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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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Here are the top 11 reasons why Detroiters are benefitting from the pandemic lifestyle.
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Victoria Burton-Harris
For the first time since she was elected in 2004, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy faces a significant challenger in Victoria Burton-Harris, an avowed progressive and defense attorney running on a platform to reform the criminal justice system with a strong emphasis on ending mass incarceration and eliminating so-called “juvenile lifers” -- positions that contrast with Worthy's priorities and strong focus on victims' rights during her time in office.
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Michigan lawmakers began approving a plan Wednesday to address a $2.2 billion state budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic, relying on a mix of federal funding, the state's cash reserves and budget cuts.
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Detroit in 1819 map
Today, Jesuit pear trees are considered a treasure of Detroit's natural history and preservation efforts are underway.
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Detroit women at the vanguard, a playlist of essential music right now.
Detour and The Blend curated a playlist of some of our favorite music from Detroit women artists of color right now, working across pop, R&B, hip hop and more, featuring stars like Dej Loaf, stalwarts like Miz Korona and artists who are on the come-up like Siena Liggins.
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Detroit has an unquestionable influence on modern music, from the era of Motown, to the birth of techno, to the distinctly punctuated beats of Motor City hip hop. Throughout the decades, women have helped shape the changing Detroit sound -- but their contributions to genres’ evolution are sometimes sidelined or invisible.
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Katelyn Durst Rivas started The Free Black Women's Library in Detroit.
Katelyn Durst Rivas runs the Free Black Women's Library-Detroit from her bike, with a collection of 400 books, all written by Black women.
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detroit activists at protest
Detroit Will Breathe leader Nakia Wallace was placed in a chokehold by a Detroit Police Department Officer as she and seven others were arrested during a protest on Detroit's northwest side Friday.
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Michigan voting
With COVID-19 concerns and an unprecedented volume of absentee voters, this year's election is unlike any other.
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Writers are encouraged to submit pitches by July 24 for a series in collaboration with the Detroit Equity Action Lab.
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Voting problems plagued Detroiters in the Michigan primary on Aug. 4.
The Detroit primaries are August 4, and we want to make sure you're registered and ready to exercise your right to vote. We've designed this FAQ to help get you there.
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