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WCCCD increases security standards with Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement police certification

An increase in security officers and training standards are two benefits of the transition to Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Wayne County Community College District for some of its officers. The certification will add additional requirements to the current P.A.330 WCCCD had used to provide guidelines to its security training. MCOLES curriculum for certification requires a minimum of 560 ...

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Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries, May 13, to become the next mayor of his father’s city. The mayor-elect paid tribute to his father, who died in January, and his mother, Amina Baraka, who was nearby off-stage at the Robert Treat Hotel. ...

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8-year-old hero laid to rest

Eight-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates. “They were never apart,” said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family’s church. They would ride bikes and big-wheelers together, play side-by-side with children in their south-side neighborhood an ...

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Fast-food workers arrested at McDonald’s headquarters

Over 100 protesters were arrested May 1 at the national headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, Ill., as more than 1,000 people from across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. Rev. Charles Williams II, president, Michigan National Action Network was one of 40 Detroiters arrested. Workers and activists are raising awareness and urging the McDonald corporation to raise the minimum w ...

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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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Big bucks, violence and Black women

The manipulation and one dimensional portrayal of Black women on television was once again thrust into the spotlight after an on-camera blow up by two cast members of the popular “Real Housewives of Atlanta” series. The profanity-laced, finger-pointing, hair-pulling melee, which aired April 20, resulted in battery charges, an arrest warrant, endless replays and debates on morning news shows and social media ...

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FAMU becomes partner in creation of Black TV News Channel

Florida A&M University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has signed on to a partnership with the Black Television News Channel (BTNC) making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network. The network will be operated and managed at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watt ...

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MSU amplifies summer camp

Families can register youth now for one of two weeklong summer music day camps held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center in Midtown. MSU Rock Camp takes place June 16-20 from 1-5 p.m. each day, and the Aspiring Musicians Program Camp is June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Both camps are part of MSU’s Community Music School program. Rock Camp, led by professional rockers and music educators Th ...

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Jackson Rising

The first weekend in May, I was able to attend the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Miss., with an incredible Detroit delegation. The conference was birthed out of the vision of late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (Baba Chokwe), the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), which he founded, and the Jackson Peoples’ Assembly. ...

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Michigan fast-food workers join international call for a $15 wage

While high profile morning protests and strikes took place May 15 at McDonald’s restaurants in Pontiac, Lansing, Detroit and Flint, smaller walkouts happened in at least two dozen Michigan cities, organizers said. Workers from all the major brands — from Subway to Burger King to Wendy’s — joined in the worldwide rally for wages that took place in 150 cities nationwide and at least 33 countries. ...

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