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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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Plans of adjustment

Plans to adjust Detroit are underway. Soon, the confidential bankruptcy plan, forged behind closed doors, will be made public. The adjustments to move through bankruptcy sought by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should be carefully studied. Orr has repeatedly shown he does not value the people of the city. He would rather protect the profits of the banks. Now, we are depending on his belated efforts to hold ban ...

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DETROITERS STIFFED

Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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Parents of dead teen demand justice

Justice for Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson is what his parents want, now. In a visit to Detroit, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson told an overflowing room at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church they would not give up on looking for their son’s killer. “We are not going to stop no matter what it takes,” Mr. Johnson told those gathered Jan. 25, for a weekly Michigan National Action Network meeting. Detroit was the ...

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