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Detroit’s bankruptcy focus of new reporting collaborative: New Michigan Media newspapers join the effort

Five of the largest ethnic and minority newspapers have a critical role in a new reporting project examining the city’s bankruptcy and its effect on the region. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the project involves four nonprofit media organizations as well as New Michigan Media (NMM). All the media outlets, as part of the grant, will form the Detroit Journalism Cooperative where coordi ...

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Loans available for Detroit small businesses

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is offering a new line of small business loans. This new infusion of dollars could aid entrepreneurs who are currently operating and those that wish to operate in low-income communities. Working with the Small Business Administration and its Community Advantage program, LISC will provide loans under $250,000 to small businesses that put down roots in distressed neig ...

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Wayne County ‘goes red’

Responsible for one out of four deaths in the U.S. annually, heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women. On Feb. 7, Wayne County employees wore red to work to raise awareness about heart disease and the American Heart Association’s ongoing battle against it. February was recently designated American Heart Month and Feb. 7 was National Go Red Day for Women. The Wayne County Department o ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On Feb. 3 at approximately 4:25 a.m. in the West Fort/Rademacher area, the 46-year old male victim was found on the curb lane. The circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown at this time. The victim is deceased. WANTED:Suspect: Unknown Anyone with information call: 313.596.2260. ...

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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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