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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research in developing countries.” Former head of the International AIDS Society and executive scientific director of the Amsterdam ...

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Niger jails protestors asking to see French mining contract details

Nigerien activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French state-owned nuclear company Areva. “This ...

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Girl summit to take up Ethiopian ‘Maid Trade’ and its child brides

At a girl summit July 22 in London, the Overseas Development Institute spoke out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The U.K.-based ODI warned parents who see their daughters as commodities are pushing record numbers of girls into abusive early marriages. Some 39,000 chi ...

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Library millage will keep doors open

On the August 5 primary ballot, Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library’s current operating millage of 4 mills. That amount provides 86 percent of the DPL’s operating budget. DPL has a proposal on the August ballot to renew its current 4 mill operating millage for a period of 10 years. If it is not approved, the current millage would expire next June 30, 2015 and the Library would ...

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Two ballot proposals ask Wayne County residents to weigh benefits of tax increase

On Aug. 5, in addition to selecting candidates for November’s general election, Wayne County residents will be asked to vote on two number of millage proposals to fund education and transit. According to Wayne County’s website, a proposal to renew and increase .59 mills to 1 mill (2014-2017) could generate over $17 million dollars in its first year for the regional SMART bus system. A mill is equal to one d ...

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Salvation Army deal threatens Lipke Park

Over 300 citizens rallied July 25 in Lipke Park to organize and protest the pending deal for the park worked out behind closed doors between the Mayor Mike Duggan administration, district councilperson Scott Benson and the Salvation Army represented by McDonald’s owner Errol Service. The 15-acre site, with a 10-year-old recreation center was fully functional when Mayor Dave Bing shut it down in October 2012 ...

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Black men: No progress since 1974

Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, found reforms in the criminal justice system at the state-level largely contributed to disparities in arrests and incarceration rates that ...

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Detroit Raw

I confront my mortality every time I lace my shoes up for my Galloway run-walk-run, lift not-too-heavy weights or dare try to throw down, but what’s a fella to do: Drop dead with a remote in hand on the couch? Not baby booming me. And there is a new study revealing that any amount of running, even as little as five minutes a day, extends your life span. With an ejection fraction too low to discuss, I never ...

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Water warriors say Orr’s hand off to Duggan is a victory

Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed emergency manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, granted Mayor Mike Duggan the authority to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, July 29 after international outrage over DWSD’s mass water shutoff program. Maureen Taylor, head of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, called Orr’s decision a “pretty good victory.” With all the international attention to this cont ...

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