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EM Roberts asserts power over library commission

“The Detroit Public Library is the last independent city institution in Detroit,” says Russ Bellant, president of the Detroit Library Commission. But Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts seems to be trying to change that. Roberts had previously asserted financial control over Detroit Public Schools, which appoints DPL commissioners, while the Detroit Board of Education maintained control of ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Politicians, preachers, presidents, activists and other purveyors of word banging love to speak of family values and helping American families. Yet, the plight of single moms is given a hopeless-like shrug and is rarely mentioned in the mega prayer missives fired by mega churches with very deep collection plates navigating the satellite and cable broadcasting realms. ...

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New loan policies fail Black college students

Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University, depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees. During, the 2007-08 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities receiv ...

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Week Three of the Occupation: Bottom Lines

This week, Detroit’s emergency manager (EM) firmed up the foundation of his operation. After reinstating the pay of elected City Council members, the EM announced the Council is welcome to meet, but he has the final say. All decisions are his alone. A few days later, a consulting firm recommended that the City Council be reduced to part time and cut its staff. ...

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Aiming for Junior Olympics

Hard work is starting to pay off for the Skillsville Gymnastics/Trampoline Team. Active since 1995, the youth program located on the city’s west side has been producing results in USTA (United States Trampoline Association) and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) competition. The Skillsville team, comprised of 13 boys and girls, competed in two USTA/AAU competitions this year with impressive results. The Detroit-a ...

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Grocery stores: Anchoring neighborhoods in Detroit

Five years ago, did you even know what “gluten-free” meant? What was your opinion then of produce that was marked “organic?” Now think about your last trip to a full-service grocery store. Chances are you encountered many options for health-conscious eaters or people with special diet requirements. Grocery stores are changing across the country as they try to respond to consumer demand for healthier choices ...

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Art X Detroit showcases Detroit’s flourishing arts scene

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience will take over Midtown this spring as the free, five-day arts experience celebrates Detroit’s arts scene April 10-14. Throughout more than a dozen venues in the Midtown district, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, literary readings, and much more created by the Kresge Eminen ...

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Young fashionista designs affordably priced T-shirts

Courageous is the best way to describe 11-year-old entrepreneur Olujinmi Edison. The sixth-grader owns a T-shirt company named Baby Lu Lu that she established last May. “My sister started calling me ‘Lu Lu’ and that’s where I got the name from,” says Edison, who aspires to be a fashion designer. “Since I sell onsies (infant T-shirts), that’s where ‘Baby’ comes from.” ...

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