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Justice Denied: Most states have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles sentenced to life

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 28 states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life in prison for murder without the chance of parole, a decision that affected mostly imprisoned Black boys, only 13 states have changed their laws to comply with the ruling. Fifteen states have not passed any statutory reforms, according to a study by The Sentencing Project, which works for a fair and effect ...

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What’s going on at Eastern Market?

If you have been down to Eastern Market lately you may have noticed a number of road and bridge construction projects. They are part of a project called Link Detroit that is comprised of four major elements: - Extension and connections of greenways Phase 2 of the Dequindre Cut and Phase 4 of the Midtown Loop will soon be completed. When they are connected at the northeast corner of Wilkins and Orleans you w ...

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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade. “Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward ...

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Corruption and the impact on human rights

Corruption always leads to violations of human rights insofar as those in power prey upon those who are not in power. Corruption also violates the principles of nations who claim to be democratic and are supposed to operate under the rule of law. Corruption not only violates democracy and the rule of law, but it also diminishes everyone, including those who choose to participate in it. Although corruption h ...

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U.S. Marine veteran sees ‘education as the way to the future’

Sgt. Lawrence Brooks and other U.S. veterans were recently recognized for their educational achievement and service to the country during the WCCCD 45th Annual Commencement Exercises at Ford Field. Lawrence Brooks has always been a determined individual. He decided to join the military when he was only in the 12th grade. He promised his mother he would complete his GED during his time in the service. He did ...

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Smith & Wesson off the hook for arms-to-Africa bribe deal

After a whirlwind round of dinners in fancy hotels, Smith & Wesson’s vice president of sales was one of a group of arms dealers in a congratulatory mood after winding up what they thought was a major weapons sale to an African leader. To get the deal, worth $15 million, all the dealers — top-level execs — agreed to pay a 20 percent “commission,” even after being told that half would go into the pocket of th ...

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At 99: Thoughts. Thanks. Questions.

To begin with, my thoughts this week are with my friend, Micah Fialka-Feldman, who will be undergoing open heart surgery in Ann Arbor. Next, I want to thank the folks who called, sent cards or came to wish me a Happy 99, last weekend. Special thanks to filmmaker Grace Lee and her team for producing “The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” and to PBS/POV for showing it nationally. ...

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? “And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and ...

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Profit by fear

We see Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain as grand larceny, grand theft. We need to change the agenda, change the talking points. We’ve already taken a major hit with our healthcare. We have one lady in our group, for instance, who went from paying $150 a month for her health care to $1100 a month. That’s money coming out of your pension check. ...

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Historian to conduct Black history tour of Detroit

Landmarks of Detroit’s past greatness are hidden throughout the city. Some were paved over during eras of redevelopment; others were demolished after years of abandonment, and still more have been transformed to serve a new generation. Stewart McMillin, a man with over three decades of teaching experience, aims to educate the public on the richness of Detroit’s Black history. On July 10, McMillin will be co ...

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