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Former African leaders call for legalizing low-level drugs

A report cited by two former African presidents has called for the decriminalization of minor drug offenses. The report states trafficking, consumption and production is undermining development in West Africa and abetting corruption. Picking up the momentum led by some U.S. governors, the report by a panel of African experts criticized current punitive policies which, they said, was fueling corruption in a ...

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Two Detroits

River Days, along with the annual Fireworks display, are billed as family-friendly events showcasing the best of downtown Detroit. Complete with corporate sponsors and media coverage, the signature events mark the beginning of summer for Detroit. Contrasting one Detroit where leisure and fun are a premium is another where 60 percent of children live in poverty, mass water shutoffs are attracting internation ...

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Future time

Time is slippery in Detroit. Sometimes you turn a corner and step into the future. It happens in early summer walking through the Cass Corridor, coming upon an unexpected iris garden, determined to provide wild beauty in the face of encroachment. It happens in the fall in the countless celebrations by urban gardeners who have made it through another year to harvest. It happens in the gatherings across the c ...

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Shinola expands manufacturing, creates jobs, opportunities to craft leather

In its first few years, Shinola’s watch manufacturing operation has made international news. Former President Bill Clinton even sports a few Shinola watches and took a tour of the factory. Last year, Shinola assembled over 50,000 watches; this year they believe they’ll get closer to 150,000. “We simply did not imagine we’d have the success that we’ve had,” says Shinola CEO Steve Bock, who started the enterp ...

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Flint’s big gulp

A recent MLive-Flint Journal analysis of water and sewer rates in 25 Genesee County communities found the residents of Flint pay between $65 and $120 more per month than their neighbors. And those costs are soon to rise higher still. In his proposed budget, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is calling for a 6.5 percent hike in water and sewer rates for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Six percent more ...

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‘No Fly Zone’ enforced: Rick Ross cancels Detroit performance, ‘fears for life’

Rap star Rick Ross was forced to cancel his Chene Park performance at Hot 107.5’s annual Summer Jamz concert June 21. Chene Park officials says 100-150 individuals blocked the service entrance into the venue, forcing Ross to cancel his appearance. A video of the interaction posted online shows Detroit rapper Trick Trick — the man who has declared Detroit a ‘No Fly Zone’ for out of town artists who don’t pay ...

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The lies about ‘illegal immigration’

In a recent conversation, a colleague expressed great indignation about “illegal immigration” and how all those Latinos smuggling themselves into the United States “are taking jobs away from Black folks.” She thus joined many other people in this country who refuse to recognize one basic fact: There is absolutely no way that millions of people can be smuggled into this country. If that many people are enter ...

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Wayne County exec. candidates

Sixteen names are on the official candidate list for the office of Wayne County Executive. Detroiters and residents in the other 42 Wayne County communities will have to wade through the long list of familiar political family names and political veterans looking to unseat incumbent Robert Ficano. Ficano’s administration has been marred by federal investigations, a failed jail project and a $175 million budg ...

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Why Warren Evans should be the next county executive

Without a doubt, the two most important jobs in Wayne County are the mayor of Detroit and the Wayne County Executive. The recent election of Mike Duggan as Detroit mayor has radically changed the political dynamics of the region. After nearly a decade of the state’s largest city being bogged down in scandal and profound fiscal mismanagement, there appears to be a bit of light at the end of the Motor City tu ...

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