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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

In a news report, the youngest member in the history of the Detroit City Council sounded as if she was challenging the old ways with old-fashioned common sense. “Why are we transferring over this (public) property for a dollar, when the value of the land is worth way more than that?” said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. “It’s hard for me to just give away land with nothing in return.” ...

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DETROITERS STIFFED

Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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DEMOCRATS ‘DISGUST’ DETROITERS

Detroit Democrats say they are disenchanted with Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson after a meeting last week. Johnson was in Detroit outlining a strategy for next year’s gubernatorial race, seeking African American support. However, Johnson has not articulated a relevant platform or collaborated with local leadership, some say. ...

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