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Undocumented immigrants face higher tuition at some Michigan colleges and universities

A college acceptance letter isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. For many undocumented immigrants in Michigan and their children, the application process is just one hurdle on the road to a college education. “They’ve invested so much in their education, but when (it’s time to go) to college, that’s when the road closes on them,” said Jose Franco, founder of One Michigan, a Detroit-based group that works ...

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South African women taking charge in the newsroom

Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism, Ferial Haffajee, in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the editor in chief of City Pr ...

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Global warming could melt Africa’s famed mountain peaks

Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who gave us “Half of a Yellow Sun,” has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality — being Black in America. The book was a standout among this year’s entries for the U.S. National Critics Book Circle and this week it was announced that «Americanah” captured the group’s top prize for fiction. ...

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Stampede at state-run job recruiting even leads to 20 deaths

Over half a million applicants showed up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week. Due to the crowding, 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede. The National Labor Congress and the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders are seeking an inquiry into the tragedy. The two groups condemned the immigration service for poor planning and for demanding payment from the desperate youth. ...

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Rebuilding begins of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums

Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said. Masons began work last week on the centuries-old tombs critically damaged by militants who considered the local Sufi version of Islam to be idolatrous. ...

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Our/Detroit

Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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Duggan mum on state theft of city funds

While mayors across the state are claiming state actions to withhold revenue sharing funds from local governments are “unconstitutional” and “illegal,” Mayor Mike Duggan so far is silent on the state’s diversion of $772 million from the city of Detroit. It’s a loss experts say led to the consent decree, the appointment of emergency manger Kevyn Orr and the filing of bankruptcy. ...

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ACLU calls on state to ‘shed light’ on stand your ground laws

In response to the killings and subsequent verdicts in the deaths of Florida teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the killing of Detroit resident Renisha McBride, as well as countless nationally unknown cases, the ACLU of Michigan has called on state Attorney General Bill Schuette to commission research into the state’s “stand your ground” laws. “As the anguish surrounding these tragic deaths understa ...

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Value choices

Voices critical of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan are growing. Basic assumptions fostered by Orr, the corporate-foundation elite and their media are being undermined. The criticisms of community and labor activists are spreading from the streets to the halls of academia as it is becoming clear the decisions we are facing are not only about Detroit, but also about the kind of country we will beco ...

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