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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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Detroit Food 2014

Detroit Food 2014, April 3-4 at Focus: HOPE (1400 Oakman Blvd, Detroit) will focus on racial equity across the food system. The keynote address by food justice activist LaDonna Redmond will be followed by a series of panel discussions and workshops throughout both days. There will be four workshop tracks: Food Systems 101; Policy Boot Camps; Research, Race and Economics; and a special track for young people ...

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Orr’s focus: Balance sheet, crime

For the first time since his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2013, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr agreed to sit for an interview with the Michigan Citizen. Orr’s interpersonal and logical skills were evident in the nearly one-and-a-half hour interview. Throughout, he reveals a view of the role of government that places an emphasis on accounting. Orr believes his work should be focused nearly s ...

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Orr: Balance books, improvements follow

(The Mayor and I) see each other every day but we have a standing Thursday meeting where we sit down and go over both what’s happening on his side of operations, my side of restructuring. With city council, it is probably as frequent though less structured, (I met with) council president, I have an open door policy with anyone at council. They have both my personal number and my (cell) phone. And they’re we ...

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