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Marathon Petroleum's Detroit refinery in the 48217 zip code, frequently called the 'most polluted' area in Michigan. Photo by @ddatch54/Flickr
Detroit's 48217 zip code is known as the "most polluted" in Michigan -- here's how it got that moniker, and why it matters for environmental activists.
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Jollof rice and stewed goat shank from Detroit food truck Fork in Nigeria
Like restaurants, many Detroit food trucks are struggling -- but Jamaica Mi Hungry 313 and Fork in Nigeria have both launched and found loyal customers.
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Metro Detroit teacher-parents face difficult options for their jobs and kids' schooling. Image shows young girl receiving virtual instruction at a laptop.
“Many people tell me I’m lucky to be a teacher, but they don’t understand that after trying to teach and contact students all day, I will not be the best teacher to my child."
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Denise Fair
How Denise Fair, the top health official in Detroit, makes tough calls during the COVID-19 crisis -- while trying not to let stress overwhelm her.
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What Wayne County Prosecutor challenger Victoria Burton-Harris' outcome in the August primary says about the future of progressive leadership for Detroit.
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The Cato family is struggling to figure out how to best navigate the upcoming school year in Detroit.
After adjusting to pandemic life, the Catos are now once again navigating dread and indecision about the best way to handle school, as science evolves about the risks of COVID-19 for children and districts scramble to create reopening plans that balance safety and education access.
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Sign indicating a polling location had moved in Detroit on Aug 4.
Polling places changed last minute, absentee ballots that never came, polls that opened late -- voting issues plagued the Detroit primary.
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Malik Yakini illustration by Steven Shik
As the COVID-19 crisis magnifies health inequities in Detroit, Malik Yakini and the Detroit Black Community Food Security continue their mission to give Detroiters power in the local food system.
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Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State
A sharp increase in the number of people voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic could slow the counting of ballots in Michigan's August primary and the November general election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Wednesday.
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