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Date registered: October 3, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Detroit Public Schools Teacher Responds to Emergency Manager Comments — January 9, 2016
  2. A History of Labor Day — September 7, 2015
  3. Keith Owens Named Sr. Editor of the Michigan Chronicle — August 5, 2015
  4. EM Orr: Punitive Policies AGAIN — April 14, 2014
  5. Happy #313DLove Day, #Detroit! — March 13, 2014

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  1. Community Organizing in Detroit: Flip the Script Program for Young Men — 7 comments
  2. Happy Paczki Day: Hamtramck MI — 6 comments
  3. I am NOT Disappointed in President Obama — 2 comments
  4. Monday Milestones: Martha Jean the Queen Steinberg — 2 comments
  5. We Made Our Funk the P-Funk! — 2 comments

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Jan 09

Detroit Public Schools Teacher Responds to Emergency Manager Comments


Mr. Darnell Earley was appointed in January 2013 as the “Emergency Manager” (EM) of the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R). If the name “Darnell Earley” sounds familiar, it may be because Mr. Earley was also appointed by Gov. Snyder to be the EM of the City of Flint Michigan; it …

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Sep 07

A History of Labor Day

The celebration of Labor Day originated in Canada in the 1800s when a parade of support for the Typographical Union was held in Toronto in 1872. The union was striking for a 58-hour work week. Several support strikes followed, and in 1873, the Canadian Parliament passed the Trade Union Act which was designed to repeal …

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Aug 05

Keith Owens Named Sr. Editor of the Michigan Chronicle


I can’t imagine a better time to be senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle. I’ve been a journalist for nearly 30 years, working as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist, and blogger. In Detroit, where I have spent the past 22 years of my life, I have worked for the Detroit Free Press on the editorial …

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Apr 14

EM Orr: Punitive Policies AGAIN


Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is ready to present another backwards-thinking policy that will NOT boost revenues for Detroit, but instead will punish people who live, work, and most importantly visit our great city.  Presently, if you receive an expired parking meter ticket, the cost is $20, but that fee is reduced to $10 if …

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Mar 13

Happy #313DLove Day, #Detroit!


The City of Detroit was founded in 1701, 313 years ago by Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, a French fur trader and explorer.               Today is March 13.                   The Area Code to call anyone in Detroit is “313”. …

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Mar 04

Happy Paczki Day: Hamtramck MI

This is an annual re-post in honor of one of my favorite holidays, “Paczki Day” in Hamtramck Michigan! Have you ordered and purchased your paczki yet? Make sure you get REAL Polish paczki–not some *bootleg* jelly doughnuts that wish they WERE paczki!   Update: One of these delectable treats is called a “paczek” [POON-check];  “paczki” …

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Feb 10

Belle Isle to Become a Michigan State Park


After over a century of multiple owners, the City of Detroit purchased Belle Isle (named after the daughter of Lewis Cass, Michigan’s first territorial governor) in 1879. The City hired Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, to provide similar design services for Belle Isle Park. Only some of Olmsted’s plans …

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Jan 13

Monday Milestone: Mary Barra Named GM CEO

Mary Barra, 1st Female CEO of General Motors Corporation--2014

Mary Barra, a native of Waterford, Michigan, who now resides in Novi, Michigan with her husband and two children, has been named as the first-ever female CEO of General Motors, or any other major automotive company. Ms. Barra, 51, whose father worked in a GM Pontiac plant, started working at GM herself at age 18 …

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Jan 13

2014 Corvette Named Car of the Year

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Photo Credit: Dan MacMedan USA TODAY)

  Isn’t it beautiful?!?!?!? The Corvette has always been my dream car…I AM going to get a Corvette one of these days very soon! This car was named 2014 Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show Media Preview in Detroit MI.                     …

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Nov 05

Your vote COUNTS!


This is a newly-edited version of a post I write every single election day in Detroit. I never, EVER, miss an opportunity to vote. The history of voter participation in elections in the City of Detroit is pitiful at best: usually only 15-20%. Maybe a little more during presidential elections, but not much. You cannot complain …

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