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Rev. Ed Rowe, senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church Detroit, will retire after 37 years of ministry

Rev. Edwin A. (Ed) Rowe will preach his last sermon at the 10:30 worship service, June 22, followed by a reception, light meal and program in his honor. Rev. Rowe has been in the ministry for over 40 years. He grew up on Detroit’s east side and attended Denby High School. He did his under graduate studies at Adrian College before he attended Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1974, he was appointed ...

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Downtown Boxing Gym student takes home top honors at Junior Olympics

Downtown Boxing Gym’s Janelson Figueroa is the 2014 Junior Olympics National Champion. Competing in the 145-pound weight class, Figueroa won his last bout in a 3-0 decision. This is the first year he has competed in this division. “He works hard,” said Downtown Boxing Gym’s founder and head coach Khali Sweeney. “We are proud of him as an athlete, as a student, and as a citizen of the community.” ...

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Highland Park valedictorian chooses Spelman

Lea Rogers is the 2014 valedictorian of Highland Park Renaissance Academy where she excelled academically and was also on the cheer and volleyball teams. Rogers has been accepted and will attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall, where she will major in biology. After completing her undergrad education, Rogers plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and become a doctor. ...

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On the water front: The struggle for water in Michigan’s Black cities

A city caught in the throes of a financial crisis and under the control of a state-appointed manager seeks to privatize its water department in a desperate attempt to balance its budget and remain solvent. Residents — many of whom are African American living in poverty — face mounting hardships as their water is being shut off when payments are delinquent. “Yeah, I know all about what’s happening in Detroit ...

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Detroit Raw

Over a year ago I wrote the Detroit City Council’s and office of the mayor’s main roles would be to legitimate the illegitimate actions of the Negro proxy emergency manager of the union-busting, democracy-destroying Governor Snyder. I was on point. The continued illegal actions of those who place art over the people of Detroit require clear approval of Detroit City Council before a federal judge will approv ...

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EAA takes up declining revenues, pink-slips 99

Expecting a continuing drop in enrollment, the Education Achievement Authority board at its June 17 meeting approved a smaller budget for 2015, ignored reports of excessive spending on travel, and accepted Chancellor John Covington’s sudden resignation. It also approved pink slips for 99 staff members facing unemployment because of “economic necessity.” At the same time, the board voted to pay itself for tr ...

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Missing Child: Charlie Bothuell

Charlie Bothuell, age 12, is missing. He was last seen Saturday evening, June 14 at his father and stepmother’s house in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Bothuell is African American, with brown hair, eyes and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, Phat Farm jacket and red/grey pajama bottoms. His mother, Africa Shipping, just wants her son to come home safe. ...

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River Days brings stars Keith Sweat, Mary Mary, Blackstreet to Motor City

Local students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir will be in the spotlight June 21 when they open for 90s R&B hitmakers Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister at the 8th Annual GM River Days festival. The three-day festival, which takes place on the RiverWalk from the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock, just pas ...

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SBDA hosts annual event

The Southwest Detroit Business Association will host its annual Community Investment Breakfast from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., June 19, at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board located at 2901 Grand River Ave., in Detroit. The annual networking event brings together hundreds of community leaders, entrepreneurs and residents to acknowledge the positive contributions made by the SDBA while celebrating the economic vita ...

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Detroit historian to lecture on Hastings Street

Preservation Detroit’s Third Friday Lecture Series, highlighting the rich cultural history of the people and places of the city, will continue on June 20 at the Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee Street. Award-winning performer Marsha Music, a writer, singer and story-teller, will share the tales of her childhood in Detroit’s Black Bottom before the African American district was demolished for the i ...

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