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Trish’s Garage tunes up Motor City fashion

Ebony Rutherford has been working on her dream of opening a retail clothing boutique, Trish’s Garage, since 2007, and thanks to an opportunity through a Detroit grant organization, her shop has opened for a two-month run in a prestigious location — 1249 Woodward Avenue, downtown between Grand River and State Street. “I think it’s for every woman — a lot of times we may have a look that we want to showcase, ...

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The land, the people

Kathina Carey has mixed feelings about the Hantz Woodlands’ development in her neighborhood on the city’s lower east side. Carey, a Detroit native, described how she’d single-handedly cared for her block on McClellan Street for seven years, using her own money to mow the vacant lots between abandoned homes, and feed homeless neighbors in the area who sometimes went for days without a meal. She was relieved ...

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Detroit students athletes dine with, learn from Lions Head Coach Caldwell

On April 16, the Detroit Lions new head coach, Jim Caldwell, sat down to eat with more than 300 Detroit Public School and Educational Achievement Authority student athletes at the United Auto Workers-Ford’s (which hosted the event) National Programs Center. During the meal, Caldwell offered the students his thoughts on sport(wo)manship and respect, after which the students were able to ask the coach questio ...

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Duggan spending on aides is fiscal ‘free-for-all’

Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration has an unsustainable, top-heavy operation, according to sources. As Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr takes the city through bankruptcy, Duggan has doubled the administrative staff by adding 60 new appointees to Bing’s staff and by paying salaries in excess of the city’s official compensation schedule. Some Duggan aides are making upwards of $200,000 a year. ...

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SHUT IT DOWN!

Noir is standing outside in the cold and snow, waiting for the bus driver — who is taking his break alone inside the heated bus — to open the door. Young Noir is frustrated with inadequate city services, joblessness and the city’s overall economic system, as are many of other the riders who were waiting at the Rosa Parks bus terminal in Detroit on April 15. He has a litany of complaints about social issues, ...

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‘The Retrieval’ reminds us to find dignity in hard times

“The Retrieval” is the story of orphan Will (Ashton Sanders), 13, who survives in the employ of his shady uncle Marcus (Keston John) and the cruel white bounty-hunter Burrell (Bill Oberst, Jr.), earning the trust of escaped slaves and tricking them into areas where they can be caught and returned to their “masters.” ...

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Schauer calls for federal probe of Snyder’s office

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, wants the U.S. Attorney to investigate Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. During an interview with this paper March 27, Schauer said he thought it was appropriate for federal investigators to “look at what kind of favors were being done, if any.” ...

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Beatings in Detroit reveal ‘dual system of compassion’

Poor education. Unemployment. Encouraged vigilantism. These are the issues responsible for the recent beating of a Clinton Township man in Detroit, says the president of Michigan National Action Network Charles Williams III. “We fear more of this can happen,” Williams said at a press conference April 7. “That oppression that causes young men to (beat someone) can put the city in a boiling place. We really n ...

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‘We object!’ (VIDEO)

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), Moratorium NOW!, retired city workers and other community members gathered April 1 at the Detroit Federal Courthouse in Detroit to file and voice objections to "the unelected" Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. Objections focus on devastating cuts on the already meager pensions of Detroit city retirees as well as Orr’s plan’s to privatize cit ...

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Grand Rapids resident aims to bring Black-owned businesses out of the shadows

An ambitious and energetic entrepreneur, Jamiel Robinson looks at areas like Eastown, East Hills and the Wealthy Street district and wants the same for the Southtown area and other minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. He envisions vibrant business districts catering to the city’s African American residents, where they can shop, eat, work and live in thriving urban communities. ...

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