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Some driver responsibility fees eliminated

LANSING — Driver responsibility fees for lesser driving offenses were eliminated, effective Oct. 1. “These fees have been a costly burden on Michigan residents and I’m pleased to see some of them go,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. “Citizens already have to pay court fines and usually see higher insurance rates for violations. These extra fees have made things tougher for many families.” Public Act 2 ...

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ARISE Detroit! asks community to participate in conversation about education

DETROIT — ARISE Detroit! invites citizens to participate in an upcoming Education Community Conversation on Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m., at the Samaritan Center in partnership with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor. A group of 25-50 people will convene for a 90-minute discussion focused on Michigan’s pre-K-12 education system and student learning. The co ...

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Hip hop concert for voter awareness

DETROIT — Occupy the Vote 2012 will hold a concert/voter registration drive Oct. 7 at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. In The Black Media Group, in cooperation with KK Produxions and General Population, present some of the area’s foremost political champions combined with hip hop that challenges the images portrayed in the corporate media. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting promptl ...

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Nsoroma observes 31st Annual Black Reading Month

DETROIT — Nsoroma Institute will celebrate the 31st anniversary of Black Reading Month with a Literary Fair and Open House Sept. 26. The free event includes storytelling, poetry, presentations and vendors. There will also be a school tour, for anyone considering enrollment. Malik Yakini, then co-owner of New Directions, a distributor of Black-conscious publications, and David Rambeau, founder of Black Aware ...

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Boehner predicts minority and young people not a factor in November

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Afro American Newspapers House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, admits that the GOP doesn’t do well with Blacks and Latinos but said Aug. 27 that they don’t have to. He predicted at a media lunch at the Republican National Convention that he doesn’t expect a repeat on November 2012 of the massive turnout at the polls by Blacks, Latinos and young people that keyed P ...

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Music and food and vendors, oh my!

Annual Detroit Jazz Fest keeps growing Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — For over 30 years jazz enthusiasts worldwide have enjoyed great music, great food and great vendors at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival held Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. This year, for the 33rd Annual DJF, the festival was the largest its ever been, stretching from Woodward Avenue, where it cov ...

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DAPCEP STEMM Real McCoy Awards

The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) awarded five Michiganders for their work in medicine and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at its inaugural awards fundraising Aug. 24. DAPCEP executive director Jason Lee said that as the state is advancing in STEM and medicine fields, it was appropriate for the organization to recognize current leaders who are advancing STEM a ...

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