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Olumba leaves Dems, goes independent

“There’s Democrat, there’s Republican and there’s us,” says State Rep. John Olumba, I-Detroit. A week after breaking from the Democratic party and declaring himself an Independent, Rep. Olumba, serving his second term in office, rejects the criticisms that he’s now been marginalized. “I’ve benefitted from my move more than anything,” Olumba told the Michigan Citizen. “My (one) vote counts for what I cast it ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

“Detroit Raw” will be a collection of mind snacks written by an ex-con that once wallowed in the cesspool of Detroit corruption who refuses to sit down and be quiet because he believes that he can help make Detroit a better place. Subscribing to the Al Taubman principle of redemption, I shall offer whatever whenever (Al gives cash; I have no cash so I give advice and counsel — we both did time in the fed pe ...

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New leadership for Democrats

Change and challenge defined the day for Democrats at the Feb. 23 state party convention held at Cobo Hall. Lon Johnson replaced 18-year chair Mark Brewer with the pledge that Republican-controlled Lansing cannot continue. In the face of mounting internal politics and an impending defeat, Brewer withdrew his candidacy the day of the vote. ...

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Bellwether for Detroit

In the controversy over the financial future of Detroit, uncertainty seems to be the most oft-repeated term. This uncertainty is attributed to the fact that no other major American city has faced the same kinds of structural problems confronting Detroit. From loss of population, abandonment of capital, to nearly half the property owners’ delinquency on taxes, we have little money to support essential servic ...

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Lady Crusaders turn back aggressive Lady Technicians to repeat as PSL Champs

The Martin Luther King Girls’ Basketball squad returned to the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall to repeat as Detroit PSL Champions, but it wasn’t an easy task. The Lady Crusaders (17-0), who’ve clobbered many of their opponents throughout the season and in the playoffs, ran into one of their biggest challenges Feb. 15. Cass Tech (16-1) gave King all it could handle, but fell short, 45-38, at the P ...

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Tell me a story: Exercising the power to choose

The last Environmental Justice principle, No. 17, states, “Environmental Justice requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and re-prioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.” ...

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Detroit Food 2013: What’s on your plate?

The Detroit Food Policy Council is concerned about all aspects of food. We want to ensure people have access to enough healthy food for proper nutrition that sustains their minds, bodies and spirits. We are also concerned about the conditions of our grocery stores, restaurants and other places in our community where people buy food. ...

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Awesome Dre discusses the Hip Hop Gods Tour

Awesome Dre is one of Detroit hip hop’s original pioneers, an artist who was the first from the city to receive a major record deal and break into the national scene with the 1989 Priority Records release of the album “You Can’t Hold Me Back.” His recent tour with the legendary group Public Enemy has brought him back into the national spotlight, giving the famed rapper a re-energized focus on creating new m ...

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