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EM neglect ruining Bates Academy, parents testify

Flooded hallways, falling ceiling tiles, growing mold, busted pipes, a leaky roof and 20 days of no classes — the parents at Bates Academy are angry their children’s education has been put on hold because of neglect and mismanagement under Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “What do we do?” asked one of the approximately 20 Bates parents who appeared before members of Detroit’s elected sc ...

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CAMPBELL FACES 10 YEARS

Excessive is how some describe the charges against Cass Technical High School student-athlete Jayru Campbell. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced at a press conference Feb. 11 the 17-year-old football player will be charged as an adult. Campbell, a junior quarterback, who led his team to back-to-back state championships as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012, faces a felony charge of assault ...

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HP: Snyder pushing to merge city with Detroit

Highland Park city officials are determined the city will not be dissolved into Detroit. That, they say, is the true motivation behind Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement Jan. 30 that a financial emergency exists. “We are the third and last domino,” said Councilperson Rodney Patrick in an interview. “Hamtramck and Detroit are under emergency managers. If we get one, the governor has all three and the merger is ...

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Freedom House protects global refugees, American LGBTIs

David Kato Kisule died while fighting a bill that is now law in Uganda — an anti-homosexuality law that makes being gay punishable by life imprisonment. Citizens in Uganda are now also required by law to report “homosexuals” to the government within 24 hours to avoid being prosecuted themselves. This legislation, however, is not unique to Uganda. According to the 76crimes.com, 78 countries have “criminal la ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Everyone with a smart phone is now positioned to be a techno-eye witness. You can back up what you thought you saw and heard with the clarity of video from your smart-cam. An editorial bonus: You are now a supreme formulator of opinion and jury shaping; “did you see the video?” The work of newscast producers is given a helping hand — no white balance required. Parents if you equipped your child with a smart ...

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No sense of shame

Many of us have seen photographs of lynchings. Most of them, in newspaper accounts and on postcards, depict some variation on the gruesome reality. Men hanging from trees, their bodies often mutilated or burned. Beneath them are groups of white people — men, women, and children. Sometimes they are milling about. Sometimes they are clearly having a party — some actually posing in front of the lynched body. ...

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Jayru Campbell charged

Faces felony, misdemeanor assault charges DETROIT — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Feb. 11 two charges against high school football player Jayru Campbell. Campbell, a 17-year-old student at Cass Technical High School faces one felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm and one misdemeanor of aggravated assault for allegedly body slamming a security guard on school premises. “Any defendan ...

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Security unsafe for Detroit students

Security guards are supposed to keep students safe, according to school administrators. However, a recent trend of physical contact between guards and students at Detroit Public Schools have parents, students and residents questioning that assumption. A video of Cass Tech star quarterback Jayru Campbell “body slamming” a security guard surfaced Jan. 22. Many believe Campbell was protecting himself. “I think ...

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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

In a news report, the youngest member in the history of the Detroit City Council sounded as if she was challenging the old ways with old-fashioned common sense. “Why are we transferring over this (public) property for a dollar, when the value of the land is worth way more than that?” said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. “It’s hard for me to just give away land with nothing in return.” ...

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