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Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Organizer Montague Simmons reminded demonstrators of African Americans’ centuries-long struggle. “It’s essential for us that you recognize this moment cannot end here,” said Simmons, president of the Organization for Black Struggle. “Your participation was consecrated by blood sacrifice that goes back generations. ...

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Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

According to Bob Daddow, the deputy Oakland County executive who studied Detroit’s system intently as he negotiated over the Great Lakes Water Authority agreement, to actually deliver the 63 million gallons of water Detroiters use every day, more than 210 million gallons actually has to be processed and pumped out. That’s because, out of that 210 million gallons, about 150 million is lost to leakage. ...

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Editorial: The Democrats still don’t understand emergency management

With the Republican agenda being forced on Detroit — an emergency manager-led bankruptcy, the transfer of assets, and the nullification of the city’s elected officials and democracy — it would be hard for any Detroit voter not to go Democrat. Yet, the Dems still don’t seem to understand and haven’t connected with Detroit and its mostly African American citizens. ...

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‘Awakening the Spirits:’ Egungun priest rouses Detroit’s ancestors for upcoming masquerade ball

The ball, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., will feature different divination experts (tarot card readers, tea leaf readers and more), Rozenia Johnson’s African Adornment Project, refreshments, ritual libations, music, dancing and costumes. Everyone should come dressed as a person who is an “ancestor to you...” ...

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