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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Media mind snack. Beware of personality reporting that masquerades as journalism. Even the Wall Street Journal can be reality fact checked as a “Slate” blogger did on a shaky WSJ report on global warming. Journalistic arrogance can always be checked. Never accept what these folk say blindly just because they are on your TV, in print or on your car radio. When the reporter becomes the story, watch out! I mea ...

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Collateral damage

The next few weeks will be crucial for the future of Detroit. The possibility of bankruptcy is looming large on the horizon. The emergency manager has reduced the City Council, in violation of the City Charter, by directing them to not fill the vacancies created by the resignations of members Kenyatta and Brown. He has also begun to do battle with the creditors who are mounting their own legal challenges to ...

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HP-style slowdown in Motown ties up rush-hour Woodward

Parents, citizens and residents, angry over the emergency manager’s destruction of thousands of books dumped from the Highland Park Senior High School Library and upset that the district deficit has doubled in two years and that another 12 percent of students have fallen into the failing category, took to the streets July 8. ...

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Voting Rights Act Address

I speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy. I urge every member of both parties — Americans of all religions and of all colors, from every section of this country — to join me in that cause. At times, history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at A ...

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Our God is marching on

Last Sunday, more than 8,000 of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Ala. We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. ... ... But today, as I stand before you and think back over that great march, I can say, as Sister Pollard said —a 70-year-old Negro woman who lived in this community during the bus boycott — and one day, she was asked while walking if she didn’t want to ride. An ...

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“American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” Detroit premiere

The turnout for the Detroit premiere of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” was amazing. All 1,000 seats at the Detroit Institute of Art were filled. Some people were turned away. Listening to the comments of viewers, Barbara Jones (whose father worked at the Chrysler-Jefferson plant and knew Jimmy) observed: ...

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New life for a band called Death

Watching and experiencing the life and music of “A Band Called Death,” a documentary now at the Cinema Village in New York City, it’s hard not to think of “Searching for Sugar Man.” Both documentaries track the incredible journeys of Detroit musicians who years after their first appearances with little or no recognition are suddenly the center of acclaim that eluded them in the past. ...

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