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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 it will suspend its controversial water shutoffs for 15 days. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained national and international attention. The announcement came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassm ...

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Black burlesque connects ‘History and Her-story’

On July 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the “Unveiling the Hidden Story of Black Burlesque: Connecting History to Her-Story” workshop will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The discussion and presentation is hosted by International Black Burlesque Performers, a Detroit-based production company. Although the historical and cultural impacts of Black burlesque performers are often o ...

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WCCCD Northwest Campus: A diamond in the rough

Mary Grayson has worked as graphic designer and publication specialist for Wayne County Community College District for almost seven years. Throughout these years, Grayson has designed hundreds of flyers, brochures, academic schedules and other publications for WCCCD with the bulk of her assignments coming from the college’s five campuses, including the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center in Harper Woods. ...

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DWSD rep disses UN, says Detroit residents experiencing shutoffs aren’t protesting

When asked if the DWSD was going to respond the United Nations' reprimand of the department and declaration that water is a human right, Johnson said the department would not be issuing a statement in response the the U.N.’s “assertion.” “This is the same organization trying to achieve world piece, it ain’t going to happen.” ...

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Tarot and Tea divines brighter present for Detroiters

Nefertiti comes from a long line of spiritually precocious people. Her grandfather was a spiritualist. His son, a jazz musician, also had the gift. “He used to touch people’s hands and tell them about themselves,” Nefertiti says of her father. “(But) he was frustrated because he had to work a factory job. No one would take him seriously about his spiritual gift. It got to a point where adults would ask him ...

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Award-winning author brings perspective on Haitian crisis to Detroit

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nat ...

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