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Detroit artist Gilda Snowden joins the ancestors

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen Gilda Snowden, a matriarch of the Detroit art world, joined the ancestors Sept. 9 at the age of 60. She died of heart failure. An educator, curator, writer and solo exhibitionist, Snowden touched the lives of many throughout the city with her spirit and her wealth of knowledge. Her memorial was celebrated on Sept. 15 at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in De ...

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Techonomy: Race and the new economy

By C. Kelly The Michigan Citizen Technology is fundamentally changing the world in which we live. Just as the 1880s Industrial Revolution transformed public infrastructure and the economy — the way we work, live and do business — technology is today’s catalyst. That was the prevailing message at this year’s annual Techonomy Detroit conference held at Wayne State University, Sept. 16. CHANGING ECONOMY Some e ...

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The Ebola epidemic: No end in sight

Promising trial drugs denied for those most in need By William Covington Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Authors Note: I was first introduced to the Ebola virus in 1978 while attending California State University Long Beach. At that time, Ebola was just two years old and known in the scientific community as a Marburg-like virus (a virus first discovered in Marburg, Germany, in 1967. Since then the virus ...

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Rethinking global drug policies

A new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, released by Commission members including former presidents and other heavyweights in New York last week, attempts to visualize a post “War on Drugs” landscape in an era where the 50-year-old policy is widely regarded as a failure and where experimentation is gathering momentum. ...

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Finance, Ferguson and Orr

Week 76 of the Occupation of Detroit By Shea Howell Special to The Michigan Citizen  Governor Rick Snyder, his Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the corporate interests who back them all breathed a sigh of relief last week as Syncora blinked. The bond insurer agreed to support the bankruptcy plan. David Heiman, a Jones Day attorney, told Judge Steven Rhodes these “passionate adversaries” have “laid down the s ...

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What would Coleman Young say?

In his 1994 autobiography written with Lonnie Wheeler, “The Hard Stuff,” Young warned Detroit about what the loss of the water department and other assets would mean for the city. The transfer of DWSD to a suburban authority signifies — as the transfer, outsourcing and outright sale of other city assets — a shifting, or transfer of power from Detroit, resulting in a redistribution of wealth. ...

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