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J. Thom Pride

J. Thom Pride, an award winning trailblazer who broke color barriers in the advertising industry, has died at the age of 74. A native of Highland Park, Mich., and product of the H.P. public school system, Pride was quietly passionate about his family, profession and community. ...

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Billion dollar debt-buying and collection abuses

Are you or someone you know being pursued or harassed late into the evenings and on weekends by debt collectors? If so, research shows that you are among one-in-seven Americans being pursued by debt collection agencies. In a newly-released chapter in its State of Lending series, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) found that debt buying and debt collection is big, big business. Among publicly-traded de ...

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Sterling and Bundy are embarrassing, but real threats are from Supreme Court, Congress

“Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on,” goes the refrain of a famous song from the Civil Rights Movement. We marched for freedom — for new laws that would end segregation, guarantee equal rights, enforce voting rights and provide affirmative actions to help correct decades of being locked out or left out. We couldn’t let lunatic sheriffs or Klan rallies or jail distract us. We had to keep our eyes on the pr ...

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Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of his risky flight

The mother of the 14-year-old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, says it was the first news she had heard about her lost son for six years. Divorced from his father, she has not been in contact with the family since they moved to the U.S. in 2008 ...

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

South African activist Desmond D’Sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. D’Sa, a community leader and co-founder of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in 1996, campaigned against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialized area, finally successfully obtaining the closure of the chemical dump. ...

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was set to open in Nigerian cinemas last week. A spokesman for the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board denied that the film, which looks at the 1967-70 war on Biafra, was “officially banned” but was being “review ...

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Angola a playground for accused sex trafficker

An army general close to Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been red-listed on the Interpol wanted list by Brazilian police. He’s accused of trafficking women for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Bento dos Santos Kangamba, however, is not living in fear, but enjoying the good life among Angola’s newly-minted millionaires. There is no extradition treaty between Angola and Brazil, so the polit ...

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King High names George Ward head boys’ basketball coach

George Ward, who guided Southeastern High to the 2011 Detroit Public School League championship and two Class A state finalist berths in five seasons as boys’ basketball head coach, has been named to the same position at Martin Luther King High School. “I feel good,’’ Ward said just hours after accepting the Crusaders’ job. “I’m the eternal optimist. It’s a new challenge, but it’s going to be good. The peop ...

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King 17, Renaissance 4: Kenneth Ball pitched four innings with four strikeouts and two hits for Detroit King. Clemia Jackson had two doubles, three RBIs and scored one run. Avonte Maddox had a double, a triple, two RBI and scored three runs. Renaissance’s Rafael Galindez had two base hits and scored one run. Pershing 11, Central 1: David Crockett stole three bases and had a home run for Pershing. Mustafaa W ...

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Mumford senior Darius Jones, Renaissance senior Essence England named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week

Mumford right-hander Darius Jones struck out eight batters in six innings and went three-for-four with three RBI at the plate to lead an 11-9 victory against King. In addition, Jones was named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Jones, a senior with a 3.6 grade point average, is primarily the Mustangs’ catcher and is in his fourth season in the varsity. ...

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