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Forbes released its 2013 list of the most miserable cities in the United States of America. Forbes cites Detroit’s high unemployment, violent crimes, shrinking population, and its financial crisis as reasons for giving the city the title.

Here are the United States’ 20 Most Miserable Cities of 2013:
Detroit, Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Rockford, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Modesto, California
Vallejo, California
Warren, Michigan
Stockton, California
Lake County, Illinois
New York City, New York
Toledo, Ohio
St. Louis, Missouri
Camden, New Jersey
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlanta, Georgia
Cleveland, Ohio
Poughkeepsie, New York
Gary, Indiana
Youngstown, Ohio

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and the city of Detroit.

 

Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.

Kwame’s friend and businessman Bobby Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation this week released its compiled 2012 crime data from 9,941 reporting agencies across the country.

Violent crimes are considered homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Top Five Most Violent Cities in the U.S. (with more than 100,000 residents):

5. Memphis, Tenn.
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0
> Population: 657,436
> 2012 murders: 133
> Poverty rate: 27.2%
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 83.4%

Memphis had the third highest rate of aggravated assault in 2012, with 1,151.9 cases per 100,000 residents. This was up from the 1,032.3 cases per 100,000 in 2011. The city’s murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000 people and robbery rate of 514.4 per 100,000 people were also up from 2011. The high levels of crime has people in the Memphis area feeling uneasy. According to a recent Gallup survey, roughly 43% of Memphis area residents reported feeling unsafe walking at night, the highest percentage of all the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country and significantly higher than the 28% across the United States.

4. St. Louis, Mo.
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5
> Population: 318,667
> 2012 murders: 113
> Poverty rate: 27.0%
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 83.9%

There were 1,120.6 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people in St. Louis in 2012, higher than all but three other cities. Moreover, the murder rate of 35.5 cases per 100,000 was the fifth highest of all cities. Although St. Louis’s violent crime was still among the highest in the country, it has improved. There were 80 less violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2012 compared to 2011 — the best improvement of any city on this list, with the drop mostly attributable to 106 less robberies per 100,000 people in 2012 compared to the previous year. Law enforcement officials attributed some of the drop to an increased police presence in high-crime neighborhoods.

3. Oakland, Calif.
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1
> Population: 399,487
> 2012 murders: 126
> Poverty rate: 21.0%
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 79.9%

There were 1,085.9 robberies per 100,000 residents in Oakland in 2012, higher than any other city. This was also significantly higher than the 851.2 robberies per 100,000 just a year earlier. The rates of murder and aggravated assaults also increased in 2012 compared to 2011. Violent crime was not the only issue in Oakland, either — there were 6,594 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012, more than all but eight other cities, and up from 5,287.9 in 2011. Crime in the city has increased ever since the city’s police department went through a round of layoffs in 2010 due to $30.5 million deficit.

2. Detroit, Mich.
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6
> Population: 707,096
> 2012 murders: 386
> Poverty rate: 40.9%
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 77.4%

Detroit’s murder rate of 54.2 per 100,000 residents was the second highest in the country last year. The homicide rate in Detroit, which included 386 criminal murders and an additional 25 justifiable homicides, reached the highest level in nearly 40 years. In addition, the city’s aggravated assault rate of 1,320.8 cases per 100,000 people was also the second highest in the United States, although this was an improvement from the 1,333.6 cases per 100,000 residents in 2011. Detroit has struggled economically in recent years. The city’s 2012 unemployment rate was a whopping 18.6%, much higher than the 8.1% across the nation last year. The median household income of $25,193 was less than half the national median for 2011.

