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Water rights

While Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced speedy plans to create a regional authority to take over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, global leaders were meeting in Budapest at the World Water Summit. The summit was called because of international concerns about the use of water as an instrument of power. These concerns have been framed by such far-thinking theorist as Vanda Shiva, whose 2002 book ...

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Council looks for alternatives to proposed Belle Isle lease

According to Council President Saunteel Jenkins, council has 10 days to approve or disapprove the deal, presented Sept. 30, by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. If voted down, Council will have an additional seven days to propose an alternate plan. No action by council will result in the approval of the current lease proposal. ...

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Recount Fizzles

By Phreddy Wischusen The Michigan Citizen When the Wayne County Board of Canvassers read Speckin Forensic Laboratories’ assessment that 19 of Detroit’s Aug. 6 primary ballots were most likely all written by separate individuals, in other words, not fraudulent, exasperated candidates and volunteer challengers erupted. At the Sept. 23 meeting of the board, accountant and recount petitioner Tom Barrow told the ...

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Big, but no punch: The Black consumer and economic development

With an increasing buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually — $1.3 trillion by 2017, if African Americans were a geographical-fiscal entity, they’d be the 16th largest country in the world, according to a recent Nielsen report. So then, why is it Black communities meet so many challenges when it comes to economic development? ...

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