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A Pontiac lawsuit, which could have far-reaching implications throughout Michigan, was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati last week. The case was brought by city retirees who had their healthcare benefits slashed by then-Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel in December 2011. A federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of retirees in June 2012. Among other allegations, it was claime ...

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Armed angry white males: Domestic terrorists

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them… And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” — Senator Barack Obama April ...

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Undocumented immigrants face higher tuition at some Michigan colleges and universities

A college acceptance letter isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. For many undocumented immigrants in Michigan and their children, the application process is just one hurdle on the road to a college education. “They’ve invested so much in their education, but when (it’s time to go) to college, that’s when the road closes on them,” said Jose Franco, founder of One Michigan, a Detroit-based group that works ...

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Preparation for trades could count toward graduation under proposed legislation

High school students could learn algebra while working with metal under legislation pending in the Senate. The bills sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, would give students more flexibility in classes they could take in high school. They could take an agricultural science or anatomy class in place of the traditional second year science class, swap a foreign language class ...

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Final push to get Blacks signed up for health insurance

With less than two weeks left to sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, grassroots supporters of the mandatory law and federal health officials are rushing to enroll Blacks, other people of color and young people in order to meet the Obama administration’s goal of reaching 7 million people by the end of this month. ...

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New studies shatter myths about Black cohabitation and marriage

Decades of research and the warnings of Black mothers everywhere are being challenged by an emerging body of research that finds no link between cohabitation and chance of divorce. Further, researchers are asserting that cohabitation actually boosts the stability of resulting marriages for women who typically have lower marital rates — such as Black women. ...

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Music fest marred: Drunk driver kills two, Tyler arrested

Hip hop enfant terrible, Tyler, The Creator was arrested March 15 in Austin, Tex., for allegedly inciting a “riot” at the South by Southwest music festival. On March 13, the 23-year-old rapper, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, allegedly encouraged the crowd waiting outside the full-to-capacity room to push past the guards. The fans seized the opportunity and packed into the room. No one was seriously injured. ...

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Ancestral journey: Diggin’ up your roots

Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) is the largest urban community college in the state of Michigan. It is a multi-campus district with five conveniently-located campuses, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE). The District serves nearly 72,000 students annually. ...

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From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley — Ben Jealous still pushing technology for equality

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America. Jealous and the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, located near the Silicon Valley, announced this week that he has joined the center as its first venture pa ...

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