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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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Local hip hop station pulls Rick Ross music after lyrics depict rape

A Michigan radio station has taken a stand against destructive messages being sent through the airwaves. Listeners of Muskegon radio station 103.7 The Beat will no longer hear the music of hip hop artist Rick Ross. The station has pulled his songs from rotation following lyrics in Ross’ recent release describing the rape of a woman. ...

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Michigan ‘czars’ strip away citizens’ rights

Imagine Gov. George Wallace of Alabama in 1963 appointing an emergency manager in Birmingham with broad powers to dismiss elected officials, renegotiate contracts, sell assets and become sole authority of the city’s pension funds a month after the voters rejected the emergency manager law in a statewide referendum. What would Dr. King have written from his Birmingham jail cell? ...

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