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When Aretha Franklin passed away last week, she reportedly did not leave a trust or will behind. Her four sons have filed documents listing themselves as interested parties in her estate, but the details will have to be hashed out in Oakland County Probate Court.

Franklin joins a long list of celebrities and public figures who did not leave behind instructions for their estates including Prince, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Marvin Gaye.

There's a heated debate over whether the Hantz Farms project is an environmental boon or just a land grab.
Sean O'Grady

John Hantz heads a business financial services conglomerate

He wants to plant 15,000 trees on 140 acres of Detroit land he bought in 2012. It would be the world's largest urban farm.

The plan has strong backers and equally strong critics. 

It's a story that Sean O'Grady tells in his new documentary film Land Grab.

According to Joshua Akers, nearly 20% of all land parcels in Detroit are owned by speculators
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Speculators have remained a consistent part of Detroit's bankruptcy and post-bankruptcy stories.

They own nearly 20 percent of all land parcels in Detroit.