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WHAT’S INSIDE Autism Awareness (Pace B-1) “Despite improved awareness efforts, we recognized the continued need to chip away the social stigmas that surround developmental conditions such as autism,” said Dr. Martin L. Mitchell. Austism affects boys four times more often than it does girls.

Michelle Obama: A ‘tough boss’? (Page B-4)

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Snyder to use New York model in post-bankruptcy By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR

Gov. Rick Snyder laid the cards on the table Monday at Pancakes & Politics after I asked him what a post-bankrupt Detroit would look like in terms of governance and providing stewardship of the city’s Bankole finances.


The governor, to the surprise of many in the room, said when current emer-

gency manager Kevyn Orr leaves in October there will be a transition process to decide the next chapter of Detroit. Key to that process, Rick Snyder according to Snyder, will be using a model similar to the one that was used when New York got into financial trouble in 1975. And that was the creation of the Emergency Control Board as an overseer of New York’s finances for decades. Among other things, the board required the city to balance its

budget within three years and New York was required to follow accepted accounting practices. In fact, Detroit’s proMike Duggan tracted financial woes have some common features with New York’s past troubles because Felix Rohatyn, the man who was recruited to save the Big Apple from financial collapse with the creation of the Municipal Assistance Corporation as well as the Emergency Control Board, was the same in-

A new report, “Black Women in the United States, 2014: Progress and Challenges,” reveals a number of positive factors concerning African-American women, but certain negative realities continue to exist.

Celebrities with college degrees (Page D-1) A surprisingly large number of people who have found major success in the world of entertainment have college degrees, some from Ivy League schools, and in many cases the degree has nothing to do with show business.


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By Donald James


On Tuesday, April 1, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters convened an outdoor press conference at Gateway Marketplace, located on Eight Mile Road at Woodward Avenue in Detroit to highlight the impact of the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) program.

Jesse Jackson leads overseas delegation (Page C-1)

The progress of Black women (Page C-3)

Rohatyn, dubbed an urban financial expert, came in and diagnosed Detroit’s financial crisis, working with the Secrest Committee created by Young and led by former Ford Motor Company executive Fred Secrest. Rohatyn would later serve as U.S. ambassador to France under President Bill Clinton, and is now appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sit on the board of New York State’s $25 billion

Peters on why NMTC is plus for Detroit

Someone who never worked directly for First Lady Michelle Obama wrote a story in The New Republic that criticized Mrs. Obama — for possessing traits that someone in her position would need and be expected to have. Tonya Pendleton takes Reid Cherlin to task.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition led a 13person delegation to meet with leading automotive companies in Japan. He says the auto companies “still have a long way to go” with regard to minority dealers, suppliers and advertising agencies.

dividual former mayor Coleman Young brought into town to help him address Detroit’s financial instability in the 1980s.

With a T-Mobile store and Wing Stop eatery serving as backdrops, Peters praised the impact of the New Market Tax Credit and its uti- Gary Peters lization in empowering the city and surrounding community.

PRESIDENT OBAMA speaking at the University of Michigan last week in Ann Arbor about increasing the minimum wage. – Andre Smith photos

Obama: Minimum wage makes sense


Michigan has been thrust to the center of the battle for economic opportunities in the nation as Democrats and Republican fight over who has a better plan for helping working class people. President Obama drew a line in the sand last week when he came to the state to raise the stakes on raising the minimum wage, and casting a Republican

Congress as holding the nation hostage from accessing economic opportunities. Speaking at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Obama said, “In America, we do not believe in opportunity just for the few. We believe that everybody should have a chance at success. And we believe our economy grows best not from the top down, but from the middle out, and from the bottom up.”

crats have always used to argue that their political tent is bigger than that of the Republicans, Obama said, “We want to make sure that no matter where you’re born, what circumstances, how you started out, what you look like, what your last name is, who you love, it doesn’t matter; you can succeed. That’s what we believe.” He also said, “What matters is the strength of our work

Utilizing themes that Demo-

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“As we are standing here today, we are looking at a revitalized shopping center, which has brought hundreds of jobs, fresh food and economic development to this community,” said Peters. “It is clear that this project would not have existed without the New Market Tax Credit Program, which allows tax credits to come into areas of high unemployment to create projects that will create jobs and create opportunities.” Peters has advocated for the NMTC program since coming to Congress in 2009 by voting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which increased the NMTC allocation for 2008 and 2009 to $5 billion from $3.5 billion. In 2010, he voted for the Tax Relief,

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WSU’s Wilson ushers in era of diversity and excellence By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR

Dr. M. Roy Wilson officially became the 12th president of Wayne State University April 4 at a ceremony hosted by the university’s Board of Governors and attended by faculty as well as regional leaders, educators and heads of colleges in the metro area and from across the country. The event formally marked the beginning of what Wilson calls an era of “opportunity and access” for the university and the community. Dignitaries including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; Dr. Michael Drake, Ohio State University’s incoming 15th president and the first Black in that role; Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan CEO Dan Loepp, Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, Faye Nelson, vice

president of public affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation; and Juanita Moore, CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, were among a host of business, political and community leaders on hand to witness the inauguration of Wilson, which was officiated by Debbie Dingell, chair of Wayne State Board of Governors. In his presidential address, Wilson struck a chord with the audience in the packed Community Arts Auditorium when he went back to his childhood days, almost choking as he described the challenges of his chilhood and what his parents went through. “My parents did not have an opportunity to pursue a higher education degree. My Japanese mother, particularly, lost her father and brother in World War II and

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DR. M. ROY WILSON, the 12th president of Wayne State University, and wife Jacqueline at a concert the day before the celebration marking the official start of Wilson taking the helm at the school.

April is Autism Awareness Month Autism impacts 1 in 68 children in the U.S. There is help. Learn more at



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It’s easy being green at Detroit Zoo’s GreenFest

Weekend event April 26-27 celebrates Earth Day

The Detroit Zoo will host its second annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The zoo-wide event is dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and educating the community about environmental stewardship. Each GreenFest guest who brings a wine cork, rinsed Capri Sun pouch, empty chip bag or cell phone for recycling or is carrying a refillable water bottle will receive a reduced admission price of $8. Admission is free for Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) members. GreenFest will feature earth-friendly crafts, an endangered species and green scavenger hunt, 30-foot rock climbing wall (weather permitting), family yoga classes, animal enrichment, exhibits by local conservation groups and live entertainment. Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners will perform a fun, interactive and educational concert at noon and 2 p.m. each day. A Green Games Gallery will be hosted by the DZS Green Team conservation group – including games using recycled materials, storytelling and educational displays – and guests can participate in science experiments with the University of Detroit Chemistry Club. All GreenFest activities are free with Zoo admission. GreenFest is an initiative of the DZS Greenprint, a comprehensive strategic plan to refine and improve facilities and daily practices, develop new policies and programs and improve green literacy in the community. “As the green leader in Metro Detroit,

we view sustainability as a fundamental value that moves us toward our goal of environmentally neutral operations,” said DZS Chief Operating Officer Gerry VanAcker. “This annual event is a celebration of that mission and an invitation to the community to join us on the green journey.” GreenFest is supported by Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Door to Door Organics, The Home Depot, IBEW Local 58, Johnson Controls, Renewal by Anderson, TOGGLED and Whole Foods Market. The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo. org.

Wayne County Ticket Amnesty Program A County-Wide Ticket Amnesty Program will be offered beginning Monday, April 7, through Friday, May 2, chaired by 36th District Court. The court will have extended hours for amnesty payments: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Civil infractions in default status and/or misdemeanor tickets with judgments can be paid

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in person. 36th District Court will waive all late fees and warrant costs. All original assessments and mandatory state fees, including the driver’s license reinstatement fees, will not be waived. Other participating courts include Allen

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Detroit Public Schools Foundation establishes endowment, receives corporate donations and gains resources There is a lot of activity happening with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce that it has established an endowment account at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. That account is designed to help ensure the future viability and growth of the DPS Foundation’s grant making programs. The Community Foundation can be reached at www. Donations received by the foundation are the gifts that keep on giving. Recently the foundation was the recipient of the following donations: • Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures — $30,000 to support workforce development • AAA Michigan — $28,000 to support Safe Routes to Schools and other safety issues in schools • Panasonic Corporation — $15,000 for literacyReading Corps

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April 11, 2014

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT 2014 MICHIGAN CONSOLIDATED PLAN Prior to submission for further funding from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, Michigan is required to prepare a Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan (the Consolidated Plan). The Consolidated Plan identifies housing and community development needs and proposes a strategy by which those needs will be addressed through five annual action plans for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015. The five annual action plans are funded by four formula programs covered in the Michigan Consolidated Plan (HOME, Community Development Block Grant, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and Emergency Solutions Grants). The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is responsible for preparing the Michigan Consolidated Plan and soliciting comments from the public regarding the program year 2014 plan during two comment periods. The initial period for public comments on housing and community development needs commenced on March 7, 2014 and closed on March 31, 2014. During this time, MSHDA also conducted a public hearing to gather comments on the citizen participation plan and information for the Consolidated Plan. The second comment period will commence on April 11, 2014 and end on May 12, 2014, and will focus on the draft Consolidated Plan. Copies of the 2014 Michigan Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development may be downloaded free of charge from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Web site at and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Web site at Written comments must be received no later than May 12, 2014. Comments relative to this draft plan should be provided in writing and addressed to Tonya Young, Consolidated Plan Coordinator, MSHDA, 735 E. Michigan, P.O. Box 30044, Lansing, Michigan 48909. The 30-day comment period begins April 11, 2014 and will close May 12, 2014. Please note the following date and location for the 2014 Draft Consolidated Plan Public Hearing: Lansing: April 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Michigan State Housing Development Authority, 735 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48909 Detroit:

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Special Assistance: Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the public comment period should contact Tonya Young, Consolidated Plan Coordinator, MSHDA, 735 East Michigan, P.O. Box 30044, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or call (313) 456-0534 or TTY (800) 382-4568 at least 7 days prior to the meeting.


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Prime Politics New report: Employees face tough road challenging top executives on sexual harassment

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a report featuring new data analysis and information that underscore the urgent need to strengthen workplace protections from sexual harassment.

CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS receives award from healthcare leaders in appreciation for the contributions he has made.

National healthcare leaders honor Congressman Conyers The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leaders of the nation’s premier healthcare companies and organizations, recently honored U.S. Representative John Conyers as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” at an award ceremony in Washington, DC.

transmission and uses of healthcare data to improve patient care. “Innovation is a necessity, not an option, in addressing the challenges facing our healthcare system.

Representative Conyers was honored at the council’s annual Healthcare Innovations Expo on Capitol Hill. The daylong event is dedicated to showcasing new developments in healthcare technologies, treatments and practices.

“To increase accessibility to high-quality care, improve patient outcomes and strengthen cost-efficiency requires constant improvement in the tools, technologies, medicines and approaches used to prevent and treat disease and elevate wellness,” said HLC President Mary R. Grealy.

This year’s event featured, among other exhibits, new transcatheter heart valve technologies, medication to treat hypertension in newborns and improved

“We applaud Representative Conyers’ leadership, dedication and vision in advancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of American healthcare.”

Prevention is power: Taking action for health equity By Kathleen Sebelius SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

In April, we commemorate National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities. This year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity,” embodies the ambitious goal put forward by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to achieve “a nation free of disparities in health and health care.”

the past four years and has contributed to a reduction in vaccination disparities among minority children. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health coverage is now more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans, including minority groups. For minority populations, the law addresses inequities in access to quality and affordable coverage. The impact of the Affordable Care Act on communities across our nation is transformative. Over seven million African Americans, nearly four million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and over eight million Latinos with private insurance now have access to expanded preventive services with no cost sharing.

Despite some recent progress in addressing health disparities, great challenges remain. Minorities are far more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to suffer from chronic conditions, many of which are preventable. This is a particularly troubling statistic This includes screenbecause chronic diseases Kathleen Sebelius ing for colon cancer, Pap account for seven of the smears and mammograms ten leading causes of death in our nafor women, well-child visits, and flu tion. shots for children and adults. CommuFor example, African Americans, nities across the country are now stronAmerican Indians and Alaska Natives ger because the law invests in creating are twice as likely to be diagnosed with healthier communities, strong public diabetes and Native Hawaiians and Pahealth infrastructure, and preventing cific Islanders are more than three times as likely to receive the same diagnosis. disease before it starts. And Latinos are twice as likely to die from liver cancer. While these persistent disparities are deeply troubling, there are some hopeful trends. The gap in life expectancy between African Americans and non-Hispanic Whites has been closing and is now the smallest it’s been since these statistics have been tracked. Additionally, seasonal flu vaccination coverage has tripled for children over

During Minority Health Month, we applaud the commitment of all of our federal, state, tribal, and local partners in our shared work to implement the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. To learn more about National Minority Health Month and what HHS is doing to achieve health equity, please visit

Dingell calls for paycheck fairness on Equal Pay Day Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) marked Equal Pay Day by calling for immediate House passage of H.R. 377, the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation Dingell has cosponsored to establish pay equity for women and end gender wage disparities in the United States. American women earn an average 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, the amount falls even lower, to 76 cents for every dollar. “It’s an absolute shame that this country still does not justly reward equal pay for equal work,” said Dingell. “Women make up nearly half of our nation’s workforce, yet they continue to make less than men doing the very same job. It’s quite unfortunate that more than 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act, this glass ceiling is still in place. Republi-

cans in Congress must end their opposition to equal pay and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act without further delay.” Equal Pay Day is recognized in early April of each year to mark the precise time that the average woman’s salary finally catches up to what a man was paid for the same exact work in the previous year. Dingell has fought to enact the Paycheck Fairness Act as one of his top priorities for decades. In the 113th Congress, Senate Republicans have twice blocked the measure, and all 197 Democrats in the House have signed on to a discharge petition to bring the bill up for an immediate vote. Dingell, who voted in favor of the original Equal Pay Act in 1963, also worked to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Act in January 2009, which was the first bill signed into law by President Obama.

Although the Ledbetter Act allows women to challenge unfair pay in court, Dingell contends that more should be done to end further gender inequality when it comes to wages. “The Paycheck Fairness Act is a simple piece of legislation that will do a great good for our working families, making sure that all people can rely on fair wages to make ends meet and provide for their families and households, regardless of their gender. We have to remember that this is not just a women’s issue, but rather a family issue,” added Dingell. “This Equal Pay Day, I continue my call on House and Senate leadership to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, send it to President Obama’s desk for immediate signature, and end this gross inequality that should have no place in our country today.”

