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HP: Snyder pushing to merge city with Detroit

Highland Park city officials are determined the city will not be dissolved into Detroit. That, they say, is the true motivation behind Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement Jan. 30 that a financial emergency exists. “We are the third and last domino,” said Councilperson Rodney Patrick in an interview. “Hamtramck and Detroit are under emergency managers. If we get one, the governor has all three and the merger is ...

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The significance of the Black Church in American history

The Black Church and the Black Movement in America have always been bound by an unambiguous umbilical cord. Denmark Vesey, an African who was enslaved in South Carolina, was a co-founder of a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1817. He later planned a rebellion in the United States in 1822. Richard Allen, an abolitionist, business owner and activist, founded the African Methodist Episcopal ...

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Portraits honor Black officials

The Wayne County Commissioners will commemorate February as Black History Month by exhibiting portraits of prominent African American officials with ties to Wayne County. The portraits will hang on the walls just outside the Commission Chambers in the Guardian Building from Feb. 3-28. The exhibit features David Augustus Straker, a Wayne County Circuit Court Commissioner and the first African American judici ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On Feb. 2 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the Milwaukee/Woodward area, the 44-year-old male victim was leaving a local business when he was attacked and robbed by three suspects. Taken were a black wallet, containing ID and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The victim sustained minor injuries. WANTED: Suspect #1: Black male, 18-20, 5’ 11”, 200 lbs., dark complexion, beard, medium Afro; wearing dark blu ...

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WINTER BLAST

Winter Blast 2014, at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Feb. 7-9, is expected to attract more than 85,000 people. Detroit’s music scene will be on display on three stages, with more than 50 entertainment acts performing. Many signature winter activities are returning: the 200 Foot Snow Slide, free ice-skating in Campus Martius Park, Professional skating demonstrations, unique sculptures in the ice ga ...

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Honoring Mandela — Detroit style

The fight against South African apartheid brought together activists across the globe. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptists Church, was one of the Detroit’s most strident opponents of apartheid. On Feb. 9, he will be the keynote speaker at “Praise Song for Mandela,” a celebration of the life of the South African freedom fighter and statesman at Charles H. Wright Museum of African Ameri ...

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