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Strip mines, pollution and de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

With wildlife squeezed into ever-smaller parcels by the expansion of foreign corporations, fruit bats carrying the Zaire Ebola virus are suspected of migrating from the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus first appeared in 1976 to the West African nation of Guinea and from there to Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...

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Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand River on the city’s west side, has become a trusted venue for talented vocal artists to be heard. Running from 7-10 p.m., anybody is free to sign the open mic list and present their music, poetry or message. ...

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Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative branches. Late in the afternoon, Sept. 25, following a public hearing Orr signed Order 42 to Address Issues Relating the the Conclusion of the Emergency Manager's Tenure and Transfer of City Operations. ...

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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Duggan’s efforts were to retain local control over contracts, get a way to borrow money for infrastructure, and demonstrate his leadership. ...

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