The report explains how a recent five-to-four Supreme Court decision in Vance v. Ball State University undercuts protections from supervisor harassment by excluding supervisors who do not have the power to hire and fire. Now those who direct daily work activities — deciding who works the night shift and who works days, who can take a break and who cannot, and who gets the best and the worst assignments — but who do not have the power to hire or fire, are mere coworkers in the eyes of the law. As a result, the tougher legal standard that applies in cases of coworker harassment now applies to harassment by these lower-level supervisors. The report, “Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections from Harassment,” the first in an NWLC series this spring on women’s economic issues, demonstrates how this redefinition of supervisor weakens protections from harassment for millions

of workers, especially for those in low-wage jobs who are both particularly vulnerable to harassment and very likely to report to a lower-level supervisor. Sexual harassment in the workplace is pervasive: 25 percent of women and 10 percent of men report having experienced harassment on the job. The decision was — in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent — “blind to the realities of the workplace.” Lower-level supervisors are extremely common in workplaces with many low-wage workers.  NWLC data analysis shows: There are 6.3 million lower-level supervisors who do not have the power to hire and fire but who have significant authority over their subordinates.
  There are 3.1 million lower-level supervisors for 17.4 million low-wage workers--virtually all of the low wage workforce. In comparison, only 690,000 higher-level managers are responsible for low-wage workers.
  Another 3.2 million lower-level supervisors oversee millions of workers who do not earn low wages. “It’s shameful that the law gives cover to lower-level supervisors when they sexually harass their

workers,” said Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC vice president for Education and Employment. “A worker who tries to hold an employer accountable for harassment stands a good chance of having the case tossed out simply for failing to meet the new narrower definition of supervisor.” One stark reality that the report highlights is that lower-level supervisors have significant power to, as one store manager who threatened the woman he had harassed put it, make life a “living hell” for the targets of their harassment if they “take matters over their heads.” Employees who have the courage to come forward to report harassment deserve strong protections. But unless policymakers take corrective action, many more workers will suffer harassment at the hands of lower-level supervisors, and many who come forward may be denied their day in court. The Fair Employment Protection Act, recently introduced in Congress, would restore strong protections from harassment that the Court stripped away. “It’s time to re-open the court house door to millions of hardworking Americans,” Graves said.

COGIC centennial celebration set for Cobo Hall

More than 12,000 members of over (COGIC) is a Pentecostal Holiness 500 Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Christian denomination. Founded in congregations from throughout Mich- Memphis, Tenn., in 1907 by Bishop C.H. igan and Ontario will gather at Cobo Mason, it is now the largest Pentecostal Hall Convention Center on Saturday, church in the world, serving over five April 26, to commemorate 100 years of million members. The mission of the service in the state and province. The church is to “seek and save that which daylong event will feature workshops, is lost.” youth services, fine arts and a centenniThe Michigan jurisdiction signifial worship service. cantly impacts the history of The keynote speaker for COGIC. Seven years after its the celebration will be Bishinception, COGIC’s expansion op Charles E. Blake Sr., interto Michigan in 1914 contributnational presiding bishop of ed to it becoming the largest COGIC Inc. and pastor of West Pentecostal denomination in Angeles COGIC in Los Angethe U.S. Likewise, Michigan’s les. leadership in the national organization is unprecedented. “The Church of God in Bishop Brooks’ position as Christ is blessed to celebrate the second ranking leader in 100 years in Michigan,” said the national church grants Bishop P.A. Brooks, founding him the responsibility to exepastor of New St. Paul COGIC cute policies for the memberin Detroit. Brooks serves as the first assistant presiding Bishop P.A. Brooks ship and maintain spiritual order within the church inbishop of COGIC nationally. ternationally. “We’re not only celebrating longevity COGIC is deeply rooted in Michigan but a history built on service and saving souls. This international church by servicing not only in the church but has had a positive impact on the state of throughout the community. The church Michigan and I am honored to be a part in Michigan and Ontario is comprised of of it,” Brooks said. “We are especially 12 jurisdictions that include over 500 blessed that Bishop Blake, the nation- churches and approximately 300,000 al head of our church, will be with us members across the state and province. in Detroit to celebrate this momentous The church awards thousands of doloccasion.” lars in college scholarships to youth in One of the highlights of the celebra- the region, manages district-wide food tion will be awards given to some re- pantries and offers child care services markable leaders in the region who have to the community. As one of the largest distinguished themselves and whose African-American Christian denominawork impacts the community and na- tions, COGIC also celebrates 100 years of serving as a beacon of light in many tion. underserved communities across MichThe Church of God in Christ, Inc. igan.

Gary Peters regains lead in U.S. Senate race A new Michigan poll finds that Gary Peters has reclaimed the lead over Terri Lynn Land in the Senate race as perceptions about the rollout of Obamacare have dramatically improved during the last four months.

cessful with those saying it’s been a success up to 40%. Voters are still opposed to the Affordable Care Act overall- 37% support it to 48% who are opposed- but it’s not as problematic an issue for Democrats as it was late last year.

In early December Land led Peters by a 2 point margin in our polling. Now Peters is ahead by 5 points at 41/36. The race has moved largely because what was a 17 point lead for Land with independents is now a tie between the two candidates.

The Governor’s race has barely moved at all since December- Rick Snyder held a 4 point lead for reelection over Mark Schauer then and he continues to hold a 4 point lead for reelection now, at 43/39. Snyder is not terribly popular- 40% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 48% who disapprove. And voters say by a 44/34 margin that they would vote to repeal his signature right to work law. But he outperforms his approval numbers for a couple reasons.

Early attacks ads on Land have taken a toll on her favorability rating- it’s declined a net 14 points since our last poll from a +11 spread at 34/23 to now a -3 spread at 28/31. There hasn’t been much change in feelings about Peters with voters who have an opinion about him still pretty evenly divided. One thing that’s helped make the terrain better for Peters as he tries to keep the seat Democratic is that opinions about how the Obamacare rollout has gone have improved dramatically since our last poll. In December 63% of voters rated the rollout as having been unsuccessful, compared to just 30% who thought it had gone well. Now it’s down to 52% who rate the rollout as unsuc-

First, even though he has only a 70/20 approval rating with GOP voters he still leads Schauer 77/11 with them. There may be some Republican voters who are unhappy with Snyder for some of his more moderate stances but will still vote for him over a Democrat. The other thing Snyder has going for him is that Schauer remains largely unknown- 54% of voters say they don’t have an opinion about him one way or the other- it will be interesting to see what happens as Schauer becomes better known.



Snyder infrastructure bank, to help Cuomo get his “New York Works Fund” off the ground. Gov. Snyder, now making it clear that he would follow the route that New York traveled since 1975, sets the stage for a fight with elected leaders in Detroit who have long opposed an emergency manager. While it may be financially prudent to create another control board in the case of Detroit, elected officials who have been opposed to an emergency manager will still see the image of an overseer board as representative of emergency management, and in violation of home rule. The argument is that if Mike Duggan is the elected mayor, let him run the city as the empowered elected official as well as the city council who are also elected by voters of this city. In New York’s case, the city was prevented from going under; it did not declare bankruptcy. In Detroit, the city did declare bankruptcy, meaning that Duggan and the council would start with a clean slate as soon as Orr makes his exit. But another issue here is what Duggan will be willing to accept. He has railed against emergency management during the campaign, talking

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From page A-1 about the importance of representative democracy. Duggan is not likely to agree to an overseer board. And this could complicate the relationship between Snyder and Duggan in post-bankruptcy, and also depending on the powers of the board. To put it bluntly, neither the mayor nor the city council would want anyone looking over their shoulder after the emergency manager has gone. They would not savor reporting to another layer of bureaucracy or board members of a group designated to monitor the city’s finances, especially when they were not elected by the people of Detroit. In the case of Mayor Young, he succeeded in avoiding a financial disaster in Detroit because he had a special relationship with then Republican Gov. William Milliken who’s been rated the best GOP governor in Michigan history. Milliken, who was a moderate and an environmental advocate from the liberal town of Traverse City, stood for Detroit during an era when it was rare for anyone in a key position to do so because of the racial climate at the time. Milliken did not walk away from Detroit. His bond with Young was a major factor in guiding and helping the city right the wrongs of its financial


was abandoned by her mother,” Wilson explained. “She grew up with an uncle in a poor, rural community and had to quit school in the 8th grade to work in the rice fields to help support her adoptive family. “I grew up in Japan for most of my childhood, developed a deep appreciation of another culture and gained perspective that was more global than typical. I went to a public high school in the Washington, D.C. area that was known more for its athletics than for academics.” But the crucial break for Wilson in his evolving life as he explained it came when he had the opportunity to “obtain an outstanding liberal arts education in rural Pennsylvania,” and then proceeded to Harvard Medical School where he “understood the meaning of excellence, the importance of high expectations and of never settling for anything less than the very best.” Shaped by his childhood experience and the struggles he went through in becoming one of the nation’s leading Ophthalmologists and an academic leader, Wilson comes to Wayne State with this background and ready to guide the university in a new chapter. “I do not take for granted the breadth of experiences I’ve had throughout my life,” Wilson said. “I feel truly fortunate to have experienced the challenges of the urban core culture, to have been immersed in diversity at both the local and global level, to have experienced the thrill of discovery of new new knowledge and educational excellence where the highest of achievements for the public good was an expectation.” Casting Wayne State as a place of light, Wilson warned that the university should not fall prey to what he calls “the fallacy of false choices,” as he sought to define what it must become now. “We must reject as false the choice between being a university of opportunity and access or a nationally prominent research university,” Wilson said. “We must reject as false the choice between offering a broad liberal arts education or a more skilled-oriented education that is responsive to the specific workforce needs of the state.” He went to note that, “We must reject as false the insidious choice between embracing and advancing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity or academic excellence.” According to Wilson, “academic excellence, innovation, creativity enhanced through a complete embrace of diversity in all its many forms” is what Wayne State must focus on. He said for a university like Wayne to have the ability to provide a liberal arts education “is the most distinguishing feature of a great university.” Yet, as the university is one that is accountable to the public, the new president said, “We must be mindful of not insulating ourselves in an ivory tower mentality and accept, even embrace, that an increasingly important metric of the value of higher education is readiness s for the job market.” He also touched on the growing expectations of what public universities must do to respond to the market forces. “In states across the country there is a growing expectation that public uni-

issues. So Detroit under Young, working closely with Milliken, put together a coalition of Democrats from the city and Republicans from the other side of the state to provide the votes needed to get the legislature to approve a tax hike.  Conrad Mallett Jr., chief administrative officer at the Detroit Medical Center who was a member of Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Review Team and Duggan’s campaign, was a key lieutenant to Mayor Young. He then led the campaign for the tax increase during a special election and voters approved the hike by a 68-32 margin. Detroit was able to get the banks to purchase the bonds, and city unions including police and fire took the concessions. The city was saved then.  However, this time around it may not be up to Duggan to decide on the transition. It rests with the governor who has already made it clear when I questioned him this week that he will have a board in place. Yet the elected leadership of Detroit must have say in this decision. Bankole Thompson is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. Email bthompson@michronicle. com or visit

From page A-1 versities train students with specific skills that are sought by the workforce,” Wilson said. “Businesses are clamoring for graduates with the skills and knowledge to start contributing on day one. There is legitimacy in this concern, and we must rise to the challenge and make sure that our students are able to find good jobs upon graduating.” Wilson said the university can do both. “In balancing both we must keep in mind that unlike the not so distant past, the average college graduate will hold 11 jobs in their lifetime and even change careers two or three times,” he said. “Many of the categories of jobs of the next decade don’t even exist today. More than just skills, we must educate people who can evolve with the rapid pace of the world. Ultimately, our job is graduate individuals who are critical thinkers, adaptable and able to function and evolve in an increasingly global economy and an increasingly diverse world.” Wilson, who was uanimously elected by the university board as president last June, said Wayne must redouble seeking new knowledge and research. He cited the soon to be completed biomedical research building to serve as a place to study issues that “disproportionately affect our urban community.” “President Wilson is the visionary leader Wayne State University sought. Roy’s experience as an administrator at urban institutions and his background as a physician and researcher have made him an ideal fit for this university,” said Dingell, chair of the board. Bankole Thompson is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. Email

Obama ethic and the scope of our dreams and our willingness to take responsibility for ourselves. That’s what America is about. That’s the promise that this country is built on.” To the students who attended the rally, Obama said, “And for the sake of your generation, we’ve got to make sure that that continues to be the case, that that’s not just something we’re nostalgic about, that that’s something that we project out into the future.” He said the issue of the minimum wage means giving America a raise. “Now, raising the minimum wage is not going to solve all of our economic challenges,” Obama said. “The majority of folks who are working get paid more than the minimum wage. As Americans we understand that some people will earn more than others.” To the applause of students and Democratic leaders who gathered for the rally, the president said, “Nobody who works full time should be raising their family in poverty, right? If you’re working, if you’re responsible, you should be able to pay the rent, pay the bills.” He pointed out that there are countless families across the country who are living in poverty despite working full time. “That’s what’s happening right now. All across the country, you can work full time on the minimum wage and still be in poverty,” Obama said. “And that’s why, in the year since I first asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, we’ve seen six states on their own pass laws to raise their minimum wage.” The president noted that two weeks ago Connecticut became the first state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. “You’ve got more states and counties and cities that are working to

From page A-1 raise their minimum wage as we speak,” Obama said. “That includes your state legislators from Ann Arbor, Adam Zemke and Jeff Irwin, who are trying to raise it here in Michigan.” However, Obama said fighting to raise wages is not just a job for organizers and elected officials. “It’s also a job for business. It was here in Michigan 100 years ago that Henry Ford announced he was doubling his workers’ wages. And at the time, some of his fellow business leaders thought he had lost his mind. But Henry Ford understood it was going to be good for business,” Obama said. “Not only did it boost productivity, not only did it reduce turnover, not only did it make employees more loyal to the company, but it meant that the workers could afford to buy the cars that they were building.” The president made specific mention of Costco as a “hugely successful” company that took the same approach on minimum wage. “And it’s not just big businesses; small businesses, too. In my State of the Union address, I called on more business leaders to boost their employees’ wages, give them a fair wage,” Obama said. “And since then, you’ve seen businesses across the country — small ones, like an ice cream parlor in Florida, to a marketing agency in Georgia, to a pizzeria in St. Louis — they’ve all said, you know what, this is the right thing to do.” The president also singled out clothing retailer Gap which he said decided to raise its base wages, and that benefited about 65,000 workers in the United States. “It led me to go shopping at Gap. Some of you may have seen the very attractive sweaters that I purchased for my daughters. They have not worn them yet, so if they’re

