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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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NAACP presents minorities’ concerns to UN

An NAACP delegation will take the concerns of minority communities in the United States to the UN Human Rights Council’s review of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from March 9 to 15. The International Covenant is a treaty that outlines broad and fundamental civil and political rights that should be available to all people, including th ...

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‘Renaissance for Black films’

Last year, the film entertainment industry set a record with box office receipts totaling $11 billion. Black filmmakers, directors and actors in leading roles were a large part of the industry’s success. On March 2, “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the first time in the event’s 85-year history that a film directed by a Black person won the distinction. ...

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Benton Harbor EM gone, but no self-rule yet

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders left town March 7, but democracy did not re-appear in this southwestern Michigan city, one of the nation’s poorest. Gov. Rick Snyder immediately appointed a Receivership Transition Advisory Board to take control of the city. The board’s powers and duties are laid out in 11-pages of orders left by Saunders. The orders can be viewed at http://bentonharborcity.com/ ...

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