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Uganda gives teens a turn at the news

Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show that producers hope will draw other young people to programs of in-depth social commentary. The rappers cover everything from entertainment news, sports to politics. Arnold Aganze, director, writer, actor and social worker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, says their medium, music, lets them say things other journalists might not. ...

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Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus, once limited to central and east Africa, has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. “This is a rare disease,” cautioned Dr. Esther Sterk, tropical medicine advisor to Doctors without Borders. “Epidemics are limited, but they create panic every time because Ebola is fatal in 25-90 percent of cases. ...

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Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

As Kenyans grieve for the victims of a shocking attack on a Sunday church service March 23 in the city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia. Six people died in the attack including the mother of an 18-month-old boy who shielded the child with her body. Police have linked the shootings by at least two gunmen to the Somali al-Shabab group. The attackers escaped ...

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Hundreds protest EM’s plan

City retiree Amru Meah and his wife Marlisa were among hundreds of demonstrators at the Federal Court in Detroit, April 1 to file and voice objections to Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The Meahs joined the demonstration outside the courthouse led by grassroots organizations Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) and Moratorium NOW! Coalition to protest Orr’s restructuring plan f ...

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ORR’S CUTS DEVASTATE RETIREES

Belinda Meyers-Florence worked for the city of Detroit for 35 years. A licensed social worker with a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Meyers-Florence spent much of her tenure with the city fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, treating drug addicts, and helping struggling and jobless Detroiters use federally-funded grants to keep their heat on during Michigan’s harsh winters. Detroit Emergency Manage ...

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Cost of state’s $9M theft from HP: Street lights and water plant

Over the last decade, the state of Michigan withheld $8.9 million in revenue sharing funds from the city of Highland Park. The state used the money to balance its own budget, according to a recent Michigan Municipal League report. Now Highland Park is fighting off the fourth state takeover in the last decade; struggling to provide basic city services; and currently amending a tightly stretched budget. ...

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Mass Water Shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is waging an “aggressive” water shut-off effort. DWSD warned Detroit residents and commercial property owners that if you owe more than $150 or are at least 60 days late on a water bill — expect to be shutoff. Property owners who do not or cannot pay will have a lien placed on their property and face foreclosure. This mass shutoff effort represents a second wave of ...

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