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Highland Park prepares to battle state over finances

City officials convened a special meeting Oct. 2 to prepare a response to the State Treasurer’s preliminary review of the city’s finances. Before a standing room only crowd and facing an Oct. 9 deadline to submit a response, Mayor DeAndre Windom and Finance Manager Ernestine Williams went point by point through Treasurer Andy Dillon’s 15 findings that the city is in “probable financial stress.” ...

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Steve Harvey Foundation brings Detroit mentors, mentees together

The Steve Harvey Mentoring Initiative held a three-day mentoring program for 100 Detroit-area teenage boys Sept. 27 -29 at the Northwest Activities Center. Boys in grades 8-12 from single-mother households each wrote a 300-word essay about not having a father in their life. Applicants were selected based on the quality of the essay. ...

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Wayne County moves to one-step jury notification

The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, with jurisdiction over criminal, civil and family matters in Wayne County will change its prospective juror notification from a two-step to a one-step process this October. “The new combination questionnaire and summons will save time for jurors and money for taxpayers, while making juries in Wayne County more efficient and reflective of the county’s diversity,” a Thi ...

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‘Magic’ at State Fair

Lansing native Earvin “Magic” Johnson and business partners, Marvin Beatty and Joel Ferguson, could soon begin development on 157 acres of land at the old State Fair Grounds. Developers say the project includes more than retail, as they are considering single-family and senior residential housing. The site plan also includes a movie theater, entertainment venues and preservation of some historic buildings. ...

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14th Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit kicks off

Oct. 2, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., automotive partners and community stakeholders kicked off the 14th annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit at MGM Grand Detroit. Early in the day, the Assault on Democracy panel discussed the strategic approach corporations are using to eliminate diversity. Black thought leaders discussed the importance of measuring Black buying power and the conscientious use of that po ...

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Dr. Christian Nwamba ‘transforming lives, one student at a time’

Dr. Christian Nwamba, a Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) Microbiology Professor, grew up in the very poor and remote village of Omuma, in Imo State, Nigeria, West Africa. There, he attended both primary and elementary schools before moving on to attend high school in another town, away from his village. His village­ — like most remote villages in Africa — had no public utilities like electric ...

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