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Michigan cities brace for a changing climate

Some Michigan cities are bracing for a climate change. In Detroit, six groups are planning to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative is one of several efforts by cities to prepare for a warming climate linked to fossil fuel emissions. Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor Marquette and Ludington are among those planning for climate trends they are already seeing, said Luke Forest, pr ...

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Common Core: ‘We’re building the plane while we’re flying it”

Five-year-old Ryan had been up to the task of his kindergarten homework — copy each word five times and use each in a sentence — but his universe was upended when his teacher assigned him a new task: Look up the words in a dictionary and write their definitions. “I was so frustrated,” says his mother, Cristi Wijngaarde, a community organizer with the Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New O ...

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Portraits honor Black officials

The Wayne County Commissioners will commemorate February as Black History Month by exhibiting portraits of prominent African American officials with ties to Wayne County. The portraits will hang on the walls just outside the Commission Chambers in the Guardian Building from Feb. 3-28. The exhibit features David Augustus Straker, a Wayne County Circuit Court Commissioner and the first African American judici ...

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On Feb. 2 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the Milwaukee/Woodward area, the 44-year-old male victim was leaving a local business when he was attacked and robbed by three suspects. Taken were a black wallet, containing ID and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The victim sustained minor injuries. WANTED: Suspect #1: Black male, 18-20, 5’ 11”, 200 lbs., dark complexion, beard, medium Afro; wearing dark blu ...

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Young Kenyan journalist, organizer of Earthfest felled by cancer

Crusading BBC journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the age of 39. Waithera was the first BBC bilingual — English and Swahili — reporter in Addis Ababa. Prior to working for the BBC, she worked at Royal Media Services’ Citizen TV and Nation Media Group’s Easy FM radio station in Kenya. BBC Africa editor Solomon Mugera described her as “a brave, well-organized and ta ...

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UN urges countries to shelter Somalis fleeing deepening war

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to countries not to deport Somali asylum-seekers to their country of origin as the situation in southern and central Somalia is still unsafe and Somalis fleeing those areas are in need of international protection. Asylum-seekers who are forcibly returned risk persecution or serious harm, warned U.N. spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba. “Monthly fatalities fluctuated betwe ...

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Rights activist enters race for South African presidency

The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance, has announced anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this year’s elections which take place in April. Helen Zille, the president of the DA, stated there was “no better person” for the presidential nomination. Ramphele, who heads her own independent party, has taken on the ruling ANC with scathi ...

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Women to enjoy rights under new Tunisia constitution

Tunisia’s new constitution is being called “a revolution in itself” for its promises to women of gender equality and other rights. “It’s a big, historic step, not only for Tunisian women,” said Lobna Jeribi, a member of the Ettakattol party, one of the secular coalition partners within the Islamist-led government. “It was a very emotional moment for me when it passed” on Jan.26. ...

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‘Sisterlocks’ stylist gives natural alternative to haircare

The number of salons dedicated to natural hair styles is increasing as more African American women seek natural hair care resources. Angela Hammond, owner and stylist for Ms. AaH’s Natural Hair Care in Ypsilanti, has developed her business to help Black women maintain a hair style authentic to their natural selves. “We put a lot of money in other people’s hands to be something we’re not. And it’s a façade,” ...

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‘Passing’ returns to Charles H. Wright Museum

The play “Passing” — a one woman performance about the story of Minerva Roulhac and her journey as a light skinned Black woman who could “pass” for white — made its return to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Feb. 1. Detroit playwright Dara Harper, who is the great-granddaughter of Minerva, was present to introduce the play and contribute to a panel discussion after the play about rac ...

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