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‘Dream Defenders’ continue sit-in at Florida governor’s office

The group of college aged-students who have kept Florida Gov. Rick Scott out of his Tallahassee office off and on for more than two weeks call themselves the “Dream Defenders.” Their goal is to make sure the dreams of their generation are not “deferred,” a reference to Langston Hughes’ famous poem titled “Harlem (Dream Deferred).” “We are here to no longer defer the dream. These issues are real to our gener ...

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Let’s get one thing straight, the city of Detroit has not filed for municipal bankruptcy. The emergency manager (EM) filed the bankruptcy petition, and he is an appointee of the governor of the state of Michigan based on Act 436 — a law formerly known as PA 4 —which was repealed by 2.3 million Michigan citizens statewide on Nov. 6, 2012. The EM is only accountable to the governor, the EM only answers to the ...

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Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stopped paying the city’s bills in early June, letting city debt grow. At the same time, he is paying his former law partners and consultants millions from an alleged cash-strapped city. To date, Orr — with the aid of six City Council members Charles Pugh, Gary Brown, Saunteel Jenkins, Kenneth Cockrel Jr., Andre Spivey and James Tate — has committed the city to spending $22 milli ...

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Bankruptcy birthed in Snyder’s office

E-mails between Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, Kevyn Orr and Jones Day law firm reveal the governor’s early plan to take Detroit into bankruptcy before City Council approved any of the steps or the mayor made the choices public. The timeline also raises questions of Jones Day having an unfair advantage in the Request for Proposal (RFP) selection process. ...

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Nationwide protests of Zimmerman verdict

Over a million people nationwide took to the streets in protest of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, killer of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. The July 13 verdict that came in the late night shocked some, enraged others and left millions of Americans with a range of emotions, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Protesters from the east coast to the west and in between are calling on the U.S. Depar ...

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Harley-Davidson turns 110

F. Gary Gray, who has directed such box-office hits as “Friday,” “Set it Off” and “Law Abiding Citizen,” combines his two passions of motorcycling and making movies in a documentary that follows his journey riding his custom Harley-Davidson. In the video, Gray describes riding his Harley-Davidson as a form of meditation. “When I’m not working, I’m riding.” he said. Joining Gray on the 500-mile ride from Atl ...

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Despite historic profiling and brutality of Blacks in America, the “not guilty” verdict of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, continues to stun millions this week as Black leaders vow to seek justice. Black Americans, joined by significant numbers of whites, have taken to the streets, social media and even the pulpit for comfort after witnessing a smiling Zimmerman shake hands with his attorneys, em ...

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