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    Dr. Derrick Coleman, Supt River Rouge Schools|Sep 3, 2020

    A wise man once told me the Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. As we find ourselves on the eve of an opening of school where our students are being asked to do something less than ideal, we recognize there is opportunity in the midst of this crisis. In the River Rouge School District, we embrace this moment because we are certain the skills...

  • The 2020 Election May Be Remembered as The Year of The Absentee Ballot

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Sep 3, 2020

    As Election Day, November 3, 2020, draws near, COVID-19 continues to ravage the nation. As a safety precaution, many voters nationwide are opting to vote by mail, also known as absentee voting, rather than stand in line or enter a crowed polling place to cast their vote. But is absentee voting safe and secure? Yes, says Inkster City Clerk Felicia Rutledge. "The Board of Canvassers, they certify the election, they make sure the numbers are correct," she says. "There are so many checks and...

  • 'Not Forgotten,' 26 Missing Children Recovered in U.S. Marshal Operation

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent|Sep 3, 2020

    n 2018, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) launched a series on the plight of missing children of color – focusing primarily on missing Black girls. The series, which continues with regular updates, included the development of partnerships with several organizations that focus on educating the public about missing children across the U.S. According to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit's "Operation Not Forgotten" r...

  • Sgt. Sivad Johnson of the Detroit Fire Department was a Real-Life Unsung Hero

    Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director|Sep 3, 2020

    There is so much bad news around us. It is easy to be cynical and pessimistic. Self-interest is seen as what gets people going. Everyone is trying to maximize their utility and they act rationally, economists say. But there are people indispensable in our society that put their life on the line for the rest of society. They are the first responders- police, fire and paramedics. Many of them have died serving society. They are society's unsung heroes. Recently, we heard the sad news of the death...

  • Bipartisan Workgroup of Legislators Introduce Bills to Ensure Safety in Nursing Homes

    Sep 3, 2020

    LANSING - After months of work, a bipartisan group of legislators announced the introduction of 10 bills designed to prevent future health care crises in nursing homes, long term care, adult foster, and child care facilities. In conjunction with Governor Whitmer's nursing home task force, the members of the House Bipartisan Nursing Home Workgroup developed legislation to increase transparency and outline plans for care facilities for future public health crises. State Representative Leslie Love...

  • IN MEMORIAM: Chadwick Boseman

    Nsenga Burton PhD, NNPA Correspondent|Sep 3, 2020

    The world is reeling from the loss of iconic actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday, August 28, after losing a private battle to colon cancer. Boseman died at home surrounded by his family. A statement released by his family said Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016 and the disease progressed to stage 4. Boseman endured countless surgeries and treatments as he continued to make films from Marshall (directed by Reginald Hudlin), Da 5 Bloods (directed by Spike Lee) and...

  • Deadline approaching for 2020 Census

    Sep 3, 2020

    The deadline for participating in the 2020 Census is September 30. So with only 27 days left to be counted, now is the time to stop procrastinating and complete the census, which is available by mail and for the first time also online and by phone. Census officials say it takes less than 10 minutes to fill out the census whether you do it by mail, phone or online. To get the process started, visit "We want a 70 percent participation rate," said Armon E. Lowery, partnership...


    Emma Lockridge, Contributing Writer|Sep 3, 2020

    When the Coronavirus began ravaging our communities of Detroit 48217, River Rouge and Ecorse there was no conveniently located testing site for our citizens. A newly formed group of community members banned together under the name of Tri-Cities United to ensure that our residents receive testing. Starting in the beginning of June, Tri-Cities member and Telegram Publisher Gina Wilson secured a partnership with Western Wayne Family Health Centers to conduct COVID-19 testing in the Tri-Cities...