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U.S. Marine veteran sees ‘education as the way to the future’

Sgt. Lawrence Brooks and other U.S. veterans were recently recognized for their educational achievement and service to the country during the WCCCD 45th Annual Commencement Exercises at Ford Field. Lawrence Brooks has always been a determined individual. He decided to join the military when he was only in the 12th grade. He promised his mother he would complete his GED during his time in the service. He did ...

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Historian to conduct Black history tour of Detroit

Landmarks of Detroit’s past greatness are hidden throughout the city. Some were paved over during eras of redevelopment; others were demolished after years of abandonment, and still more have been transformed to serve a new generation. Stewart McMillin, a man with over three decades of teaching experience, aims to educate the public on the richness of Detroit’s Black history. On July 10, McMillin will be co ...

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WATCH: Detroit Water Shutoffs documentary

“Located in the Great Lakes Basin, (Detroit is) a major city with whole segments of the community with zero access to fresh water,” says one activist who appears in Katy Levy’s efforts to document Detroit’s water crisis Levy talks with a Detroit Water Sewage Department worker, among others, who describes the water shut offs, nearly 700 a day, as “heartbreaking.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is executing unpr ...

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Water choices

The pursuit of profits is endangering the health and wellbeing of everyone in Detroit. What Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Jones Day and the corporate powers they serve termed a business necessity is being revealed to the world as a violation of the most basic human right to water. This crisis was orchestrated to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to buyers. Claiming they are not “ ...

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Benson, city plan rec center giveaway

“Doing the most good,” is the motto of the Salvation Army. Residents of northeast Detroit think the Salvation Army doesn’t mind its words. Fifteen-acre Lipke Park and the 10-year old Lipke Recreation Center, 1932 Van Dyke between Bliss and Suzanne, are in City Councilperson Scott Benson’s third district. While the future of the park and facility were being decided by the council July 1 — before angry and an ...

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Missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell found alive, well

Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell, who went missing June 14, was found alive in the basement of his father’s home 11 days later. Before he went missing, Bothuell was last seen at his father and stepmother’s home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Accordingtohis mother Africa Shipping, her son may have had a disagreement with his stepmother. In a phone interview during her son’s disap ...

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GOOOOAAAALLLL: Soccer scores with Motor City fans

International soccer fans have fixed their attention on Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. But fans don’t need to buy a plane ticket to see professionals in action; The Detroit City Football Club brings the beautiful game to the heart of the Motor City. The DCFC Le Rouge is in the Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premiere Soccer League, an association of over 80 minor league t ...

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Detroit Raw

In Tempe, Ariz. — a state with a dubious track record of fairness to people of color — a video cop-car-cam lets us witness as a Black female Arizona State University professor is slammed to the ground by police for jaywalking — and being uppity (my analysis). In Grosse Pointe, Mich. — a state that is rapidly becoming Arizona — another Black female is aghast when a Talbots clerk suspects her of shoplifting, ...

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Supreme Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions June30, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.  In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take. The ruling ...

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