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Emergency manager in the wings

Gov. Snyder has declared a state of financial emergency in the city of Detroit. He says no satisfactory plan exists to resolve it. At a town hall address, March 1, at the Detroit Public Television studio, the governor said very little action was taken on the Consent Agreement city officials entered into with the state last April to solve the city’s deficit. “Today is the day to call all hands on deck,” Snyd ...

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Comeback from last season

Last season, the Pershing boys basketball squad was top-ranked in the state (Class A). But after the PSL Championship, they left Calihan Hall with their spirits shattered after losing to King. This season, however, was a different scenario as the top-ranked (Class A) Doughboys manhandled a very good Cass Tech squad, 81-61, Feb. 22 at the Detroit PSL Basketball Championship at Calihan Hall on the campus of t ...

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DSA raising funds to play at Carnegie Hall

Detroit School of Arts students was recently invited to Carnegie Hall, but there is one problem: Lack of funding. Detroit School of Arts was recently awarded $2.5 million from The Knight Foundation. However, the University of Michigan delegates how the money is to be spent. U-M officials disperse the money over a five-year period. The students have only received $10,000 from the grant, which is divided betw ...

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A new mode of digital production

In his Feb. 12 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referred, almost in passing, to the potential in 3D printing to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. The following week, on Feb. 21, the Home section of the New York Times featured a fascinating article, “A Factory on your Kitchen Counter.” ...

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Land, food security and social justice

In 1888, my great-grandfather Sandy Odom was forced to leave his farm in Marion, Ark., by an armed white mob. You may ask what this has to do with the current “good food” revolution. My answer? Plenty! One of the root causes of food insecurity throughout the world is dispossessing people of their lands and thus their ability to feed and otherwise provide for themselves. The story of my great-grandfather is ...

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Is there a relationship between housing policy and violence?

Most people agree that high-rise housing projects in Chicago like Cabrini Green needed to be demolished. But the neighborhoods where many of the former project residents ended up often weren’t much better than the projects themselves. Moving project residents into new neighborhoods created tensions with established residents and that sometimes led to violence. In fact, some say public housing policy is one ...

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Trayvon Martin case: One year later

Feb. 26 will mark one year since then-17-year-old Travyon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community of Sanford, Fla. Martin was visiting family in the area and was walking back from the store when, despite requests by local police not to do so, Zimmerman began following Martin because he appeared “suspicious.” ...

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Local choir director unites voices

Outside of high school and college, there aren’t many opportunities for singers to sing in a choir. Nina Scott, renowned choir director, founded the United Voices of Detroit in 2009 in hopes of changing that. “My students for years and years would graduate college or high school and come back and say, ‘Start a choir, I want to sing,’” Scott told the Michigan Citizen. “So in March of 2009, right before my re ...

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