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Belinda Meyers-Florence worked for the city of Detroit for 35 years. A licensed social worker with a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Meyers-Florence spent much of her tenure with the city fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, treating drug addicts, and helping struggling and jobless Detroiters use federally-funded grants to keep their heat on during Michigan’s harsh winters. Detroit Emergency Manage ...

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Cost of state’s $9M theft from HP: Street lights and water plant

Over the last decade, the state of Michigan withheld $8.9 million in revenue sharing funds from the city of Highland Park. The state used the money to balance its own budget, according to a recent Michigan Municipal League report. Now Highland Park is fighting off the fourth state takeover in the last decade; struggling to provide basic city services; and currently amending a tightly stretched budget. ...

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Mass Water Shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is waging an “aggressive” water shut-off effort. DWSD warned Detroit residents and commercial property owners that if you owe more than $150 or are at least 60 days late on a water bill — expect to be shutoff. Property owners who do not or cannot pay will have a lien placed on their property and face foreclosure. This mass shutoff effort represents a second wave of ...

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Detroit poets offer optimism with new releases

Detroit poetry has two new offerings to the world this week with the release of a new album from Shaun Moore-Bey and Detroit Bleu, and a book by Joel “Fluent” Greene. These artists represent the optimism of the city’s culture and the determination of local independent artists. Both will hold release parties March 29. Shaun Moore-Bey and Detroit Bleu’s album, “2 Generations of Poetic C.O.O.L.,” is a double C ...

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Detroit Raw

The Democrats have their own Crimea, a.k.a. Detroit. The Dem invasion is underway. The Dem mantra is: “We must get rid of Snyder.” It is hard to disagree with that. Yet, such a ding bat assertion begs the issue. What do “we” replace Snyder with? Oh, anyone but Snyder? Cowering in the ring is Schauer. Not exactly a crowd pleaser, but Mark is the anointed one. Democratic Party democracy dredges up memories of ...

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Crime summary

On March 20 at approximately 12:50 p.m. in the 14800 block of Marlowe, narcotics crews conducted a raid. Officers arrested one suspect and recovered five packs of heroin, four bags of cocaine and other narcotic paraphernalia. The suspect was taken to the Detroit Detention Center for processing without incident. ...

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Consortium Prep won its first-ever state championship March 22 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Boys’ State Basketball Championship held in Lansing at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. Senior guard Ronald Booth and his fellow Cougars didn’t win the state title for only themselves, their school, community and families, but also for their late coach who recently passed away. “We di ...

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U-D Jesuit, Douglass fall in semi-finals

The 2013-14 season ended one game early for both the University of Detroit Jesuit and the Frederick Douglass Academy in the MHSAA State Playoffs in Lansing at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center March 21. The U-D Jesuit Cubs had a poor first period start going against the Bloomfield Hills Blackhawks in a Class A semi-final game. The Cubs only scored nine points in the period to the Blackhawks’ 16. Al ...

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