Black lives matter: A portrait of Noel Night

Black lives matter: A portrait of Noel Night

As Black businesses competed for attention and sales with well-publicized businesses only recently transplanted to the city, they were there to declare through economics that Black ...

Water is a gift

Water is a gift

“Water is not a want. Water is a need. Don’t get it confused. No human being has the right to deny another human being one of God’s gifts. You don’t have that right. I ...

Justice Department interventions may not halt police violence

Justice Department interventions may not halt police violence

The recent public slayings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others have illustrated clearly the United States government is incapable of reining in local law-enforceme ...

Homrich 9 fight for jury trial

Homrich 9 fight for jury trial

At an emotional press conference, Dec. 8, members of the Homrich 9 laid out the legal strategy they would pursue in their defense, and the moral foundations for the act of civil di ...

Outrage brews in police shooting of 12-year-old

Outrage brews in police shooting of 12-year-old

The video made public on Nov. 26 shows Tamir Rice being shot within 1.5-2 seconds of a patrol car stopping near him at a park in Cleveland Nov. 22. ...

Environmental journalists explore Detroit River recovery, regional pollution issues

Environmental journalists explore Detroit River recovery, regional pollution issues

In October, The Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources and the Detroit River Institute hosted an environmental journalism training session for writers from around the United ...

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle, J.D.

Every street or highway blocked, every die-in, every shopping disruption, helps stop killer cops. Yes, Black lives matter to more than Black people, seems a few white folk are upse ...

President Obama, it’s time for an urban agenda

A new study shows that families who benefit from federally assisted housing programs live near low-performing schools. Many poor, Black families are far — in proximity and otherwise — from opportunity. Millions of families live in traditional public housing, Section 8 subsidized apartments or benefit from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. And if they receive any of these benefits, they are likely to be loc ...

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Blue Cross sale means higher rates and taxpayers out billions

Consumer groups, led by Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH), have been urging state officials to move slowly in providing the legal mechanism for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to shed its charitable mission and be sold to a newly formed BCBSM mutual insurance company. Unfortunately, many lawmakers are instead pushing to fast-track this risky proposal despite it meaning higher insurance rate ...

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Obama backlash

As president of the United States, Barack Obama has ended a senseless war in Iraq, where more than 110,000 soldiers and civilians were killed, and countless injured. He killed the most wanted 9/11 terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, after he was on the run for more than 10 years. ...

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