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New project links city’s greenways

Cyclists will soon enjoy greenways from their neighborhoods to downtown Detroit, Midtown, Eastern Market and the Riverwalk. Link Detroit, a $25 million multi-modal enhancement initiative administered by the city, is now underway. Link Detroit connects existing greenways and streetscapes, in five separate projects: a streetscape enhancement at Eastern Market, three non-motorized travel connections including ...

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Day of service lends ‘Hands4Detroit’

United Methodist District Supervisor Rev. Melanie Carey had a vision of metro Detroit being less divided by imaginary lines. So, she began planning a service event she hoped would spill over into the everyday lives of both the volunteers and those they served. What began as a simple food drive grew into much more when approximately 1,200 volunteers spent time at 20 different sites across the city distributi ...

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Kenyan VP pleads ‘not guilty’ to mass murder of Kikuyu rivals

Kenya’s vice president, William Ruto, at the opening day of his trial for the slaughter of rival Kikuyu people in post-election violence, declared himself “not guilty” to a trio of serious charges issued against him by the International Criminal Court. Ruto, a Kalenjin, allegedly formed an army, which attacked and killed Kikuyus after his party candidate, Raila Odinga, was defeated in a presidential poll. O ...

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U.S. mother guilty of manslaughter in death of Ethiopian adoptee

A Washington state mother who followed a religious handbook on using the stick to discipline the child was found guilty of homicide by abuse and manslaughter in the death of her Ethiopian-born adopted daughter. Carri Williams and her husband Larry were both convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Hana Williams’ death and of first-degree assault for abusing a 12-year-old hearing-impaired boy adopted from E ...

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RECOUNT PROBES FRAUD

Charges of voter fraud surround the recount of ballots cast in the Aug. 6 primary elections. On Sept. 5, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers accepted eight individual petitions from candidates to recount Detroit’s primary ballots. Those seeking a recount were required to pay $10 per each precinct they wished to see recounted. The Board of Canvassers approved Tom Barrow’s petition to recount over 400 precin ...

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Curbing crime on the Avenue of Fashion

Revitalization efforts have not slowed the rise in crime in one prominent Detroit community on the city’s northwest side, according to a state official who represents the area. Neighborhoods between 6 Mile and 8 Mile Roads and between Wyoming Street and Livernois Avenue have seen a spike in carjackings, assaults, robberies, damage to property, and, in some cases, gang activity and drug trafficking near scho ...

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‘WINNIE MANDELA’

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson (above) portrays the title role in the film “Winnie Mandela” out now in theaters. The movie depicts Winnie’s rise to leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), while her husband anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard, was imprisoned. Another film about Nelson Mandela, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, will pre ...

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Black biz missing from $3B Detroit redevelopment

African Americans, women and people of color are not participating in $3 billion worth of economic development activity in Detroit, according to the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, headed by Ken Harris. The group held a press conference Sept. 18 calling for greater urban economic participation. Harris says attention needs to be brought to African American, urban, women and minority-owned businesses. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There is the stench of inevitability in the political air of Detroit, fanned by billionaires Penske and Gilbert. Their dollars and influence have created the presumption of victory for D-U-G-G-A-N. Yep. Now these are two guys who stop at nothing to win — even if it’s a car race where the Penske team has been whacked for cheating, and Gilbert cheated with an illegal donation to the PAC that fuels D-U-G-G-A-N ...

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