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» A Hug For Dad Sophie Blumberg, who heroically
battles a debilitating genetic disorder, greets her father
after a 300-mile bicycle fundraiser. See page 12.
» Reaching Out U-M Hillel seeks to partner with
alums in Metro Detroit. See page 14.
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
» The Bully Book Writer turns tormented
childhood memories of being bullied into a novel.
See page 29.
Sophie and her dad, Loren Blumberg, near the
end of the Make-A-Wish bicycle tour he rode in.
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Jake Cohen of Detroit Venture Partners views
-Downtown from the Compuware Building.
New TV cop series explores
hometown murder and corruption.
Suzanne Chessler I Contributing Writer
ow Winter Sun, a television police series caught
up with the idea of second chances, travels
the streets of Detroit as its setting. Behind the
scenes, a show developer and actor agree that the city,
in need of a second chance, stands as the appropriate
place for the theme.
The first of 10 episodes airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
11, on cable channel AMC as an adaptation of a British
miniseries of the same name. The star of the British
series, Mark Strong, plays Sun's Frank Agnew, a Detroit
detective who has killed a fellow officer and is trying to
keep it hidden.
Detroiters react to
bankruptcy, the future.
ongtime Detroiters and relative new-
comers to the city alike have high
hopes for a town that once was a
world leader in manufacturing and the auto-
They speak almost collectively of a Detroit
"renaissance," and of wanting to be part of
the city's comeback. This sentiment comes
from those who have lived in the city for 50
years and from those who moved there last
year, some as part of Jewish community ini-
tiatives to bring a younger generation home.
Though Detroit Emergency Manager
Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy protection
on July 18 against $18 billion of debt and
unfunded liabilities, these city dwellers —
and many in the suburbs — believe the city
is worth fighting for.
The JN spoke with five Jewish residents of
Detroit about why they live in the city and
what they love about it. The speculate on
how bankruptcy will affect Detroit and give
their thoughts on the city's future.
See their stories on page 8.
Jeremy Gold, who oversees scripted series for
Endemol Studios, and Alon Aboutboul, an Israeli-born
actor who portrays a Greektown gangster in a recurring
role, discussed the program with the JN during phone
conversations from California.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 35
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Israeli-born actor Alon Aboutboul in Low Winter Sun