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The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth, and say it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary Fund has offered a starker forecast. Expected growth for the United States is about three percent, a level conside ...

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As John Covington goes, so should the EAA

With the recent resignation of EAA Chancellor John Covington and the failure of the EAA to raise the educational level of Detroit students, I call for Gov. Rick Snyder to dismantle the Educational Achievement Authority. It’s hard for anyone to ignore the facts that have come from this educational experimentation. Looking objectively at these facts we are forced to conclude the EAA has not been beneficial fo ...

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How did you get that name?

Deciding which ancestral line you want to research can be difficult. One of the greatest challenges my genealogy students at Wayne County Community College District have in researching their ancestors is finding them using a surname (last name). Researching the spelling of surnames in how they sound, as opposed to how we spell them today, can be a painstaking challenge like trying to find a needle in a hays ...

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‘You can’t download freedom’

Rapidly-expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, says Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer. Speaking at the annual convention of 100 Black Men in Florida last week, Todd proudly acknowledged he doesn’t use email, does not own a computer and doesn’t have a Facebook or ...

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Stallworth, Hobbs pressure senator to move security guard legislation

Reps. Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit, and Rudy Hobbs, D-Southfield, are continuing their push to implement new training requirements for security guards. According to Stallworth, Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is sitting on new drafts of the legislation. The lawmakers are urging Booher to quickly introduce and work on passing a package of bills they have been working on together for months, but are now e ...

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Skinnin’ and grinnin’ for thirsty folk

In the photo at left, Detroit City Councilpersons Andre Spivey and Mary Sheffield appear happy to be celebrating with Gov. Rick Snyder. The specific piece of legislation that has Snyder so gleeful is what he and his emergency manager Kevyn Orr call the Grand Bargain. It’s what retirees call the Grand Theft. Under the Grand Theft deal, which passed with supporting amendments offered by Detroit Reps. Thomas S ...

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Ma Ellen: ‘Invest in our girls, if Africa is to rise’

In an open letter dated June 16 — the International Day of the African Child — Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious investment in young girls. The key to addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges is a quality education for all children, especially girls, the former World Bank official known as “Ma Ellen”declared. ...

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Detroit Raw

Detroit should not ridicule or discredit the direct action engaged in by Trick Trick, the rap artist organizer. Trick Trick and an organized group of Detroiters known as the Goon Squad shut down a Chene Park performance by the identity-thief known as Rick Ross. Those angry and woofing about the union-busting democracy-destroying Negro Emergency Manager proxy of Gov. Snyder might consider using Trick Trick’s ...

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National PBS premieres Grace Lee Boggs film

“Grace Lee is like the John Smith of Asian America,” says Missouri-born filmmaker Grace Lee of her very common name. As a post-graduate film student at UCLA, Lee embarked on a journey to simultaneously document the lives of women with her same name and challenge stereotypes about Asian American women prevalent in mainstream media. The resulting film, “The Grace Lee Project,” was released in 2005. ...

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Detroit: Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay is an affront to human rights, say UN experts

Three UN experts on the human rights to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty and human rights expressed concern June 25 about reports of widespread water disconnections in Detroit of households unable to pay water bills. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human righ ...

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