Peters Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 that extended the NMTC authorization through 2011 at a $3.5 billion funding level, and then voted for the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which extended the New Markets Tax Credit program for two years with $7 billion in allocations ($3.5 billion per year). “The New Market Tax Credit program has been a great success story here in Detroit and across the state of Michigan, as we have been able to leverage over $600 million in investments in Michigan with the new tax credit,” said Peters, who is running for U.S. Senate to replace outgoing Sen. Carl Levin. Joining Peters was Don Graves, executive director of President Obama’s council on jobs and competitiveness. In addition, several of the complex’s business owners were present, along with community leaders and residents. “It’s so good to be here in Detroit and to join Rep. Peters, a champion of these smart investments, because we both are committed to seeing a resurgent Detroit with a strong business sector, robust job creation and a growing middle class,” said Graves. “The Treasury Department’s DCFI Fund has used the New Market Tax Credit Program to make a tangible difference in communities across the country, and especially here in Detroit. The Gateway Plaza is a great example of how this program can make a positive difference in the community. Where there was once vacant land, you

listening, make me feel good, just wear them one time,” Obama said to applause and laughter from the crowd. Obama, who had lunch with Congressman Gary Peters at the Ann Arbor eatery Zingerman’s prior to his remarks, also commended the restaurant for looking out for its workers. “Zingerman’s does not have as many workers as the Gap, obviously, but they try to do right by each and every one of them,” Obama said. “You’ve got some big businesses who go to Washington to lobby for special treatment for themselves. So one of Zingerman’s owners, Paul Saginaw, flew to D.C. to lobby for his workers, to lobby for better treatment for workers through a higher minimum wage. That’s the kind of folks who are running Zingerman’s.” The message Obama said small businesses like Zingerman’s and others are sending is that fair wages and higher profits are not mutually exclusive. “They can go hand-inhand. That’s what Henry Ford understood. And Paul opened Zingerman’s doors 32 years ago last month so he knows a little bit about business,” Obama said. “But he and business owners like him believe higher wages are good for the bottom line.” The president also spoke about the executive order he issued requiring “federal contractors, folks who are doing business with the government, to pay their employees on new contracts a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour. It’s the right thing to do.” Bankole Thompson is the editor of the Michigan Chronicle. E-mail bthompson@michronicle. com.

From page A-1 now see thriving businesses and jobs for Detroiters.” The New Market Tax Credit was created in 2000 in an effort to stimulate private investment and economic growth in low income urban neighborhoods and rural communities that lacked access to capital needed to support and grow business, create jobs, and sustain healthy local economies. NMTC represents a 39 percent federal tax credit, over seven years on investments made in economically distressed communities. While the NMTC program has helped such cities as Detroit, it is not currently authorized beyond the current round of allocations. Peters and approximately 70 members of the House of Representatives, in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, are pushing for the program to continue. “We are working to increase this New Market Tax Credit,” Peters said. “There is a new bill that’s been introduced into Congress that will extend this bill for two more years. I believe that it (passing of the bill) is absolutely essential for the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the country.” Graves said, “President Obama feels so strongly about the New Market Tax Credit Program, and the impact that it provides, that he has asked to not only keep the program going, but to expand it and its budget. The president wants to expand it beyond the $3.5 billion to $5 billion, and he wants to make the program permanent.”

“The president has made a commitment for his administration to work in Detroit, to partner with local organizations and supply resources as they are needed. Last fall, $300 million in federal dollars were unlocked that are coming to the city.” Prior to the press conference, Peters hosted a roundtable discussion on the successes and future opportunities related to the New Market Tax Credit program and its impact on places such as Gateway Marketplace, which features a Meijer Super Center as the complex’s anchor store. With Meijer and Marshalls, there are more than a dozen other stores. “We need to make investments that continue to create jobs,” said Peters. “We need to help grow small businesses and strengthen our middle class.” One small business owner was on hand to speak about the impact of the New Market Tax Credit and his relatively new eatery in Gateway Marketplace. “Without the New Market Tax Credit, I don’t think that my business partner and I would have been able to bring Wing Stop to this shopping complex,” said John Draper, II, brand partner for Wing Stop. “Because of the tax credits we were able to come here and have a competitive deal and make the economics work. We have been able to create 28 jobs at Wing Stop, most of which have gone to Detroiters and we will continue to invest at this location.”

news Installation of new street lights passes two-thirds mark in demonstration areas The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit (PLA) said it is approximately two-thirds completed installing new Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights in two demonstration areas on the east and west sides of Detroit, with more than 3,200 lights up and working. “In spite of sometimes serious weather challenges that have interfered with the work at various times, our crews have been moving steadily since we put up the first LED light in the middle of February,” said PLA Executive Director Odis Jones.  “We are on track to complete the installation of overhead wired lights in these two areas by the end of April and to extend the work into other neighborhoods.” Mayor Mike Duggan said the steady progress of installation “is welcome news to Detroiters who have waited far too long for reliable street lights.  When the work in the demonstration area is completed the authority will move immediately into other neighborhoods.  The fact that these are all LED lights means our citizens will enjoy the benefits of up-to-date technology that will serve our City well for the foreseeable future.”  The lights are the first of some 50,000 new LED streetlights that will be installed throughout the City before the end of 2015. The lights are being installed two demonstration areas that the PLA designated last year to begin the relighting of the City.  The east side


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demonstration area has boundaries of Eight Mile, Kelly Rd., Hoover and Houston Whittier. The west side demonstration project has boundaries of McNichols on the north, Southfield Rd. on the east, Fenkell on the south and the City boundary on the west.  Overhead lighting construction in the two areas is scheduled to be completed by the end of April, with work on lights on major thoroughfares in the two areas and underground wired lights in neighborhoods to be completed by July.   When the relighting of the two demonstration areas is completed, the PLA will take over responsibility for maintaining the lights in the areas, with a goal of fixing any broken light within five days of it being reported. At that time, residents in both areas will receive contact information to report any damages, outages or issues with the lights. An engineering survey of the two pilot areas that was completed last year showed that nearly half the lights in both areas were not working when the relighting began.  The survey work, which is the first part of relighting a neighborhood, is now being continued into other parts of the City so that the installation of new lights will continue without interruption when the two demonstration areas are completed.  The LED lights being installed in neighborhoods are the lighting equivalent of 150 watt High Pressure Sodium lights, more than twice as bright as the 70 watt High Pressure Sodium lights that have been the standard in the past.

New data released by the Department of Education and Department of Justice present troubling statistics for minority students in America. The comprehensive survey shows racial disparities in U.S. schools that draw strong similarities to conditions prior to the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling to desegregate American schools. On average, African American and Latino students do not have access to the same educational opportunities as their WWhite colleagues, leaving them less prepared when they enter college or join the workforce. The Civil Rights Data Collection survey includes statistics from every public school in America. The survey found that in high schools that serve the highest percentage of Lati- Greg Mathis no and African-American students one in three of those schools did not offer a chemistry course and one in four did not offer a math course higher than Algebra I. In addition, schools that offered advanced education programs on average had only 26 percent of African American and Latino students enrolled in those programs, despite African American and Latino populations of 40 percent. In today’s workforce high income earners are expected to obtain advanced degrees in fields such as engineering, medicine and or finance. However, we see that minorities are not given an equal opportunity to master these skills early on. White students are more likely to begin their college education with more advanced skills in math and science. The study also suggests that gaps for minority students in our schools begin at a young age. The Department of Education found African-American preschool students account for 48 percent of public preschool student suspensions even

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though they only make up 18 percent of the preschool population. Educators generally agree that early childhood education is the most important stage of development. The HighScope Perry Preschool Study found that children under five who had access to early high-school education earned an average of $2,000 per month more than children that did not. When children fall behind at a young age it can be extremely difficult to catch up and can have life-long consequences. Educational equality and equal opportunity are emerging as the most critical civil rights issues of our time. The African American and Latino communities have a shared fate in this struggle. The statistics in this study suggest that even though segregation was outlawed, African Americans and Latinos are confronted with present day segregation in our schools. Across the board they are more likely to attend public schools with less resources and subpar course offerings that cripple their ability to learn and keep up with their non-minority colleagues. I would argue that this educational disparity is the most pressing civil rights issue of our time because it has such long-lasting effects on our children’s future earnings potential. The Latino and African-American communities have a shared fate in this struggle and need to join together to fight for equality. Ensuring an equal education for minority students has implications far beyond the African American and Latino populations. If these students don’t succeed our nation can’t succeed. In the 2010 census, Latinos and African Americans were almost 30 percent of the American population and this number is expected to increase in the future. The American economy cannot remain at the top if we are not giving our children the tools they need to be successful in the workforce.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit Tigers partner for Kids’ Opening Day

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While Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers was on March 31 at Comerica Park, for more than 200 youngsters from four metro Detroit organizations, Sunday, April 6, was the official Kids’ Opening Day. With the sun shining brightly, amid a cool spring breeze, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and the Detroit Tigers partnered for the second consecutive year to allow kids, ages eight to 14, access to the Tigers’ playing field to exercise before the team played its regularly scheduled game. On hand to lead the 12-minute series of on-field exercises and physical activities were Tigers mascot PAWS and the team’s training staff. “We are trying to encourage these kids to understand that exercise is fun, and is something that they can enjoy and build healthy habits,” said Andy Hetzel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan vice president, corporate communications. “We want to touch as many kids as early as possible in their lives with that message. The earlier that you can get good habits built in children, the habits will last longer in their lives. So our focus is on health and exercise, as well as healthy eating, because more and more kids are becoming overweight and obese, which can impact their physical health, as well as their social and emotional health.” All attending kids were excited to receive backpacks with Tigers scorecards, BCBSM cheer cards, antibacterial wipes and a Miguel Cabrera MVP posters. In addition, the kids received official T-shirts, affixed with the Kids’ Opening Day logo, and were served a healthy lunch. They also watched the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles play baseball and were allowed to run the bases after the game. Participating metro organizations included the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit PA, and HYPE Athletics Community. As part of this year’s event, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Chronicle teamed to launch an essay contest. The topic was “How will you hit a homerun for your health?” The entered essays had to be 250 words or less. A panel of judges from the Chronicle and BCBSM chose five winners. Each winner received four tickets to the game and the chance to participate in on-field exercises, as well as other festivities. “Many people think that you can only hit a home run in baseball,” said one essay winner, Brooke Solomon, 11, who attends Orchard Lake Middle School. “But you can hit a home run in everything, especially with your health. To stay healthy you can do something as simple as 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day.” “I have tons of ideas on how to hit a home run for my health,” said Maxwell Hosmer, 10, who attends Lessenger Elementary School in Madison Heights. “Playing baseball instead of playing video games is one way. Another way is eat fruits and vegetables instead of junk food like chips.”

RESULTS MENTORING chairman and program director Charles Thomas and event co-chairs Jerry Norcia, president and COO of Electric & Gas Storage and Pipeline, DTE Energy; retired DTE Energy senior vice president Joyce Hayes Giles and Louis E. James, president and CEO of SEEL, LLC.

RESULTS Mentoring organization honors five community leaders The RESULTS Mentoring non-profit organization recently honored five of Detroit’s top community and business leaders for making a difference in the lives of young people. The organization honored N. Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League; Cindy Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions; Dara Munson, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters; Paul Hillegonds, retired DTE Energy senior vice president and former Speaker of the House for the Michigan House of Representatives; and Roy Roberts, former Detroit Public Schools emergency manager and retired General Motors senior executive. The fourth annual RESULTS Mentoring Partnership Awards dinner was held at DTE Energy headquarters on March 28. WDIV reporter Chauncy Glover served as master of ceremonies. The event also showcased young talent. Highlights of the evening included a song by Tamera Wallace, a ninth-grade student at University Science and Math Prep High School

Honorees Paul Hillegonds, Dara Munson, N. Charles Anderson, Cindy Pasky and Roy Roberts. and remarks by RESULTS Mentoring participant Jaion Barnes. Brendon Davis played the piano during a reception following the event. RESULTS Mentoring offers an

extensive mentoring and monitoring program to help young men and women turn their lives around. The organization was founded by Charles Thomas.

Other essay winners were Trinity Martin, 12, Summyr McClain, 13, and her brother, Wynter McClain, 13. While the Detroit Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, dropping the baseball game 3 to 1, for the more than 200 kids, fun activities, health information and watching the Tigers play were definitely highlights. In essence, at the end of the day, all participating kids were winners, as well as their respective organizations. “We are extremely grateful that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Tigers have once again selected our kids to a part of this incredible event,” said Tim Richey, CEO of Detroit PAL. “Through this partnership we are able to give kids unforgettable experiences that may otherwise not be available to them. This event is a great way to show kids that being healthy and active can also be a lot of fun.”

Chauncy Glover, Dara Munson and Charles Thomas.

Autism awareness is critical By Martin L. Mitchell, Ed.D Raising a child with autism can be difficult for any parent, particularly parents who face additional challenges such as social stigmas and delayed diagnosis, which require longer and more intensive treatment. That’s why Starr Commonwealth launched its “Understanding Autism” series in the Michigan Chronicle’s LivingWELL magazine last year.

as well as other Autism awareness efforts throughout Michigan. When children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) receive appropriate early intervention services between the ages of 3 and 5 years, approximately 20 to 50 percent of those children are able to be mainstreamed in schools, according to Autism Speaks, an international autism advocacy organization.

Helping parents better underAutism intervention and stand the signs, symptoms, retreatment efforts work. Learn search and resources available to more at help detect early signs of the conEditor’s Note: Dr. Martin dition is leading to earlier interL. Mitchell is president and vention and better developmental CEO of Starr Commonwealth, outcomes for our kids. Martin L. Mitchell, Ed.D a Michigan-based organizaDespite improved awareness eftion that is celebrating its forts, we recognize the continued need to chip 100th year of serving children and families. Toaway the social stigmas that surround develop- gether with its behavioral health group practice mental conditions such as autism. PsychSystems, Starr Commonwealth provides That’s why we plan to continue our support of hundreds of families with autism treatment and this important 12-month educational campaign counseling guidance annually. To learn more visit

Faye Nelson, DTE Energy’s vice president of Public Affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation; honoree N. Charles Anderson and honorary chair Dr. Glenda Price, president of the DPS Foundation.


