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PLA answers questions from Council

Once the Public Lighting Authority is up and running, it plans to repair or replace most of the city’s streetlights. That time should be soon, according to the members of the PLA Board, which gave a presentation at City Council’s formal session April 2. “We’re just now getting to the point where we’re ramping up,” said PLA Chair Maureen Stapleton. Stapleton was joined by fellow PLA board members Marvin Beat ...

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Title VI complaints will be investigated

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it will investigate complaints filed against Detroit Public Schools and the State of Michigan. Helen Moore, of Keep The Vote/No Takeover, filed a Title VI complaint last year alleging the state of Michigan, through its statewide school district, discriminated against Black and Latino students and parents. Moore says low-income dis ...

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Benny Napoleon will run for mayor

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon announced his intentions to run for mayor of Detroit March 26 at the Masonic Temple. Over 1,200 community leaders — including UAW President Bob King, local pastors and others — attended. Napoleon said Detroit must “grow” its way out of its problems. ...

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Gentlemen ride Harleys

Surely the three young men — William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson — who invented the V twin-engine motorcycle 110 years ago could not have known the status their motor-powered pedal-bike would have today. The “Bentley of bikes,” is how one metro rider describes Harley-Davidson motorcycles. ...

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A takeover by any name is a takeover

I think it would be productive for the citizens of Detroit to publicly have a conversation that is already taking place privately — the business class that left Detroit in the 1970s and ‘80s are back. No one is fooled by the talk of financial crisis and mismanagement; it is clear the way Public Act 436 was passed. It had the feel of an executive order. Even though other cities in the state have also been ta ...

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Banks cash in on EFM takeover

Cha-ching! is the sound of banks registering the new revenue coming their way the very moment Gov. Rick Snyder put Detroit under an emergency financial manager (EFM). “Who knows what the city has paid? The same stick-up men that went through the neighborhoods (with the foreclosure crisis) are now at city hall,” said Jerry Goldberg, attorney for Moratorium Now. ...

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Brazeal Dennard Chorale bring ‘rich,’ ‘wonderful’ presentation of Negro Spirituals to the DSO

The award-winning Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by Dr. Augustus Hill, presents its third annual Legacy Concert April 13 at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. International acclaimed tenor Rodrick Dixon and soprano Alfreda Burke are the headliners. Dixon says the concert will be a “rich and wonderful” presentation of Negro Spirituals. ...

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93 years and still going

People came from all over the metro area in their most dapper ballroom attire to celebrate Detroiter Houston Pritchett’s 93rd birthday. Mr. Pritchett, the father of seven children, celebrated his birthday at Burton Manor in Livonia with family and friends. “I am crazy about a party,” Pritchett told this reporter. “(And) this a good party!” More than 300 people attended. There were vendors, an open buffet an ...

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