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Though Detroiters said no, and despite a plan hammered out by a coalition of the city’s unions that would have saved $120 million in the budget, Council members Ken Cockrel, Jr. and James Tate, along with Council President Charles Pugh, worked behind closed doors with state officials and State Treasurer Andy Dillon on a consent agreement that cost the city additional millions of dollars, limited the power o ...

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Frankie Darcell: Off the air

Frankie Darcell is off the air. Fired by Clear Channel in December, Darcell’s popular and well-liked voice will no longer be heard on WMXD 92.3. Listener comments range from “Why did they fire her? I listened to her everyday,” to calls for a boycott of Clear Channel. ...

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Visionary leadership

The principles of Kwanzaa require that we pledge to solve problems together for the good of community (Ujima), recommit ourselves to supporting and building our own shops, stores and businesses (Ujamaa) and rededicate ourselves to preserving and appreciating our heritage and passing that same dedication to future generations (Nia). ...

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DPS aims to regain control

During a series of recent special meetings, the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) board, educators and students continued to organize a plan to salvage and take back control of the district despite opposition from the state. “The children are suffering in the midst of politics,” DPS Board Chair LaMar Lemmons said during the meeting. ...

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Chaos continues in DPS

A struggle for authority over Detroit Public Schools (DPS) ensues amid court hearings, misinformation and budget issues, making it unclear to some who is actually running the district. During a DPS board meeting Dec. 13, President LaMar Lemmons reaffirmed the body’s authority over the state’s largest school district. Lemmons vowed to clean up the district’s top-heavy administration and address issues relate ...

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Federal grant may help state doctor shortage

A federal grant may be a piece of the solution to the state’s doctor shortage. Chris Allen, chief executive officer of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, said $21 million of a $231 million federal grant was allocated to fund 85 new primary care positions in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology and geriatrics. “Using the emergency room for primary care ...

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