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Wright Museum Gala brings Brazil to Detroit

On Sept. 28, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will transform parts of Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino into the Amazon rainforest with splashes of Rio carnival for their third annual Benefit Gala. Began in Dr. Charles H. Wright’s office on West Grand Boulevard in 1965, the museum is now the world’s largest museum of African American history with yearly attendance expected to surpass 250,00 ...

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Figures or folks?

Public policy makers have to juggle realities between what the budget allows and what the people need. Elected officials have to take into account the people’s needs and, if necessary, rob Peter to pay Paul, to make the budget balance to meet the needs of the public — or suffer the possible loss of an election. Under emergency management no juggling has to occur. Emergency managers can — at their own discre ...

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Inner city blue collars

What is happening to the great, thriving blue collar cities of America is more than tragic. It reveals a systemic pattern of benign neglect that strips away the chance of steady employment from adults and indirectly channels many of our nation’s at-risk youth toward a life of poverty and crime. The future is not bright unless we as a people lay hold of it. Black inner city blue collars are a perishing breed ...

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Blacks receive life sentences at high rates 

Although the number of prison inmates is declining nationwide, the number of Blacks serving life sentences continues to rise, according to a new study. A report by The Sentencing Project titled, Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America found that about 160,000 inmates are serving life sentences in prisons throughout the United States, and more than 47 percent of them are Black. Non-Hispa ...

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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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