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Black unemployment rate drops slightly in November

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans dropped in November as the nation’s nonfarm payroll expanded by 203,000 jobs, which was stronger than what many analysts had expected. The jobless rate for Blacks, however, was still much higher compared to whites, to Hispanics and to Asians, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. ...

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More holiday-eve airport snarls? Maybe not at Detroit, Grand Rapids

Future travel plans will become more frustrating on the day before major holidays, the U.S. Travel Association warns, but airport officials in Detroit and Grand Rapids aren’t concerned. An association report predicts in the next 15 years, more than half of the world’s largest airports will face that problem due to increases in travelers. The report said in the first half of 2013, enplanements increased 3 pe ...

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Breya Shelton, African American female, 12, was last seen by her friend on the way home from school on Dec. 2. Her friend stated she got off the bus at Seven Mile and the Lodge and Shelton stayed on the bus. Shelton has not been seen or heard from since. ...

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On Dec. 7, at approximately 2:45 p.m., in the 600 block of Griswold, the two female victims (23 and 30) were working inside the local restaurant, when the suspect demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The victims were not injured. ...

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Wayne County Clerk obtains Detroit birth and death records

On Dec. 10, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett announced her office will take over issuing Detroit’s birth and death certificates in the new year. The city of Detroit operation will be unavailable from Dec. 16, 2013 until Jan. 14, 2014. Beginning Jan. 14, Detroit birth and death records can be obtained at 640 Temple Street — Sixth Floor; Detroit, with same-day service and free parking, representatives announc ...

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Veteran music giant was the ‘voice of lightness’

Composer, singer and dancer Pascal Tabu Ley Rochereau passed away this week in a Belgian hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for a stroke. Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu was born in what was then the Belgian Congo in 1937 (or 1940, depending on the source). He led the Orchestre Afrisa International and was considered one of the greatest Congolese musicians of all time, pioneering the musical genr ...

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