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Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Organizer Montague Simmons reminded demonstrators of African Americans’ centuries-long struggle. “It’s essential for us that you recognize this moment cannot end here,” said Simmons, president of the Organization for Black Struggle. “Your participation was consecrated by blood sacrifice that goes back generations. ...

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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Rodrick Miller should look at his own recent history and Nolan Finley should read his own paper more carefully. There is nothing scary or fearful about a program that moves to give a systematic, legal basis to some of the best practices of our community. This hysterical backlash to a sensible proposal is exactly why we need the force of law to ensure good business. ...

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OPINION: DPS’ sands are shifting — like quicksand

The rule of law is obviously dead in Michigan. The deck has been stacked against Detroit’s public schoolchildren ever since Gov. John Engler unfairly took over DPS in 1999 when the schools enjoyed a $100 million surplus under well-regarded Superintendent Eddie Green and DPS students’ test scores were at the state midpoint and rising. ...

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Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

According to Bob Daddow, the deputy Oakland County executive who studied Detroit’s system intently as he negotiated over the Great Lakes Water Authority agreement, to actually deliver the 63 million gallons of water Detroiters use every day, more than 210 million gallons actually has to be processed and pumped out. That’s because, out of that 210 million gallons, about 150 million is lost to leakage. ...

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Editorial: The Democrats still don’t understand emergency management

With the Republican agenda being forced on Detroit — an emergency manager-led bankruptcy, the transfer of assets, and the nullification of the city’s elected officials and democracy — it would be hard for any Detroit voter not to go Democrat. Yet, the Dems still don’t seem to understand and haven’t connected with Detroit and its mostly African American citizens. ...

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