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Work in Detroit

On June 5 and 6, in three different areas of the city, three types of public work was underway with three different wage levels and three separate employers. At the high end: A crew comprised entirely of Mexican workers, employed by Giorgi Concrete, were installing new sidewalks in the North End on streets south of Holbrook and north of Grand Blvd. and east of Woodward. ...

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Only one of Obama’s Promise Zones is majority-Black

Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack Obama’s “Promise Zones,” is majority-Black, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, offered recommendations on the role the federal government should play in breaking barriers to social and economic mobility. Earlier this ye ...

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Lagos spices up local food scene

Tunde Wey is earning quite a reputation in Detroit’s culinary avant-garde, first with his Hamtramck Revolver pop-up concept, followed by Goldfinch American. The Nigerian born chef recently launched a third concept, Lagos, a Saturday-night-only Nigerian barbeque joint in Southwest Detroit. But Wey, who moved to the U.S. by himself at 16 to attend college, doesn’t just jockey the finances; on opening night, h ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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African Union to campaign against child marriages

The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the Koranic school in Agadez, for example, told the BBC marriage depends on the body of the girl and the man. “If the ...

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Movement 2014

Over 100,000 attendees gathered in Hart Plaza during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. The three-day event is regarded as one of the country’s best music festivals and one of the world’s largest for electronic music. Presented by Detroit promoter Paxahau, the festival was once again a success in bringing the futuristic sounds of the world to the city credited ...

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Detroit ‘WALKs’ down the runway

The WALK Fashion Show at the Garden Theater in Detroit, May 31, was a gala affair for designers, models and fashion industry professionals as the largest fashion show in the Midwest put on a spectacle for a packed audience. Over 40 design labels, many connected to the metro Detroit area, displayed their styles on the runway, giving attendees a fresh look at fashions for the summer. ...

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Cass Tech wins PSL boys’ and girls’ track and field titles

Cass Tech swept boys’ and girls’ team honors at the 2014 Detroit Public School League track and field meet May 22 at Renaissance High School. In addition to Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians and Coach Chris Wright’s Lady Technicians doubling their school’s victory, both meets had three individuals emerge as double champions. ...

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Detroit Raw

Agnes Hitchcock, the erstwhile founder of Call ‘Em Out, held a “Blacinaw Island” gathering over the weekend with plenty of food and freedom fighting dialogue. The creative session focused on Detroit water shutoffs and direct action tactics. Water shutoff actions by the union-busting democracy-destroying proxies of Koch brothers-supported Gov. Snyder need to be challenged in the world U.N. forum as the city ...

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