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Jackie Robinson’s wife meets Obama

President Barack Obama talks with Rachel Robinson, widow of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson, before the “42” movie screening depicting the struggles and victory of Robinson’s life and baseball career. Robinson family members and cast and crew attended the screening in the Family Theater at the White House on April 2. “42” opens in theaters April 12. ...

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Week Two of the Occupation: At the crossroads

Gov. Rick Snyder has stepped up his campaign to convince people that the appointment of an emergency financial manager (EFM) in Detroit is a good thing. He has released a series of YouTube clips, including comments by former City Council member Sheila Cockrel, various “young professionals” and Rev. Jerome Warfield, chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners. All echo the same theme that city services fro ...

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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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