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Wayne State University commencement ceremonies celebrate class of 2013

More than 3,500 students will participate in two Wayne State University spring commencement ceremonies May 9. The ceremonies, which will conclude the university’s 145th academic year, will be held at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The ceremonies will be one of the last major university events for President Allan Gilmour, who will retire in June. Gilmour stepped in to lead WSU in 2010 on an interim basis an ...

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Courageous Inc. helps urban youth

Former vice chair of the Wayne County Commission Keith D. Williams is on a mission to help inner city youth. Williams, a Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) graduate is using sports as his platform. With his non-profit, Courageous Inc., Williams, 58, will be working closely with DPS to attract students as early as middle school to the program. Courageous Inc. will also work in partnership with Wayne State Univers ...

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DDOT announces service changes due to reconstruction

Effective April 27, the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement minor weekday and weekend service changes. The city’s transportation department officials say, changes are based on transit demands and designed to improve travel-time efficiencies for customer usage. The following routes will be affected by these adjustments: ...

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FTA gives final clearance for 3.3-mile Woodward streetcar

The 3.3-mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue received clearance to proceed from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This week, M-1 Rail President and CEO Matthew P. Cullen announced the appointment of eight new members to the groups board of directors. Jeni Norman is the new Chief Financial Officer. Norman was Senior Manager with the Audit and Assurance Department of The Rehmann Group. As ...

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Black Slate hosts forum on civic engagement

The Black Slate will host an open meeting May 1. The meeting will focus on volunteerism and civil/social/community action. According to a press statement, Black Slate friends, supporters, volunteers and the community is invited. The meeting will feature representatives from the Michigan Democratic Party, National Action Network, NAACP, UCC/DMA-Social Justice M.A.T., Detroit Young Dems among others. ...

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Flower Power: Don’t kill the Dandelion, eat it and let it grow

I was watching TV the other day. Commercial break. Cut to a lush green lawn. A single yellow dandelion springs up through the emerald expanse. The heroic protagonist appears left. He spies the flower, runs, dives, somersaults onto the lawn and pops up sturdily on one knee. Brandishing a bottle of weed killer, he fires. The patented nozzle rains hell on the defenseless sunbather. The flower withers. And dies ...

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Detroit School of Arts Achievers Ladies Ensemble headed to Carnegie Hall April 28

The Detroit School of Arts Wind Symphony won overall “Best Group” for its performance at Carnegie Hall the weekend of March 29 - 30. The DSA Wind Symphony, under the direction of Ronald Malabed and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sean Smith, participated in the National Band and Orchestra Festival held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Detroit School of Arts Achievers Ladies Ensemble, under ...

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Council 5 approves Jones Day

“Shameful” is how many Detroit residents described the 5-2 City Council vote April 16 to approve a controversial $3.5 million contract with Jones Day law firm. Council members JoAnn Watson and Brenda Jones voted no. Council President Charles Pugh, Pro tem Gary Brown and members Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate and Andre Spivey voted in favor of the contract. Members Kwame Kenyatta and Kenneth Cockrel Jr. were a ...

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EM Roberts ignores new duties

Section 19 of the new Emergency Manager (EM) law, Public Act 436, promises a whole new set of lawsuits such as have plagued the courts and enriched attorneys since the state first targeted struggling cities with emergency management. Section 19 requires the EM to submit a plan of action to the elected board for the closing of any school or sale or transfer of any asset valued at $50,000 or more, Detroit Pub ...

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Detroit’s great debaters take national stage

Detroit’s young people have been counted out more times than one cares to imagine yet, they continue to beat the odds. Through it all they’ve continued to set their sights to attain and achieve unprecedented goals. A group of six students, who have fought long and hard along with a collectively devoted and active group of teachers, administrators and community leaders, will display that resilience Detroiter ...

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