AUTISM Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are most often diagnosed between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Studies indicate that autism is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. There is also an increased risk if a sibling has been diagnosed with autism. Possible indicators, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, include: • Does not babble, point or make meaningful gestures by 1 year of age • Does not speak one word by 16 months • Does not combine two words by 2 years • Does not respond to name • Loses language or social skills

Some other possible indicators: • Doesn’t play with toys appropriately • Excessively lines up toys or other objects • Is attached to one particular toy or object • No pointing or showing If your child exhibits one or more of the above-mentioned red flags of autism spectrum disorders, contact your child’s pediatrician and explain your concerns.



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The Institute for Population Health receives funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation To improve maternal child health coordination and lead Detroit Institute for Equity in birth outcomes Disparate birth outcomes, constrained resources, and undersubscribed programs: the one-year old Institute for Population Health (IPH) has received funding to build its public health institute infrastructure and help address barriers to optimal health for mothers and babies in Detroit. The IPH will use the three-year, $375,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen its leadership capacity and public communications; apply design thinking to maternal and child health coordination; and lead Detroit participation in the City MatCH Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. “This generous investment from the Kellogg Foundation will support the growth of the institute and advance the engagement of nontraditional partners and use of innovative strategies to improve the health of our most vulnerable mothers and babies,” said Loretta V. Davis, IPH president and CEO. The IPH will convene a special session of its Social Innovation Lab to focus on maternal child health (MCH) coordination. The design team, consisting of MCH and social service leaders,

creative thinkers from other sectors, and community members, will consider the feasibility and implementation of an all-inclusive virtual hub of area MCH programs. “The discipline of design thinking has proven to be an asset to IPH. We hope that the design process and proposed web portal will make accessing MCH resources easier for families and serve as an example for other cities and states across the country,” said Davis. “We are especially honored to lead Detroit’s local Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes,” said Davis. The City MatCH Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes is a national initiative designed to strengthen the scientific focus and evidence base for realizing equity in birth outcomes in urban U.S. cities. Detroit is the only city to partner with City MatCH in a specially focused Equity Institute apart from its cohort institutes. The Detroit Equity Institute leadership team includes IPH MCH and Community Innovations staff, representatives from the Regional Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force led by Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer at Henry Ford Health System Dr. Kimberly Dawn Wisdom and local public health partners. Planning is under way for the Equity Institute launch and strategic gathering to take place in May.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan educates communities about diabetes The month of April is National Minority Health Month and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is recognizing Minority Health Month by educating communities on how to manage and prevent diabetes, which is disproportionately higher in many minority groups. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, causing over 40 percent of all cases. The good news is that many cases of kidney failure may be prevented or delayed with proper control and management of diabetes. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes which is 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease. Minorities have a higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites, and some groups of minorities also have higher rates of diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, visual impairment, lower-extremity amputation and even death. Compared to non-Hispanic Whites, the risk of diagnosed diabetes is: 18 percent higher among Asian Americans; 66 percent higher among Hispanics/Latinos; 77 percent higher among non-Hispanic Blacks Additionally, the percentage of adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes is higher among certain minority populations. The percentage of individuals aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes: 7.1 percent of all non-Hispanic Whites; 12.6 percent of all non-Hispanic Blacks; 11.8 percent of Hispanics/Latinos; 16.1 percent of American Indians

and Alaska Natives (who are served by the Indian Health Service); and 8.4 percent of Asian Americans. In addition to racial minorities, others who have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes are older individuals, those with a family history and individuals with high blood pressure. It’s important to take steps to prevent diabetes if you are at risk and to manage your health if you have d i a b e tes to reduce your chances of developing kidney disease and ultimately, kidney failure. For individuals with diabetes, there are a few steps that should be taken to avoid related health complications. By managing your diabetes ABCs (A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol), you can prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease and other diabetes-related complications. This includes keeping your blood sugar low, with an A1C blood value of 7 percent or lower; managing your blood pressure keeping it at 120/80 or less; and keeping your cholesterol under 200mg/dl. For both those with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes, it is also important to maintain a weight, engage in regular physical activity, eat healthy and stop smoking. For more diabetes information and resources during Minority Health Month, study the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at You can also get information from the NKFM by calling 800482-1455 or by visiting the NKFM’s website, www.

Wayne County Community College, the Michigan Chronicle, and the City of Detroit present ‘Got You Covered’ The Michigan Chronicle in conjunction with the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) and the City of Detroit presented two Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) enrollment events held at Wayne County Community College campuses last month. The fairs promoted and educated the public on the various aspects of the ACA. Navigators, healthcare providers and other health specialists were there to assist the public. There were also health and wellness information, aerobic activities, giveaways and more. The events were held on Thursday, March 20, at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street in Detroit and Thursday, March 27, at the northwest campus of WCCCD located at 8200 West Outer Drive also in Detroit. They were focused on getting those who still need health insurance enrolled before the March 31 deadline. The events were sponsored by HAP and Molina Healthcare. The events saw a host of community and promotional partners that included Blue Cross Blue Shield, and The Wellness Plan, Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, Institute For Population Health, ACCESS, Focus HoOPE, New Center Community Mental Health Services, Community Connections-Greater Midtown, Synergy Personal Training, The Wellness Plan, Detroit Black Chamber, Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, DTE, Karmanaos National Kidney Foundation, and University Yes Academy. The Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, was in attendance at the March 27 event to personally thank all of the community partners for their efforts in enrolling Detroiters in the Health Exchange. Also during

the March 27 event there was an educational panel discussion with a question and answer period focused on the importance of the Affordable Care Act. The panel was led by Chris Allen, CEO of the Detroit Wayne County Authority, Madiha Tariq, public health manager of ACCESS Community Health & Research Center, and Dr. Monique Butler of Detroit Medical Center. Each event saw numerous res-

idents of southeastern Michigan attending to enroll and get information on what they were eligible for. More events are planned in coming months that will focus on the Medicaid/Healthy Michigan initiative. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, go to www. For more information on the Medicaid expansion, go to http://

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Ferndale The Southfield Veterans’ Commission will host a free Vet70th Anniversary Lecture Series. 8076 or visit 10:00 am 9 -10:15 a.m. 6:00 pm until 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, from erans’ Information Seminar 6:30 hours Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church Links Nov Golf ClubMain Branch Standard Detroit Yacht Club DetroitofPublic 6 p.m. This event occursAve., weekly on Saturdays. Fellowship Chapel 12 – 4 p.m. in the Southfield ParksLibrary & Recreation building 8625 E. 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Email Your Your Upcoming Upcoming Events Eventsto to Email Email Your Upcoming Events DPS recognizes top suppliers at thirdtoannual 100 Top Supplier Conference

a true partnership and benefit to DPS. Michigan Chronicle presents: • Top Supplier Award: Student Excel-

Detroit Public Schools held its third annual Top 100 Supplier Conference, focusing on a theme of “Bold Innovation for Children.”

OneSight is an organization that provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear. OneSight prolence vides a vision wellness benefit to DPS Company: DAPCEP students through the See to Achieve program. For the past 15 years, stuReason for Nomination: dents have been provided with eye care Detroit Area Pre-College EngineerOur lOwest prices OF the seasOn Onthrough select styles and eyewear temporary Optiing Program applies best practices, as cal Clinics. This service is at no cost to well as teaching and learning strategies the student. Of the 1,289 students that to ensure that students participate in participated in the spring clinic, 85% science, technology, engineering, and needed glasses. They have offered great mathematics activities and experiences. service, cost savings to DPS parents and DAPCEP hasnOw been active in DPS since thrOugh saturday, aprilthat 19benefits the stuoverall wellness 1976 and shown a strong commitment dents of DPS. to our students and Detroit’s educational community. They are steadfast in • Top Supplier Award: Operational their efforts to support student learning Excellence through their In-school and Saturday Company: Hercules & Hercules STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. Their Reason for Nomination: Hercules & Hercules is a diverse program has made learning interesting supplier that has been one of the Disand relevant for students. • Top Supplier Award: Innovation & trict’s facilities providers for more than 15 years. They are steadfast in ensuring Technology they provide quality goods and services Company: Sentinel Technologies Inc. at all times. When DPS has faced financial challenges, Hercules & Hercules Reason for Nomination: continued to provide quality services. Sentinel Technologies Inc. was rec- The company has used DPS schools for ognized for outstanding performance in demonstrations, donated equipment, planning and leading the Network Hard- kept fair and consistent market prices, ware Refresh project for the DPS data and participated at the school and Discenter and central offices. This proj- trict level in Academic enrichment proect involved the supplier working many grams. nights and weekends to ensure that there were no disruptions to the Dis- • Supplier Excellence of the Year trict’s critical daily network operations. Award (Performance Driven) The $2.4 million project was completed Company: on time and within budget. This E-rate funded contract has prepared the Dis- Reason for Nomination: trict’s core network and data center for In June of 2013, was another decade of technology challeng- awarded business as DPS’s online auces. tion service provider. had

Scholastic provides the District with a guided reading program which supports a comprehensive reading program by integrating guided instruction, assessment and independent practice into the classroom. Scholastic has shown outstanding growth by working beyond the call of duty to support schools and the roll out of the guided reading program. The program has provided an innovative approach to learning, which makes the educational experience interesting and enriching for students. Scholastic has been able to identify the District’s needs and implement creative ways to provide immeasurable support.

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The event, which highlighted supplier excellence and fiscal responsibility, was the third annual presentation to top suppliers by DPS’ Office of Procurement & Logistics, as well as members of the district’s executive leadership team including Emergency Manager Jack Martin, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer William Aldridge, Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway and Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer Dr. Tracy Joshua.

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“We value the support of our Top Suppliers during the redesign of our district and its educational programs,” said Dr. Joshua. “We remain committed to our suppliers. Many have partnered with us and brought new ideas and innovation to us while also helping us reduce our costs. It is a journey and many suppliers are traveling with us to deliver exceptional goods and services to support the district providing the highest level of education for all the students that we serve.”

“The relationship that DPS maintains with its supply base is critical to the district’s ongoing efforts to re-imagine how we do business,” said Martin. “We are counting on each and every supplier to give us not only their best prices, but more importantly their best quality work and their best, most innovative thinking.”

Fall Into Greatness!

The following are the third annual Top Supplier Recognition Awards:

• Top Supplier Award: Partnership & Building Relationships Company: Success for All Reason for Nomination:

Success for All has helped DPS to achieve openness, creativity, agility and resiliency by developing a long term vision with trust among partners. Success for All is a whole-school reform strategy rolled out in select DPS schools, that features research proven tools, cooperative learning, and collaborative leadership for continuous improvement.

• Top Supplier Award: Unsung Hero

Company: National Council of Jewish Women Reason for Nomination:

• Executive Choice Awards

Company: United Auto Workers of America and Ford Motor Company Reason for Nomination: The UAW leads multiple initiatives throughout the District to support academic achievement, safety and a holistic education experience for DPS students. This year alone, the UAW is partnering with the American Football Coaches Association’s National Child Identification Program and Ford Motor across the country to provide fingerprint ID kits to tens of thousands of families. Detroit Public Schools is receiving 50,000 kits for DPS students. This program is designed to assist parents and law enforcement for quick reference in the event that an emergency occurs. In addition, the UAW, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund and the DPS Foundation, donated over $500,000 to ensure that every student in grades K-8 would have the opportunity to play in an organized sport and that every DPS elementary and middle school could offer arts/music programs.

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abundant experience at doing online auctions at closed schools, as well as experience with surplus warehouses. The company was nominated and given the Excellence of the Year Award not only because of their experience, but because of a commitment to a “turn-key” approach and documented processes to support their solutions. They are working tirelessly to ensure that the DPS surplus auctions are a success. Always looking to improve their process, they have begun assisting DPS with recommending reserves to consider based on their knowledge and research. None of this research work, which is considerable, is specifically stated in the contract, but they are demonstrating that they are committed to continuous improvement and bringing real value to their customers.

• Executive Choice Awards Company: General Motors Corporation

Reason for Nomination: The National Council of Jewish WomGeneral Motors Corporation has been en has been steadfast in their support a great supporter and partner of Detroit of the Children at Detroit’s Coleman Public Schools for many years. Through Young Elementary School. The organitheir donations to the DPS Foundation, zation has been volunteering for eight they have raised over a quarter of a milyears. They are faithfully in the buildlion dollars for Detroit Public Schools ing the third Thursday of every month. through various fundraising efforts, inThey read to students each classroom, cluding an auction for the 2011 ChevIn the district’s most recent bench- have donated countless books for use rolet VOLT. In addition, the district marks, there has been a high increase in schools, and donated books for stureceived the necessary funds from the in reading performance in elementary dents to take home. Principal Melissa corporation to enable the Cass Tech students. The program has provided a Scott said, “We asked them to help orgaBand to perform in Washington D.C. positive impact on climate and culture nize the library and they built us a new Dan Akerson personally made donain the buildings, as well as an increase one in conjunction with Detroit Pistons tions through the Dan Akerson’s Blue in student engagement. SFA provided and Farm Bureau!” They have donated Earth Foundation and the GM Employee all curriculum materials at no cost to over 200 pairs of shoes and numerous Foundation to help support several DPS the District during the implementation ofcode clothing year. • sale Top Award: ExFree shipping at with $99 online purchase.items no promo needed;this exclusions apply. †savings off regular, andSupplier clearance prices; excludesAcademic Everyday Values, Doorbusters/specials, of the Day and initiatives, Deals including theperformance partnership ofathletic the program, and at each pro-to our spring season from 2/1-4/30 and may be lowered as part ofcellence shoes. “our lowest price of theschool season” refers a clearance. advertised merchandise may not be carried at your local macy’s and selection may vary by store. with the Morning Side Community and prices and differsupport at 4030426. • Top Supplier Award: Professional vided freemerchandise trainingmay and during other suppliers and the Lear CorporaCompany: Scholastic the N4030426E.indd first year1 of program implementa- Services Excellence Award 3/26/14 11:28PreparaAM tion’s support of the J. E. Clark tion. SFA has also provided funding sup- Company: OneSight Reason for Nomination: tory Academy School. port for district staff. SFA has exhibited Reason for Nomination:

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Michelle Obama a tough boss? By what standard? By Tonya Pendleton According to a man who never directly worked for her, First Lady Michelle Obama is a tough boss. That was the takeaway from a story in The New Republic titled “The Worst Wing: How the East Wing Shrank Michelle Obama” written by Reid Cherlin, a former White House assistant press secretary.

thought that Mrs. Obama would be such an ogre, asking for her staff to be prepared? The writer, who admits that although he worked in the West Wing, and “rarely” (his words) with the East Wing, the first lady’s domain, nevertheless seems to know all about it.

