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Orr’s plan ignores city’s strengths, sells citizens short

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr submitted his Chapter 9 bankruptcy plan, Feb. 21, for the first time revealing his plans to pay down Detroit debt and restructure the city. The Plan of Adjustment represents Orr’s outline “toward the City’s rehabilitation and recovery from a decades long downward spiral,” according to a press statement. ...

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Toward a People’s Plan

Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr delivered his proposals for exiting bankruptcy to Judge Steven Rhodes Feb. 21. Called “The Plan of Adjustment,” the document is more than 400-pages long and includes a dense “Disclosure Statement” that describes how Orr aims to restore the city to financial health. The statement promises to lower police response time, restore streetlights and renew blighted neighborhoods. Orr prom ...

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SMUG fights for equality in Uganda

On Monday Feb. 24, in spite of international pressure, Ugandan President Yoweni Museveni signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill drafted first in 2009. The new law makes homosexuality, already criminal in Uganda, punishable by life imprisonment. Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda has been leading the fight against this and other homophobi ...

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King vs. Cass Tech, again

Last year, both King and Cass Tech were unbeaten heading into the PSL Championship at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall. The Crusaders prevailed over the Technicians with a seven-point, 45-38 victory. The same two teams will meet again this year. Both teams were victorious Feb. 13 in semi-final action at Western International. The Technicians (14-3) routed Cody 55-29 in the first semi-final whi ...

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Southeastern to face Pershing in final

Defending PSL Champion Pershing will make its third trip to the Detroit PSL Finals in three years. The Doughboys (17-2) out-hustled the Frederick Douglass Academy 82-68. “We played one of our better games,” said Pershing Head Coach Wydell Henry. “We played inside and out around the basket. We were able to penetrate the inside under the basket.” ...

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Solutionary educators meet in Detroit

Nearly a hundred educators participated in the North Dakota Study Group (NDSG) gathering in Detroit over the President’s weekend from Feb. 14-17. They included new teachers, veteran teachers, university professors, community activists, undergraduates, deans, foundations program officers and principals. The gathering was housed, held meetings and shared meals at the Riverwalk Hotel on East Jefferson. ...

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Live the good life

Cleopatra was considering retiring from her job of many years. She had worked her way up to a management position, and had saved enough for a comfortable retirement. Exercise was never her “thing,” and she joked that her exercise was blinking her eyes in rapid succession a few times every morning before climbing out of bed. ...

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GM, Samaritan’s Feet pamper Detroit youth

Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, native of Lagos, Nigeria, has dedicated his life to help children in need of inspiration — and shoes. Ohonme is the founder and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization providing children around the globe with shoes.In 2013, Ohonme and his team distributed over 1.1 million shoes to children worldwide. ...

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