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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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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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