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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

What about the terrorists? What about the union busting Detroit democracy destroyers? What about this naïve maybe stupid new leader of the Michigan Dems? What about the price of car insurance? Does the ex-Detroit City Council really believe that their ho-walk-around cash is for anything but to legitimate the illegitimate EM? Is anyone running for Detroit mayor worth a damn? Does sex education matter or is t ...

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SEMCOG cuts DDOT funds

A recent Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) decision will result in a $7 million net loss of bus funding for Detroit. The SEMCOG changes will give 51.5 percent of federal dollars for capital improvement to SMART and 48.5 to Detroit. SEMCOG Executive Director Paul Tait says this year the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) required a change in the funding formula that hadn’t been revised sin ...

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Pell Grant changes will slow Black graduation rates

In many ways, the route Bonita Rex took to college is not unusual. After graduating from high school in 2007, family issues forced her to delay enrolling in college. Two years later, thanks to Pell grants and an improved family situation, she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus on general studies in cultural science and technology. After Rex earns an Associate degree, while holdin ...

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New public trust

It is past time for the Detroit City Council to rethink its role under occupation. Their most recent vote to approve the no-bid contract for the Jones Day law firm is one more indication that the Council has no moral compass. Even Detroit’s most consistent voice of the business community, Crain’s, acknowledged the conflict of interest inherent in the city hiring the former law firm of the current Emergency ...

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Defending PSL Champion Western International (at bat) started their season off on the right foot as the Cowboys defeated Communication Media Arts 15-0 in five innings last Tuesday. CMA, the defending PSL East-West Champion, has moved up to the Mega Division while Mumford has moved down to the East-West Division. Southeastern, who also played in the Mega Division last season, didn’t field a team and won’t pl ...

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Cass Tech vs. Southeastern

The beginning of the 2013 season for softball in the Detroit Public School League was greeted with below season temperatures and wet grounds, last week. Some games were cancelled but others went on in spite of the inclement weather. Western International, one of last season’s top contenders, started their season off with a 23-5 drubbing of Central. The Cowgirls then faced Northwestern last Thursday in a hom ...

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Official Detroit Pistons mobil app now offers in-game seat upgrade functionality

It’s 7:30 p.m. You’re at tonight’s Detroit Pistons game against the Charlotte Bobcats. You’re sitting in the 200-level, but you see some open seats in the 100-level. Tonight – you can use the official Detroit Pistons Mobile App to upgrade your seats in the arena. The Pistons are the second team to provide the seat upgrade option on their mobile app available for download in the iTunes App Store and on Googl ...

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Redefining the American Family

American families today are so unlike those in which human beings have traditionally raised children that it is questionable whether they should be called families at all. Since the invention of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago, children and young people have been raised in families which included not only parents and siblings but other relatives of all ages. Within this multi-generational family grow ...

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Youth movement shows readiness to lead at Detroit Food 2013

On April 4-6, the Detroit Food Policy Council hosted its third annual food summit at Focus: HOPE. The theme of Detroit Food 2013 was “What’s on Your Plate?” More than 200 people participated in the event, including at least two dozen youth. There were panel discussions, interactive workshops, video clips, a youth educational track and of course, good food. Also evident was youth leadership. ...

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