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MSU amplifies summer camp

Families can register youth now for one of two weeklong summer music day camps held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. MSU Rock Camp takes place June 16-20 from 1-5 p.m. each day, and the Aspiring Musicians Program Camp is June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Both camps are part of MSU’s Community Music School program. Rock Camp, led by professional rockers and music educators Th ...

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Quicken loans hiring 1,000 paid summer interns

Quicken Loans says 13,000 people from across the U.S. have applied to come to Detroit this summer. These would-be Detroiters are vying for 1,000 paid summer internships the mortgage company is offering for the second year in a row. Quicken representatives say applications are still being accepted as more arrive daily. Forbes magazine named Quicken the fifth best place to work in America in 2014. ...

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Detroit Raw

America is not at work on Belle Isle. Fear is not a recreational pursuit. Belle Isle was bare of Detroit on Mother’s Day even as Detroit rocked the Riverwalk by the thousands, family intact as we got a great view of one another. My scouting mission revealed a naked Belle Isle, dead with no car trunks up kicking the rhythm of the D — no nothing except the blue cars of the occupying army daring us to enter. ...

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Farrakhan to serenade the Motor City

Louis Eugene Wolcott was a violin prodigy, who played with both the Boston College Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony by the time he was only 13 years old. The charismatic youth continued to perform and win awards, expanding his repertoire to include singing and dancing. As a young adult, Wolcott earned a living as a calypso entertainer,performing under the monikers Calypso Gene and the Charmer. ...

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Keeping control

The debate currently underway in Lansing is focusing on how long the state will retain control over the city of Detroit. If the legislature is going to contribute more than $350 million to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s so-called “grand bargain” that is part of his bankruptcy plan, then it wants “oversight” long after Orr leaves office. Twenty years of oversight. ...

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‘EAA caught overspending on travel, gas, new furniture’

A “waste and abuse of power,” is what Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson called spending done by officials at the Educational Achievement Authority Following a May 12, Detroit News report on Gov. Snyder’s state created experimental district exposing excess spending by the cash-strapped district, Johnson said. ”Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things like personal chauffeurs and new IKEA ...

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‘Freedom Rides’ on Belle Isle

The Michigan State Police and the Department of Natural Resources have come under scrutiny for their new policing practices on Belle Isle. A rally to demand respect for Detroiters from the state’s law enforcement was held on the island May 9. "What we're focusing on is that people are tired of being treated with disrespect," said Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and Peace Zones fo ...

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Duggan brings ideas for improved employment through DPS

Mayor Mike Duggan offered the Detroit Public Schools elected board four plans he has to make DPS graduates read to be hired right out of school. He also put to rest rumors that he was going to take over DPS when he told the members of the elected board May 8 in a meeting at Amelia Earhart Middle School that he was not interested and would prefer to work jointly to improve opportunities for the city’s gradua ...

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Teens learn to row

Friends of Detroit Rowing recently announced the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has approved a grant request for expansion of its Youth Learn-to-Row Program. “This grant helps Friends of Detroit Rowing build on its mission of expanding the sport of rowing throughout the Detroit metropolitan area,” said FDR president Todd Platt. “Youth are the lifeblood of the sport… This also can help open door ...

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