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‘NO EM!’

Several groups across the state have joined Detroiters in challenging the new emergency financial manager (EFM) law in federal court. Support mounted after the March 14 appointment of bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as EFM of Detroit. “We’re looking at legal challenges in federal court and we expect that the Sugar Law Center or other groups will be filing such a challenge,” Attorney John Philo of the Sugar La ...

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‘MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL’

The “Motown sound” has been heard worldwide. Now the behind the scenes story of the one-of-a-kind sound that shaped American culture is playing on Broadway. “Motown: The Musical” charts Motown-founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. F ...

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DWSD pays tab for wine, steaks, airfare, while cutting workforce

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) board has employed a consulting company to reduce its workforce by 80 percent. While workers face massive cuts, the DWSD board is covering the costs of the consultants’ meals, wine, malt liquor, steak dinners, airfare in and out of the city, and hotel accommodations, according to documents obtained by this newspaper. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking while walking to the Y, I glance over to the Elmwood Grill where there are normally a plethora of marked and unmarked Detroit police cars, hmmm, there are a couple of blue state police rides decorating the street. It hits me. All critters mark their territory. State boys are now running Detroit. Get used to it. I step up my pace — can’t put the mind snack down. Are we on the cusp of neo-martia ...

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Aiyana to get her day in court

After three long years, the case of Aiyana Stanley-Jones will finally be argued before a jury. During a March 8 pre-trial hearing, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray-Hathaway denied a motion to dismiss all charges against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting-death of the 7-year-old. In a military-style raid on the Jones’ near east side home May 16, 2010, Weekley shot into the hou ...

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Toward beloved communities

The appointment of Kevyn Orr as the emergency financial manager (EFM) of Detroit is a sad day for democracy. There is a growing understanding that the financial crisis justifying this move was manufactured by the withholding of state funds, the drive to protect the $474 million paid to banks and the desire to wrest control of the city away from its people and put it into the hands of the corporate elite. ...

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King tops Mercy in two OTs, 44-39

King’s Lady Crusaders (22-0) remain unbeaten and continue towards their goal to the State Class A Title. However, it wasn’t easy March 7 in the Class A Regional Final at Southfield High as it took the Lady Crusaders two overtimes to defeat Catholic League power Farmington Hills Mercy, 44-39, to advance to this week’s MHSAA Quarterfinals at Western International. The Marlins finished their season at 20-6. ...

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Class A boys district at Western International

“We’ve been battle-tested tough throughout the season by the opponents we played,” Pershing head coach Wydell Henry said earlier in the season. Those words were more proven than most March 7 at the William Goldsmith Gymnasium at Western International High School. Trailing by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, Pershing, facing a very good and hard-playing Cass Tech squad, rallied to tie the game at 76 ...

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