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Though Detroiters said no, and despite a plan hammered out by a coalition of the city’s unions that would have saved $120 million in the budget, Council members Ken Cockrel, Jr. and James Tate, along with Council President Charles Pugh, worked behind closed doors with state officials and State Treasurer Andy Dillon on a consent agreement that cost the city additional millions of dollars, limited the power o ...

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Visionary leadership

The principles of Kwanzaa require that we pledge to solve problems together for the good of community (Ujima), recommit ourselves to supporting and building our own shops, stores and businesses (Ujamaa) and rededicate ourselves to preserving and appreciating our heritage and passing that same dedication to future generations (Nia). ...

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Letters from Wilmington Ten

His name was Allen Hall. In 1972, Hall was the star witness for the prosecution in the conspiracy trials against the Wilmington Ten — 10 civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis — falsely accused of firebombing a white-owned grocery store during the height of racial violence in Wilmington in 1971. According to New Hanover County prosecutor Jay Stroud, Hall, a convicted felon, had the goods ...

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Hantz Land deal done

Nearly 500 citizens stood in the blistering cold outside East Lake Baptist Church Dec. 10 to attend a public hearing held by City Council to share their views on the largest speculative land sale in Detroit history. Most opposed the sale of more than 1,500 parcels of city-owned land to Hantz Woodlands. Citizens referred to the sale as a “land grab” and held signs that read “No to Hantz Woodlands land grab” ...

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