline

PP – Detroit Drumline Academy’s founder Robert Gordon Jr. drums outside of his garage on Detroit’s west side, where he currently stores over a dozen drums. Gordon mentors middle and high school aged students how to drum and work as a team to be apart of a drumline. Very few Detroit-schools have band programs left, Gordon is trying to keep Detroit’s historic drumline spirit alive. Detroit Drumline Academy is vying for the Knight Arts Foundation Challenge People’s Choice Award, with the money Gordon hopes to purchase a practice space for his academy, a place where children can go after school to learn to drum.

Curfew

GN – Young men look out of a Detroit Police bus after being detained for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23, 2014.

Sun and Smoke

PV – Smoke filters through the afternoon sun as a fire burns a vacant home on Detroit”s Old Poletown neighborhood. A family came to see the flames which brought the smoke that could be seen from miles away, Aug. 30, 2014.

Devil's Night

SN – Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires on E. Kirby St. on Detroit’s east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night, Oct. 31. Firefights tried to stop the flames from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away Detroit Firefighters fought two vacant dwelling fires. Devi’s Night, the night before Halloween, is historically when arsonists set fire to hundreds of abandon buildings throughout the city of Detroit in one night dating back to the 1970s.

Tony Hawk

SF – Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk high fives kids as his walks along the edge of the ‘big bowl’ at the new Ann Arbor Skatepark in Veterans Memorial Park during its grand opening on Saturday in Ann Arbor, MI, June 21, 2014.

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