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Number of juvenile delinquents in Michigan institutions drop

The number of juvenile delinquents committed to Michigan detention centers dropped 41 percent from 1997 to 2011, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit policy research group in Washington, D.C. The trend mirrors a comparable drop nationally in the same period, said Ryan King, a research director with Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project. The reasons vary. ...

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Dumping ‘at risk’ and other negative labels

Although most today’s headlines focus on Black educational failures, there are many positive achievements by Black students that often go overlooked, according to a new study. A recently released report from the National Black Child Development Institute takes a confident and constructive look at our children. “Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child” is a co ...

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Michigan Arts organizations take students on a field trip

“Field trip budgets within Michigan’s schools are suffering deep cuts, and the most expensive component is usually the cost of renting a bus,” said Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts Association, an alliance of 16 statewide education associations working together to develop high quality arts education programming. That’s why MYAA and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs a ...

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Subtle racism damages health

What might seem like little jabs, can have a major impact on Black longevity. There’s a term for this death-by-a-thousand-cuts phenomenon: microaggressions. It might not be in most whites’ everyday vocabulary, but Black and brown people in the United States know the meaning intimately. ...

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Jackson Jr. in NC prison

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is now behind bars. Once one of the most promising Black politicians in the United States, Jackson reported to federal prison Oct. 29 to begin serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for misusing campaign funds, according to a bureau spokesman. ...

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ACA offers $50 or less rates for nearly half of single youth

A new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows nearly half (46 percent) of single young adults who are uninsured and may be eligible for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace could get coverage for $50 or less per month. “The healthcare law is making health insurance more affordable for young adults,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “With nearly half of single, Marke ...

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When it comes to food, pantries work all year

As food banks and food pantries across the state prepare for the challenges of the holiday season and talk of looming cuts to federal food benefits, there is one message they’d like you to carry well into the new year: People are hungry year-round. “The holidays are a busy time in volunteering and donating,” said Anne Schenk, senior director of advancement at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Mic ...

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Dark skies reveal the brightest lights

Two-thirds of Americans cannot see the Milky Way at night where they live, says Mary Stewart Adams. Adams is the program director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, located in Emmet County, Mich., where one can see the broad, bright band of stars composing the plane of our galaxy every night of the year. Adams defines a dark sky park as “an area of land over which the night sky is protected from ...

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Three Black women among most powerful in business

Three African American women were among those featured in Fortune magazine’s annual “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” released in late October. Ursula Burns, CEO and president of Xerox; Rosalind Brewer, CEO and president of Sam’s Club; and Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” are among the top movers and shakers in business, according to the magazine. ...

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