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Just Speak

Developing the power of your voice after a personal trauma is essential to the healing process, and singers, poets and rap artists can be a great inspiration to many people. On Nov. 30, a special evening of music, poetry and art celebrated of the 10-year anniversary of Just Speak, a non-profit organization designed to help child victims of abuse find their voice and heal from their experiences. ...

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Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform in recent weeks. We know the White House is insisting immigration reform should still be a priority, but it looks as if it will not happen in 2013. For the reality is, if two teens who have lost their dad to deportation cannot sway the hard mind of Boehner, I don’t know w ...

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Detroit’s fresh start

Judge Steven Rhodes, who approved Detroit’s emergency manager-led bankruptcy filing, says the city is poised for a fresh start. For those budget-minded folks, the bankruptcy presents an opportunity to get Detroit’s fiscal house in order. EM Kevyn Orr says, “We have to be fair and equitable in our treatment with all creditor classes, whether they’re financial creditors or whether they’re retirees and the lik ...

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Court OKs DTE power plant permits

The Court of Appeals has upheld state permits for DTE Energy’s modifications of its coal-fired power plant on the Lake Erie shore in Monroe, Mich., despite objections by a major environmental group. In a unanimous opinion, the court rejected the Sierra Club’s challenge to permits issued by the Department of Environmental Quality in 2010 and 2012. ...

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