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  • 56 years later, bias case is closed: Hamtramck completes new housing

    Darci McConnell|May 2, 2024

    HAMTRAMCK - The City of Hamtramck is pleased to announce the dismissal of Garrett, et al. v. Hamtramck, et al. U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A. Stafford issued the order of dismissal on April 23. The case was dismissed because the city fulfilled an obligation to build 350 housing units. The final units were completed in December 2023. The class action case began in 1968 and was perhaps the oldest case in the federal court system. The original action charged that African American homeowners in the...

  • Wayne County Commission Youth Council Addresses Substance Abuse and Mental Health

    Monique Baker McCormick, Wayne County Commissioner|Apr 25, 2024

    Detroit, Michigan – April 19, 2024 – In response to mental illness among youth has gone up forty (40%) since Covid-19 and the rise of youth substance abuse issues, the Wayne County Commission Youth Council (WCCYC), comprised of 10th to 12th-grade students appointed by Commissioners, convened on April 23 at 10:00 am at 500 Griswold in the Commission Chambers to present a resolution drafted by youth for adoption by the county commission. Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick (D-Detroit), a dri...

  • Football Legend O.J. Simpson Dies, but the Obsession Remains Alive

    Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Columnist|Apr 18, 2024

    O.J. Simpson died on April 10, 2024. But the obsession around the former football legend widely suspected of murdering his second wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994, continues. Simpson was found not guilty on October 3, 1995, after a jury acquitted him. A 1997 civil trial found O.J. Simpson was liable for the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Goldman, and he was ordered to pay over $33 million in damages. Over 150 million watched the trial live. At first, networks were...

  • Report reveals opportunities to strengthen expungement expansion in Michigan

    Apr 18, 2024

    LANSING - Clean Slate expungement expansion has already brought employment, housing and education opportunities to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders since it took effect three years ago, but a new report released by Lansing-based criminal justice reform organization Safe & Just Michigan indicates simple steps the state could take to bolster Clean Slate and maximize the benefits it offers Michiganders. The report is available at bit.ly/CleanSlate3Year. Titled "Clean Slate Year 3: The First...

  • Sen. Geiss and Colleagues Introduce MI Momnibus and Resolution to Commemorate Black Maternal Health Week

    Bryan Merlos, Michigan Senate|Apr 11, 2024

    LANSING, Mich. (April 10, 2024)-Today, Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and colleagues Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Mary Cavanagh (D-Redford Twp.), and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) introduced a bill package to improve equity and accountability for those providing maternal healthcare services in Michigan. The "MI Momnibus" legislation, Senate Bills 818-827, is a multi-faceted approach to build on the existing community-driven programs, care solutions, improvements in...

  • A Change in Traveling to DTW Has Come to Wayne County and Southeast Michigan

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Apr 4, 2024

    It's 2024 and traveling these days can be more of a headache than expected with flight delays, rerouting of trains and if driving, you have to deal with never-ending construction. When it comes to traveling, is there a process that runs through your mind? What is your routine? Let's think about it for a moment. Checklists must be answered and completed in order to have a smooth day of travel. The RTA understands traveling and has taken into consideration by listening to residents and now there...

  • Woodhaven native welcomes America's newest citizens

    Burrell Parmer, Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio Public Affairs|Apr 4, 2024

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON – Capt. Jennifer Buechel, of Woodhaven, Michigan, commanding officer, Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU) San Antonio, served as the keynote speaker for the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Oath Ceremony held at the Military and Family Readiness Center. Fifteen service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force became U.S. citizens from the countries of China, Kenya, Jamaica, Nigeria, Vietnam, Venezuela, and The Philippines. Prior to delivering the r...

  • Outcry Grows Over Gaza Airstrike, Biden Urges Swift Ceasefire in Statement

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The most recent Israeli airstrike, which victimized a World Central Kitchen-operated aid convoy, has sparked international outrage and increased calls for an immediate ceasefire as tensions between Israel and Gaza rise. The attack, resulting in the deaths of seven humanitarian workers, has drawn condemnation from global leaders and humanitarian organizations, highlighting the pressing need to halt the violence and protect innocent lives. The aid workers, representing multiple nationalities,...

