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WATCH: Detroit Water Shutoffs documentary

“Located in the Great Lakes Basin, (Detroit is) a major city with whole segments of the community with zero access to fresh water,” says one activist who appears in Katy Levy’s efforts to document Detroit’s water crisis Levy talks with a Detroit Water Sewage Department worker, among others, who describes the water shut offs, nearly 700 a day, as “heartbreaking.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is executing unpr ...

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Water choices

The pursuit of profits is endangering the health and wellbeing of everyone in Detroit. What Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Jones Day and the corporate powers they serve termed a business necessity is being revealed to the world as a violation of the most basic human right to water. This crisis was orchestrated to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to buyers. Claiming they are not “ ...

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Benson, city plan rec center giveaway

“Doing the most good,” is the motto of the Salvation Army. Residents of northeast Detroit think the Salvation Army doesn’t mind its words. Fifteen-acre Lipke Park and the 10-year old Lipke Recreation Center, 1932 Van Dyke between Bliss and Suzanne, are in City Councilperson Scott Benson’s third district. While the future of the park and facility were being decided by the council July 1 — before angry and an ...

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Missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell found alive, well

Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell, who went missing June 14, was found alive in the basement of his father’s home 11 days later. Before he went missing, Bothuell was last seen at his father and stepmother’s home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Accordingtohis mother Africa Shipping, her son may have had a disagreement with his stepmother. In a phone interview during her son’s disap ...

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta a ‘world heritage site’

The Okavango Delta — Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness — has been listed as the 1,000th World Heritage site by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural body. The vast “Okavango wilderness” will be counted alongside such majestic formations as the Galapagos, Amazon, Arctic and Great Barrier Reef. It contains a number of endangered species and is unusual in that it is inland and does not flow into a sea. ...

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GOOOOAAAALLLL: Soccer scores with Motor City fans

International soccer fans have fixed their attention on Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. But fans don’t need to buy a plane ticket to see professionals in action; The Detroit City Football Club brings the beautiful game to the heart of the Motor City. The DCFC Le Rouge is in the Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premiere Soccer League, an association of over 80 minor league t ...

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Detroit Raw

In Tempe, Ariz. — a state with a dubious track record of fairness to people of color — a video cop-car-cam lets us witness as a Black female Arizona State University professor is slammed to the ground by police for jaywalking — and being uppity (my analysis). In Grosse Pointe, Mich. — a state that is rapidly becoming Arizona — another Black female is aghast when a Talbots clerk suspects her of shoplifting, ...

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Africa and the World Cup

The home continent for all human beings, Africa, is no longer represented in the World Cup, as the quarter-final round begins. On June 30, Nigeria lost to France, and Algeria lost to Germany in the round of 16. This was the first time in the history of the competition that two African teams made it to the round of 16 together. Egypt appeared for the first time during the second FIFA World Cup in 1934, but f ...

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‘Lion of Harlem’ roars to victory

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, “the Lion of Harlem,” roared again on election night, June 24. The 84-year-old congressman overcame a fierce challenger in the Democratic primary to virtually ensure a 23rd term representing New York’s13th Congressional District. With all precincts counted, the results show Rep. Rangel was ahead by 1,800 votes over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in this rematch. Overall, Rep. Rangel ...

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