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More public transit — except buses — on road to privatization

Most public transit agencies across the country contract with private firms to provide some services and operations, a new federal study shows. A survey by the General Accountability Office (GAO) found local agencies across the country are most likely to contract out for paratransit services for disabled riders, dial-a-ride (or demand-response) and commuter rail service. ...

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Renaissance man, tech visionary

For Richard Clay, owning his own business was something he always wanted. At two years old, Clay went completely blind. For him, it was the equivalent of being born blind, because, he says, he cannot remember ever seeing. That didn’t stop him, however, from achieving his goals. Clay attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he got his first taste of entrepreneurship. ...

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City of Detroit dog licenses

As of Oct. 7, 2013, City of Detroit Community Affairs Centers will no longer sell city of Detroit dog licenses, according to a news release from Detroit Police Department. Dog licenses will continue to be available over the counter or by mail at: Detroit Animal Control at 3511 W. Jefferson. If purchasing a dog license by mail, the city says to enclose current proof of rabies vaccination for the dog(s) with ...

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Joburg art fair censors lose bid to ban portrait of deadly miners’ strike

Solidarity among artists rescued the larger-than-life painting of a tragic miners’ strike in 2012 where some 44 people were killed and 78 were wounded in a murderous onslaught by security guards against workers that horrified the nation. Removed from the walls by the fair’s organizers, the painting by Ayanda Mabulu was quickly restored after veteran photographer David Goldblatt threatened to take down his o ...

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Nigeria’s Port Harcourt is World Book Capital City for 2014

A coalition of reading groups represented by the United Nation’s cultural agency UNESCO have picked Port Harcourt of Nigeria as the World Book Capital City for its efforts to “bring back the book” to the forefront of national discourse. Credit for the award was shared by the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) and other clubs promoting the culture of reading for entertainment and information among senior secondary and ...

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Crittendon joins Napoleon

Mayoral candidate Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and now running mate, city lawyer, Krystal Crittendon say they plan to improve Detroit, one square mile at a time. Napoleon and Crittendon announced her acceptance as his deputy mayor at a press conference Oct. 9, days following Napoleon’s leak at a Michigan National Action Network meeting. ...

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Highland Park prepares battle over finances

City officials convened a special meeting Oct. 2 to prepare a response to the State Treasurer’s preliminary review of the city’s finances—a move to return the city to complete emergency management. Before a standing room only crowd and facing an Oct. 9 deadline to submit a response, Mayor DeAndre Windom and Finance Manager Ernestine Williams went point by point through Treasurer Andy Dillon’s 15 findings — ...

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‘Oppose bankruptcy, sign here’

Rainbow PUSH Coalition is circulating a petition calling on elected officials in Michigan and Washington D.C. to oppose Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder of Rainbow PUSH made strong remarks at last week’s 14th Annual Global Automotive summit regarding Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 436, which opened the door for the bankruptcy filing. “After emergency management, De ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

The Detroit fire was intense in the National Action Network (NAN) Saturday morning rally as candidate after candidate lit up Historical King Solomon Baptist Church with brief but serious messages about the importance of voting and resisting the evil of democracy-destroying union busters such as the inept Negro proxy EM of the Koch brothers’ designated hitter, governor Nerd. Fifty years ago, Malcolm X delive ...

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