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Articles from the January 5, 2023 edition

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  • Amazon's Promises to Michigan Ring HollowAs Facilities Sit Vacant

    Jan 5, 2023

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce boomed, sales flourished, and Amazon massively expanded its warehouse footprint to reach all over the country. With every new facility, Amazon sold local officials and communities on promises of new jobs and rapid economic growth—and the state of Michigan was no different. However, within the past year, Amazon has been rethinking this massive warehouse expansion. In all corners of the country, the company’s construction plans for new facilities are either being delayed or outright canceled—and once...

  • Westland Mayor to Step Down, Says It Was an Honor to Serve His Hometown

    Renee Summers|Jan 5, 2023

    This past fall, Westland Mayor William R. Wild announced his intention to step down as mayor and will assume a new role as president and CEO of the Midwest Independent Retailers Association. The new role will enable him to spend more time with his wife and family as well.Wild will deliver his final State of the City Address on Thursday, January 12 and his last official duty will be to host the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony at Westland City Hall on January 16. Wild was first...

  • House, Senate Pass Legislation to Lower Cost of Inmate Telephone Calls

    Stacy M. Brown|Jan 5, 2023

    In 2017, Reesy Floyd-Thompson, who calls herself a "digital wonder woman," said she had to deal with the shame of the incarceration of a significant other. Her husband's incarceration also meant that calling him would be difficult, if not impossible. "I used to maintain a side hustle to take care of these calls alone. My husband and I used to endure monthly bills as high as $500 to stay connected," said Floyd-Thompson, who headed an organization called "Prisoner's Wives, Girlfriends, and...

  • Independent Detroit Filmmaker Scores Major Film Distribution Noble Intentions

    Jan 5, 2023

    DETROIT--When Noble Intentions hits digital and cable video on demand (VOD) platforms early next year, it will be the first film produced out of Detroit to be greenlit for distribution by Gravitas Ventures. The worldwide film distributor connects filmmakers and producers with a global audience of more than a billion people. Over the course of 15 plus years in business, the company has collaborated with thousands of artists to share important films with global audiences. Now, it's Detroit's...

  • A Look at Those We Lost in 2022

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Jan 5, 2023

    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 6, 2022, actor Sidney Poitier passed away. Poitier gained national recognition in one of his early films, "Blackboard Jungle" in 1955 and earned a Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for his role in "The Defiant Ones" in 1959. In 1963, Poitier became the first African American to win the Best...

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