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Day of service lends ‘Hands4Detroit’

United Methodist District Supervisor Rev. Melanie Carey had a vision of metro Detroit being less divided by imaginary lines. So, she began planning a service event she hoped would spill over into the everyday lives of both the volunteers and those they served. What began as a simple food drive grew into much more when approximately 1,200 volunteers spent time at 20 different sites across the city distributi ...

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Kenyan VP pleads ‘not guilty’ to mass murder of Kikuyu rivals

Kenya’s vice president, William Ruto, at the opening day of his trial for the slaughter of rival Kikuyu people in post-election violence, declared himself “not guilty” to a trio of serious charges issued against him by the International Criminal Court. Ruto, a Kalenjin, allegedly formed an army, which attacked and killed Kikuyus after his party candidate, Raila Odinga, was defeated in a presidential poll. O ...

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U.S. mother guilty of manslaughter in death of Ethiopian adoptee

A Washington state mother who followed a religious handbook on using the stick to discipline the child was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her Ethiopian-born adopted daughter. Carri Williams and her husband Larry were both convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Hana Williams’ death and of first-degree assault for abusing a 12-year-old hearing-impaired boy adopted from E ...

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Charges of voter fraud surround the recount of ballots cast in the Aug. 6 primary elections. On Sept. 5, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers accepted eight individual petitions from candidates to recount Detroit’s primary ballots. Those seeking a recount were required to pay $10 per each precinct they wished to see recounted. The Board of Canvassers approved Tom Barrow’s petition to recount over 400 precin ...

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Curbing crime on the Avenue of Fashion

Revitalization efforts have not slowed the rise in crime in one prominent Detroit community on the city’s northwest side, according to a state official who represents the area. Neighborhoods between 6 Mile and 8 Mile Roads and between Wyoming Street and Livernois Avenue have seen a spike in carjackings, assaults, robberies, damage to property, and, in some cases, gang activity and drug trafficking near scho ...

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