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Motown in the Big Apple

For more than a year now, Detroit has been commanding space in the media in New York City — mainly the coverage of the city’s fiscal crisis and the bankruptcy. On the other side of the ledger is “Motown the Musical,” which after 500 performances on Broadway is still as fresh as “a brand new beat.” And in October, the show will be back in town where the music was created and shared with the world. There is l ...

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‘Get On Up’

This much-awaited bio-film tells you some things you already knew: James Brown could sing the funk out of a song. It also shows you some things you might not have grasped: Troubled boys grow up to be troubled men. Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told. This project had been in development for years. It took on new momentum when Brown’s family ...

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Keep Lipke Park public

The battle over the future of Lipke Park in northeast Detroit says a lot about politics in the city, the sorry state of representative government, the lack of democracy. It also explains in large part the “apathy” of Detroiters over the approaching primary election while exposing the pitfalls of privatization. Children are what make the Lipke area unique. The largest concentration of children under 18 in al ...

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Rhodes gets ok to proceed from expert he hired

"It is likely that the City of Detroit, after the confirmation of the Plan of Adjustment, will be able to sustainably provide basic municipal services to the citizens of Detroit and to meet the obligations contemplated in the plan without the significant probability of a default." Last week the court-appointed expert, Martha E.M. Kopacz, who gave her opinion to Judge Rhodes on the feasibility of the bankrup ...

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Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

Featured installations visited included “Butterfly Park” at the Brightmoor Community Center; “Talking Fence and Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell on Lamphere Street in Brightmoor; “Growing Together,” a marble statue by Larry Halbert and Shamlord Kaza-Yao in Rouge Park; and the “Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell in Rouge Park. The Brightmoor Farmway on Grayfield S ...

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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research in developing countries.” Former head of the International AIDS Society and executive scientific director of the Amsterdam ...

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Niger jails protestors asking to see French mining contract details

Nigerien activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French state-owned nuclear company Areva. “This ...

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Girl summit to take up Ethiopian ‘Maid Trade’ and its child brides

At a girl summit July 22 in London, the Overseas Development Institute spoke out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The U.K.-based ODI warned parents who see their daughters as commodities are pushing record numbers of girls into abusive early marriages. Some 39,000 chi ...

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Library millage will keep doors open

On the August 5 primary ballot, Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library’s current operating millage of 4 mills. That amount provides 86 percent of the DPL’s operating budget. DPL has a proposal on the August ballot to renew its current 4 mill operating millage for a period of 10 years. If it is not approved, the current millage would expire next June 30, 2015 and the Library would ...

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