  • EPA offers longer rollout for emissions rules on light-duty vehicles

    Farah Siddiqi, Michigan News Connection|Mar 28, 2024

    The Environmental Protection Agency is setting stricter limits on vehicle tailpipe emissions through 2032 and giving automakers an additional three years to meet them. The Biden administration's plan to reach net-zero vehicle emissions came out almost a year ago. The auto industry's lower-than-expected profits are partly attributed to the compliance requirements for new electric vehicles under the previous EPA standards. Matthew Davis, vice president of federal policy for the League of...

  • Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2024 Elected Officials Academy

    Randy Hannan|Mar 21, 2024

    LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Municipal League honored the Elected Officials Academy (EOA) 2024 Graduates on March 13 at the League's Capital Conference in Lansing. The EOA is an ongoing four-level program that educates and recognizes elected officials across the state for their dedication to becoming as professional and knowledgeable as possible in the role of public servant. The voluntary program was created in 1997 by a board of elected officials working with League staff. "Congratulations t...

  • U.S. Citizens Flee Haiti Amidst Escalating Chaos: Global Concerns Mount

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Mar 21, 2024

    Amidst escalating turmoil in Haiti, a recent exodus of U.S. citizens fleeing the violence underscores broader concerns about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Caribbean nation. As conflict rages on in regions like the Middle East and Eastern Europe, voices like Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, emphasize the need for global attention to the suffering of people worldwide, including those in Haiti. "A lot of people are concerned about...

  • Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans Delivers Annual State of the County Address

    Kimberly Harry, Wayne County News|Mar 21, 2024

    Dearborn, MI – On Tuesday, March 12, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans delivered his annual State of the County Address at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, to a packed house of state, city, regional, and county officials, as well as friends and family. He spoke about the milestones and many achievements of Wayne County over the past year, as well as his vision for the future. "We recently passed our ninth balanced budget, a $2.2 billion budget that invest...

  • Senate Leaders and Civil Rights Advocates Unite to Reinforce Voting Protections

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Mar 14, 2024

    In a press briefing on Thursday, February 29, Senate leaders, alongside civil rights advocates, announced the reintroduction of S.4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, aimed at safeguarding voting rights and fortifying the nation's democratic foundations. According to U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on March 12 to discuss the growing threats to voting rights and the need for federal voting safeguards. Leaders said as...

  • Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans Delivers Annual State of the County Address

    Kimberly Harry, Wayne County News Staff|Mar 14, 2024

    Dearborn, MI – On Tuesday, March 12, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans delivered his annual State of the County Address at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, to a packed house of state, city, regional, and county officials, as well as friends and family. He spoke about the milestones and many achievements of Wayne County over the past year, as well as his vision for the future. "We recently passed our ninth balanced budget, a $2.2 billion budget that invest...

  • Gen Z Getting a Bad Reputation with Employers

    Michael Burns|Mar 14, 2024

    March 11, 2024 If you have not heard, Gen Z (also referred to as Zoomers), those people born between 1997 and 2013 have been using their "ghosting" powers to not show up for interviews with employers or even going through the interview process, getting the job, and then not showing up for their new job without the courtesy of even a phone call – not cool. This behavior is predominantly attributed to Gen Z but has also been picked up by their next generation elders too – the Millennials. Millenni...

  • AHRC and ICD Co-Host a "Community Conversation" Against Hate:

    Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director|Mar 7, 2024

    Consistent with their active constructive engagement with law enforcement agencies and other government agencies, the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) and the Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD) held their first of year 2024 "Meet, Greet and Open Conversation" on Wednesday, February 21st in Detroit. The session hosted over eighty members of diverse groups that included invited community members, civic, religious, activities, educators, lawyers, members of the bench, and representatives of la...

