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Dan Gilbert plans ultra-fast Internet for downtown Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — A plan from businessman Dan Gilbert would bring ultra-fast Internet access to downtown Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports Gilbert says Rocket Fiber LLC, which he called a “community investment initiative,” would provide Internet service that’s up to 100 times faster than current average speeds seen in homes. Construction has begun on a fiber optic network downtown for residents, businesses and local governments, with plans to someday offer access in other parts of Detroit.

A tweet sent from Dan Gilbert’s Twitter account says more details about the service will be released “in a few weeks.”

Gilbert owns 70 properties in downtown Detroit, covering 10 million square feet. He’s also the founder of Quicken Loans and majority owner the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

No prison for former Kilpatrick aide in corruption probe

DETROIT (AP) — A man who says he gave kickbacks to the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick won’t go to prison.

Marc Cunningham was placed on two years of supervised release Tuesday, similar to probation. Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says his cooperation during the Kilpatrick corruption investigation and trial was “extraordinary.”

Cunningham attended college with Kilpatrick and worked at city hall. Cunningham pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2010.

He says Kilpatrick directed him to give $15,000 to Bernard Kilpatrick while Cunningham was seeking an investment from Detroit's pension funds for a venture capital firm.

LAD to conduct expungement clinic in Pontiac March 20

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free clinic on expungement of criminal records for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties in partnership with OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, on Friday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at OLHSA's central office at 196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Pontiac.

 Advance registration for the clinic is required. To register or obtain further information, call OLHSA at (248) 209-2631.

Michigan allows for expungement, or removal from the public record, of records of single criminal convictions after five years, according to LAD's legal rights handbook for former offenders.

“Expungement, or setting aside a conviction, allows a person to move forward with [his or her] life without the baggage of a prior conviction or having to disclose a criminal record,” the handbook says.

 Not all convictions can be expunged, however, including those for crimes that carry possible life sentences and traffic convictions such as drunk driving, or where there is lifetime probation, the handbook says.


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