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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 that it will be suspending for 15 days its controversial water shutoffs. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained international attention. The news came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes' order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassment to the ...

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DWSD rep disses UN, says Detroit residents experiencing shutoffs aren’t protesting

When asked if the DWSD was going to respond the United Nations' reprimand of the department and declaration that water is a human right, Johnson said the department would not be issuing a statement in response the the U.N.’s “assertion.” “This is the same organization trying to achieve world piece, it ain’t going to happen.” ...

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The Shed is ‘so Detroit’

Akwamu and his apprentice, Tresvant Wallker, 18, capitalized on the trend and designed "IAMSODETROIT" T-shirts. Entrepreneur Kwasi Akwamu is so Detroit he designed T-shirts from a trending phrase on Facebook among Detroiters. Two days ago, Facebook users in the metro Detroit area (and those who used to live here) began posting phrases showing their community pride. "I am so Detroit...." flooded many users' ...

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Brightmoor to Beijing

Help the efforts of Kyle Baker, Jr.; Tanay Floyd; and Lashay Pearson to raise $13,000 to fund their trip. Emerging out of an abandoned garage in the Brightmoor community on the west side of Detroit, the Brightmoor Woodworkers began to make handcrafted wooden signs both as a community service project and as a business. From summer 2011 to the present, the Brightmoor Woodworkers have created and installed nea ...

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Should African hair braiders need permission to work?

Across the country, however, more people need the government’s permission in the form of a license before they can work. A new national report released, July 16, by the Institute for Justice looks specifically at natural, or African-style hair braiding laws and finds that 34 states have severely restrictive braiding laws. ...

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