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PSL re-aligns football divisions

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Unlike past seasons, the Detroit Public School League’s 2012 season will have only one champion. In past seasons there were two champions, one each from Division I and Division II. But with the closing of Southwestern and Kettering, and the consolidation of Crockett Tech and Finney into East English Academy, the PSL is now down to 15 school ...

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Penn State plea bargain exposes NCAA spinelessness

By Jan Ting Cagle Cartoons Those in the know at Penn State are relieved the university escaped the death penalty for its football program which could, and should, have been imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the cover-up of child sex abuse. The $60 million contribution Penn State pays to the NCAA to fund national child abuse prevention programs is equal to Penn State’s direct ...

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Something for everyone at Midtown business

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Rachel Lutz has lived in Midtown most of her life and still loves living there. That’s one of the reasons why she opened her business there. Lutz opened the doors Dec. 3, 2011 and invited customers to step into The Peacock Room. Located at 15 E. Kirby, Suite 110, The Peacock Room is a retail women’s clothing store that sells men’s accessories as wel ...

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What do small food businesses in Detroit need?

By Brittany Moore Detroit is home to many small businesses that specialize in preparing food products that are healthy, locally sourced and distinctive in other ways. People who start these businesses are a special breed of especially committed and patient individuals who persist in the face of all odds. What keeps them going? What would make their lives — and business operations — easier? These were some o ...

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‘67 uprising hurt Black people, elders say

Elmus Burks, Dorothy Wilson, James Hendrix The 1967 Detroit uprising began in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid on an after-hours bar on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into a rebellion lasting five days. Gov. George Romney ordered the Michigan Nati ...

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The great $6.8 billion Nigerian oil scandal

African Globe The revelation of gargantuan levels of corruption in the Nigerian government’s fuel subsidy program is sparking a groundswell of activity among opposition and civil society groups. Opposition politicians, civic activists and trade unionists have joined forces to demand action against grand corruption at the heart of government. They say it’s their biggest show of strength on Nigeria’s streets ...

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Think Detroit PAL maintaining facilities and making major renovations

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Thanks to Think Detroit PAL, many of Detroit’s youngsters have vital fields to play on. Instead of run-down fields with tall grass, overgrown weeds, broken glass and litter, kids have clean, healthy and safe playing facilities for baseball, softball and soccer during the spring and summer. Christopher Clough, assistant athletic director for ...

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Re-affirming self-evident truths

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen At this time on the clock of the world: - When we face the possibility of another 911 because our government’s drone strikes have been killing so many innocent men, women and children in the Muslim world - When all life on earth may be extinguished because our government has done little or nothing to slow down the global warming, which is reaching a tipping ...

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Mali and the collapse of nation-states

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA You may have missed this in the news but over the last several months the West African nation of Mali has been unraveling. There is very little attention in the mainstream media and the situation seems to move from bad to worse. The gist of the situation is that a revolt broke out in the northern part of Mali among the ethnic group known as the Touareg or Azawad. They are a Berber ...

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John Conyers, Bert Johnson, Shanelle Jackson 13th Congressional DistrictDETROIT — As we near the August 7 primary, citizens in Michigan’s new 13th Congressional District have turned their attention to four Democratic candidates, U.S. Representative John Conyers, State Senator Bert Johnson, State Representative Shanelle Jackson, State Senator Glenn Anderson and John Goci, a school board member in Westland. T ...

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