He references a former first lady advisor, Kristina Schake, who, he says, did her “best” despite these difficult Chief among his criticisms are that conditions and was so good, she was approached about a job by the Mrs. Obama is an “exacting” communications director in boss who has the nerve to the West Wing, while at the have an inner circle of peosame time negotiating an ple she trusts working with increased role in the East her and that gaining access Wing with the first lady. But to her if you’re outside that once it was found out that, circle can be difficult. And, according to the writer, the he goes on to say, if you do West Wing had approached gain access to her, you must her, Schake was viewed as be prepared with informasomeone who violated Mrs. tion that defends whatever it Obama’s trust. Hmmm, is that you need to discuss. that sounds reasonable to If you are among the staffme, that I might be upset ers with the least access to if someone on my staff was her, the writer says, you are looking to go work with my constantly jockeying for po- Michelle Obama husband’s instead. (Schake sition among other staffers who have the same limits. Because of ultimately left to work for L’Oreal.) this, you’re constantly stressed out. There might be some legitimate critiThis rather reminds me of the secu- cisms of what could be expected to be a rity guard who sued Universal Music high-pressure, high-stress environment, Group for among other things, “the con- but you won’t find them in this article. If stant marijuana use” of the artists who Michelle Obama was prone to screaming came into and out of the building. Not fits and firing people at whim, the stoto mention the added stress of finding ry might make more sense. But as is, it people passed out in bathrooms, having reads as a racially coded diatribe that to endure rowdy parties, rappers with suggests that a woman, a Black woman, handguns and finding the occasional who is exacting and demanding in job bra and panties strewn around the offic- that requires her to be is somehow suspect. es. Just what did you expect? The idea that working for the first lady is stressful should be a given. The White House does an enormous amount of ceremonial and state events, and Mrs. Obama must be a presence at almost all of them. We’d imagine that long hours and increasing demands come with the territory. The writer talked to some of the “stressed out” former staffers who offer gems like this: “For her, trust is huge, really feeling like people were protecting and thinking about her,” says one alum. “And then, also, she’s a lawyer. She’s really disciplined. She cares about the details. She’s never going to wing it.” The alum explained that staffers would often want to run an idea by Mrs. Obama casually, to get her read on it. “That kind of doesn’t work for her,” the alum said. “You have to fully think it through and be ready for questions.” My





Black women in the workplace know exactly what that’s about. It’s about everything you do being viewed through a prism of race that suggests your leadership isn’t as valid as the White boss doing the same thing. Michelle Obama clearly has a thick skin or has developed one by now. She will likely shake off the article and the mega-trolls spewing their hate in the comments section. (Hey, New Republic, comment moderation is key to any intelligent discourse unless you enjoy your site being hijacked by racists). And in truth, what the writer did in emphasizing that Michelle Obama prioritizes her “family responsibilities” shows that she’s truly living out her concept of first lady in the way that many think she should — as a loving mother, wife and daughter who views her primary role as taking care of her family. If that’s what makes her a tough boss, we think she’s OK with that.

Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence displays a naive view of political corruption By Billy Corriher The U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another opinion striking down campaign finance laws as unconstitutional. In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the court’s five conservative justices struck down the limits on aggregate contributions to federal candidates, national political parties, and political action committees, or PACs. The plurality opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts relied on a strikingly naïve view of political corruption—a perspective that Justice Stephen Breyer argues ignores the public interest in a representative democracy. Coming on the heels of what the media has termed the “Sheldon Primary” — for conservative politicians seeking campaign cash from billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson — the court’s opinion will give the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans even more influence over our political system. The ruling opens the door to complicated schemes that allow the wealthy to funnel millions of dollars to individual candidates. The court noted that prior cases established that only “corruption or the appearance of corruption” can justify limits on “speech” in the form of money, and it essentially defined corruption as bribery — a definition that suggests campaign finance regulations can only target explicit exchanges of campaign cash for favors. Chief Justice Roberts commented, “Spending large sums of money in connection with elections … does not give rise to … quid pro quo corruption.” Chief Justice Roberts compared the aggregate limits to the government telling “a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse.” The court denied that “mere influence or access” to politicians leads to corruption or the appearance of corruption. Justice Clarence Thomas did not join the plurality’s

opinion and argued instead for striking down all limits on campaign contributions. The justices differed over balancing a campaign donor’s “right to participate in democracy through political contributions” and the public’s interest in campaign finance laws. The plurality emphasized the burden placed on the “speech” of the wealthiest Americans who, before today, could not support more than 10 politicians if their donations equaled the individual contribution limit. The Republican National Committee, or RNC, supported the lawsuit filed by Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama businessman who made his money working with the coal industry. Chief Justice Roberts noted that, “The RNC wishes to receive the contributions that McCutcheon and similarly situated individuals would like to make.” In a January 2014 report, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Sunlight Foundation profiled wealthy campaign donors whose contributions were already nearing the aggregate contribution limit for the upcoming fall elections. The list includes Stephen Bechtel Jr., who has donated millions of dollars to Republicans and whose Bechtel Corporation received huge contracts to rebuild Iraq. The report also made note of executives at Goldman Sachs and other banks who made their contributions at a time when they had financial stakes in the implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Once the regulations were issued, “Goldman Sachs was widely seen as having largely avoided heavy regulation.” Chief Justice Roberts dismissed such broader descriptions of corruption and argued that other laws were sufficient to prevent the circumvention of individual campaign contribution limits.

Dr. Ben Carson starts magazine for Black Republicans By Michael Cottman Black conservatives are starting their own right-wing digital magazine for African Americans just in time for the November congressional and gubernatorial elections. The weekly online magazine American Currentsee will no doubt take plenty of shots at President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda. The magazine’s publisher is Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins who has emerged as a vocal Black Republican.

ly roaming the streets with friends,” Carson wrote in an essay about his new magazine. “After all, you can get a monthly check, a free cell phone and health insurance from Uncle Sam for doing nothing.” Longtime conservative Armstrong Williams joins Carson as executive editor and Fox News’ Juan Williams, who contributed to the first issue. The site debuted March 30 and is bankrolled by the Washington Times. “Opportunity has been replaced by despair. Embracing character, values, marriage and family has been ridiculed,” Carson wrote. “Government dependence has been substituted for self-reliance, and mediocrity has replaced excellence.”

In the past several months, he has lobbed inappropriate verbal bombs at Obama at every opportunity. I don’t have a problem with a Black conservative magazine, but I do have a prob“We need a new media lem with Carson. This is source that embraces hard the same man who said, “I work, moral character, have to tell you, Obamacare Ben Carson family values, good educais, really I think, the worst tion and self-reliance and thing that’s happened in this nation inspires the next generation with role since slavery.” models who have cast off the chains of mediocre expectations and proven that Since slavery? Really? the American dream is alive and well.” I have a problem with Carson when he Considered a rising star in the consays that the Affordable Care Act should be dismantled; that wealthy Americans servative movement, Carson has implied have always given back; that people are that he’s open to running for president not going hungry on the streets because and proved he certainly isn’t shy about government social programs are provid- criticizing Obama. Carson, 61, who grew ing for them. His rhetoric sounds like it up in Detroit, says Obama is dangerouscomes straight from the Republican po- ly divisive. “It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim what they believe and litical playbook. stop being bullied,” Carson said recentNow a commentator for Fox News, ly at a Conservative Political Action ConCarson is an embarrassment. He is long ference in Washington, DC. on criticism and short on substance. “I’ll let you know why I’m not a fan of He spends most of his time criticizing Obama but offers few solutions to com- political correctness. I hate political correctness and I will continue to defy the plex social problems. PC police who have tried in many cases But Carson has emerged as the Black to shut me up.” face of the Republican Party, for now, Carson’s new conservative magazine though his rhetoric at times defies logic. for African Americans has been avail“The ruling elite have convinced too able for a very short time, yet I feel I’ve many young adults that it’s OK to stay already heard enough. at home and live in your parents’ basements playing video games or aimless-

Teachers stay in the profession during Obama-era policies By Kaitlin Pennington and Robert Hanna Five years ago, U.S. teachers were asked in a survey how many years of experience they had; their most common answer was one year. Policymakers feared an impending crisis because, if past trends held, about half of these teachers would leave in their first five years. But the latest results from the Schools and Staffing Survey, or SASS — a nationally representative study of teachers by the U.S. Department of Education released just weeks ago — show that 70 percent of teachers in their first year stayed in the profession. In the new SASS, most teachers said that they had taught for five years. These new survey results reveal that the teacher retention concerns were unfounded. Since most new teachers stayed in the profession, it’s time to turn attention to these mid-career teachers to ensure policies support their professional growth. One could imagine all sorts of potential reasons why these novice teachers stayed in the profession. The economy was deeply uncertain during this time period. The Great Recession started in 2009, and the resulting financial uncertainly may have kept more teachers in the teaching profession. The latest survey evidence suggests that this dynamic may have largely not played out: About the same proportion of teachers agreed — before and after 2009 — with the statement that “If I could get a higher paying job, I’d leave teaching as soon as possible.” With many experienced teachers retiring over the past few years, these beginning teachers may have stayed longer because they expected more opportunities to take on more professional responsibilities. Researchers will be looking at this data for years to come, but for now, one thing is clear: This time period also saw one of the most dramatic changes in education policy agendas this nation has ever seen. States and districts have been challenged to rapidly revamp outdated teacher evaluation policies through

Race to the Top competitions and No Child Left Behind waivers. These federal programs have sparked reforms that have begun to dramatically reshape the work of classroom teaching. As these reforms began to take shape, teachers in states and districts across the country have encountered growing demands. Yet as the reforms started to roll out, teachers stayed in the profession. In fact, 87 percent of the first-year teachers from 2007 to 2008 stayed through their third year. And that percentage could have been higher. The most common reason teachers left the profession after their first or second year was mostly out of their control: their contract wasn’t renewed. These data are far from conclusive, however, since there are a number of other reasons why this could have occurred. But the new research should give pause to critics who have argued that the education reform initiatives under President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would lead teachers to bristle under the new evaluation systems and leave the profession. Some claimed that teachers would react strongly to teacher evaluations that are based in part on student testscore growth and that the stress would drive many of them out. Bob Sullo, an education consultant and author, called it a “recipe for disaster.” And education historian Diane Ravitch predicted that “many will leave teaching, discouraged by the loss of their professional autonomy.” In contrast, over the course of President Obama’s first term, about twothirds of teachers were as likely to agree that if they “could go back to college and start over again,” they would “probably” or “definitely” still become teachers. But enacting reforms with the promise of improving learning for all children and keeping new teachers in the profession is just the start of the work. The other, and arguably more important task, is ensuring that they continue to grow in effectiveness and become expert, master teachers.


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Rick Snyder headlines Pancakes & Politics, Forum 2

Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer, Real Times Media, and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, with Governor Rick Snyder. — Oxygen Photography

Dan Spisak, Bank of America; Paris Rudolph, Bank of America; Patricia Walker, Bank of America; Governer RickSnyder; Marshall Kleven, Bank of America; Aubrey Lee, Merrill Lynch; and Ray Plowden, Merrill Lynch.

PNC Regional President Ric DeVore along with Shaun Wilson, Vice President Chief of Staff; and Robert Darmanin, Vice President, Senior Communications Manager.

Rick DeVore, PNC, regional president; Renee Kent, vice president, Community Development Banking; Richard Hampson, senior vice president, Corporate Finance; Governor Rick Snyder; Gina Coleman, vice president, Community Development Banking; Lisa Sampson, senior vice president, managing director, Wealth Management; and Kamila Dymerski, vice president, Michigan Public Finance Group.

Robin Cole, Cathy Nedd, chief operating officer Michigan Chronicle, Ken Hiram E. Jackson and Grace Jackson. Donaldson and Renee T. Walker.

Pancakes & Politics host Carol Cain and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson.

Pancakes & Politics audience.

Sheila Cockrel, former Detroit City Council member, and Saunteel Jenkins, current council member.

Debbie Dingell and Florine Mark.

Jack and Jill Detroit Chapter with Governor Rick Snyder.

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At the close of the six-month ACA Marketplace open enrollment period, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its HMO subsidiary, Blue Care Network, were selected by more than 300,000 Michigan consumers. “In a highly competitive marketplace, Michigan consumers overwhelmingly chose Blue Cross for their health coverage and we are ready to serve our customers’ health needs well into the future,” said BCBSM CEO Daniel J. Loepp. “Our results speak to our efforts in 2010 and 2011 to listen to Michiganders about what they wanted most in ACA-compliant health plans.  The results affirm Blue Cross’ strategic decisions to Dan Loepp offer competitive pricing, statewide access to coverage and insurance plans that provide exceptional value in a subsidized individual market.” BCBSM will report final, confirmed numbers later this month once all enrollments are processed and tabulated by the federal government.  The results announced today are initial figures based on reporting by the federal government and BCBSM’s records: 180,000 members enrolled with BCBSM and BCN “on-Marketplace,” meaning through 53,000 members enrolled “off-Marketplace,” meaning directly through the companies. “On Oct. 1, when open enrollment began, Blue Cross was ready,” said Terry Burke, BCBSM vice president for Individual Business.  “Our team handled 1.5 million phone calls, we provided online resources to help consumers select their plans and we innovated through text messaging and online capabilities to help people understand their subsidy eligibility.”

Blue Cross ACA Enrollment Breakdown ■ 56 percent of BCBSM and BCN members bought products on the Marketplace. ■ 88 percent of on-Marketplace enrollments were subsidy eligible. ■ 22 percent of enrollees are experiencing reductions of $500 to $1,000 in their monthly premiums. ■ 55 percent of total enrollees were new to BCBSM and BCN. “Michigan consumers had many choices,” Burke said. “Subsidy eligibility drove choice on the Marketplace, allowing more consumers to obtain affordable, quality coverage.  Our silver tier plans were among the most popular choice, accounting for a significant number of on-marketplace enrollees. In November, we were hopeful our customers would stick with us, and we’re pleased to see both returning and new customers have the confidence that Blue Cross is the right health plan choice for themselves and their families.” Members in Blue Cross plans leveraging subsidies were awarded an average monthly subsidy of $377. When applied to an average contract premium of $546, the member pays, on average, a $169 monthly premium for their health insurance plan. “Of our new Blue Cross members who are subsidy eligible, 10 percent are enrolled in a plan where the subsidy covers their total premium,” Burke said.  “These folks pay a $0 monthly premium for coverage that also caps their out-of-pocket costs.  As a company that has long championed affordable coverage, Blue Cross is thrilled that so many of our new customers are getting the most affordable coverage possible under the ACA.”  Throughout the six-month long enrollment period, BCBSM added staff and hours to address the unprecedented demand on phone lines during peak enrollment times, normally around the 15th of each month. Before open enrollment began on Oct. 1, 2013, BCBSM averaged 4,000 calls a week within the company’s individual business division.  Leading into the last two weeks before the December deadline, BCBSM’s call volume spiked to about 40,000 calls a week.  In March, BCBSM call centers handled about 26,000 calls a week. “Throughout this process, our organization worked hard to make sure every question was answered and every member felt confident in their choice,” Burke said. “We encourage those who have yet to enroll in an ACA plan to spend the time between now and November researching their options and determining their eligibility for financial assistance. Thousands of Michigan residents are paying low premiums for high-quality care, and we hope to see more make the same choice this fall.”

