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Takeover of city’s water department on hold

Detroit City Council delayed a vote on a no-bid contract Nov. 13 that would take control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) out of public hands and into the control of the privately owned EMA, Inc. More than 100 citizens from across the Southeastern Michigan region and from as far as Toledo, Ohio filled council chambers in opposition of the contract that Councilwoman Brenda Jones categorize ...

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Election lessons

There is a lot of good news in the election results of 2012, especially for Detroiters. First, voters turned out in record numbers. After a relentless media barrage that portrayed us as uninterested and incapable of making political decisions, Detroiters went to the polls in the highest numbers in over three decades. A record 65.3 percent of active voters cast 289,982 ballots. ...

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Amiri Baraka at Charles H. Wright

Amiri Baraka will be at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Nov. 16. Baraka is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism. He is a poet icon and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. With influences on his work ran ...

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Detroit MC Sacramento Knoxx releases third album, hosts social forums

“The Rise of the Turtle,” a new instrumental hip hop album from Sacramento Knoxx, is a shining example of the type of independent hip hop being released from Detroit artists today. Uplifting and full of creative twists, the Southwest Detroit representative showcases a number of hard-hitting beats that have helped him become a rising music talent. ...

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Cass Tech beats Dearborn High, 42-23

Cass Tech won its third straight district crown Nov. 3 in front of their home crowd, but it took some adjustments for the Technicians to put away a very good Dearborn High squad. The game was a lot closer than the 42-23 score indicated. “Penalties hurt us,” said Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher. “Dearborn made a lot of big plays on offense and we had to make a couple of big plays on defense to get back i ...

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East English Village, Loyola: A ‘tail’ of two Bulldogs

There are two Detroit high school teams competing in this weekend’s state football playoffs that share the same mascot, the Bulldog. One school is a newly built Detroit Public School on Detroit’s east side with a co-ed enrollment of 1,200 students. The other school, on Detroit’s northwest side, is a small all-boys Catholic High School opened in 1995 and has a current enrollment of 145. ...

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Learning journey in Detroit

From Oct. 25-29, I had the honor and pleasure of conducting “A Learning Journey” with visitors from around the country and the world. The journey was initiated and joined by Meg Wheatley, author of the best-selling “Leadership and Modern Science” and the recently released “So Far From Home,” a book dedicated to “warriors for the human spirit in today’s life-destroying world.” ...

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