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Pershing’s Felder, King’s Hayes win PSL basketball awards

The domination of Pershing’s boys and King’s girls basketball squads also produced the best players in the league this season, according to the Detroit Public School League’s coaches. Pershing’s Khalil Felder and King’s Antania Hayes were voted the best boys and girls basketball players, respectively, in the league. They were winners of the Mr. PSL and Miss PSL basketball Awards for the 2012-13 season. ...

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RecoveryPark: A plan to help the real Detroit

While it is certainly encouraging to see the robust development activity underway in Downtown Detroit and Midtown by Dan Gilbert and others, most Detroiters realize our city’s real resurrection lies with finding adequate employment not just for the educated middle-class population, but also finding a way to employ those individuals who are facing overwhelming barriers, such as a criminal record and substanc ...

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AFRICOM’s apologies are not enough in Mali

Howard University is regarded by many as the cradle of the Black Power movement. It is the alma mater of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), who is often credited with popularizing the slogan “Black Power” as a rallying cry for militant struggles for self-determination and justice. It is ironic then that General Carter Ham, outgoing head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), selected Howard as a place to confess o ...

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Some alternatives to emergency management

How do you solve Detroit’s financial problems? Unfortunately, emergency management has been the clarion call of local corporate media, the business elite and uninformed citizens. If measures were in place to ensure steady and improve incoming revenue, collect taxes and strengthen small business ventures, there would not be a need for an emergency manager to oversee the city’s finances. We’ve been asked what ...

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Mike Duggan says he is the turnaround candidate in Detroit’s mayoral race. He believes his experience at Wayne County, the SMART bus system and, most recently, the Detroit Medical Center, has prepared him for the challenges of running the city. Throughout the interview, Duggan talked about self-determination and the need for city control of assets and resources. The former Wayne County Prosecutor promises h ...

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Watson, Barrow meet with Dillon to discuss EFM

On March 4, days after Gov. Rick Snyder declared a financial emergency in the city of Detroit, Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon, acting on behalf of Gov. Snyder, summoned each member of the Detroit City Council to one-on-one private meetings. Councilmember JoAnn Watson enlisted Citizens for Detroit’s Future President Tom Barrow, CPA, to accompany her. ...

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School Board steps up with reaffirmed powers

The DPS board held a special planning meeting Feb. 21 at Spain Middle School after receiving court rulings that legitimized and clarified their roles—if only for a few weeks. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge John Gillis dismissed Attorney General Bill Schuette’s suit that claimed the board members elected by district were holding their seats unlawfully. Schuette argued that due to a decline in student enrol ...

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United against EM

If Gov. Rick Snyder had any sense, he would find a way to back off from the decision to appoint an emergency financial manager for the city of Detroit. This is a manufactured financial emergency, created to justify seizing control of the city’s assets, breaking the power of democratic constituents and blunting the newly revised Detroit City Charter. It is based on bogus figures. ...

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