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Oakman Parents continue fight to keep school open

Oakman Orthopedic School parent Antonio Council wraps in “Save Oakman” banner to keep warm. Parents and students braved the rain and cold to demonstrate in front of the Fischer Building, May 23. The parents are engaged in a struggle to keep their special school open for their special needs children after EM Roy Roberts announced his unilateral decision April 10. According to the new EM law, PA 436, the EM i ...

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Michigan: Where democracy used to live

One hundred and eighty years ago, in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.” Today, we face a major judicial question in the history of our democratic republic. This question is rooted in whether or not every citizen o ...

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Fallout from my Tea Party ‘Taliban’ comment… What is the lesson here?

I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra scrutiny, I also said, “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political” and therefore worthy ...

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Obama tells Morehouse grads, ‘lead by example’

Congratulations to this distinguished group of Morehouse Men, the Class of 2013! Some of you are graduating summa cum laude, some of you are graduating magna cum laude, and I know some of you are just graduating, “thank you Lordy.” Congratulations to all … the parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, family and friends who supported these young men in so many ways. ...

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GM Student Corps members will help improve neighborhoods, learn valuable life skills

A group of 110 Detroit-area high school students are about to begin paid summer internships as members of the brand new GM Student Corps, a program introduced May 20 by General Motors North America President Mark Reuss that combines service, education and mentoring. The students representing 11 United Way Network of Excellence Schools will work in teams of 10 to develop and implement service projects in Det ...

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African Union commemorates 50th anniversary of continental organization

On May 25, 1963, 33 independent African states met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The purpose of the summit 50 years ago was to enhance cooperation between member states and to accelerate the liberation struggles of those countries that still remained under colonial rule. ...

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BMe awards grants to Detroit community leaders

Fourteen Black male leaders in Detroit were honored with BMe Leadership Awards. These men have helped to build, protect and educate the community, showing a personal commitment to the well-being of others. For that commitment, they, along with recipients from Baltimore and Philadelphia, were awarded a total of $600,000 in small grants paid for by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Socie ...

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