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EM trashes HP school library

“I’m not in the library business.” That is how Highland Park Schools Emergency Manager Donald B. Weatherspoon responded to angry citizens demanding to know why he tossed into dumpsters not only books, furniture and equipment from Highland Park High School’s library, but one of the most noted Black History collections of any school in the country. ...

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Supreme Court ruling impacts Michigan voters

“We’re outraged about this decision,” Detroit Chapter NAACP attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Michigan Citizen a day following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to eliminate Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Hollowell says the ruling, made by a conservative court majority, was done in a way that “turns a blind eye” to the country’s history of discrimination in voting. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Mind snacking in the Clique with Michigan National Action Network (NAN) president Rev. Charles Williams II, we were kicking it about the petroleum coke dumping on the banks of the Detroit River by Marathon Oil and the Koch brothers. What a duo that is - aided and abetted - as they use land provided by the owner of the Ambassador Bridge. ...

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DETROIT DISAPPEARS IF ORR SUCCEEDS

Nothing but the name will remain of the city of Detroit, if Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr succeeds with his restructuring proposals. Many of Orr’s initial plans lack originality, coming from city employees, labor unions and plans of action from the controversial Fiscal Stability and Milestone Agreements. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Dear Martin Luther King III, We welcome you to a Detroit in 2013 that is quantifiably worse off than the Detroit that your father, Martin Luther King Jr., marched in some 50 years ago in 1963. It grieves me deeply to say that the clock of humanity and all that America could be has been turned back on its head in this 2013 Detroit. ...

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EM surprises no one: To take pensions, water, unsecured debt

In a closed meeting held June 14 outside the city at the Wayne County International Airport Westin Hotel, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr revealed one part of his restructuring plan to bankers, financiers, the union representatives and the press. It was every grim prediction residents have prophesized since Gov. Rick Snyder imposed Public Act 436 on Detroit in March. ...

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