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While incarcerated in a federal prison, I watched them come through the prison gates — street swag intact — talking tough as they were led to newly assigned cells. I taught a number of them in G.E.D. prep classes handling the “I’m the baddest MF in here” attitudes. No, no, you’re not; I am. That’s how it worked when dealing with tough azz youngsters in prison many of whom will be old men when they are relea ...

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‘Black Shadow': Laced heroin implicated in deaths

A recent spike in heroin-related deaths have caused city health officials to strongly advise heroin users call the Institute for Population Health (800.467.2452) immediately for admission to treatment. Experts suspect the recent increase of fatalities in Detroit and across the country can be attributed to using heroin laced with fentanyl analogues, substances found in strong prescription pain medications. U ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY

On April 1 at approximately 12:25 p.m. in the Cadieux/Marne area, officers received a police run to the area for a person with a weapon. When the officers arrived, they observed a person matching the description of the wanted suspect toss a plastic bag containing suspected narcotics to the ground. Upon further investigation, officers recovered a handgun from the suspect. The suspect was arrested and transpo ...

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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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Education Task Force protests State Rep. fundraiser over EAA expansion

Helen Moore leads members of the Education Task Force April 3, at a fundraiser for State Representative Harvey Santana to protest his vote for statewide expansion of the Education Achievement Authority. Santana and St. Rep. John Olumba gave the Republican majority the two votes necessary to pass the measure. Without the aid of these two, the measure would have failed in the House. ...

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Detroit area Chess Players Have a Rare Opportunity

City of Detroit youth are being afforded a rare opportunity to learn chess with two world-renowned chess Grandmasters, Gregory Kaidanov and Alex Lenderman. UAW-Ford National Programs Center and local organization, Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC), will make this unique opportunity possible to any youth between 5- 17 years of age during the Detroit Thinkers Chess Challenge tournament on Saturday, April 12, 201 ...

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Detroiters ‘Take Back the Night’ for the 6th time

On April 11, Marygrove College will host the 6th Annual Take Back the Night Detroit event, recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Madame Cadillac Building, 8425 West McNichols Road. All are encouraged to attend. Take Back The Night Detroit will feature dance, a live DJ, spoken word performances, a candlelight vigil and guest speakers from the Wa ...

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New children’s book makes Detroit history exciting

Most of the stories that take place on Detroit’s famed Belle Isle will linger like fireflies on the front porch, shine in the moment and fade with laughter. But local author and WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery is making sure some of the island’s summer magic is available to the children worldwide in the pages of a new chapter book for children ages 8-11 that he co-wrote with his daughter Angela. ...

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Ethnic and Minority Newspapers Explore Detroit Bankruptcy, Recovery

Five ethnic and minority publications that are deeply tied to Detroit are joining forces for the first time to explore the city’s financial crisis in a series that will run over the next several months. The Michigan Citizen, The Jewish News, The Michigan Korean Weekly, The Arab American News and Latino Press aim to delve beyond mainstream media reports to highlight the economic effects on their respective c ...

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Windom is Highland Park recall target

Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom’s effort to stave off his recall has failed. Residents leading the recall plan to file 1,000 signatures on April 7 calling for his recall. “The mayor did, in fact, single handedly shut down the water plant and did, in fact, contract another municipality for municipal water without first securing approval from the city council,” is the wording of the recall petition. So far ...

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