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The temperature in Detroit is 24 degrees as I write this. Counting Super Bowl XL, Detroit has hosted two Super Bowls vs. zero for Buffalo, Boston, Seattle, Indianapolis, Chicago, Green Bay, Denver, New York, Kansas City, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington, and Philadelphia. Sports fans cry out, "What makes Detroit such a party town?"

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Detroit News: Terrell Owens Super Bowl Party: The former Philadelphia Eagles receiver will be partying in Detroit...at Envy, 234 E. Larned St. Tickets: $50 tent; $100 tent and the first floor; $200 for VIP access, which gets you into the tent and on the first and second floors; $500 will get you into every section of the club.

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11 News: The National Football League's championship game, to be held indoors in Ford Field stadium downtown, is expected to attract about 120,000 visitors, injecting $302 million into the local economy

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Detroit Free Press: Despite a labor force that has dropped from 633,000 in 1980 to 385,476 in the summer of 2005, Detroit's unemployment rate remains at almost 15%. Detroit remains the nation's poorest big city, with about one in three residents living below the federal poverty level of $19,157 for a household with a family of four.

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DETROIT (AP) -- Older fans of the Rolling Stones will get the chance to shake it during the band's Super Bowl halftime show after all. Planners had originally sought people aged 18 to 45 to take the field and dance at Ford Field on Feb. 5. But after hearing from some older fans...the National Football League said it would accept dancers 18 and older -- no age limit.

"We wanted to open it up," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday. The league had said the reason for the age cutoff was that the job is physically challenging. The volunteers would be on their feet for long periods, and would need to enter and exit the field quickly.

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Area Connect 2004 Crime Data per 100,000 People:

Crime Detroit San Diego

Murder 42.1 4.8

Rape 78.6 29.1

Robberies 596.2 128.8

Arsons 189.64 14.91

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Motownwinterblast.com: MOTOWN WINTER BLAST is a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that is centrally located in downtown Detroit. From a family oriented festival to cool outdoor concerts and a street party in Geektown, Detroit is going to be the hottest place to be!

You can count a special outdoor national music presentation featuring a Salt Lake City type "Medals Plaza" atmosphere.... The Sprint Stage, playing the national music line-up, will be located in the heart of the General Motors Ice Garden Zone. In Ford Motor Company's Family Fun Zone, kids of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy...

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MSNBC Nov. 21, 2005: DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. will eliminate 30,000 jobs and close nine North American assembly, stamping, and powertrain plants by 2008 as part of an effort to get production in line with demand and position the world's biggest automaker to start making money again after absorbing nearly $4 billion in losses so far this year.

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Detroit Free Press: The world-famous Playboy party is coming to Detroit for Super Bowl XL.... On Thursday, the magazine announced the party's theme, which sounds fitting considering it's housed in the city airport's executive hangar: "Eight Mile High Club." The 35,000 square feet of rental space will feature Playmates, parachute dancing girls, custom airplane snack carts and charity auctions. It's essentially invite-only.

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VisitDetroit.com: Fun Facts about Detroit. Detroit is second in the nation in fishing rod sales. Detroit is the potato chip capital of the world, based on consumption. Detroit has the most registered bowlers in the United States. * * *

Detroit Free Press: Ford Motor Co. on Monday morning announced its anxiously awaited Way Forward plan-- an ambitious wide-ranging effort that will close 14 plants, including the Wixom plant in Michigan, lay off up to 30,000 workers, streamline the company's product offerings, and try to prepare the 103-year-old automaker for a promising, stable future.

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Detroit Free Press: Porn star will host XL party. No nudity, she says, but it'll be $500 to go. Jenna Jameson, the world's most famous adult-film actress, will be bringing Vivid and ClubJenna stars to town...

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