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UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

From the woman who said she stopped cooking rice because of the amount of water it takes, to the parents who expressed fear the state would take custody of their children if it was discovered they lived in a home with no running water, Albuquerque and Farha heard testimony and, during a tour, saw firsthand the effects water shutoffs are having on Detroit’s poorest residents and their neighborhoods. ...

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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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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Rodrick Miller should look at his own recent history and Nolan Finley should read his own paper more carefully. There is nothing scary or fearful about a program that moves to give a systematic, legal basis to some of the best practices of our community. This hysterical backlash to a sensible proposal is exactly why we need the force of law to ensure good business. ...

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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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