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Articles from the December 6, 2018 edition

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  • National Action Network Calls End to Tax Abatements

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    The president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), the Rev. Charles Williams II, held a press conference on Monday, December 3, to address concerns about the practice of granting tax abatements to corporations and developers within the city of Detroit. Such incentives are awarded in the hopes that businesses will provide steady employment for the local community. Williams, flanked by NAN members and supporters and local retirees, called for a moratorium on tax... Full story

  • Legalized Marijuana:

    Steven Malik Shelton|Dec 6, 2018

    On November 6, Michigan voters passed Proposal 1 which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. When the law goes into effect on December 6, Marijuana will be regulated like tobacco products and alcoholic beverages in Michigan. Like alcohol, a person would have to be at least 21 years of age to use or purchase marijuana. And like tobacco, businesses and landlords would have the right to prohibit smoking marijuana on their property. And similar to the use of alcohol, smoking marijuana in... Full story

  • Michigan Bus Drivers, Parents, Teachers and Students Encouraged to Report School Bus Bullying

    Dec 6, 2018

    LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette reminds all Michigan residents of the importance of school bus safety. Bullying and suicide remain top tip categories for OK2SAY – and school busses are no exception for bullying. "The school bus can be a very vulnerable place for students," said Schuette. "This is why I encourage all bus drivers, parents, and teachers to be aware of the signs of bullying and know how to intervene in potentially dangerous situations and properly report the tip... Full story

  • Students for Peace Program Hopes to Make Lasting Impact

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Dec 6, 2018

    Crime statistics for the city of Detroit are grim. According to the FBI's database, the number of violent crimes which occurred in the city for the year 2016 was 13, 705, up 15.7 percent from 2015. The city's own website list statistics for the same year and indicates homicides were up 2.3 percent, rapes were up 4.8 percent and auto thefts were up 5.8 percent. In a city of more than 670,000 people, crime and violence have become an acceptable part of life for some. But violence is not only on... Full story

  • There are over 2 million Black-Owned Businesses in the U.S.

    Dec 6, 2018

    According to the United States Census Bureau, there are more than 2 million businesses in the country that are owned by African Americans. That statistic dispels a lot of rumors that African Americans are not successful in business. On the contrary, Black-owned businesses are a huge asset to the U.S. economy. But wait there's more! Here are 10 more little-known facts about Black businesses: LOCATION: #1 – The highest ratio of Black-owned businesses is in Washington, DC where 28% percent of A... Full story

  • Family time will help children improve their reading skills

    Gina Steward|Dec 6, 2018

    The ability to read is one method that determines how successful you will be in life. What is amazing is that each family can play a huge role determining the success level of each family member. If you are in your 60s or older, you probably had a parent that either worked in the plant or was a stay at home mom. The mother’s role was to educate and nurture the children and the father’s role was to earn the money to support the family. That mom responsibility included reading to kids and mak... Full story

  • What was he thinking?

    James Abeare, Columnist|Dec 6, 2018

    Last week Kid Rock was in Nashville to be the Grand Marshall of the city’s Christmas parade. That Friday morning he was interviewed by Steve Doocy on FOX & Friends. The interview went very well except for the very end when Kid Rock made some unflattering remarks about The View host Joy Behar. I won’t repeat them here. I even cringed when I heard them. Anyway, the mayor of Nashville, David Briley, heard the remarks and removed Kid Rock from the parade as Grand Marshall. Robert James Ritchie, what... Full story

  • Pastor adopts four children this holiday season

    Dec 6, 2018

    The holiday season is upon us, and On the Scene is totally in the spirit. Like so many across the nation, in between family time, feasting, and shopping, I am reflective and considering all that we must be thankful for. In speaking with Pastor Derrick J. Hughes, I was overjoyed with emotion hearing how he is showing gratitude this holiday season. Hughes is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Piney Grove, a prominent Fort Lauderdale church. In an intimate conversation with Pastor Hughes, I was abl... Full story

  • African Americans from Electeds to Journalists Remember President George H.W. Bush

    Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Columnist|Dec 6, 2018

    The death of former President George H.W. Bush on November 30 was the impetus of much comment and debate on his legacy. Many kept their tributes to a focus on his incredible military service in World War II. Others focused on the simple fact that, compared to the unprecedented behavior of the current occupant of the White House, Bush represented a more respectful political time. Several Black journalists who worked around him and had a close up view of the man as an individual, shared memories... Full story

  • Viola Davis to Portray Shirley Chisholm in Film by Amazon Studios

    Dec 6, 2018

    Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis will portray legendary politician Shirley Chisholm in a feature film for Amazon Studios. Chisholm was the first African American woman in U.S. history to be elected to Congress. The announcement regarding the film landed on the same day as news of a Shirley Chisholm statue in New York City's Prospect Park was announced by New York's first lady Chirlane McCray on the last day of November. November 30 would have been Chisholm's 94th birthday. The film project is... Full story

  • Home Winter Ready Tips with Blain's Farm & Fleet

    Dec 6, 2018

    Winterizing your home can save you cash and make your winter considerably more comfortable and relaxing. Make sure your home is ready for another Midwest winter with these Fall Home Maintenance Tips from Blain's Farm & Fleet. Here are a few tips to help keep your home warm and your family safe this winter: Check and Seal All of Your Windows and Doors A sturdy, tight window or door lock is key to keeping the frame pressed tightly into the window sill or door jamb. This tight seal will keep warm... Full story