Jesse Jackson leads delegation of minority suppliers to Japan to meet automakers Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition led a 13-person delegation to visit leading automotive companies in Japan, April 2-9. The delegation met with corporate leaders of Toyota, Nissan and Honda at their Japan headquarters, with the goal of building primary trade and business relationships with these automotive companies and establishing a significant Japanese network for U.S.-based, AfricanAmerican suppliers and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The delegation planned to meet with the companies’ executive leadership, as well as, with their Purchasing and Research & Development teams to discuss future business opportunities for US-based businesses.

• Ethnic-minority consumers led new vehicle purchases faster than the rest of the marketplace with a growth rate of 56%, with African Americans making up 33% of that growth rate.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Automotive Project has a two-decade track record of engaging and forging partnerships between African-American suppliers and dealers and the automotive industry. Their work has resulted in billions of dollars worth of contracts, dealerships, community engagement/investments, and advertising and marketing deals for African-American businesses.  However, as the economic downturn took place in recent years, many African-American businesses and communities were devastated by the automotive industries’ decisions to cut budgets, suppliers, employee base and community support.

• The top three brands for U.S. ethnic-minority consumers in 2013 were Toyota with 18% of the market share, Honda with 13% and Nissan with 10%. The Rainbow PUSH delegation discussed a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan based upon the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Diversity Scorecard issued in January of 2013. The scorecard provides a snapshot of each manufacturer’s success at building and sustaining ethnic diversity and inclusion. The scorecard reflects the most visible indicators of a commitment to diversity by key stakeholders, minority constituencies and minority companies utilizing benchmarks and best practices. 

“Many African American and ethnic minority companies have not recovered or enjoyed the benefits of the auto industry’s growth,” said Jackson, founder and president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

The scorecard’s focus areas are corporate leadership and HR; suppliers/ procurement, dealers, advertising and marketing, philanthropy and community reinvestment. The scorecard’s basic purpose is to establish accountability and institutionalizing diversity within a company.

“As the auto industry continues to bounce back, the issue of minority inclusion must be placed front and center on the industry’s agenda. From dealers to suppliers, from marketing and advertising programs, to community reinvestment, minority communities and businesses must be empowered to grow as the auto industry revs up again.” The automotive industry plays a central role in the economic development of ethnic-minority communities in the U.S. while, the U.S. ethnic-minority communities are a growth investment opportunity for

the automotive industry. • In 2013, ethnic-minority consumers purchased

24% of vehicle sales, with African Americans making up 8% of those new vehicle sales.

“The auto companies have a long way to go,” said Jackson. “The scorecard reflects that minority dealers and suppliers and advertising agencies are not equal partners with the auto companies. We will seek a true reciprocal relationship between the auto companies and people, businesses and communities of color.”



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National Kidney Foundation of Michigan educates communities about diabetes The month of April is National Minority Health Month and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is recognizing Minority Health Month by educating communities on how to manage and prevent diabetes, which is disproportionately higher in many minority groups.

Champion of civil rights appointed NAACP dinner chair This year’s 59th Annual NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, taking place on May 4, will not only benefit from the financial support of Talmer Bancorp, Inc., but also the personal support of their chairman, Gary Torgow, corporate chair of the event.

never met but shared a common purpose — to help others and to enrich the lives of their communities. “Dave and I wanted to find a way to reignite our local communities and make a difference. We both understand the important role that a community bank plays in the growth and vitality of local markets,” said Torgow.

“Talmer Bancorp is very proud to be the lead sponsor of the Detroit NAACP’s 59th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner,” said Torgow. “As a local community bank we are committed to supporting organizations that are catalysts of change, like the NAACP.” Throughout his career Gary Torgow, a lifelong Detroiter, has been a strong advocate for the rights of all individuals and has served in many leadership positions that have strengthened the cause of justice and equality. Rev. Wendell Anthony, the long-serving president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, presented Torgow with the Fannie Lou Hamer Keeping the Spirit Alive award, where he aptly described him as “a leading advocate for economic advocacy for African Americans throughout the diaspora.” He compared Torgow to the spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer because of his efforts in bringing equality of opportunity to all. “I was honored to have received this prestigious award and truly enjoyed working closely with Rev. Wendell Anthony for the past 25 years,” said Torgow. “His thoughtful and caring leadership continue to make a difference in our community every day.” Gary Torgow was appointed and served as chairman of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission under a Republican and a Democratic governor — John Engler and Jennifer Granholm, respectively. His leadership resulted in significant strides forward for the protection of Michigan citizens in all areas of state and federal enforcement of civil rights laws and statutes. During his tenure on the commission, Torgow traveled the length and breadth of the state, strengthening the Michigan Civil Rights department’s ongoing efforts to encourage the promotion of economic and racial equality in both the private and public sector. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by constitutional authority in 1963. Through the Constitutional Convention of 1962 the state recognized that there was a need for comprehensive civil rights protection for the citizens of Michigan. The result was the creation of an eight-member non-partisan Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In accordance with the Michigan

Since its inception, Talmer Bank and Trust has completed seven acquisitions and is currently the third largest bank headquartered in Michigan, operating 94 branch offices and 11 lending offices located primarily in the Midwest.

Gary Torgow Constitution, Commission members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate and serve four year terms. In addition to Gary Torgow, chairpersons of this Commission in its history include Damon Keith, John Feikens and Avern Cohn, all three of whom became a federal judges after their service on the Commission. These efforts have been recognized by numerous organizations and communities, including the high honor of being chosen by civil rights icon Rosa Parks to be the keynote speaker at her “Pathways to Freedom” celebration in Detroit. This event was held to celebrate Rosa Parks’ historic efforts to promote equality worldwide and also to shine a spotlight on the next generation of civil rights activists Gary Torgow was also recognized by the Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit as the recipient of its sixth annual Fair Housing Leadership award. Cliff Schrupp, who then served as the executive director of the Fair Housing Center, wrote, “Gary Torgow’s commitment to the economic growth and revitalization of the city of Detroit and its housing stock has been unique, inspiring and effective. The fact that all of these activities have been conducted by an individual with a firm and public commitment to fair housing and equal rights makes his efforts unique.”

“The financial crisis that began in 2008 had a devastating impact on very good financial organizations with very good employees. Unfortunately, many of these institutions simply did not have the resources to weather the incredible storm in front of them,” said Torgow. “At that same time we were in the position to give these great companies and their employees a second chance and thus we began acquiring troubled institutions in 2010.” “Loss of community development, lending, deposits and jobs would have had a devastating effect on local communities if these institutions would have ceased to exist,” said Provost. Talmer’s latest acquisitions include an office in Detroit which is their first location within city limits. In addition, they have opened lending offices in Detroit. But not having a physical location in Detroit did not stopped the organization from supporting the local Detroit community. In 2012, Talmer Bank began its partnership with the Detroit Free Press to sponsor the Detroit Marathon which is one of the largest events held in Detroit on an annual basis.

Founded in 2007 as First Michigan Bancorp, Inc., Talmer Bancorp, Inc., located in Troy, Michigan, is the holding company for Talmer Bank and Trust and Talmer West Bank.

“Supporting this great event is a win-win in so many ways,” said Torgow. “Not only does the marathon provide a great deal of support to local charities such as Think Detroit Police Athletic League which assists young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs; Forgotten Harvest, which relieves hunger in the Detroit community; and Habitat for Humanity Detroit, as well as many others, it also has a huge impact on our local economy.”

The Talmer name combines the last name of the grandfather of David T. Provost, chairman and CEO of Talmer Bank and Trust (Talmage), with the last name of the grandfather of Gary Torgow, chairman of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. (Merzon). Their grandfathers were two remarkable humanitarians who

“To us, being a community bank isn’t just our business, it’s our mission,” said Torgow. “As a company, Talmer believes that lives and communities are enriched when people work together to support one another. We believe that we are only as strong as the communities we serve.”

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, causing over 40 percent of all cases. The good news is that many cases of kidney failure may be prevented or delayed with proper control and management of diabetes. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes which is 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease. Minorities have a higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites, and some groups of minorities also have higher rates of diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, visual impairment, lower-extremity amputation and even death. Compared to non-Hispanic Whites, the risk of diagnosed diabetes is: 18 percent higher among Asian Americans; 66 percent higher among Hispanics/Latinos; 77 percent higher among non-Hispanic Blacks Additionally, the percentage of adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes is higher among certain minority populations. The percentage of individuals aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes: 7.1 percent of all non-Hispanic Whites; 12.6 percent of all non-Hispanic Blacks; 11.8 percent of Hispanics/Latinos; 16.1 percent of American In-

dians and Alaska Natives (who are served by the Indian Health Service); and 8.4 percent of Asian Americans. In addition to racial minorities, others who have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes are older individuals, those with a family history and individuals with high blood pressure. It’s important to take steps to prevent diabetes if you are at risk and to manage your health if you have diabetes to reduce your chances of developing kidney disease and ultimately, kidney failure. For individuals with diabetes, there are a few steps that should be taken to avoid related health complications. By managing your diabetes ABCs (A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol), you can prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease and other diabetes-related complications. This includes keeping your blood sugar low, with an A1C blood value of 7 percent or lower; managing your blood pressure keeping it at 120/80 or less; and keeping your cholesterol under 200mg/dl. For both those with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes, it is also important to maintain a weight, engage in regular physical activity, eat healthy and stop smoking. For more diabetes information and resources during Minority Health Month, study the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at You can also get information from the NKFM by calling 800-482-1455 or by visiting the NKFM’s website,

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“Overall, our life expectancy continues to rise, while teenaged pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically. And most recently, the rate of HIV infection among Black women has fallen tremendously, down over 20 percent in just two years’ time,” says a new report, “Black Women in the United States, 2014: Progress and Challenges,” presented by the Black Women’s Roundtable, a division of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

The section on education paints the picture of dogged determination against racial and gender disadvantages.

Melanie L. Campbell a comprehensive inventory of the Black women in America. The 86-page report features white papers on a range of topics.

But not all of the news is good.

In a section on health, the authors compile all the stark realities of Black womanhood in one place.

Their homicide rate is more than triple that of White women. Black women are twice as likely as White women to be the victims of violent crime, robbery, and aggravated assault. And Black women are also significantly more likely to be a victim of stranger rape.

For example, one in four Black women over 55 years old is diabetic, while four in five are overweight or obese. AfricanAmerican women living in the 12 southeastern states with the highest incidents of stroke are the group most likely to have high blood pressure.

The report, issued in the waning days of Women’s History Month, takes

Childbirth remains a particularly dark spot for African-American women; the maternal mor-

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) — Despite the stubborn persistence of racial disparities in health, there is cause for Black women to celebrate.

their business to third party vendors because their employees simply don’t have the necessary knowledge. Now, employers will have an opportunity to train their own staff so that the business can be kept ‘in house’. By employees upping their skill sets, employers will then be able to move with expediency on day-to-day business, thus creating a winning formula for all. Employees must complete and submit an application as well as a letter of request stating why they feel they are qualified for the scholarship and how it will impact their future. They must also submit a letter of recommendation from their Employer stating how the training will benefit the organization. Applications are available online at Candidates will be selected based on the letters of recommendation and all candidates will need to meet the standard entrance requirements. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and the opportunity will end when all are awarded. “Specs Howard interacts with Michigan employers everyday. We see many companies struggling with budget reductions, and unfortunately employee training is one of the first cuts. We wanted to find a way to help the community we have been part of for over 44 years,” said Specs Howard President, Lisa Zahodne.


Among young African-American women, the dropout rate is on a decline and high school graduation rates have tripled in 60 years. In the 2009-2010 school year, Black women learned 66 percent of all bachelor’s degrees earned by Black Americans, 71 percent of master’s degrees, and 65 percent of doctorates. Black women also comprised the majority of the Black demographic across law, medical, and dental schools. And despite being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math careers, they are closer to their male counterparts in degree attainment and even outpace Black men at the doctoral level. The major educational challenges lie in childhood, where AfricanAmerican girls have an out-of-school suspension rate six times as high as their White counterparts, starting as early as pre-K. Black children are three times as likely as others to attend a school in which less than 60 percent of teachers are fully licensed and certified, and go on to a high school that doesn’t offer a range of college prep courses. The report paints a similar picture of Black women’s economic standing. According to the report, Black women have the highest labor force participation rates among all women, and are starting their own businesses at six times the national average rate. They are only second to Black men in labor unionization rates (comprising 12.3 and 14.8 percent of all unionized workers, respectively) – and those who are unionized enjoy higher wages and better benefits compared to all non-union women.

But hard work doesn’t pay off as much for African-American women. The report states that Black women earn 90 percent of what Black men earn, and just 68 cents per dollar earned by White men. It cites another study that found that half of all single, African- American women had no, or negative wealth. Black women are also more likely than any other group to be working poor. These gaps translate to the retirement crisis affecting most Americans, but particularly African Americans.

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“Sharply stated, Black America suffers a severe retirement gap, and Black women bear the brunt of that circumstance,” the report states. “In fact, as retirees, Black women experience a poverty rate that is over five times that experienced by White men (16 percent versus 3 percent).” More than one section of the report was devoted to the power of the Black female vote. Despite being just 12 percent of the electorate, African-American women can be political game-changers when they vote en mass. In the 2008 presidential election, for example, 68.1 percent of voting-age Black women reported voting compared to 67.9 percent of White women, 51.8 percent of Hispanic women, and 47.5 percent of Asian women, according to Census data. They flexed their electoral muscles again in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race. Despite being just 11 percent of all Virginia voters (who are 72 percent White), their support was enough to put Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, in office by a narrow 2.5 percent margin. Black Women’s Roundtable plans to begin expanding its Power of the Sister Vote initiative, which aims to mobilize Black women across the country as a steady and influential voting bloc. The report is the first in what is expected to be an annual series of reports on Black women.



