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  • Ecorse Schools Plan Transition to a One-to-One Computer District This Fall

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|May 14, 2020

    Governor Whitmer's Executive Order closed all schools for the remainder of the school year, causing challenges for school districts across the state. In Ecorse, however, the closing has expedited an innovative plan that Superintendent Josha Talison has had in mind for the district. Beginning this fall, Ecorse Schools will be a One-to-One Computer District, providing Chromebooks to all students in the 2nd grade and older for use with schoolwork. "We were already planning on going to a one-to-one...

  • Detroit now testing seniors 60 years of age and up for COVID-19

    Dominique Madden, Contribting Writer|May 14, 2020

    During Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Wednesday regular briefing, he said 78 Detroiters have died of COVID-19 since May 1. Of those only two people were younger than 50. Because of that, the mayor said the city is expanding testing at the state fairgrounds site to include more senior citi zens. Begining on Thursday, May 14, 2020, the city will expand its free drive-thru testing program to residents who are 60 and older. Those persons can get tested without a prescription or authorization through thei...

  • Michigan settles suit after landmark Right to Read ruling

    May 14, 2020

    LANSING, Mi(AP) - The state of Michigan early Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. The 2016 lawsuit that the appeals court had sent back to a federal judge in Detroit alleged that the city's public schools were in "slum-like conditions" and "functionally incapable of delivering...

  • Brenda Jones Defeats Complaint Brought by Christina Guzman of Dearborn Heights, Michigan

    May 14, 2020

    DETROIT – Detroit City Council President and Former Congresswoman Brenda Jones beat back a complaint brought by Christina Elizabeth Guzman of Dearborn Heights, Michigan – a complaint to disqualify and deny Brenda Jones be placed on the August ballot. The Wayne County Clerk has certified that Brenda Jones will be on the ballot for the August 4, 2020 primary election. The decision was officially announced today that candidate Brenda Jones will appear on all ballots as a Democratic Candidate for...

  • IN MEMORIAM: Little Richard, One of the Most Influential Founding Fathers of Rock n' Roll, Dies at 87

    Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Correspondent|May 14, 2020

    Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was one of the most influential singer songwriters in popular music. He was one of the founders of Rock n' Roll in the 1950s and one of the most memorable performers in rock history. Little Richard was born in 1932 in Macon, Georgia. "Tutti Frutti" (1955), one of Richard's signature songs, became a hit reaching the No. 2 on the Billboard chart. Another hit, "Long Tall Sally" (1956), hit No. 1 on Billboard. "Tutti Frutti" was added to the Na...

  • U. S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Holds 13th Congressional Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|May 14, 2020

    On Tuesday, May 5, US House Representative, Rashida Tlaib (13th district) hosted another virtual town hall to inform residents of resources available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents were able to access the virtual town hall either by phone or internet and were given the opportunity to ask questions. The hour-long town hall featured representatives from The United Way for Southeast Michigan, Gleaner's Community Food Bank, Focus: HOPE, and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. In he...

  • AHRC is concerned over the rise in number of coronavirus- infected inmates, urges immediate action:

    Imad Hamad, Executive Director AHRC|May 14, 2020

    The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) reiterates its call on Governor Whitmer, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and the federal prison authorities to address the Covid 19 pandemic and its impact on prison staff and our prison and jail inmate population. AHRC previously called on state and federal authorities to consider releasing inmates who present no security threat. This group includes older prisoners, those with health issues and others who have served at least half their...

  • Sports starting up this week

    James Abeare, Contributing Columnist|May 14, 2020

    I will admit when I am wrong and it looks like I am wrong in this. But, it looks like sports, especially professional sports, will start again this week. NASCAR is first up this weekend at Darlington, the first of four races in eleven days. The German professional soccer league is next to start followed by PGA golf. Major League Baseball will probably start playing in early July. The National Football League is planning on a September start with the Texans taking on the Chiefs in Kansas City on...

  • Georgia Man Ahmaud Arbery, Shot and Killed - Jogging While Black

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA CORRESPONDENT|May 14, 2020

    Add jogging while Black to the ever-growing list of reasons African Americans continue to be shot down senselessly by armed White men, supposedly under the color of law. Twenty-five-year-old Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging after a former police officer and his son chased him down because they "thought he looked like the suspect in a recent string of break-ins." The incident took place two months ago but has come to light after Civil Rights Attorney Lee Merritt...