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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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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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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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Memory and democracy

Just as the mainstream media rushed to foster myths and misinformation to justify the state takeover of Detroit, it is rushing to rewrite current history. We are being told that all elected city government was incompetent and bureaucratic. Hantz Farms/Woodlands is the prime example used by the mainstream media to illustrate bureaucratic delay. In a recent article extolling the virtues of an emergency manage ...

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Detroit: No stop-and-frisk here

Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s implementation of the stop-and-frisk policy has local organizations concerned. Human rights organizations including the Michigan National Action Network, Council on American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR-MI), Alliance for Immigrants and the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality convened at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan Sept. 5 to discuss the ...

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Economic justice

Gov. Rick Snyder must begin paying attention to diversity and inclusion — it must be a priority. If the only growing populations in the state are communities of color, the future of the state — literally — depends on it. We will not build a sustainable or viable economy if resources and dollars are organized by race and gender. We will continue to be racially and economically segregated, crippled by our ina ...

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Tour de Troit keeps rolling

In 2002, while having a drink at Detroit’s Baltimore Lunch, Mike Kiewicz and Edward Potas, dreamed of organizing a bicycle tour of Detroit. They had recently ridden a borough tour of New York City on bikes and thought a similar event would be perfect for their hometown. Their daydreams realized within the year, the inaugural Tour de Troit introduced 50 riders, from the U.S. and Canada, to the grandeur of th ...

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