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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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‘Awakening the Spirits:’ Egungun priest rouses Detroit’s ancestors for upcoming masquerade ball

The ball, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., will feature different divination experts (tarot card readers, tea leaf readers and more), Rozenia Johnson’s African Adornment Project, refreshments, ritual libations, music, dancing and costumes. Everyone should come dressed as a person who is an “ancestor to you...” ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Lon bristled at Virgie because she dares question the party’s treatment of Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard as a stepchild unworthy of meeting and greeting the First Lady, while printing literature listing the two white candidates for State Supreme Court and leaving out Judge Deborah Thomas, a Black woman. ...

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