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Judge clears way for perpetual emergency management of Detroit Public Schools

On Oct. 1, Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk ruled against the Detroit Public School Board's vote to remove Emergency Manger Jack Martin. Judge Draganchuk told board members that emergency management can remain in effect beyond a manager's 18-month contractual term, if the governor decides to appoint a new manager. ...

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Saving the Dunbar

Last month, a historic African American hospital was to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Dunbar Hospital, located in rapidly gentrifying Midtown, seemed to be a symbol of the times for African Americans in Detroit. The property, at 580 Frederick, was listed with the Wayne County Treasurer and fetched a $195,000 bid before a last minute effort pulled the site from auction. ...

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Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative branches. Late in the afternoon, Sept. 25, following a public hearing Orr signed Order 42 to Address Issues Relating the the Conclusion of the Emergency Manager's Tenure and Transfer of City Operations. ...

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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Duggan’s efforts were to retain local control over contracts, get a way to borrow money for infrastructure, and demonstrate his leadership. ...

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