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African hearts swell at Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar prize

The chatter on social media sites was off the charts as the Oscar choice for best supporting actress was named — the luminescent Lupita Nyong’o — for her role in the Hollywood feature film “12 Years a Slave.” Nigerian journalist Bim Adewunmi, writing in The Guardian, was one of many Africans covering the long night of prizes and accolades and who witnessed Nyong’o at the moment of her victory and feel the c ...

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‘Accidental asphyxia’ in Northland Mall death

MacKenzie Cochran died Jan. 28 in the custody of Northland Mall security guards. A mobile video showed three mall cops holding down a hand-cuffed Cochran, pressing his chest against the floor — one has his knee in Cochran’s back — after pepper spraying him. Cochran can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” One of the guards responds, “If you can talk, you can breathe.” ...

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Benton Harbor EM gone, but no self-rule yet

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders left town March 7, but democracy did not re-appear in this southwestern Michigan city, one of the nation’s poorest. Gov. Rick Snyder immediately appointed a Receivership Transition Advisory Board to take control of the city. The board’s powers and duties are laid out in 11-pages of orders left by Saunders. The orders can be viewed at http://bentonharborcity.com/ ...

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Faltering fourth period drops King

The King girls’ basketball squad hasn’t won a state championship since 2006. Despite the Crusaders’ gallant work to get back to the Class A State Finals, this season’s effort has also come up short. Despite leading the majority of the game, King fell 58-46 to Farmington Hills Mercy in the MHSAA Class A Region 4 Championship at Farmington High School, March 4. The Crusaders (22-2), who executed a dominating ...

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Cass Tech holds off Pershing

Last season in the MHSAA District Final, Cass Tech jumped out with a big lead over Pershing by hitting key baskets. However, the Doughboys came back and won the game on a basket at the buzzer ending the Technicians’ state title hopes. They hung their heads as they exited the Western International High gym “I knew they learned a lot from that experience,” said Cass Tech Head Coach David Dixon. “Although most ...

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