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Highland Park valedictorian chooses Spelman

Lea Rogers is the 2014 valedictorian of Highland Park Renaissance Academy where she excelled academically and was also on the cheer and volleyball teams. Rogers has been accepted and will attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall, where she will major in biology. After completing her undergrad education, Rogers plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and become a doctor. ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit Raw

Over a year ago I wrote the Detroit City Council’s and office of the mayor’s main roles would be to legitimate the illegitimate actions of the Negro proxy emergency manager of the union-busting, democracy-destroying Governor Snyder. I was on point. The continued illegal actions of those who place art over the people of Detroit require clear approval of Detroit City Council before a federal judge will approv ...

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EAA takes up declining revenues, pink-slips 99

Expecting a continuing drop in enrollment, the Education Achievement Authority board at its June 17 meeting approved a smaller budget for 2015, ignored reports of excessive spending on travel, and accepted Chancellor John Covington’s sudden resignation. It also approved pink slips for 99 staff members facing unemployment because of “economic necessity.” At the same time, the board voted to pay itself for tr ...

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Missing Child: Charlie Bothuell

Charlie Bothuell, age 12, is missing. He was last seen Saturday evening, June 14 at his father and stepmother’s house in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Bothuell is African American, with brown hair, eyes and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, Phat Farm jacket and red/grey pajama bottoms. His mother, Africa Shipping, just wants her son to come home safe. ...

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Contempt of court

Lennette Williams and her daughter Mailauni first came to public attention in 1998. Ms. Williams then challenged the Chief Judge of Wayne County Probate Court Milton Mack because of his mishandling of her $30 million settlement with Henry Ford Hospital. The money was intended to provide for her and Mailauni because of complications that had arisen during the birth of Mailauni, 16 years earlier. Their case b ...

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Snyder names Orlene Christie Hawks director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Orlene Christie Hawks of Okemos, who has worked for years with healthcare, child and family issues, to be the new director of the Office of Children’s Ombudsman. The Office of the Children’s Ombudsman was created in 1994 to bring greater accountability to Michigan’s child welfare system. The office is an independent state agency formed to receive and investigate complaints con ...

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In national movement: New Orleans, Chicago, Newark fight ‘discriminatory’ school closings

After Louisiana State Superintendent John White dismissed a federal complaint alleging abuses of the civil rights of children and families in New Orleans schools as a “joke” and a “political farce,” the groups who filed the complaint issued a letter demanding White’s immediate resignation. The letter, sent to White on June 4, reads: “The discriminatory effects of school closures that students of color and t ...

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Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel: ‘I’m Still Standing’

As Rachel Jeantel inched toward a high school diploma, she tried to keep in mind she had a promise to keep. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters she would. Now, she has kept that promise. The world met Jeantel last year, when it was disclosed she was the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin before he was killed by G ...

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Women of color urge Obama to ‘re-align’ My Brother’s Keeper

WASHINGTON— More than 1,000 women of color — including Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker; actress Rosie Perez; political activist Angela Davis; Anita Hill, a law professor best known for testifying that she had been sexually harassed by future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; and economist Julianne Malveaux — released ...

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