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Articles from the November 15, 2018 edition

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  • Michelle Obama Book Tour Features Oprah and Other Celebrity Moderators

    Nov 15, 2018

    As the Nov. 13 release date fast approaches, it's become ever more obvious that former First Lady Michelle Obama's book tour is more than just another event. In each city, beginning with Chicago – the first stop on the tour for her memoir, "Becoming, an Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama," – a major celebrity has been chosen to moderate. Talk show queen and television magnate Oprah Winfrey will fill that role at the United Center in Chicago, while the list of moderators for the book tour'... Full story

  • Santa's Magic Forest opens November 24

    Renee Summers|Nov 15, 2018

    TAYLOR – Santa's Magic Forest opens for the season during the City of Taylor Winterfest on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road. "Downriver's finest holiday display" welcomes visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 23. Friday hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 3 to 8 p.m. November 24, 1 to 8 p.m. December 1, 15 and 22 and noon to 8 p.m. December 8. Sunday hours are 1 to 7 p.m. November 25 and December 2, 16 and 23 and n... Full story

  • State Representative Sylvia Santana Calls for Release of Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders

    State Rep. Sylvia Santana|Nov 15, 2018

    LANSING - State Rep. Sylvia Santana, Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Corrections Subcommittee, introduced a plan to require the Michigan Parole Board to release individuals who are currently incarcerated for certain marijuana-related offenses. With the recent passage of Proposal 1, some Michiganders will remain in jail for conduct that is no longer illegal. This proposal seeks to fill the gap. "The people of Michigan made their voices heard, and now we have to make sure this... Full story

  • Mississippi Campaign Heats Up After 'Lynching' Remark

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Columnist|Nov 15, 2018

    It's a campaign that flew quietly under the radar – though the outcome could not only make history but change the dynamics in the United States Senate. Down in the Delta – where the public lynching of African Americans was the rule and not the exception and the Ku Klux Klan was usually law enforcement, judge, jury and executioner – Mike Espy, a black man, has forced a runoff against Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. As stunning as Espy's rise in one of the classic "Good Ole Boys" states, Hyde-... Full story

  • Excelsior! Rest in Peace Stan Lee

    James Abeare|Nov 15, 2018

    Last Monday was a sad day for comic book fans the world over. Legendary comc book editor and multi-media giant Stan Lee died at the age of 95. He was preceded in death by his wifeJoan who had died in July, 2017. Stan Lee had created some of the industry’s most iconic characters and made Marvel comics the number one comics publisher. In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War... Full story

  • Proposal 2 passes, slays gerrymandering in Michigan

    Nov 15, 2018

    Michiganders voted to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan by establishing an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that takes the power of redistricting away from politicians and lobbyists and gives it to voters. "Our state constitution begins with, 'All political power is inherent in the people,'" said Katie Fahey, founder and executive director of Voters Not Politicians. "Thousands of volunteers, from every county in our state, and spanning across political party lines, dedicated... Full story

  • A Native American to Know: Susan LaFlesche Picotte

    Renee Summers|Nov 15, 2018

    Life is not easy for anyone. Add gender and race to the barriers faced by most, and it becomes the fact that those who succeed in the face of such barriers become sources of inspiration for us all. Think of Mother Teresa, Ella Fitzgerald, or Oprah Winfrey. Add to that list Susan LaFlesche Picotte. Susan LaFlesche was born on the Omaha Indian Reservation in the northeast Nebraska territory on June 17, 1865. According to, LaFlesche was born to two mixed-race parents, who made an... Full story

  • The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit to Offer Christmas Assistance Metro Detroit families and senior citizens can apply

    Nov 15, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD – The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is currently accepting applications for Christmas assistance from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties at all metro Detroit Salvation Army corps community centers. Families with children up to age 14 may apply to receive toys from The Salvation Army corps community centers’ toy shops. Families up to six will receive a box of non-perishable food to prepare a holiday meal and a grocery store gift card to purchase fresh foods. Larger families will receive more. Senior citizens will rec... Full story

  • School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

    Nov 15, 2018

    The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high-quality learning environments, programs, and materials. The battle for equity also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe students' success or failure in school. An issue often overlooked, grading, is of critical importance. Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive... Full story

  • Dearborn Animal Shelter Receives New Clock Just in Time to Fall Back

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Nov 15, 2018

    The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) recently held an open house to celebrate its new adoption facility in Dearborn. The effort took nearly 15 years and the education and adoption center is now a reality. To help extend the celebration, Shinola, the luxury goods company based in Detroit, gifted a double-sided street clock to the facility. The gift was celebrated on Friday, November 2, the last Friday before the end of Daylight Savings Time. The event was called Fall Back for FAMD. The... Full story

  • Romulus voters approve millage to support public safety

    Nov 15, 2018

    ROMULUS – City administrators, firefighters and police officers are thanking Romulus voters for supporting a 4-mill proposal that will support public safety for the next five years. The November 6 measure was approved by more than 58 percent of Romulus residents who voted, 5,387 to 3,806. The authorized funding – which can only be spent on the Fire and Police Departments – marked the first time in City of Romulus history that a city millage proposal was approved by voters. Prior to the elect... Full story

  • 3 Ways Military Families and Veterans Can Stretch Their Budget

    Nov 15, 2018

    (StatePoint) “How can we make our money go further?” The eternal question being asked by families everywhere, every day. While military families are no strangers to the same budgeting dilemmas as everyone else, the good news is that there are plenty of ways that our servicemen and women, veterans and their families, can stretch their dollar and live more affordably. Bank Smart Think before you bank. Does your bank make it easy to conduct transactions overseas? Does it have specially trained staff familiar with military and veteran home len... Full story