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Dr. Ben Carson ‘jumps Jim Crow’

Dr. Ben Carson is a world renowned American neurosurgeon. He is a brilliant physician with an incredibly compelling and motivational story. Born into poverty in Detroit in 1951 and raised by a single mother with a third-grade education, Carson became the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins and the youngest to head a surgical department. His focus, work ethic and commitment to excellence should be emul ...

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Words do hurt

“I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed out in the gutter with the best of them,” so bragged Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr early in his reign. “For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich,” he told the Wall Street Journal in August. “Can I kill someone in a hoodie?” asked Orr’s chief financial officer James Bonsall this month when invited to join city workers’ tradition of pat ...

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More online classes on the horizon

Parents around the state are contemplating online virtual school for their children. Starting in November, an online catalog will be available to students and schools, along with syllabi for supplemental courses. “Having these classes has only enriched the curriculum,” said Scott Moellenberndt, superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools. The district has added foreign language options it could not affor ...

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Supreme Court hears Michigan challenge to Affirmative Action

Four months after the Supreme Court declined to invalidate affirmative action in a case brought against the University of Texas, it heard oral arguments to determine if a Michigan referendum violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by amending the state constitution to prohibit the consideration of race, sex, color ethnicity or national origin in public university admissions decisions. ...

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Positive ‘Impact’

Calvin Colbert has been working with Detroit youth for 23 years. In 1991, he founded Detroit Impact, a youth leadership program designed for young people ages 6-17. The program, which began as an outreach through the Compassionate Ministry of the Church of Nazareth, has classes that range from video game design to improving fundamental school skills. ...

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Council says no to Orr

With a rare unanimous vote, city council Oct. 21 rejected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to borrow $350 million from Barclays Capital Investment Bank, Executive Order No.17. Council has seven days to present an alternative, which means nothing unless their alternative plan is approved by Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed Financial Review Board. ...

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Bus drivers demand police protection while driving

Close to 200 bus drivers and supporters marched in front of the Spirit of Detroit, Oct. 21, demanding police protection while they work, clean and safe buses, and repairs on idled vehicles so that service improves. “(Emergency Manager Kevyn) Orr spent millions on consultants. We say pay police, give them overtime, whatever it takes. Get them riding the buses,” said Fred Westbrook, president of American Tran ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Babies tug at our hearts because a baby renders us human. Our natural instincts drive us to protect and love the tiny human as we embrace our own humanity. That baby is all that keeps the human race going. No babies no hope. No babies no future — no nothing. We love and protect babies unconditionally. Some have even risked their own lives to snatch a baby out of harm’s way seeking no attention. Just doing i ...

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