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Free basic computer classes available

Focus: HOPE is offering a free basic computer training class that provides graduates with the opportunity to purchase a low-cost computer. The class offers 12 hours of training over a two-week period, providing students with basic knowledge of computer operations, word processing and how to access Internet resources. ...

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Feds uncover race, sex bias at MDOT

President of BBF Engineering Services, Dr. Bellandra Foster has been systematically discriminated against by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Years of discrimination were acknowledged recently when the federal government recommended that MDOT pay former contractor and licensed professional engineer Bellandra Foster $12 million. ...

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For 27 years we have observed civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, celebrating his life, works and death on the third Monday in January. This year on Jan. 21, states nationwide will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. The second inauguration of the first Black president, Barack Obama, will also be held on the same day. We can give thanks to Congressman John Conyers, musician ...

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BH gets a new EFM

Effective Feb. 1, Joseph Harris will no longer be the emergency financial manager (EFM) of Benton Harbor. But that’s only to make room for his replacement: 26-year-old Tony Saunders II. The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board voted unanimously Jan. 11 to appoint Saunders, a former financial consultant for the City of Highland Park. ...

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Beyond Detroit Works

Detroit Works recently released its framework for the redevelopment of the city. The project began two years ago amid a contentious series of town meetings following Mayor Dave Bing’s pronouncement that he intended to “shrink the city” and relocate people. The mounting public criticism of the effort forced a major rethinking of the approach. Highly paid consultants were quietly shifted into the background a ...

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Going for Class A Crown

Last season looked like a marquee year for the Lady Crusaders of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School. After losing their divisional matchup to Pershing’s Doughgirls, the Lady Crusaders rebounded and defeated their biggest rival by one point in the PSL Championship. ...

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