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Nelson Mandela: More than a leader, he’s a legend

The world has lost one of the most recognizable and transformational global leaders in history. Nelson Mandela, a world leader and icon, died on Dec. 5, 2013, at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela died after a long battle with a lung infection that kept him in and out of the hospital for some time. ...

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US aided Apartheid

President Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush flew to South Africa to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, the country’s first democratically-elected president who died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. At the height of South Africa’s campaign against the warrior for majority rule in South Africa, the U.S. government’s behavior was far from respectful as it supported a regim ...

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Heidelberg-ology is the spirit of Detroit

Fire, violence and loss are a major part of Detroit’s painful story — and have become a tragic part of our saga. As we know too well, 50 years of appalling neglect in our city cannot be quickly halted or neatly undone. The human cost of long term neglect is seen and felt all around us. Massive gaps in city services make these bad situations worse. In such a dismal reality, what can anguished, angry citizens ...

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Bert Johnson seeks 14th Congressional District seat

State Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, says he’s the right candidate to fill the 14th District Congressional seat to be vacated by Gary Peters, who is running for U.S. Senate. “There’s an old saying: The best predictor or indicator of future behavior is to look at past behavior,” said Johnson, who’s served a total of seven years as a state legislator — two terms as a state representative and is currently ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There is an underbelly in Detroit that openly resists the moves of union-busting democracy destroyers simply because we value American citizenship and love spending the currency of liberty. In 2014, we must take care to ensure that we are not over run by those who place profit, power and white privilege over all else. ...

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Moral authority

Detroit begins the new year with a new mayor and city council. For the first time in a century, this council is made up of people who represent seven districts in the city, along with two at-large members. This is the result of extensive citywide discussions establishing political process to reflect the needs of neighborhoods, rather than only the downtown core. ...

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Basketball classic attracts big crowds despite weather

Heavy snowfall and unplowed streets didn’t keep Detroit hoops fans from enjoying the Horatio Williams Tip-Off Classic at Detroit Edison Public School Academy on Dec. 14. The one-day tournament was sponsored by the Horatio Williams Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps support and mentors Detroit’s youth through scholastic, community and athletic endeavors. Horatio Williams, the organization’s fou ...

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Transforming Detroit involves everyone

Another year has passed and my city continues to suffer. Several notable successes, however, buoy my spirit and give me hope for the future. ! The Urban Agriculture Ordinance was passed, the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework was released, and the Detroit Environmental Agenda was completed. These accomplishments show we are on the right track. ...

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