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Blackonomics… The cost of getting old

By James Clingman

your employer’s contribution to your 401-K and insurance plan. Unless you “own” the job you have, it can be taken away from you at any time, along with your retirement plan and your insurance policy.

(NNPA) — We are at a critical stage in the economy when “more than one-third of workers (36 percent) have a measly $1,000 saved for their later years,” according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. “Compare that to the 28 percent of workers who said they had $1,000 saved in last year’s survey, and the picture gets a little more grim,” the article continued. The report refers to all workers; that 36 percent likely skyrockets when applied to Black people. You know what happens when America gets a cold: we get pneumonia.

James Clingman get old you may also end up in the group with less than $1,000 saved for retirement. Keep in mind that a college education, while it is very important and necessary in this economy, is not worth what it used to be. Thus, it would be prudent to forego that highpriced school you want to attend and consider a smaller community college, a tech school or an HBCU. Unless you get a scholarship that covers most or all of your costs, a smaller, less expensive school is the way to go.

With baby boomers at the head of the mortality line, all we can do now is reflect on the financial “what ifs” in our lives and try to figure out how to live with a $1,000 or less in the bank. The millennial generation had better pay close attention to their finances and start saving as early as possible to keep from making the same money mistakes their parents and grandparents made.

I know most young people refuse to acknowledge it, but if you keep living you will get old. Question: “What will getting old cost you?” Getting old in today’s economy is very expensive. And who knows what will happen to Social Security and Medicare? The way things are going now, young people will be pretty much on their own when they get old.

First and foremost, be very careful with student loans. Leaving school with a debt of tens of thousands of dollars, even before you get a job, is a prescription for financial disaster. I know the money is great to have, especially what some of you call your “monthly check,” which is in excess of what your tuition requires. But you will have to pay it back no matter what, with interest, of course. Imagine trying to find and keep a job, a car, a place to live, and food to eat, while having to pay a monthly note of $400-$600 for a student loan for the next 20 or 30 years. When you


The other caveat for young people as they prepare for their retirement is the dreaded conspicuous consumption syndrome. In an article I wrote some

years ago titled “Supply and Demand,” I noted that Black folks demand and others supply us with their goods and services. Anything someone makes we will buy it, no matter how much it costs. Just look at Nick Young of the L.A. Lakers who recently had his home burglarized for a pair of $6,000 shoes called “Nike Air Yeezy 2.” That reminded me of basketball star Antoine Walker getting robbed of a $55,000 watch. A great article on this subject is featured on The

Root website, written by Demetria L. Lucas, titled “Fronting: We Need to Stop Living the ‘Fabulous and Broke’ Lifestyle.’” It’s time to put the “fake it till you make it” philosophy out to pasture.” She wrote, “My wake-up call came when my friend called me in a panic, not knowing what to do. He was around $30,000 in credit card debt and had student loans. That friend ended up moving back in with his parents for a year-plus so he could save money to pay off his cred-

it cards. (More than 10 years later, he’s still paying off student loans.)” The cost of getting old is high, so be prepared. Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his website, blackonomics. com.

Do you feel your job search has stalled? By Carl Norris If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your jobsearch strategy and make changes. Imagine you’re trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again. But in this case, it’s your career. Below are five questions to ask yourself if you feel your search has stalled. 1. Are your goals clear and realistic? You can’t simply say “I want a new job” and consider that to be your plan. An effective search needs to start with a clear set of realistic job goals that align your key skills and experience with your passions and long-term career objectives.  Remember, if you want to relocate or transition to a new career, this will affect




It’s best to get a Roth IRA started now, or at least some kind of savings plan that will multiply and be there at retirement. (A few dollars saved each month now will multiply into hundreds of thousands or even a million dollars by the time you reach retirement age.) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket by simply depending on

Understand, young people, that if a young athlete or entertainer can go broke after making unwise decisions with his or her millions of dollars, your $80,000 per year will evaporate at a much faster pace, especially if you try to live like they live. Be smart, learn from the mistakes of others and understand that you do not have to end up like the current 36 percent in this country.

your job search strategy and how long it will take you to find that next job. 2. Is your résumé ready for the digital world? Make sure your résumé incorporates the key terms and requirements found in your targeted jobs, that it is tailored to play up your relevant skills and experience. Limit your résumé to the last 10-15 years of experience to avoid age discrimination. Not sure if your résumé is up to par? Ask a professional. 3. Have you Googled yourself lately? Google your name (as it appears on your résumé) and see what comes up. Make a list of every website where you have an account set up — including job boards — and decide if it should be used for professional or personal

use. Update your professional accounts to align with your résumé and job goals by highlighting your relevant skill sets, experience and affiliations. Edit your personal accounts by changing the name and increasing the security settings so they won’t be found. 4. Are you applying to the right jobs? Job descriptions are often a hiring manager’s wish list for the dream candidate. While the employer probably doesn’t expect you to have every single qualification, they do expect you to meet all the core “must have” requirements. Only apply to jobs where you possess these must haves. Also, make sure you choose jobs that align with your goals. Applying to jobs outside of your goals will dilute your personal

brand and confuse employers. 5. How often do you network? Whether you love it or loathe it, networking is an important part of the jobsearch process. Dedicate a portion of each week to networking, such as joining new associations, conducting informational interviews, attending industry-specific events, or catching up with valuable contacts. By taking time to track and evaluate your jobsearch efforts, you’ll be in better shape to pinpoint when your routine changes for the better or worse, and what you can do to take it to the next level. Remember, if your current strategy isn’t working, it’s time to change things.

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Perpetuation of a legacy or blatant exploitation? Not long after the unexpected passing of Michael Jackson in June of 2009, an album was released titled “Michael” consisting of unheard material that Jackson had not completed. Other producers were called in to “finish” it and several “guest vocal performances” were added.


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The whole thing, in my opinion, was disrespectful and exploitive. And now Epic Records, with the approval of the Michael Jackson estate (not to be confused with the Jackson family) is doing it again. On May 13, an eight-song album titled “Xscape” will be released. As before, producers were called in, this time with on Michael Jackson album emphasis “contemporizing” cover. each track. Well, who’s to say Michael Jackson would have wanted the songs on this album and the one before it released? Perhaps there were good reasons why they had not been offered to the public before. Would he have wanted other people to “complete” something he started? I doubt it. Would he have approved of the producers? What about the “guest artists”? For this project, famed producer/writer L.A. Reid “took the lead in cultivating recordings from Jackson.”

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By Steve Holsey

A good word to describe the motivation for projects such as this one is “greed.”


here is a lot to be said for having a backup plan, a “that” to turn to if “this” doesn’t work out for whatever reason.

And I am not sure that Michael would have approved of the strange album cover either. NICK CANNON, one of the most multitalented and likable entertainers in the business, has sure succeeded in getting people to talk. We refer to his new “leopard” hairstyle that, by the way, took five hours to complete. Talk about patience being required!

Of course, some prefer to “work without a net,” so to speak, because there are no ifs, ands or buts about it…they believe they are going to make it in their chosen field. Failure is not an option for these people.

Nick Cannon with I think it’s interesting leopard hairstyle. but unattractive, kind of like something Dennis Rodman might do, but what Nick Cannon does with his hair is his business.

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Also, tongues are wagging about the title of Cannon’s new album, “White People Party Music.” If a White artist reNick Cannon in leased an album with the title “Black People Party whiteface. Music,” plenty of Black individuals and organizations would be complaining.

But Cannon is unapologetic.

He said, “I hoped people would give me a hard time. That’s the whole purpose. It’s just a fun album with a fun title that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” And then there’s Nick Cannon’s “whiteface” pictures. But he’s not the first to do that. Ike and Tina Turner were in whiteface (eating watermelon!) on the cover of their 1968 blues-based album “Outta Season.”

Angela Bassett

CEE LO GREEN offered a good reason for his decision to leave “The Voice.” “I don’t want to wear out my welcome. Plus I have some other things that I want to do. I haven’t released an album in four years,” he explained.

Cee Lo Green later in the year.”

He also said, “I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show deal with them and hopefully some talk show opportunities for

Hill Harper

But for most of us, it’s a good thing to have something else to fall back on. And there are times when success does come, but the job, or whatever it is, runs its course. Then what? We said all that to say this: It is surprising how many people in the entertainment field are college educated, many with degrees — some from Ivy League colleges and some from historically Black colleges and universities — that are not even remotely connected to singing, acting, playing an instrument or playing sports. Some, no doubt, intended to go into the field they acquired higher education in; others, more cautious, took classes in a “just in case” state of mind. TWO OF the most highly educated — and talented — people in show business happen to be married to each other. Super actress Angela Bassett has a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Yale University as well as a master’s degree in Drama. Her equally gifted husband, Courtney B. Vance (who was born in Detroit), graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of

Taraji P. Henson Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama. In fact, he and his future wife met at Yale. Keshia Knight-Pulliam, forever ingrained in the public’s memory as cute little Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College. Tuskegee University was already a well-known institution of higher learning, but it became even more so when it became known that one of its graduates was superstar Lionel Richie, who has a bachelor’s degree in Economics. FAMED AND sometimes controversial director, producer and screenplay writer Spike Lee has two degrees from Morehouse College — a bachelor’s in Mass Communications and a master’s in Film and Television. In comes as no surprise that the well-spoken John Legend has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. But it is surprising that Michael Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina; that comedienne-actress Wanda Sykes has a bachelor’s in Marketing from Hampton University; that actress Gabrielle Union possesses a bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA; and that Montel Williams has a bachelor’s in Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy.

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Courtney B. Vance

Evidently Jay-Z has low expectations regarding how long a typical rap star’s recording career is likely to be. He said, “The average rap life is two or three albums. You’re lucky to get a second album in rap.” This, of course, does not apply to Jay-Z who has made many more albums than that. He is very talented. If only he would stop using the word “nigga.” People in show business often have large, lavish weddings, tailor-made for photo ops. But that is not what Kelly Rowland desires when she ties the knot with boxer Tim Witherspoon. As she put it, “I just want it to be a nice, peaceful day where it’s just me and him and our mothers.” Don’t invite Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr. to the same party. Howard ap-

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Ebony magazine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation release survey on the Black family Ebony magazine has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to conduct the State of the Black Family Survey which appears in the May issue. The study, drawn from a national sample of 1,005 African-American respondents, identified job loss and financial insecurity as the leading issues confronting Black families. Amy Barnett, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said, “For more than 70 years, Ebony magazine has been at the forefront of delivering important news that impacts the African-American community, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to release these results. As the curator of the African-American experience — past, present and future — it is important to shed light on these topics in order to address them properly.” La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, noted that poll respondents expressed concerns about the impact of racial bias and the income inequality gap that is prevalent within the African-American community, as well

■ Almost two-thirds of respondents say they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but 82% are concerned that Whites still make more than Blacks for doing the same jobs.

The financial success of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and “12 Years A Slave” was also claimed victory not only in receipts, but attracted a wider audience with their critical acclaim. Add to that list hit comedies like “The Best Man Holiday” and “Ride Along,” and it was a little easier for theaters and studios alike to be more convinced about the untapped potential. The MPAA presentation points out that the share of tickets sold to whites and Hispanics declined, while the share of tickets sold to African Americans increased for the first time since 2009. African Americans


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■ 52% see the media portrayal of African Americans as generally negative. as other demographics in American society. “We have a lot of work to do in creating jobs and making sure that people of color receive the training and education needed to obtain those jobs,” said Tabron. “We believe the lack of employment is really critical and impacts a child’s well-being and limits opportunities.” The survey polled African Americans on their views on the economy, education, relationships, race relations, health care, employment, finances and media trends. The findings from the study revealed the following: ■ 84% of respondents say racial discrimination still pervades American society ■ 74% think society isn’t doing enough to support young men and boys of color.

Movie industry report may underrate impact of African-American ticket buyers At the recent CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas, movie theater owners and industry professionals were presented with new data that highlighted the growing importance of African-American audiences. It was good news, but not entirely unexpected. The Motion Pictures Association of America has been tracking data on black movie ticket buyers for a few years, and 2013 was exceptional in the number of offerings that featured popular black screen stars or tackled black subjects.

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attended the movies on average more often than Whites (4.2 times per year versus 3.4) in 2013. Among the studio’s biggest films, African Americans proved vital to box office success. The Black audience contributed a relatively high percentage (22%) to the box office earned from “Iron Man 3,” five percentage points above the average (17%) they represent among all moviegoers.

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According to Target Market News’ report, “The Buying Power of Black America,” Black consumers spend more than $1.1 billion annually on movie tickets. Black moviegoers may actually have turned out in larger percentages than the report reflects. The survey asked respondents to self-identify themselves as White, African-American, Hispanic or other. It did not, however, ask those who said they were Hispanic what race they are. (Hispanic identifies an ethnicity, not a race.) It is likely that a significant portion of those who said they are Hispanic were also Black. Black Hispanics represent one of the fastest growing segments of the Hispanic population.

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Erica Campbell enjoys working solo

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The duo Mary Mary, consisting of sisters Tina and Erica Campbell, for years ranked among the most successful acts in contemporary gospel music. But now Erica Campbell is working alone and her new album, “Help,” is doing exceptionally well, easily crossing over onto the R&B and Pop charts.

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Campbell went the solo route largely because Tina “shut everything down” last year. Just didn’t want to work. From page D-1


Iners a particularly Assofrom Detroitstraightforward who were on drugs! And ciated Press interview Erica Campbell then there was a lady who wrote ask if The legendary and eccentric Nina said she loves her sister dearlytoand give her the name of whoever did Simone was getting out of a limo at the I could that Tina is completely supportive. back entrance of Ford Auditorium where Diana Ross’ dental work! However, she said, “I had to she was performing that night. BILLY DEE wasthat at a kind ofWILLIAMS explain to her the Motown Museum. As she was getting out of the car, a party given by you can’t have both.An and can’t conniving whole breast popped out of her gown, overly aggressiveYou tell photogme pictures of women but that didn’t faze her at all. She just rapher was taking you’re not working the actor’s pushed it back in and went on about her with Williams and,orwithout doing anything knowledge, charging them! business. and expect me to and wait At one point just the sitphotographer I once had to share a dressing room until you’re grabbed Williams by the arm toready. get him (which was actually the men’s room!) So to I’mpose. justAn going infuriwith Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb and where he wanted him to keep it moving.” “Get your hands others appearing on a local TV show ated Williams hissed, that day. I just happened to glance down off me!” and there were holes in his socks. There is no way for Al Green’s breath even though he was correct.

