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Grant program will give cash to veteran businesses

Nationwide, the media is buzzing about the transformation of Detroit’s downtown and midtown areas — the new stadiums, businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings, and the influx of new residents. Yet, many Detroit activists maintain this “rebirth” was only made possible by advantageous post-housing bubble land prices, and that residents, businesses and neighborhoods who survived disinvestment, the crack ...

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Broke? City increases management costs

As Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr takes the city through bankruptcy, many question the amount of money he spends on consultants and aides in both his office and the mayor's. It is estimated that at the end of the bankruptcy -- in five months, the city will have spent $62 million dollars on consultants. To date that number is at approximately $20 million. Orr's former firm Jones Day is contracted to mak ...

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Orr wants Manhattan Institute fellow to evaluate his plan

Of all the people in America who might be considered a candidate to evaluate the effectiveness of Detroit’s so-called “plan of adjustment,” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and a team of lawyers from his former law firm, Jones Day, suggested Harvard economist Edward L Glaeser. Glaeser’s name popped up after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes announced he is considering calling in an expert, or maybe several of ...

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SHUT IT DOWN!

Noir is standing outside in the cold and snow, waiting for the bus driver — who is taking his break alone inside the heated bus — to open the door. Young Noir is frustrated with inadequate city services, joblessness and the city’s overall economic system, as are many of other the riders who were waiting at the Rosa Parks bus terminal in Detroit on April 15. He has a litany of complaints about social issues, ...

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Sell off DWSD, save cuts to pensions

Negotiators for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the police and fire retirees reached an agreement April 15 that now needs a vote of two-thirds of the retirees before it can be presented to bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes. Under the terms of the deal, the pensions of the civilian retirees will be cut 4.5 percent with no cost of living increases, sources say. Police and fire retirees will take no cuts but rece ...

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BMe honors Black men who help their communities

Clement “Fame” Brown, a Detroit entrepreneur who has been designing and selling clothes since he was 12, uses his experience to help others become creative professionals. Philadelphia college student, youth advocate and social entrepreneur Rashaun Williams educates high school students on environmental sustainability. Computer scientist Emmanuel Cephas of Baltimore has developed software to teach youth math ...

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Detroit Raw

We love it if we can see it on a screen. HD TVs are going for street reasonable prices so we can see that “Scandal” sistah get it on with the white prez in high def, and smaller smart phone screens will do to sneak a peek at Mimi working it slippery-when-wet from a shower rod. Hey it’s not worth a post if it’s not moving on some kind of screen. President Barack Obama was in New York City in person before th ...

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Wright Museum hosts Robofest competition

Seventeen teams from the Metro Detroit area will compete in a regional competition round of Robofest on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren, Detroit. Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not remote-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning princip ...

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FBI probes Jenkins’ run for council president

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating the vote for Detroit City Council president. In January, Councilwoman Brenda Jones won the contested race for council leadership over the previous president, Saunteel Jenkins, in a 5-4 vote. Mainstream media reports give the impression Brenda Jones is the subject of the controversy. However, the Michigan Citizen has learned the alleged effort was to suppor ...

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Schauer calls for federal probe of Snyder’s office

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, wants the U.S. Attorney to investigate Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. During an interview with this paper March 27, Schauer said he thought it was appropriate for federal investigators to “look at what kind of favors were being done, if any.” ...

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