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Articles from the March 21, 2019 edition

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  • Women should look into Construction jobs

    Mar 21, 2019

    LANSING, Mich.- To drive home Gov. Whitmer's call to lower the gender parity and skills gap, the Talent and Economic Development (Ted) Department of Michigan teamed up with National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to highlight high-demand, high-wage Professional Trade career opportunities in Michigan during Women in Construction Week, March 3-9, 2019. The National Association of Women in Construction, founded nationally in 1953 by 16 women construction pioneers, to enhance the... Full story

  • Detroit Church's Community Tutoring Program Encourages Young Scholars Broadstreet Presbyterian Church is filling a need

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Mar 21, 2019

    An old African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child. The congregation of Broadstreet Presbyterian Church may have had that proverb in mind when they noticed a need concerning the children’s academic performance in their community. Five years ago, church members decided to step up to meet that need and initiated a tutoring program to be held each Saturday afternoon at the church. The program is organized by Sharon and Bernard Oglesby. Sharon Oglesby is the Director of C... Full story

  • The Meat Tax

    James Abeare, Telegram Columnist|Mar 21, 2019

    According to Webster it is a tax on certain things that are made, sold, or used within a country. An excise tax, more commonly known as a “sin tax” is usually reserved for products that are believed to be bad for people, such as cigarettes and alcohol, or items bad for the environment, like gasoline. Will now the, ever popular, United Nations want to impose an excise tax on meat, to get people to stop eating meat and animal products. The reason? Raising animals for food is unsustainable for the... Full story

  • Recognizing First Lady Michelle Obama

    Mar 21, 2019

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American writer, lawyer, and university administrator who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in non-profits and as the... Full story

  • Attorney General Dana Nessel Officially Launches New Hate Crimes Unit

    Mar 21, 2019

    LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel has officially launched her new Hate Crimes Unit within the Criminal Division of the Department of Attorney General that is charged with investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. Assistant Attorney General Sunita Doddamani has been tasked as lead prosecutor in the unit and Special Agent David Dwyre has been named lead investigator. “Hate itself is not a crime and our civil liberties protect the right to speak about even the most terrible of things,” said Nessel. But when a criminal offense is committed ag... Full story

  • River Rouge Home to 'The Little Shelter That Could'

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Mar 21, 2019

    The small brick building on Pleasant Street that once served as River Rouge’s City Pound is now a more gratifying operation. Having made the transition to a rescue-friendly animal shelter in 2012, the shelter is a hub of volunteer activity and dedicated, compassionate care for cast off animals. Patty Trevino is the Shelter Manager, one of three paid positions at the shelter covered by the city of River Rouge. The remaining workers are volunteers who share a love for animals. Trevino says the s... Full story

  • Minimum Wage Increase for Michigan Employees Takes Effect March 29

    Mar 21, 2019

    Effective March 29, 2019, Michigan’s minimum wage will increase from $9.25 to $9.45 per hour. A copy of the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (Public Act 337 of 2018) and related resources – including the required poster – can be found here. Overtime requirements remain the same under the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act; non-exempt employees should be paid 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a 7-day work week. Employees 16 to 19 Years of Age An employer may continue to pay minors 16 to 17 years of ag... Full story

  • Red Bull Arts Detroit:

    Xaiver Jones|Mar 21, 2019

    The Slideshow Series is a program Red Bull Arts Detroit has adapted from it's New York counterpart. The series invites artists, and professionals of all forms to present an area of interest or expertise. Hence the name, the program is operated under the old school slideshow presentation format. Dancer, choreographer, and social entrepreneur. John Michael Schert's lecture, Creative Choice Making Embodied, took the audience to school without paper and pencils. The slideshow had no computer, or... Full story

  • Tidying Up Your Finances

    Mar 21, 2019

    (StatePoint) The cultural phenomenon sparked by professional organizing consultant Marie Kondo has motivated millions worldwide to declutter. While cleaning out your closet and making a financial plan may be two very different things, tidying up your finances can also "spark joy." A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) can help you commit to a plan that helps you take control of your spending, providing you with confidence today and a more secure tomorrow. Here are 10 ideas to get you started: 1.... Full story