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Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition

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  • Biden Commutes Sentences and Pardons Marijuana Offenses in Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 4, 2024

    In what the White House called a decisive move echoing the core tenet of equal justice under law, President Joe Biden announced a set of substantial clemency actions aimed at addressing glaring disparities within the U.S. criminal justice system. The president, underscoring bipartisan consensus on the need for a fair and unbiased legal framework, declared a series of important measures toward realizing the promise of equal justice in American communities. "I am announcing additional steps I am...

  • Remembering Those We Lost in 2023

    Renee Summers, Telegram Newspaper|Jan 4, 2024

    Each New Year it seems only appropriate to remember the noteworthy lives lost the previous year. At the Telegram, we look back at these exceptional lives and recall the contributions they made. On January 1 2023, the music world lost the talents of Fred White at the age of 67. White, drummer with the R&B group Earth, Wind, and Fire, lent his talents to such remarkable hits as "Boogie Wonderland," "Shining Star," and "September." He was born in Chicago and began playing the drums at age nine,...

  • The Color Purple (2023)

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram News Reporter|Jan 4, 2024

    Have you seen the movie that many have been waiting for? It's here and has been in theatres for two weeks now! The Color Purple (2023) takes the classic film and masterfully combines the Broadway musical with the legendary book, by author Alice Walker. The film tells the tale of love and resilience of one woman's journey to independence, that spans over a decade long in the rural South, during the 1900s. The new film is an American coming-to-age period of drama film directed by Blitz Bazawule...

  • Doctors: Nation's health care system can only be improved through voting

    Farah Siddiqi, Michigan News Connection|Jan 4, 2024

    Voting is not only good for democracy, it is also good for your health, according to one of the nation's largest medical associations. The American College of Physicians said voting empowers people to engage with their community, while ballot initiatives and elected officials determine just how well the health care system works. Dr. Omar Atiq, president of the American College of Physicians, said voters ultimately determine peoples' access to health care services and physicians' ability to...

  • Study examines climate advocacy for seniors

    Farah Siddiqi, Michigan News Connection|Jan 4, 2024

    While scientists say extreme climate changes are happening more frequently, a new study aims to link aging adults to it's risks and their potential to advocate for solutions. Academic leaders at Cornell University have developed the Aging and Climate Change Clearinghouse in an effort to understand this unique intersection, and work together toward solutions. The University's Hazel E. Reed Professor of Psychology and Professor of Gerontology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Karl Pillemer, directs the...

  • Downriver Community Conference to host two meetings on future of former industrial sites

    Jazmine Danci|Jan 4, 2024

    Public invited to attend informational meetings WHAT The Downriver Community Conference (DCC) will hold two important Open House Community Meetings where everyone can discuss the future of former industrial sites in Ecorse, River Rouge, Riverview, Trenton, and Wyandotte including Decommissioned DTE Power Plants and other underutilized properties. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the DCC is working to help redevelop the Jefferson Avenue corridor into a series of thriving dist...