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Judge halts certification of Detroit election

LANSING - Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordered the Michigan Board of Canvassers to stop the retabulation of the Detroit mayoral primary election votes. Judge Draganchuk issued a temporary restraining order, Aug. 29, to halt the election review process after a lawsuit was filed claiming that the Board went beyond the state constitution in their process of retabulating the write-in votes ...

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DPD Chief vows to crack down on carjacking

On Aug. 26, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) in collaboration with HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) unveiled the “Heatwave Initiative” to residents, community leaders and business owners. Gathered at Chosen Generation Community Center, on the city’s east side, Detroit’s new Police Chief James Craig announced that DPD and HEAT are working together to prevent the violent crimes of carjacking and provide sa ...

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Detroit academy to launch new classroom initiative

Textbooks will soon become a thing of the past in classrooms at a community charter school. Michigan Technical Academy (MTA) has announced that about 1,100 of its kindergarten through eighth grade students at Detroit and Redford campuses will receive iPad electronic tablets for use in all their academic courses, beginning in the fall 2013 semester. As part of MTA’s One-to-One iPad program, administrators in ...

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‘Low pay is not OK’

Workers in the fast-food and retail industries from eight cities have called on low-wage workers around the country to join them in a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers, who in recent months have been standing up for higher wages and going on strike for a better future for their families and communities, are fighting for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor ...

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DPS disregards its own rules in rush to close beloved community school

Former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts could at times be disarmingly candid. One of those moments came in April as he unveiled the district’s new strategic plan. Closing more schools every year, he acknowledged, was a losing plan. “When the team came to me with schedules for reviewing the list of schools that might have to close, I was extremely uncomfortable,” Roberts confided. “I said ...

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OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 23rd FOR CONTRACTORS WANTING TO WORK ON WOODWARD AVENUE STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION

Companies interested in being a subcontractor, service provider, or supplier for the construction of the Woodward Avenue Streetcar line are invited to a Construction Open House on Friday, August 23, 2013. Stacy and Witbeck, the construction manager hired by M-1 RAIL, is hosting the open house at MotorCity Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. ...

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Before the Dream Cruise: Old Schoolers remember the ‘Good ol’ Days’

As another year of the Woodward Dream Cruise rolls around, some Detroiters are experiencing nostalgia as they recall their own days of auto showmanship. These urban hot rodders would meet up at White Castle on Livernois and West Warren in Detroit to race at various areas across the city, as well as the Detroit Dragway and Milan Dragway. ...

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Looking for employment after high school

Lursa Nobles, a 2013 graduate of Cass Technical High School, says it’s hard for high school graduates to get work. The unemployed 18-year-old says lack of preparation for what it takes to get a job — from constructing a resume to filling out a job application — can be the most challenging. “It’s hard because you’re not sure exactly what to put (on) it, like (your) experiences,” Nobles said. “Some jobs don’t ...

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Detroit Black Community Food Security Network awarded $750,000 grant

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) recently received a three-year $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. DBCFSN will use the grant to support programs such as D-Town Farm, Summer Urban Ag Internship Program, Annual Harvest Festival, Food Warriors Youth Development Program, “What’s for Dinner?” Lecture Series, the Ujamaa Food Buying Club and to create a ...

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