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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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Water shut-offs threaten third-world conditions

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department officials recently announced water accounts over 60 days past due or owing $150 or more would be turned off. The shut-off program, which affects businesses and residences, is expected to have a far-reaching impact – almost half of the city’s accounts are currently delinquent, according to reports. Lack of access to clean running water for bathing, cooking, cleaning clot ...

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Water rights

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to turn the water department into a regional asset has been smashed by the absolute refusal of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Mark Hackel of Macomb County. In a politically motivated move to pander to racist views of the city, both men acted on what the Detroit Free Press called “old line biases and divisions.” In response, Orr is calling for bids from pr ...

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Detroit Raw

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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