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EM privatizes trash collection

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's office announced Nov. 14 the city of Detroit will privatize residential garbage collection beginning March 2014. Two companies, Advanced Disposal Services, of Point Vedra, Fla., and Rizzo Environmental Services, of Sterling Heights, Mich., will each handle half of the city's waste collection. Although, the specifics of their contract with the city have not yet been fina ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Suburban racism/fear kills. Yep. Suburban racism is deeply embedded, pervasive and deadly when combined with media-generated fear of Black people that exploits the psychosis of the angry white man that is already pissed off at the universe-at-large. TV, radio and print headlines are emotional whiplashes that inflict a form of fear that makes for racist stereotyping that generates — runs on — double ought bu ...

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Supporters seek justice for Renisha McBride

Justice advocates gathered in Grand Circus Park Nov. 16 rallying for the conviction of Theodore Wafer who is charged with killing Renisha Mcbride on his Dearborn Heights porch Nov. 2. Organized by the International Socialist Organization in conjunction with the Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) and the Detroit Eviction Defense, the demonstration marched through dow ...

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Local schools win district championships

Cass Tech (11-0) needed second-half heroics to keep their season alive. With veteran junior Jayru Campbell feeling ill, Cass Tech freshman Rodney Hall started as the QB. The Technicians weren’t able to move the ball, but the Warren Mott Marauders did. Cass Tech’s defense held strong though, keeping the first quarter scoreless. In the second quarter, Campbell returned at quarterback and the Cass Tech offense ...

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The Cass Tech Girls’ Swim Team (left) took first place at this year’s Detroit PSL Swim Championships at Western International Oct. 16. The Technicians compiled an impressive 161 points to capture the title. Renaissance was second with 86 points, Communication Media Arts (right) in its first year as a varsity program, took third (72), followed by Western (70), King (17), Cody (11) and the DIA (2). Cass Tech ...

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Dumping ‘at risk’ and other negative labels

Although most today’s headlines focus on Black educational failures, there are many positive achievements by Black students that often go overlooked, according to a new study. A recently released report from the National Black Child Development Institute takes a confident and constructive look at our children. “Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child” is a co ...

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Higher standards for Detroit elections

Detroit is not so unique. While voter turnout in Detroit’s Nov. 5 municipal election was dismally low at 25.4 percent, we’re actually doing better than other major cities like Seattle, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Each of these cities saw lower turnout than Detroit in their recent mayoral elections. We do, however, face other challenges. When Detroit emerges from state control, Mike Duggan will take the reins of ...

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