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Debate looms over dividing state surplus

Tax cuts or a tax rebate? Pensions or a bailout for Detroit? While there isn’t a simple way to get lawmakers to agree about what to do with an expected $971 million surplus in state revenue, economists have a simple message: Don’t get too excited. “The amount involved is quite small relative to the whole budget,” said Doug Roberts, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan ...

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DETROIT RAW

They came to the shores of the Detroit River with a message of self-reliance, love of self and people as the Nation of Islam held Saviours’ Day 2014 in Detroit. Millions of dollars were spent by the NOI in Detroit, but you’d never know it by the media focus on an alleged Instagram threat against a media intoxicated cop. ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On Feb. 12 at approximately 6 a.m. in the 1000 block of Chene, the 40-year-old female victim was cleaning the snow off her vehicle when she was approached by the suspects. The suspects ordered her away from the vehicle. The victim grabbed her purse and walked away. Taken were a gray 2004 Chevy Impala (Michigan plate CPL 6529) and vehicle keys. No injuries. ...

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Public hearing for housing commission plan

On April 14, The Detroit Housing Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss their 2014 Annual and Five Year Plan. The plan is now available for review at the following locations: DHC, Main Administrative Office, 1301 E. Jefferson, Detroit; DHC, Customer Service Center, 2211 Orleans, Detroit; Main Branch Public Library, Sociology and Economic Department, 5210 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The plan will als ...

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South African literary giant and Pan Africanist makes his transition

Friends of scholar and activist Mbuelelo Mzamane, first post-apartheid vice chancellor and rector at the University of Fort Hare, teacher of literature and African studies at universities in Southern Africa, West Africa, the U.S., Europe and Australia, are recalling the accomplishments of their colleague who passed suddenly at the early age of 66. Mzamane was scheduled to chair a panel discussion at a confe ...

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Somalia runs weapons bazaar for clan leaders and warlords

Rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and ammunition purchased by Somali authorities are being secretly supplied to clan leaders and warlords including the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group in violation of a U.N. accord, a confidential U.N. report obtained by the Reuters news agency alleged. Reports of the unofficial arms bazaar operating out of Somali warehouses confirms the worst fears of U.N. Securit ...

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US holds CONFAB in Nigerian capital while attacks escape in the North

As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago. Thomas-Greenfield led a U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission meeting Feb. 17-18 in Abuja. In northern Borno State, meanwhile, susp ...

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‘Stolen children’ seek justice from France

he week of Feb. 17, the French national assembly addressed the country’s role in the “forced migration” of children from the island of Reunion from the 1960s to the 1980s. The policy was designed to provide French farmers with cheap workers, servants and maids. From 1963 to 1982 a total of 1,615 children were forcibly removed from the island just west of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa. The mo ...

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PEOPLE’S PLAN VS. ORR’S

A coalition of 38 Detroit organizations joined by citizens, retirees and activists presented a “People’s Plan for Restructuring toward a Sustainable Detroit” at a press conference Feb. 24. The plan envisions financial security and quality community life with details on how to get there. “Detroit’s rebirth will be the result of the people’s unrelenting demand for democratic self-governance, equal access to a ...

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Orr’s plan ignores city’s strengths, sells citizens short

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr submitted his Chapter 9 bankruptcy plan, Feb. 21, for the first time revealing his plans to pay down Detroit debt and restructure the city. The Plan of Adjustment represents Orr’s outline “toward the City’s rehabilitation and recovery from a decades long downward spiral,” according to a press statement. ...

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