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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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Asking questions

The Detroit City Council has finally taken a strong stand against the schemes of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. It unanimously rejected Orr’s latest effort to protect Jones Day clients Bank of America and UBS by borrowing $350 million from Barclays Capital to pay off the termination fees on a disastrous swaps deal. ...

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‘Nobody’s laughing now’

Before the arrival of Sharon Lee as head volleyball coach at the Detroit International Academy, some teams in the PSL didn’t take them or their nickname, the Pink Panthers, seriously. In her first season two years ago, they went 7-3 and made the PSL playoffs. The DIA finished third in the PSL East with a 5-2 record and 7-2. The Pink Panthers made the playoffs again this season. Not only did the Pink Panther ...

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