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Xerox announces minority scholarship program

BlackNews.com Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students, and thus is announcing the 2012 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program. The program awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. The exact scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classif ...

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Who owns the elephant? A folktale from my village offers life’s lesson for all

By David C. Butty There is an African proverb that says, “One finger cannot pick a louse.” One may derive different interpretations from this proverb, but the Grebos of Liberia believe it can be interpreted as meaning that we all need each other’s assistance at some point in time. This proverb has given many meanings to the concept of working together in a traditional village setting in Africa for centuries ...

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State to lease Belle Isle

Staff report DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced Sept. 12 a tentative leasing agreement that will transfer management and operations of the city’s historic Belle Isle park to the state of Michigan and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will assume responsibility for roads and bridges on Belle Isle. According to the propo ...

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Voter Engagement Tour

Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network (NAN) (left), joined Rev. Charles Williams II, president of National Action Network-Michigan (center), in Detroit Sept. 8 and 9 for NAN’s Voter Engagement Tour to help citizens register to vote and rally for the Nov. 6 general election. Shown above, Revs. Sharpton and Williams register Detroit resident Lamont Muhammed at Metro Foodland on the city’s wes ...

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City Council passes charter revisions after governor denies them

Amendments would clarify counsel’s role, allow some gifts, gratuities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit residents will get to decide on four proposed changes to the City Charter in the Nov. 6 election. After Gov. Rick Snyder denied three proposed City Charter amendments, City Council voted to approve them anyway. The three amendments would remove the prohibition on gifts to city officia ...

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City disregards Charter mandates

By Marcus Wright Special to Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The city of Detroit is batting 3-for-7 in its implementation of the new provisions mandated by the 2012 Charter. The new provisions include Council by Districts; City Insurance; Community Advisory Councils; Green Initiatives; Debarment Ordinance; Contract Approval and Disclosure; Redundancy Report Issued; Appointment of Inspector General. Districts are ...

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Dems should make their platform plain

The Democratic National Convention has been held. Strategy and tactics have been developed. The public speeches have been made. What did the speakers say to make you go out and vote? I listened to some of the speakers. The one that moved me most was (President Bill) Clinton. He broke it down, made it plain. That’s what the Democrats need to do. They need to make their whole program simple. Everybody needs t ...

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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Judging from the recently concluded Republican and Democratic conventions, the question of who will be inaugurated as president in January may turn on how voters answer a question posed by Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debate with Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The question was raised at the Repu ...

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Data-driven decisions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT—Over the next few weeks we are going to hear a lot about data-driven decisions. The Detroit Works Long Term Planning Project will be holding what it calls community conversations on the strategies for development it has generated. Public schools will be counting children, teachers, attendance and class size. Tests and “measures of accountability” are be ...

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Central two-way football standout Green named first PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week for 2012-13

Ricky Green, in his fourth year on the varsity for Central High’s football team, has been named the Detroit Public School League’s first Proud Strong Learner of the Week for 2012-13. “I’m excited. I feel good about it,” Green said of the honor, representative of the PSL’s top boys and girls athletic performers as nominated by their coaches. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored ...

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