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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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Tests show Snyder’s EAA, a failure

Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, is a failure. Release of test data by Michigan Department of Education reveals the EAA is failing not only the “failing” students it was created to serve, but it is failing students who previously were proficient. Tom Pedroni, Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project and Associate Professor for Curriculum Studies ...

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Evil consequences

This week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr visited the Michigan Citizen. We had a wide-ranging discussion about his role as emergency manager, his understanding of the development of the city, and his hopes for the future. The Citizen staff developed questions, intended to give our readers an opportunity to hear from Mr. Orr. We chose not to debate him, but to guide his conversation into areas that affect all of ...

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State of Black Detroit focus: Economic and political power

Hundreds braved the bitter cold and sudden early morning snow shower to hear city leaders discuss the State of Black Detroit, Feb. 27 at the first Michigan Citizen Grits, Politics and the Hard Truth breakfast. A panel discussion with former councilwoman Joann Watson, political veteran Art Blackwell, businessman Rufus Bartell, city lawyer Krystal Crittendon and community organizer Keith Williams discussed po ...

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Former Pershing standout key for Titans

With a Horizon League record of 6-10, 13-18 overall, the 2013-2014 season is shaping up into one of the toughest in University of Detroit Mercy basketball history. Although, it might seem there isn’t any hope for the Titans this season, UDM Head Coach Roy McCallum is putting forth the effort to develop a stronger team next season. One of the key players he’s depending on is former Pershing standout Juwan Ho ...

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The Cass Tech Boys’ swim team, under the direction of head coach Eugene Collins, won the 2013-14 DPS Boys Swim Championships held at East English Village High school Feb. 12. The Technicians won six of 11 events while compiling 154 points, followed by Western (116), King (100), host East English (30), Communication Media Arts (27), Mumford (19), Renaissance (16) and DCP-NW (1). Renaissance won three events, ...

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Girls’ State District play

Martin Luther King’s quest for a Class A Girls State Title took one step forward as the Crusaders (21-1) routed Western International 62-20 at the MHSAA District 20 Championship at Hamtramck High, Feb. 28. Senior forward Marte’ Grays led the Crusaders in scoring with 14 points while senior center LaShai Geeter scored 11. Senior guard Danielle Williams led the Cowgirls in scoring with 13 points. ...

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Big money lobbying protects big tax havens

Eighteen American multinationals — companies such as Nike, Microsoft and Apple — have used tax havens abroad to avoid what Citizens for Tax Justice estimates as $92 billion in federal taxes. This is money that could be used to provide universal pre-school for America’s children. CTJ also found 235 companies reported last year over $1.3 trillion stashed abroad to avoid paying the taxes that domestic companie ...

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