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Pontiac’s New Water World

If you want to see just how far-reaching the powers of an emergency manager are, and what that can mean in terms of how the issue of water is dealt with, cast your eyes toward Pontiac. The seat of government in one of America’s richest counties was placed under state control in 2009. Since then, the municipal workforce hasn’t just been slashed — it has practically been obliterated. Changes in the way water ...

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Justice Denied: Most states have not obeyed court ruling on juveniles sentenced to life

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 28 states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life in prison for murder without the chance of parole, a decision that affected mostly imprisoned Black boys, only 13 states have changed their laws to comply with the ruling. Fifteen states have not passed any statutory reforms, according to a study by The Sentencing Project, which works for a fair and effect ...

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? “And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and ...

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‘Lion of Harlem’ roars to victory

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, “the Lion of Harlem,” roared again on election night, June 24. The 84-year-old congressman overcame a fierce challenger in the Democratic primary to virtually ensure a 23rd term representing New York’s13th Congressional District. With all precincts counted, the results show Rep. Rangel was ahead by 1,800 votes over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in this rematch. Overall, Rep. Rangel ...

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Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

It was a mistake … but it was well executed. During a meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last Tuesday, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only Black commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolut ...

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How did you get that name?

Deciding which ancestral line you want to research can be difficult. One of the greatest challenges my genealogy students at Wayne County Community College District have in researching their ancestors is finding them using a surname (last name). Researching the spelling of surnames in how they sound, as opposed to how we spell them today, can be a painstaking challenge like trying to find a needle in a hays ...

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‘You can’t download freedom’

Rapidly-expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, says Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer. Speaking at the annual convention of 100 Black Men in Florida last week, Todd proudly acknowledged he doesn’t use email, does not own a computer and doesn’t have a Facebook or ...

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Flint’s big gulp

A recent MLive-Flint Journal analysis of water and sewer rates in 25 Genesee County communities found the residents of Flint pay between $65 and $120 more per month than their neighbors. And those costs are soon to rise higher still. In his proposed budget, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley is calling for a 6.5 percent hike in water and sewer rates for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Six percent more ...

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