1. Flint, Mich.

> Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5
> Population: 101,632
> 2012 murders: 63
> Poverty rate: 40.6%
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 82.9%

With a staggering 2,729.5 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, no city had a higher violent crime rate than Flint. The city of just 101,632 people had 63 total murders and 1,930 aggravated assaults, both the highest relative to the city’s population. Flint also had nationwide highs in burglary rates and arson per 100,000 people. The sheriff of Genesee County, where Flint is located, proposed a plan to create a violent crime mobile response unit that would cost $3 million. However, Governor Rick Snyder rejected the plan because he believed resources would be better “integrated into the ongoing efforts to make Flint safer.” Like Detroit, Flint has suffered economically in recent years. The median household income was just $23,380 in 2011, the second-lowest of all 555 cities measured by the U.S. Census Bureau.

source: Yahoo

“Former teenage drug dealer White Boy Rick became one of the most famous informants in history when he began meeting in secret with Detroit police to sell info about other criminals when he was just 15. He would go on to become entrenched in corrupt politics. Here, Rick discusses his story, and how his relationship with the police ended when he was convicted of drug trafficking at age 17.”

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In one of the biggest bank heists ever, a global gang of criminals stole $45 million from reserves held by banks by withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries over the course of mere hours. Prosecutors say in New York alone the thieves struck 2,904 machines within 10 hours
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The website NeighborhoodScout used FBI and other data to determine the top 25 neighborhoods in America that have the highest predicted rates of violent crime per 1,000 neighborhood residents. Violent crimes, in their definition, includes “murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.”

Here’s the list:

1. Detroit, MI (W Chicago / Livernois Ave) Found within zip codes: 48204

02. Detroit, MI (Mack Ave / Helen St) Found within zip codes: 48207

03. Detroit, MI (Gratiot Ave / Rosemary) Found within zip codes: 48213, 48205

04. Chicago, IL (S Halsted St / W 77th St) Found within zip codes: 60620

05. Spartanburg, SC (Washington Heights) Found within zip codes: 29306

06. Houston, TX (Scott St / Wilmington St) Found within zip codes: 77051

07. Detroit, MI (Wyoming St / Orangelawn St) Found within zip codes: 48204

08. Greenville, SC (Woodside) Found within zip codes: 29611

09. Atlanta, GA (Hopkins St SE / Adair Ave SE) Found within zip codes: 30315

10. Saginaw, MI (E Holland Ave / E Genesee Ave) Found within zip codes: 48601

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A judge sentence a member of gospel music’s Winans family to nearly 14 years in prison for his role in a 8 million dollar financial ponzi scam.

Michael Winans Jr, a third-generation member of the Winans family attracted more than 1,000 investors in 2007 and 2008 in a scheme to sell Saudi Arabian oil bonds. He promised 100 percent returns in two months (usually an indicator of a ponzi scheme), then used the money for personal expenses or to pay off earlier investors.

Winans made his pitch from church pulpits and used friends to unwittingly round up investors, in order to keep the scam going. In court he said he had no “malicious intent” but acknowledged he continued to collect money even after it was revealed to him that the bonds were bogus.

In court U.S. District Judge Sean Cox read letters from some of the victims who had been defrauded by Michael Winans.  Records revealed about 600 people are still owed about $4.7 million.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission calls the kind of crime committed by Winans “affinity fraud,” which involves targeting specific groups, in this case Christians, and using their shared faith to attract investments from the group’s members, as well as from their friends and family members.

Read More: Huffington Post

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One block west from where legendary rapper/actor Tupac Shakur was gunned down in 1996 after the Tyson fight, aspiring Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch was murdered Thursday morning at 4:20am.  Witnesses say a black Range Rover on Rims fired shots at Kenneth Cherry aka Kenny Clutch’s maserati causing him to run the light on Flamingo and crash into a taxi which burst into flames.  62 year old cab driver from Detroit, Michael Boldon was also killed on the scene.  The police are still searching for the black Range Rover.  Watch a few of Kenny Clutch’s videos after the jump.  #StopTheViolence

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Economist Arthur Okun developed the original Misery Index in the 1960s. It combines unemployment and inflation.

Forbes look at misery is localized, and includes unemployment, as well as other things that aggravate people. The metrics include: violent crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes (income and property) and home prices. Also included is quality-of-life issues like commute times and weather.  Checkout the top 10 Miserable places in America below:

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Flint, MI
  3. Rockford, IL
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Modesto, CA
  6. Vallejo, CA
  7. Warren, MI
  8. Stockton, CA
  9. Lake County, IL
  10. New York, NY

full list: Forbes

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