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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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Tattoo artist profits from penitentiary

“Prison saved my life,” says Marcus “Big Penn” Samuel, owner of Penitentiary Tattoos on Detroit’s east side. Life hasn’t been easy for the self-made entrepreneur. His mother was neglectful and struggled with substance abuse. She kept Samuel away from his father for the first decade of his life. When he was 10 years old, the state put him and his siblings into foster care. Two years later, luckily, Samuel’s ...

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Progressive Underground

“I make sure to have Detroit artists all up in my playlists. I get international artists but I have Detroit all up in there,” says Chris Campbell, host of the Progressive Underground, which airs on Detroit’s WDET. Campbell offers one of the most eclectic mixes of new music on the radio dial. Airing throughout the week with new shows every Sunday from 8-11 p.m., the show features some of Detroit’s most legen ...

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‘Spectacles’ helps Detroiters look good

“For those who like to stand out,” is the motto of Spectacles, owned and operated by Zana Smith. Spectacles has been in Harmonie Park for over 20 years and is one of Detroit’s most stylish small retail shops. This holiday shopping season, the store is once again filled from top to bottom with leading fashion brands, music, books and accessories for a unique gift-shopping experience. ...

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‘Ultraviolet freakshow’ lights up Majestic

Although the winter solstice marks the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight, many ancient cultures celebrate the day as the return of the light —every day post-solstice grows incrementally brighter. A troupe of Detroit musicians, artists, circus performers and organizers will bring the rekindling perspective of the solstice to Detroit on Dec. 20. The event, Cirque du Soulstice, will be driven b ...

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DIA honors Afrocentric sculptor

Meta Warrick Fuller is considered the first African American artist to focus on Afrocentric themes. A renowned sculptor, her work was featured at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Fuller went on to study in Paris where she was influenced by Rodin and W. E. B. DuBois. Renée Ater, professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, has just written a book about Fuller, titled “Remakin ...

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EAA collapsing

Troubles for Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, appear to be growing. One-fourth of the students are gone this year; there has been a loss of 32 staff members within the first three months of the school year; and a key board member has resigned against a backdrop of ongoing protest against the EAA. ...

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