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Joins Annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Honors Legacy of Bloody Sunday

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    To help commemorate the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris stood alongside activists and community leaders on the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where she used the occasion to mark history and to call for a ceasefire in the Middle East. "People in Gaza are starving. The conditions are inhumane, and our common humanity compels us to act," the vice president declared to cheers. "The Israeli government must do more to significantly increase the flow of a...

  • Youth Suicide Prevention - Recognize the Signs

    StatePoint|Feb 22, 2024

    (StatePoint) Children and teens can be moody, but when signs of mental health troubles last for weeks, don't assume it's just a passing mood. Suicide is a leading cause of death among U.S. children, teens and young adults ages 10-24, and rates have been on the rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all teens be screened for suicide risk starting at age 12. While no single cause has been identified, suicide is often preceded by depression that is undiagnosed or untreated. Most y...

  • Historic White House Gathering Celebrates Descendants of Civil Rights Icons

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a Black History Month event at the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the descendants of some of the most influential civil rights leaders from the 1950s and '60s, along with other foundational historical figures. The gathering marked the first time many of those families convened in the same room. Prominent figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, Thomas Jefferson, and Sall...

  • City's New Administration Leads to Inkster Citizens with a New Sense of Pride

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Feb 15, 2024

    There was standing room only in the Booker T. Dozier Recreation Center as residents of the city of Inkster filled the meeting space to capacity. Those who arrived late were in a bit of a shock, as they witnessed fellow residents and others, sitting and chatting with each other. A true sense of community filled the space, as people seemed to be neighbors, friends and/or family. Prior to the mayor's address, residents and those who were in the meeting space were met with a brief program beginning...

  • Inkster Police Department Hosts Chat With the Chief

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Feb 8, 2024

    On Thursday, February 1, the Inkster Police Department held its first ever Chat With the Chief event to give residents an opportunity to meet and talk with the city's new police chief, Tamika Jenkins. The event was held at the Booker Dozier Recreation Center and included a community dinner and raffle and was supported by the attendance of members of four of Inkster's neighboring police agencies, including the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. Jenkins had previously served at the Inkster Police...

  • NNPA's Historic Town Hall Sparks Dialogue on Strengthening Black-Jewish Relations Amid Rising Hate

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) orchestrated a transformative Town Hall between Black and Jewish leaders at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, creating a pivotal moment during the trade association's 2024 Midwinter Training Conference. The NNPA is a trade association representing the more than 250 African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the original Black Press of America. The objective of the...

  • Three Black U.S. Army Reservists Killed in Drone Attack Near Syrian Border

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 1, 2024

    Three Black American reservists from the 926th Engineer Brigade, based at Fort Moore, Georgia, lost their lives in a drone attack on a U.S. base near the Jordan-Syria border. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh identified the fallen soldiers as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia. The tragedy occurred at the logistics support base at Tower 22 of the...

  • Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Opposes Giving Billions in Tax Breaks to the Rich

    Telegram Staff|Feb 1, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-12) released the following statement opposing H.R. 7024: "I oppose this GOP-led bill that gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to the rich, while leaving behind millions of children living in poverty. Our families deserve so much better than a bill that trades massive tax breaks for the richest Americans for crumbs for a fraction of the poorest children in our country. In the first year, the richest 120,000 households would get a...

  • The Honolulu Blues: The Fans and The History of What It Means to Be a Detroit Lion

    Clifton R Kirkman II, Telegram Reporter|Feb 1, 2024

    The Detroit Lions! Winners or Losers? That’s your call to make. At the end of the day, the fact remains that the Detroit Lions did some amazing work this season. Making it to the NFC Championship game is major! So, no matter how you feel about the final results, there’s always next year to try it again. Keep your hopes that we make it all the way. Now, here’s an interesting fact, did you know that the city of Detroit, is the only place where the Sea of Honolulu exist? Think about it. Eithe...

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