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DDOT, SMART receive $30M federal grant

Staff report DETROIT — The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will split a $30 million transportation grant with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Mayor Dave Bing announced at a July 23 press conference. The grant, awarded from the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair program, will go toward replacement buses, the renovation of facilities and on-board ...

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An open letter to the community about Hantz Woodlands

By Mike Score Hantz Woodlands will clean up 170 acres on the lower east side of Detroit, by planting and maintaining more than 70,000 hardwood trees, eliminating blight and creating an environment where people want to live, work and play. Hantz Woodlands is a company formed by the Hantz Group to invest in improvement of Detroit neighborhoods. Nearly one-third of the city landscape has become publicly owned ...

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Inaccurate presumptions?

By Shea HowellThis week Mike Score released an open letter to the community about Hantz Farms. Tina Basset of Basset & Basset Incorporated forwarded a copy of the letter to me, with the following comment: “I have been reading your columns in The Michigan Citizen and wanted to be sure you saw Mike Score’s open letter to the community.  In all fairness, it should run in full in The Michigan Citizen.  Many of ...

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Obama signs new initiative to improve educational outcomes for Black students

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American NEW ORLEANS — During his remarks at the National Urban League conference in New Orleans, LA, July 25, President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order to improve outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans. The President has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – a top ...

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Loss of Black political power

By Virgie Rollins Across the nation, African Americans are losing their political power. Michigan, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia are all poised for significant loss of Black legislators due to redistricting and corruption. The U.S. Constitution demands that all 435 House districts be redrawn every 10 years, a situation that has allowed Republicans to use redistricting as a tool ...

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Bamboozled by financial systems

By Barbara Reynolds Trice Edney News Wire Suddenly it dawns on you that you lost your home, your life savings and your credit rating tanked not by accident, but by design of predatory lenders, vultures that circled Black communities looking for prey and you, a highly-educated, middle-class Black woman, fit the profile. I am among those in that profile of Black women who played by the rules that were passed ...

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Peters, Clarke run in the 14th

Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters By Marcus WrightSpecial to the Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Congressman Hansen Clarke and Congressman Gary Peters are running for the 14th Congressional seat along with Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and three others. Remapped so that at least one Democrat will lose a seat in Congress, the new 14th is an oddly shaped map that extends through the Grosse Pointes, Detroit, Hamtramc ...

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The 4th District

Carol Banks and Adam Hollier The newly drawn 4th state district has attracted more candidates than any other. Eight of the 11 candidates in the race are Detroit residents, the other three are from Hamtramck. With the exception of one Republican, all are running as Democrats. With less than two weeks to the primary election, Aug. 7, The Michigan Citizen was able interview three candidates to discuss their ca ...

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Obama and Romney, debating the wrong issues

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III Trice Edney News Wire The fundamental debate of the 2012 election is nothing new. The debate of how much power to give the national government goes as far back as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Federalists argued for a real division of power between the national and state governments. They wanted a centralization of power in a strong national government. The Anti-Federa ...

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Kenya sponsors Mau Mau torture case against Britain

African Globe The Kenyan government has pledged to meet the cost of prosecuting a court case in London where Kenyan freedom fighters have sued the British government for torture during the suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion. The country’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Friday that the claimants — four men and one woman in their 70s and 80s — had a genuine case in seeking compensation and a statement ...

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