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Investment for Detroit misses Black business

Low barriers to entry including inexpensive real estate, major-league infrastructure, national attention, respect and investment along with the potential for an urban lifestyle that anyone under the age of 35 seems to value — Detroit is poised for a rebirth. Chase bank is investing $100 million in Detroit. The foundation community with its New Economy Initiative, after investing $100 million, is entering a ...

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Shut off pause

On July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who cannot afford to pay their bills. Mounting local, national and international criticism of the DWSD finally broke through the walls of the bankruptcy court room last week, causing Jud ...

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Water: Reprieve, but no resolution

After at least 17 people were arrested in two separate protests where activists attempted to block crews from going out into Detroit neighborhoods to shut off water to homes… After more than 1,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue chanting “Water is a human right. Fight, fight, fight!”… After the United Nations condemned the city for cutting off water to more than 17,000 homes since March… After the Ameri ...

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Detroit Raw

I will vote for Elena Herrada, the one candidate Gov. Rick Snyder does not want in Lansing. A mother of four, this life-long Detroiter knows firsthand the challenge of raising a family during tough times in a tough azz city. Still, Elena is the most energetic grandmother to ever seek office that I have known. Elena is running for state representative in the 6th district — my district. There are a number of ...

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MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

On July 16 at 11:30 p.m. at W. Chicago and Wyoming, the 26-year-old female agreed to meet a suspect with whom she became acquainted on Craig’s List. They met at the above location and the suspect produced a handgun and robbed the complainant. The complainant’s cell phone, and purse were taken. The complainant ran away after the suspect robbed her and she heard approximately four gunshots and realized that s ...

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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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