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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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A season of growing in Detroit

It is growing season in Detroit. The seeds have been planted and are being carefully tended. The urban growers will harvest and go to market with fresh produce and eat from its bounty. The flower seeds that have been planted will reach for the sky as they beautify the landscape while attracting honey bees, children and butterflies. Many urban gardeners and farmers are celebrating the legality of urban farmi ...

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Detroit’s Zo! releases new R&B album, prepares for homecoming show

Detroit’s own Zo!, a soulful R&B music composer and master hip hop producer, has released a new album and is getting ready for a triumphant return to his hometown with a live performance June 29 at 8 p.m. Critics and fans are celebrating his newest release, making this show a highly anticipated summer performance. ...

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Summer jam: MonicaBlaire’s “Only You”

The best summers, the ones that go down in history, are oftentimes defined by good events, good weather and great songs. MonicaBlaire is starting this summer off right with the release of her new single, “Only You,” from her upcoming EP “The { } Between.” Shifting, strong melodic beats carry MonicaBlaire ’s flawless rich vocals to deliver her latest endeavor. This ode to love paints the portrait of a woman ...

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CAID presents Soul City

Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, in partnership with University of Michigan Dearborn, is developing a game that’s educational and fun. The groundbreaking game, Soul City, will prominently feature art, landmarks and situations unique to life in Detroit. The game idea was conceived by young adults who worked at the CAID last summer through a program run by the YMCA and funded by the City of Detroit. ...

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Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty still only partly won

Fifty years ago last week, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a historic commencement address at Howard University, laying out progress made and challenges unmet. ...

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Understanding the need for full employment

The Social Security Trust Fund report has been released. One of its more telling charts was of the trend in Social Security revenue. Social Security revenue comes from a tax on the wages of earners, paid by both employees and employers. So, essentially it tracks the level of employment. Based on the simple trend of revenues from 1990 to 2007, just before the Great Recession started, 2012 revenue would have ...

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