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Just Speak

Developing the power of your voice after a personal trauma is essential to the healing process, and singers, poets and rap artists can be a great inspiration to many people. On Nov. 30, a special evening of music, poetry and art celebrated of the 10-year anniversary of Just Speak, a non-profit organization designed to help child victims of abuse find their voice and heal from their experiences. ...

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Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform in recent weeks. We know the White House is insisting immigration reform should still be a priority, but it looks as if it will not happen in 2013. For the reality is, if two teens who have lost their dad to deportation cannot sway the hard mind of Boehner, I don’t know w ...

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Detroit’s fresh start

Judge Steven Rhodes, who approved Detroit’s emergency manager-led bankruptcy filing, says the city is poised for a fresh start. For those budget-minded folks, the bankruptcy presents an opportunity to get Detroit’s fiscal house in order. EM Kevyn Orr says, “We have to be fair and equitable in our treatment with all creditor classes, whether they’re financial creditors or whether they’re retirees and the lik ...

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Court OKs DTE power plant permits

The Court of Appeals has upheld state permits for DTE Energy’s modifications of its coal-fired power plant on the Lake Erie shore in Monroe, Mich., despite objections by a major environmental group. In a unanimous opinion, the court rejected the Sierra Club’s challenge to permits issued by the Department of Environmental Quality in 2010 and 2012. ...

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A look at Loyola

Although the school has an enrollment of only 142 boys, it has made a big impact on the student body it serves. Located at 15325 Pinehurst near Fenkell, Loyola High School has been a pillar in the northwest Detroit neighborhood where it stands. Although known for its athletic program, there’s more to the Loyola High School than just its Bulldog varsity and junior varsity sports teams. ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On Nov. 24 at approximately 4:00 p.m., in the area of Esper and Manor, the 30-year-old male victim was conducting a sale of a Play Station game that was listed on Craig’s list. The suspect then produced a handgun and announced a robbery. The victim, who is a licensed C.P.L. holder, produced his weapon and fired a shot which struck the suspect. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim was admitted to local ...

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Caribbean told ‘pray’ for divine intervention to overcome economic issues

Pray! That’s what people in the Caribbean may have to do as they fight off the effects of economic stagnation or decline at a time when many of them are saddled with mountains of debt that place them on the list of the world’s most highly indebted countries. That suggestion about divine intervention came from the Economist, a leading weekly news publication widely circulated in the United States, Canada, Eu ...

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Setting the schedule for 2014 international trade

I write this article from the beautiful shores of the Dominican Republic. We have assembled here for our second PanAfrican Entrepreneurship Conference. We first came here in 2006 and really enjoyed it. Now, we have a much larger agenda and are focused on exactly what the 1.2 billion persons of African descent need to do to further our quality of life and improve our economic power. We can’t just run around ...

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