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Ferguson October in full swing as thousands march

Organizer Montague Simmons reminded demonstrators of African Americans’ centuries-long struggle. “It’s essential for us that you recognize this moment cannot end here,” said Simmons, president of the Organization for Black Struggle. “Your participation was consecrated by blood sacrifice that goes back generations. ...

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Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Rodrick Miller should look at his own recent history and Nolan Finley should read his own paper more carefully. There is nothing scary or fearful about a program that moves to give a systematic, legal basis to some of the best practices of our community. This hysterical backlash to a sensible proposal is exactly why we need the force of law to ensure good business. ...

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Detroit water: Leaks boost costs

According to Bob Daddow, the deputy Oakland County executive who studied Detroit’s system intently as he negotiated over the Great Lakes Water Authority agreement, to actually deliver the 63 million gallons of water Detroiters use every day, more than 210 million gallons actually has to be processed and pumped out. That’s because, out of that 210 million gallons, about 150 million is lost to leakage. ...

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‘Awakening the Spirits:’ Egungun priest rouses Detroit’s ancestors for upcoming masquerade ball

The ball, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., will feature different divination experts (tarot card readers, tea leaf readers and more), Rozenia Johnson’s African Adornment Project, refreshments, ritual libations, music, dancing and costumes. Everyone should come dressed as a person who is an “ancestor to you...” ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Lon bristled at Virgie because she dares question the party’s treatment of Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard as a stepchild unworthy of meeting and greeting the First Lady, while printing literature listing the two white candidates for State Supreme Court and leaving out Judge Deborah Thomas, a Black woman. ...

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