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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacks-at-large are intended to enhance the celebratory Fourth of July holiday activities. Chew on ‘em or spit ‘em out, whatever. A Facebook mind snack of mine: “Is it because you don’t know or don’t give a good damn? I will keep it in your face — don’t like it? Get off this page. All three branches of Detroit government are controlled from Lansing: the executive (mayor), the legislative (City Council) ...

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Replacing the council leadership

Detroit City Council will name its new leadership July 9. Council will vote on a replacement for Council President Charles Pugh and former Pro Tem Gary Brown. The respective positions, by 2009 charter, go to the city’s top vote getter and second place winner. It is unclear, however, if the council will be guided by the 2012 charter or its earlier iteration. ...

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Different values

Last week, more than100 people gathered at the Church of the Messiah for the March for Peace. It was a spirited gathering, as people walked through the east side neighborhood chanting, “Peace now” and “Silence the violence.” Neighbors stood on porches and clapped along with the drumbeats. High school students danced in the street. Decorated bikes, motorcycles, horses, babies in carriages and elders assisted ...

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The Stereo Crew

Today’s global social media world has many hip hop artists aspiring to have an international impact, allowing the music and images of their local movement to become global currency. The Stereo Crew have done just that, straight from Detroit to a land far from home. ...

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Author Hilary Jones shares new book in her hometown

Professor Hilary Jones showcased her book, “The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa,” at Source Booksellers June 22, in Midtown Detroit. Jones, an associate professor of history at Florida International University in Miami, felt it was very important to debut her first book in her hometown of Detroit. ...

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Over 100,000 people marched from Woodward and Forest to Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit June 22 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Detroit March, originally held June 23, 1963. Called Freedom Walk, the event was organized by the Detroit Branch NAACP and the UAW. Dr. King’s son Dr. Martin Luther King, III attended the event, as well as notables, Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Ja ...

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PSL Softball: There’s more to do

Both Ivan King and Julie Schneider enjoy their jobs as PSL coaches. In fact, they really don’t see them as jobs, but as a chance to work in the sport they love with Detroit’s kids. Although they’re happy with their position, they want to see their teams get better, not just within the league, but in the metro Detroit area. ...

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