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Scholarships available for Detroit youth rowing

Record-setting collegiate rowing coach John Bancheri is becoming a legend in his sport. Under Bancheri’s leadership, the Grand Valley State University Rowing club women have twice won gold, and men the bronze, at the Head of the Charles Regatta. His rowers have won competitions across the country and across the globe. Now he will take on a guest role leading summer programs and camps for the DetroitWomen’s ...

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Quick action called for on Community Advisory Councils

On April 1, Detroit City Council passed an ordinance allowing the establishment of Community Advisory Council in each of the seven council districts as is called for in the 2012 Detroit City Charter. CACs aim to improve community access to city government and connect resident voices to elected officials through an elected board of community leaders from each council district. Each CAC consists of five elect ...

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Detroit youth transform their community, challenge others

Denby High School seniors have challenged the residents in their community to join the youth in cleaning up and redeveloping their district to have a high quality of life. In March, the students along with volunteers, cleaned up 16 blocks around the school, boarded up 11 vacant homes, and knocked on residents’ doors to advocating for them to join the Denby Alliance. The DA was set up to create blocks clubs ...

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Michigan fast-food workers join international call for a $15 wage

Nine fast-food workers who spontaneously walked off the job at a Detroit McDonald’s the morning of May 15 were among hundreds of fast food workers in Michigan and their supporters rallying for a $15-hourly wage. Protesters also rallied for the right to form a union without interference. While high profile morning protests and strikes took place at McDonald’s restaurants in Pontiac, Lansing, Detroit and Flin ...

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Program begins to help expectant moms

Detroit’s leading health systems, the city of Detroit, Wayne State University and other key partners recently launched the Make Your Date campaign, a new initiative designed to help expectant mothers in Detroit deliver healthy full-term babies. “Carrying her baby to full term is the most important thing a mother can do for the development of her child,” said Mayor Mike Duggan, May 15 at press conference ann ...

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‘No rap, no Hennessey allowed’

There were about 15 or 20 people dancing, playing pool, chatting and having drinks the night of May 15 at the Painted Lady, a dimly-lit Hamtramck dive bar, frequented by metro Detroit rock musicians. Andrew Miller, who was DJing that night, says a few people had even begun singing along to, “Other thing” by Detroit hip hop group The Anonymous featuring Kresge Arts fellows Passalacqua. The crowd’s warm respo ...

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Detroit can’t afford expensive consultants who risk racial conflict

One year ago, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr signed a $621,578 contract on behalf of the city of Detroit with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (TMI) to consult with Detroit police about community policing, traffic control, command accountability and other matters. After the contract expired, the ACLU of Michigan heard TMI had suggested to residents of certain Detroit neighborhoods that the r ...

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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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‘Hollywood Craig’ featured in NRA publication

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is making national news, again. This time for his profile in a National Rifle Association publication, America’s 1st Freedom. Craig’s stance on citizens arming and defending themselves, when faced with violence, has attracted the attention of the gun rights organization. In the article, “A show of courage in Detroit” the motor city chief says Detroit has a “culture of violen ...

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Climate challenges

As the economic, political and media elite prepare for their annual gathering on Mackinac Island, they should stop and take a close look at the water. Coast Guard cutters only recently freed it from ice three feet deep. Tim Hygh, the director of the Mackinac Island Convention Bureau said he had never seen anything like the ice encasing the island this winter. “Some of the locals,” he said, “will tell you th ...

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