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Collateral damage

The next few weeks will be crucial for the future of Detroit. The possibility of bankruptcy is looming large on the horizon. The emergency manager has reduced the City Council, in violation of the City Charter, by directing them to not fill the vacancies created by the resignations of members Kenyatta and Brown. He has also begun to do battle with the creditors who are mounting their own legal challenges to ...

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HP students win in court

A historic civil rights case can move ahead after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Marvin R. Stempien ruled June 27 that the children of Highland Park have a statutory and constitutional right to a basic education. He ruled further that the state and emergency manager are not immune from lawsuits when a child’s constitutional right to a basic education is at stake. ...

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Belle Isle to become a commonwealth?

Holiday celebrants on Belle Isle this Fourth of July weekend could be counting their last such days on the island. Rodney Lockwood Jr. is the principal in a company that develops, builds and manages apartment and senior living communities. However, his recent fame comes from his proposal to buy Belle Isle from the city of Detroit for $1 billion and turn it into a commonwealth. ...

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Money could propel Duggan to victory

Mike Duggan is back in the race for mayor of Detroit. Duggan announced June 28 that he’s going to run as a write-in candidate after the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling two weeks ago that Duggan did not meet the Detroit City Charter residency requirement. Political consultant Adolph Mongo says if a candidate has money, there is a chance at winning any election. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacks-at-large are intended to enhance the celebratory Fourth of July holiday activities. Chew on ‘em or spit ‘em out, whatever. A Facebook mind snack of mine: “Is it because you don’t know or don’t give a good damn? I will keep it in your face — don’t like it? Get off this page. All three branches of Detroit government are controlled from Lansing: the executive (mayor), the legislative (City Council) ...

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Replacing the council leadership

Detroit City Council will name its new leadership July 9. Council will vote on a replacement for Council President Charles Pugh and former Pro Tem Gary Brown. The respective positions, by 2009 charter, go to the city’s top vote getter and second place winner. It is unclear, however, if the council will be guided by the 2012 charter or its earlier iteration. ...

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Different values

Last week, more than100 people gathered at the Church of the Messiah for the March for Peace. It was a spirited gathering, as people walked through the east side neighborhood chanting, “Peace now” and “Silence the violence.” Neighbors stood on porches and clapped along with the drumbeats. High school students danced in the street. Decorated bikes, motorcycles, horses, babies in carriages and elders assisted ...

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Council leaders test ethical boundaries

Council Pro Tem Gary Brown, who announced June 26 he was leaving his seat on Council to become second in command to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s administration as Chief Compliance Officer, is potentially committing an ethics violation. In his new role, which begins July 1, Brown will oversee the daily restructuring for the city, while the EM devotes more time to the city’s debt, Orr said in a statement. ...

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