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Articles from the April 22, 2021 edition

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  • Obama, NNPA, NAACP, Urban League Applaud Chauvin Verdict, Call it a 'First Step'

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Correspondent|Apr 22, 2021

    Former President Barack Obama joined the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the NAACP, the National Urban League, and others to applaud the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin case. For almost a year, George Floyd's death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world – inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. Obama noted that a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done? "In this case, at l...

  • Washtenaw County's New Prosecutor, Eli Savit

    Gail Monds, Telegram News Intern|Apr 22, 2021

    Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit has signed several policy directives designed to reduce inequities and promote public safety. Savit's 4-year term serving Washtenaw County citizens began January 1, 2021. His biography states "Most recently, Eli served as the City of Detroit's senior legal counsel, where he led criminal-justice reform work for Michigan's largest city." Savit is continuing his criminal-justice reform efforts in Washtenaw County. Savit said of his policy directives, "At the...


    Apr 22, 2021

    WAYNE COUNTY - The Wayne County Health Department is adding two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics, one in Belleville and another in Flat Rock. The expansion will increase the County's weekly capacity to as many as 20,000 administered doses between a total of four vaccine clinics. Additionally, to make it easier for Wayne County residents and workers to get a vaccine, all County sites will accept residents and workers age 16 and older from all Wayne County communities; walk-up appointments are...

  • Mike Londeau Draws on Inspiration from the Past to Help Lead Westland in the Present

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    Westland City Council member Mike Londeau credits his late mother, who held a position with a local newspaper, with instilling in him the importance of civic engagement. As a young man, Londeau watched city council meetings on television and read local newspapers to keep informed of local issues. Although engaged, Londeau says he was initially not interested in jumping into the local political arena. "She would have loved the fact that I'm involved because she followed local politics and she...

  • It's Time to Talk About the Violence in our Communities/ Police and Community Relationships

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Apr 22, 2021

    I am an avid news watcher but only after the first 15 minutes of the news broadcast. You know why, because in the first 15 minutes its all about the violence in our communities. Somebody got shot, some kid shot themselves with a gun they found in the house or somebody got hit either walking across the street or driving on the freeway. Does that sound familiar? I know one or two of those stories will headline the news no matter which station that you are watching. It's not that I am ignoring the...

  • Seedlings Bringing Braille Books to Children for 36 Years

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    Seedlings Braille Books for Children was founded in 1984 when Debra Bonde discovered that braille reading materials for children were scarce. Bonde was a shy woman and decided that addressing the scarcity of books for blind children by creating them herself might be something she could do in quiet of her own home. Bonde enrolled in a braille transcription class where she met the mother of a blind girl who owned only two braille books because the cost was excessive-about $100 each. Knowing that...

  • This week we focus on the City of Garden City

    Gail Monds, Telegram News Intern|Apr 22, 2021

    Often family, work, education and social obligations are obstacles to setting time aside for exercise. Gradually increasing movement is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age or current physical shape. Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Our communities offer several options for residents, employees, and visitors to engage in enjoyable and healthy activities. We are highlighting some of these opportunities. This week the spotlight is on parks and recreational...

  • River Rouge Officers involved in Excessive Force Arrest of a minor still working

    Dominique Madden, Contributing Reporter|Apr 22, 2021

    RIVER ROUGE – During a Press conference on Saturday, April 17, the Western Wayne County NAACP and the Michigan NAACP Youth and College Division joined with local community members and clergy to demand the City and Police Department take some action on this arrest. "The climate that the country is facing, dictates that police actions should be addressed before someone gets killed. The actions over the last year shows that in a few seconds things can go from calm to chaotic", President Steward sai...