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Flame of Remembrance crisscrosses Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

Ceremonies around Rwanda and abroad are underway to mark the 20th year since the devastating genocide, which, according to the Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda, took over a million lives during a three-month killing spree. At a ceremony March 27 in the town of Kirehe, thousands of residents gathered in a field to hear genocide memories. Nsengiyomva Apollinaise, a local official, said the memorials help Rw ...

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Somalia: Diaspora not ready to buy one-way tickets home, yet

On a Friday afternoon men wearing kamis — long white traditional robes — climb the steps to Somcity Travel, a small family business and travel agency in Kisenyi slum, in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The agency boasts that they “fly all over the world” but to one destination in particular — Somalia. “In a day, we may have up to five customers — four of them will usually be Somali,” says Mohamed Abdullahi, 25, ...

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Declaring class war on ‘the least of these’

The Bible’s injunction that we shall be judged by how we have treated the “least of these” (Mathew 25:40) appears in different forms in virtually every religion or faith. And surely the measure of a country is how it treats the most vulnerable of its people — children in the dawn of life, the poor in the valley of life, the ailing in the shadows of life, the elderly in the dusk of life. This week, the House ...

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Mumford joins PSL Mega Division

Mumford, a school rich in baseball tradition, is now back. The Mustangs, who finished with an 11-5 record last year in the Detroit PSL East-West Division, have moved up to the PSL’s Mega Division with the likes of Western International, King, Cass Tech, Renaissance and Communication Media Arts. Second-year head coach Brian Bronson is pleased to have the Mustangs back in the tougher division. The last time M ...

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New divisional re-alignment to help teams

After several seasons of blow-outs, mercy games and players dropping out, the Detroit PSL has re-aligned its girls’ softball league similar to boys’ baseball. The re-alignment will put stronger teams in Division I and the teams that need development in Division II. The move by the PSL is pleasing to several of the league’s coaches. “The new re-alignment is good,” said Cass Tech head coach Julie Schneider. “ ...

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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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Education Task Force protests State Rep. fundraiser over EAA expansion

Helen Moore leads members of the Education Task Force April 3, at a fundraiser for State Representative Harvey Santana to protest his vote for statewide expansion of the Education Achievement Authority. Santana and St. Rep. John Olumba gave the Republican majority the two votes necessary to pass the measure. Without the aid of these two, the measure would have failed in the House. ...

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Detroit area Chess Players Have a Rare Opportunity

City of Detroit youth are being afforded a rare opportunity to learn chess with two world-renowned chess Grandmasters, Gregory Kaidanov and Alex Lenderman. UAW-Ford National Programs Center and local organization, Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC), will make this unique opportunity possible to any youth between 5- 17 years of age during the Detroit Thinkers Chess Challenge tournament on Saturday, April 12, 201 ...

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‘Pirate Radio’ gives alternative to the mainstream

Detroit underground hip hop received a boost of energy this year with the release of the “Pirate Radio” album from 313Phresh and TrueSpeech, two Detroit emcees who perform as the collective Family Grind. The album is their statement to fans of good music that the radio does not support genuine talent, instead promoting songs from corporate-owned record labels with mostly negative messages. ...

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