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HIV rates remain high, report finds

The HIV crisis is far from over in Michigan. Thirteen of Michigan’s 83 counties have high HIV rates as of 2012, according to the most recent Department of Community Health report. They include Ingham, Macomb, Allegan and Oakland. But higher than any county is the city of Detroit, with 778 cases per 100,000 people. Wayne County outside of Detroit ranks as the sixth-highest county. A high HIV rate is classifi ...

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Bridging the digital divide

Gerald Smith, the senior manager of government affairs for Detroit at Comcast, believes technology can be the great equalizer- giving people and especially children from all socio-economic backgrounds the ability to compete in today’s digital world. Sadly, according to a Pew Study, Smith says, 40 percent of people below the poverty line don’t have Internet service. When this statistic is applied to demograp ...

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America’s prison dilemma

Even if every convict were rightly sentenced, America’s vast, racially skewed incarceration system would still be morally indefensible. Over the past four decades, the United States has become a vastly punitive nation, without historical precedent or international parallel. With roughly 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. currently confines about one-quarter of the world’s prison inmates. In 2008, ...

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