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Council leaders test ethical boundaries

Council Pro Tem Gary Brown, who announced June 26 he was leaving his seat on Council to become second in command to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s administration as Chief Compliance Officer, is potentially committing an ethics violation. In his new role, which begins July 1, Brown will oversee the daily restructuring for the city, while the EM devotes more time to the city’s debt, Orr said in a statement. ...

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EM trashes HP school library

“I’m not in the library business.” That is how Highland Park Schools Emergency Manager Donald B. Weatherspoon responded to angry citizens demanding to know why he tossed into dumpsters not only books, furniture and equipment from Highland Park High School’s library, but one of the most noted Black History collections of any school in the country. ...

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Supreme Court ruling impacts Michigan voters

“We’re outraged about this decision,” Detroit Chapter NAACP attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Michigan Citizen a day following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to eliminate Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Hollowell says the ruling, made by a conservative court majority, was done in a way that “turns a blind eye” to the country’s history of discrimination in voting. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking in the Clique with Michigan National Action Network (NAN) president Rev. Charles Williams II, we were kicking it about the petroleum coke dumping on the banks of the Detroit River by Marathon Oil and the Koch brothers. What a duo that is - aided and abetted - as they use land provided by the owner of the Ambassador Bridge. ...

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Western International, Renaissance end up short in regional play

The hopes for a state title in baseball and softball for the Detroit Public Schools came to end June 8. Both DPL teams, Western International and Renaissance, were ousted from state tournament play. The Cowboys (24-11) came up short to University of Detroit Jesuit 4-2 in a baseball regional semi-final at Grosse Point South, while the Phoenix (31-7) lost the regional championship to Garden City 15-2 in the s ...

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PSL West coaches strive to make teams more competitive

Another season of girls’ softball has passed in the Detroit Public School League. Again, Renaissance and Cass Tech dominated their divisions, decimating their opponents. Both squads met for the championship, and Renaissance beat Cass Tech for the PSL championship. The Phoenixes won their district in state tournament play only to fall in the state regional final, ending their blossoming season. That has been ...

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Activists urge end to War on Drugs

Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Black community, mobilized a network of community groups last Monday f ...

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Learning from Italy

Years ago, food critic Ruth Reichl declared, “There is no bad food in Italy.” She was right. Within Italy, the Emilia Romagna region is thought by many to offer the best food of all. But that is by no means its only distinction. What I did not appreciate until a recent trip to Bologna is that major components of the entire economy are organized as co-ops. ...

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