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Water choices

The pursuit of profits is endangering the health and wellbeing of everyone in Detroit. What Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Jones Day and the corporate powers they serve termed a business necessity is being revealed to the world as a violation of the most basic human right to water. This crisis was orchestrated to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to buyers. Claiming they are not “ ...

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Benson, city plan rec center giveaway

“Doing the most good,” is the motto of the Salvation Army. Residents of northeast Detroit think the Salvation Army doesn’t mind its words. Fifteen-acre Lipke Park and the 10-year old Lipke Recreation Center, 1932 Van Dyke between Bliss and Suzanne, are in City Councilperson Scott Benson’s third district. While the future of the park and facility were being decided by the council July 1 — before angry and an ...

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Missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell found alive, well

Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell, who went missing June 14, was found alive in the basement of his father’s home 11 days later. Before he went missing, Bothuell was last seen at his father and stepmother’s home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Accordingtohis mother Africa Shipping, her son may have had a disagreement with his stepmother. In a phone interview during her son’s disap ...

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GOOOOAAAALLLL: Soccer scores with Motor City fans

International soccer fans have fixed their attention on Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. But fans don’t need to buy a plane ticket to see professionals in action; The Detroit City Football Club brings the beautiful game to the heart of the Motor City. The DCFC Le Rouge is in the Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premiere Soccer League, an association of over 80 minor league t ...

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Detroit Raw

In Tempe, Ariz. — a state with a dubious track record of fairness to people of color — a video cop-car-cam lets us witness as a Black female Arizona State University professor is slammed to the ground by police for jaywalking — and being uppity (my analysis). In Grosse Pointe, Mich. — a state that is rapidly becoming Arizona — another Black female is aghast when a Talbots clerk suspects her of shoplifting, ...

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Supreme Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions June30, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.  In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take. The ruling ...

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Mahogany Café poets remember Maya Angelou, pass the mic to the next generation

It was a place for love, a place for poetry, a place where Detroiters came together and celebrated their collective creativity. From 1995-2000, this was Café Mahogany, a Midwestern Mecca in Detroit for bohemian culture that defined an era for many of the city’s most inspired lyrical minds. On Friday, July 11 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Café Mahogany will be paid tribute with ...

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New program aims to help Detroit men become ‘extraordinary’ fathers

DETROIT — For decades, media attention on African American fathers has focused on the negative. A 2013 book, “Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons from African American Fathers,” depicts what is usually not shown on TV – what African American fathers are doing right. Stories from Dennis Archer and Russell Simmons and others help to flesh out authors Leslie Gordon’s and William Mid ...

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Welcome to the Boggs School

Stepping in, larger-than-life portraits of young faces greet me — red, orange, blue, green — smiling as if they have a secret that they are ready to share. Looking up, I see whimsical cloud kites adorning the ceiling. Welcome to the James and Grace Lee Boggs School! My first impression as a prospective parent was that this school is pretty cool. I had no idea the amount of awesomeness in store for our famil ...

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