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Girls’ volleyball: Renaissance spikers riding early hot streak

Although the season is still early, the Renaissance girls’ volleyball team isn’t taking things in stride. The Lady Phoenix are already competing in tournaments and decimating opponents in the PSL West. Head Coach Lewis Mitchell’s squad is 4-0 in the PSL West and 16-2 overall. The Lady Phoenix started off with a great season going 4-2 at a high school tournament at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Sat., S ...

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Kudos to CBCF! Time for Black institutions to put their money where their mouth is

In a recent article, I posed the question, “Hey, Chocolate City, where da money at?” Well, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) gave a resounding answer to that inquiry on Sept. 17, 2013. Starting a new campaign to strengthen the economy in Black communities, the organization, under the leadership of Board Chairman, Congressman Chaka Fatah, (D-Pa.), announced it would invest $5 million wit ...

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Five years after the crash began

Five years after the beginning of the financial collapse and the Great Recession, where are we? President Obama has offered Americans a progress report. He hailed the steps taken to turn the economy around and rescue the auto and financial industries. He used the occasion, sensibly, to challenge Republicans in the Congress not to do more damage to the slow recovery by manufacturing another unnecessary budge ...

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High art and yucky cartoons come together at first annual book fair

Artists, publishers and authors from the United States and Canada will gather in Detroit’s Eastern Market Oct. 5-6 for the first annual Detroit Art Book Fair. Located at the Fourteen-Eighty Gratiot Gallery (1480 Gratiot Ave. Detroit), the event will showcase independent literary and visual art publications from the midwest, east coast, and Canada. The fair is free and open to the public. ...

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Open letter to President Obama

I am writing you as a frustrated American citizen who has participated in the process of defending democracy and my rights, the rights of other Detroiters and the rights of citizens in the state of Michigan. You should also know I voted for you in both elections, made modest contributions and worked on your first campaign as a volunteer. I have functioned as a precinct delegate, co-campaign manager, senior ...

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Fiduciary duty to City of Detroit Municipal Corporation

To Judge Steven Rhodes: Regarding the bankruptcy of the City of Detroit Municipal Corporation, I am concerned our attorney, the Jones Day firm, has a financial conflict in representing us in negotiations and big deals with Wall Street municipal bond firms. Also, the State of Michigan and its agents, the governor and emergency manager, have financial and fiscal conflicts with the City of Detroit. Therefore, ...

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Why does Orr ignore escape hatches?

There are potential legal problems swirling around the city’s pension swaps — those agreements the city signed in 2005 in order to borrow money to pay their liabilities to the pension fund. The legal problems represent an opportunity to get out of harmful and large debt incurred by the city. Since the city was already in great debt at the time, it needed to create two entitiesable to borrow. There is uncert ...

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Shooting of a another unarmed Black man raises ire in Charlotte

Yet another police killing of an unarmed Black man has sparked outrage in Charlotte, N.C. This time, a former college football player, 24, was shot 10 times by a police officer, while he sought help following a car accident. According to widespread reports, Jonathan Ferrell was shot Sept. 14, by a white Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, who was later arrested. Kerrick was arraigned Sept. 17 on volu ...

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