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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Stress – the Invisible Killer: Magnopro - The New Stress Reliever: "Research has shown that stress may be the most misunderstood and underestimated debilitating condition of the century. If you are experiencing pain than you have not addressed the stress in your life. Stess may be the root cause of all pain & disease. Research has also shown that when stress levels have been relieved, most body inefficiencies and malfunctions simply disappear."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A new residency rule for Detroit is unwise - 04/19/06 - The Detroit News: "Detroit should not want to turn itself into the East Berlin of major cities, advertising its own undesirability by building the legal equivalent of the Berlin Wall around itself for top appointees.

Nor does it want to get into the kind of embarrassing imbroglio of a decade ago, when it fired the nationally renowned curator of 20th-century art at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the sin of maintaining an apartment in Detroit while his wife resided in a home in Huntington Woods.

That firing led a messy and well-publicized lawsuit that did the city no good. The former director of the art museum said another candidate for a museum appointment wouldn't consider Detroit if it imposed a residency requirement."

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Gaylord Herald Times - Will Granholm Pull a Blanchard?: "But there's another challenge reminiscent of the 1990 Blanchard upset loss. One word: D-E-T-R-O-I-T.

According to the EPIC-MRA poll done for the Detroit News and MIRS newsletter, some of those voters might not bother to vote for her which is a defacto vote for DeVos.

That's in part what happened to Blanchard who had difficulties with then Mayor Coleman Young."

Monday, April 17, 2006

Major League Baseball : News : Major League Baseball News: "LOS ANGELES -- With fitting solemnity, the Dodgers honored their own No. 42 Saturday night on another coast and at a different ballpark, 59 years to the day Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in a Major League Baseball game, thus changing the course of history."

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Water bill plan for poor pushed: "The current plan will use up to $2.5 million in late fees from Detroit residents to create a fund, which would be supplemented by donations from the city's residential and commercial customers. Residents with family incomes up to 175% of the federal poverty level would be eligible to apply for grants from the fund."

Friday, April 14, 2006

Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House - Yahoo! News: "WASHINGTON - Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show."

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Detroit's council instills budget discipline - 04/12/06 - The Detroit News: "I take issue with the March 28 article, 'Living Large.'

This article accurately points out that City Council's requested 23 percent budget increase for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 is due to its 83 percent increase in health care costs. But this point is downplayed by comparisons with the salaries and budgets of councils like Chicago's, which is like comparing apples to oranges."

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

News: "Although the New Birth congregation sponsors many valuable social service ministries I do not perceive that the congregation or its pastor have been on the front line of the struggle to transform conditions for the poorest of the poor in Atlanta or in the nation. Indeed, I think that it is fair to say that the Bishop represents a new style of pastoral leadership. I refer to it as the 'entrepreneurial ecclesial executive,' who embraces capitalism and prosperity while urging followers to be pious and hard working. By contrast, King called for fundamental changes in the way capitalism operated, and demanded that a just society protect the 'truly disadvantaged.'"

Saturday, April 08, 2006

TMS Features: "Last week, somebody was beaten because he was black. Went hungry because he was black. Died because he was black. Yet the face of racial injustice was Cynthia McKinney being asked for ID. You think there's something wrong with that picture?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Athletic director's death stuns many

"Stunned students at Milford High School and coaches around southeast Michigan tried to cope Monday with the death in a canoeing mishap of a man who shaped generations of athletes.

Gene Balawajder, the 63-year-old athletic director at Milford and a Hall of Fame track coach, was found floating about 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Dunham Lake in Hartland Township, the Livingston County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies had been called to the lake, near Balawajder's home, after someone spotted an unoccupied canoe adrift on the small lake. While officers were checking that report, a kayaker found Balawajder's body, deputies said."

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Monday, April 03, 2006


The Detroit News - Detroit auditor takes heat

"Metro/State - Detroit auditor takes heat"

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Quote - "The City Council originally gave the job to Sharon Gibson, interim auditor general, but political maneuvering by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson resulted in Gibson being replaced March 1 by Monroe, who began work the following week."

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Philadelphia Daily News | 03/31/2006 | A POVERTY OF THE MIND: "I call this the Dionysian trap for young black men. The important thing to note about the subculture that ensnares them is that it is not disconnected from mainstream culture. It has powerful support from some of the largest corporations. Hip-hop, professional basketball and homeboy fashions are as American as apple pie. Young white Americans are very much into these things, but they know when it is time to turn off 50 Cent and get out the SAT prep book. But for young black men, that culture is all there is ? or so they think. Sadly, their complete engagement in this part of the cultural mainstream, which they created and which feeds their pride and self-respect, is a major factor in their disconnection from the socioeconomic mainstream."


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