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Ignore debate zingers, focus on issues

As the first 2012 presidential debate approached, political junkies were gearing up for a shoot-out. With history as a guide, much attention was paid to the political horse race. Much debate commentary was about technique: Would President Barack Obama be crisp? Would Mitt Romney use the zingers he has reportedly practiced? Would he get under the president’s skin? ...

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CBC opposes plan to enable predatory lending

At the urging of veteran Congressman John H. Conyers, D-Mich., a growing number of Congressional Black Caucus colleagues are actively opposing a bill that would negatively impact consumers of color and others who lack a personal bank account. Moreover, the bill, HR 6139, would also remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from its current enforcement authority over non-bank lenders and additio ...

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On the governor’s public bridge, let the people decide

To hear it from proponents of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), a proposed new bridge between Detroit and Windsor will provide a risk-free bounty of jobs and dollars for the state. But not only have state officials misinformed the public by vastly overstating the economic benefit from the project, they have also completely disregarded a crucial consideration: how a new bridge will devastate the n ...

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Godbee, distraction and dysfunction

A week after allegations of extramarital affairs with his subordinates, the airwaves are still filled with the salacious stories of former police chief Ralph Godbee and the future leadership of the police department. At the time the news broke of Godbee’s relationship with another police officer, the Michigan Citizen had just published an article, "Police near mutiny," which focused on the cuts the city mad ...

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Student art contest commemorates 50th anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Detroit students with great artistic skills are invited to show their skills and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by submitting artwork to the Detroit Recreation Department for "The Dream @ 50 Art Contest," a national competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" speech. The contest is an opportunity for students to use art as a vehicle to explore the person ...

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Race matters

After months of rumors, Mike Duggan entered the race to become mayor of the city of Detroit. His campaign raises troubling questions. First, even supportive folks like Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press acknowledge that Mr. Duggan is a “carpetbagger” and fits “the dictionary definition of the opportunistic outsider.” He has barely lived in the city six months and wants to be mayor. Duggan’s claim t ...

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