At the time Peaches & Herb had a hit titled “Let’s Fall in Love.” Maybe it should have been “Let’s Buy Some New Socks.”

to have been bad! During an hour-long interview at the Michigan Chronicle, Green, who is always effervescent, ate peppermint Life Savers for the entirety of the interview. Erica Campbell

PATTI LABELLE was in Detroit starring in “Your Arm’s Too Short to Peabo Bryson talked so much and so Box With God” and staying at the Sher- fast during his interview that I only had aton-Cadillac downtown, which is where to ask a few questions! I interviewed her. At one point the alRobert playfully ways Thecandid public LaBelle is invited to she take 13, 4 Townsend 4 p.m. There will beoffered a resaid hadplace a badon April me Avenue his VISA card. I reached for it and he “The Joy and of Gospel at for Puritan ception with light refreshheadache asked ifMuI had p.m., anything away!ments after each concert. sic,” 2351 itPuit. two free concerts or- Baptist Church,pulled ganized by and featuring ritan Ave. The second will Vanessa Williams eloquent, po For was additional inforthe time there singwas a Tylenol scare Dr. At Michael Walker, be at St. Peter lite AME Zion and ultra-dignified duringcall the (313) intermation, please going on, so I said, “I have something, er, musician and compos- Church, 3056view Yemans in the lobby of a downtown hotel. 921-9577 but it’s Tylenol.” er. (Hamtramck), on May 18,her demeanor changed for a However, Well,shows the superdiva completely didn’t minute or so when I asked how she felt The celebrate care. She just took the Tylenol, thanked about people who, no matter what she gospel masterpieces Soul spectacular coming to the Fox Theatre me, andby kept on notables talking. written such accomplished, would still bring up the It’sintoxi“more bang the song, Stephanie Mills, as Alex Bradford,Eartha MattieKitt was The legendary Missfor America “scandal.” On Saturday, May and two Detroit groups Moss Cleve-of abuck.” cated,Clark, and inJames the course great interWilliams used an expletive that starts land, Walter Hawkins, 10, the and Soul 70 Super that achieved national view after a concert, her glass tipped with an “f” and followed it withEnchantthe word Andraé Crouch, landed Thomason Jam the champagne my attaché will take place at the recognition, “them.” ment and the Floaters. Whitfield, Roberta Martin, case. I didn’t get mad. Fox Theatre. Thomas A. Dorsey, Clara Esther Rolle Tickets was rightfully irritatare available at And by the way, a Detroit City TheCounshow will feature Ward and Richard Smalled when someone on the Chronicle the Fox Theatre box office cil member (John Peoples) was waiting wood. the legendary O’Jays, one and toall say “Dy-no-mite!” Of Ticketmaster locato present a plaque to Ms. Kitt but she staff asked her course, she declined. Why should she of the foremost ladies of tions. made The him firstwait concert willshe wasn’t finbecause ished talking to me. I was flattered but say that when it was Jimmy Walker’s at the same time embarrassed for the catchphrase? (Which, by the way, I never found the least bit funny.) councilman.

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Motown sent a limo to the Michigan Lionel Richie called me one mornme up. L. TheJackson, plan was Also, that to “The Samuel ing at home do aFresh telephone interview. Chronicle to pick Robinson in the car Prince ofis, Bel-Air” alumna who may be the most Trouble Motown had forgotten to tell to interview Smokey a radio station. Tatyana Ali has a bacheactor But in when Holme anything about it! I was in bed. I on his way toemployed Robinson was sleep! lor’s inLionel Government and lywood, attended Moreasked to give me a few minutes to I got into the car, Afro-American History house College he get my tape recorder, etc. I didn’t want to wake himwhere so I just from Harvard Univerearned a bachelor’s deOne day I was walking down Wood- waited. After a few minutes, a groggy sity; that actress Holly gree inwoke Acting. up and said, ward Avenue when a man asked me if I Smokey Robinson Robinson Peete has a happening?” could provide him with a list of any sing- “Hey man, what’sDirector and Acadebachelor’s degree in Psymy Award- winning actor chology and French from Forest Whitaker did the Sarah Lawrence College; same at the University of and that actress Rashida Southern California. Jones, daughter of the The talented and dilegendary Quincy Jones, verse Taraji P. Henson has has a bachelor’s degree a bachelor’s in Theater from Harvard University Dwayne Johnson Arts from Howard Univerin Religion & Philosophy. If she weren’t a “tril- sity. And Denzel WashingIT ALSO comes as lionaire,” the iconic ton earned his bachelor’s a surprise that comedi- Oprah Winfrey would in Theater from Fordham an and former “Tonight still be a success as one University. 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Me Wait” (Major “The Family That Preys,” es) Edwards), has a bachelor’s “Lookingdefor And we have teach from our girls that they Game” (Tommy in General Studies is possible.” proud of her abachelor’s New Love” (Jody can University reach as high humanly gree Watley). in Music Managethe of as Miami in Drama from ment from Georgia State andDo Louisiana State Uni- degree BLESSINGS to Cornelius Fortune, you think 20-year-old Bobbi KrisYale University. University. versity, respectively. Robert McTyre, Carmela tina Brown’s marriage to Nick Gordon Dorothy West, ACTOR AND philanKim Trent will last? 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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION Issuance of Environmental Decision Addressing Runway 4R/22L Displacement of Threshold at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Romulus, Michigan

Holy Cross Children’s Services is seeking qualified contractors to update the HVAC Controls and Lighting Controls at the Holy Cross Center located at 5690 Cecil, Detroit, 48210. The work will consist of adding controls and devices to an existing Building Management System to control steam valves and control lighting in occupied areas. Contractors desiring to bid shall demonstrate the following qualifications: At least 5 years experience in their relative trade, licensed as required by state and/or local law. Insurance: General Liability and Auto Liability with Holy Cross Children’s Services, Inc. and The City of Detroit named as Additional Insured. Workman’s compensation insurance is also required. Bid packets will be available at: Holy Cross Facilities Office, 5555 Conner Suite 2210, Detroit, Michigan 48213. Contact: Mike Alm, Facilities Director (313) 579-4402 (phone), 313-579-4169 (fax), (e-mail) with questions regarding project specifics as found in the bid packet. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and examination of the premises will take place at the project site (5690 Cecil, Detroit, Michigan 48210) on April 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Sealed bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on May 9th, 2014 at Holy Cross Facilities Office, 5555 Conner Suite, 2210, Detroit, Michigan 48213. No bids will be accepted after this time. All bids must be submitted by trade, line item and scope section as laid out the scope of work provide in the Bid Packets. All bids will be publicly opened on May 9th, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Holy Cross Facilities Office, 5555 Conner, Suite 2257, Detroit, Michigan 48213. All interested parties are invited to attend. Holy Cross Children’s Services reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bid or to reject any or all bids should it be deemed for its best interest. The contracts will be executed under the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund administered by the City of Detroit, Planning and Development Department. The successful contractor(s) will be required to comply with federal laws governing equal employment opportunity, with the prevailing wage requirements of the Federal Labor Standards Act which also incorporates Davis-Bacon Act requirements, will have to be cleared and approved by the City of Detroit, and comply with Executive Order No. 2007-1 which states in part that all City of Detroit project construction contracts shall provide that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the workforce must be bona-fide Detroit residents. The successful bidder is required to furnish Payment (Labor and Materials) and Performance Bonds in the amount covering the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all obligations arising thereunder, in the amount of 100% of their contracts, executed by a surety which is licensed to do business in the State of Michigan. The contractor will be required to comply with Federal register: 24 CFR Part 135. All contracts (subcontracts) shall include the Section 3 clause.

Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) has completed and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved for public distribution, a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the displacement of the runway threshold on Runway 4R/22L at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The Final EA describes the probable economic, social, and environmental effects of the proposed project and the alternatives considered. On the basis of the evaluation of the Final EA, dated August 2013, the FAA has approved a FONSI/ROD for the following development: • Displacement of the Runway 4R threshold approximately 500’; relocation of the Approach Light System, glide slope antenna and related FAA NAVAIDS; reconfiguration of the adjacent taxiway and hold pad; installation of a visual screen south of Runway 4R; and improvement of the access road to the deicing fluid storage tank staging area, and new and or revised flight procedures. The displacement of Runway 4R threshold will also result in the reconfiguration of the adjacent taxiway and hold pad. In order to maintain efficient aircraft traffic flow all non-wide body aircraft will depart from the intersection of Taxiway Y2, instead of the end of the runway. • Installation of a visual screen between Taxiway A and the end of Runway 9L-27R; minor relocation of the localizer antenna and relocation of an airport service road. • In the Runway 22R approach minor relocation of the airside service road, landside service road and perimeter and security fence. The decision documents, background reports, Final EA and FONSI/ROD are available for review through April, 30, 2014 at the following locations: • Detroit Metro Airport Administration Office (Smith Terminal‐Mezzanine) • Jacobsen Daniels Associates (121 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti) • Romulus Public Library (11121 Wayne Road, Romulus) • Wayne Public Library (3737 South Wayne Road, Wayne) • Taylor Community Library (12303 Pardee Road, Taylor) • John F Kennedy Library (24602 VanBorn Road, Dearborn Heights) •

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Reports to the Director, Clinical Skills Training & Simulation and will provide administrative support for the Clinical Skills Center. Initial point of contact for the CSC. Responsible for scheduling, purchasing, payroll, logistics, and record maintenance. Provide general oversight to the Standardized Patients. This position is located at the Troy campus of Beaumont Hospital. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum three years administrative experience, preferably in an educational setting. This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week. Salary is up to the low $20’s annually. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 16, 2014. Apply on line for this position to: Seeking


Supports all local unit-level administration for networking, hardware/software, equipment, and end-user technology assistance for the Library. Work with Library Technologies requires skills in programming, Windows operating system expertise, and Unix/Solaris/Linux experience. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or above in computer science, information technology, management information systems, educational technology or equivalent foundation of expertise and knowledge through extensive job experience and certification. Two or more years’ experience programming and end-user technology Help Desk support. Salary is up to the high $40s annually, commensurate with education and experience. See on line positing for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 15, 2014. Must apply on line for this position to: Seeking


This successful candidate will become part of a skilled trade’s team responsible for University Maintenance activities. This individual will be called upon to perform a variety of tasks associated with maintaining building HVAC, and mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. City of Detroit unlimited refrigeration journeyman’s license or equivalent journeyman’s license or card through Union Local 636, and proof of six years of continuing job related experience dealing specifically with large heating/ventilation/ air conditioning systems. In the absence of above credentials, individual may possess a State of Michigan mechanical contractor’s license. Salary is $24.86 per hour. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by February 21, 2014. Must apply on line to:

Lead Designer General Motors Co. seeks a Lead Designer for its Warren, MI facility to lead internal program team (designers, sculptors, math sculptors, and engineers) in execution of original, innovative, fresh designs that are appropriate to program requirements; guide and develop original vehicle design concepts, including exterior/interior design elements such aerodynamic configuration, appearance, color and materials. Use human factor principles and empirical ergonomic data in design and development of vehicle element, among other duties. Min. BS & 5 yrs. exp. Please send resumes to: GM Co., Resume Processing, Ref. # 4813780, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D46, Detroit, MI 48265-3000.

Production Software Design Engineer General Motors Co. seeks a Production Software Design Engineer for its Milford, MI facility to perform production embedded controls system/algorithm design; perform production embedded controls software design and implementation; perform embedded controls software verification and validation; ability to work with numerous stakeholders and successfully; and negotiate requirements that satisfy all global consumers. Min. BS. Please send resumes to: GM Co., Resume Processing, Ref. 4813803, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D46, Detroit, MI 48265-3000.

Product Development Engineer Product Development Engineer/Farmington Hills, MI. Develop 3D models and release drawings of crankshaft damper assemblies and components; create and execute validation plans for company's products; support manufacturing by ensuring that released designs are manufacturable and participating in plant activities such as kaizens, new program review meetings, production launch, etc., among other duties. Min. BS Mechanical Engineering. Send resume to Vibracoustic North America LP, T. Gill, 400 Aylworth Ave., South Haven, MI 49090, Ref #4816069.

WWW.MICHRONICLE.COM Analysis Engineer - Vehicle Systems General Motors Co. seeks Analysis Engineer Vehicle Systems for its Pontiac, MI facility to develop and execute fuel economy and performance models of a wide variety of vehicle and powertrain combinations using analysis tool based on Matlab/Simulink; develop reliable estimates of part-load efficiency maps and/or full-load performance curves of future engines based on current production engine data; develop and exercise new analytical techniques to predict performance and fuel economy of alternative powertrains such as hybrids and directinjection turbo-diesel engines, among other duties. Min. MS & 2 yrs. exp. Please send resumes to: GM Co., Resume Processing, Ref. #4815514, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D46, Detroit, MI 48265-3000.

Senior Designing Engineer General Motors Co. seeks a Senior Designing Engineer for its Warren, MI facility responsible for definition of requirements, design, analysis, development and control of the driveline components and systems; create SOR, CTS, SSTS documents and enforce compliance thereof; release driveline components which could include one of the following, shafts, seals, bearings, gears, casting, carriers, 4x4 engagement mechanisms and differentials to meet system requirements; drive activities with supplier Program Engineers and Product Engineers in developing supplier solutions for vehicle programs while meeting program imperatives, among other duties. Min. BS & 5 yrs. exp. Please send resumes to: GM Co., Resume Processing, Ref. #4813749, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D46, Detroit, MI 482653000.


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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS & QUALIFICATIONS Prime Redevelopment Opportunity Former Herman Kiefer Health Complex Former DPS Sites ADDENDUM NO. 1 – APRIL 4, 2014 The City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department (P&DD) is hereby amending the RFP/Q for development entities for the purpose of re-development of Herman Kiefer Complex, originally posted for RFP/Q on March 10, 2014 summary as follows: 1) SECTION I - Bidders will be able to submit jointly as one proposal for both the Herman Kiefer Complex (17.9 acres) and the following adjacent Detroit Public Schools (DPS) sites (19.7 acres total) as follows: • Building Crosman - 9027 John C Lodge (M-10 Service Dr.) 48202. Square footage 43,996 (2.0 acres site). Built in 1911 • Building Crosman 8820 Woodrow Wilson 48206 12th (3.2 acres site). Available square footage 138,056. Built in 1920 • Playground adjacent to Crosman – 150l Hazelwood – Hutchins Middle School (7.5 acres site) • Building JTPA Nursing 8721 John C. Lodge (M-10 Service Drive) 48202 (1.3 acres site) Available square footage 56,059. • Vacant Land – Sanders - 8700 Bryon St. 48202 (5.7 acres site) 2) SECTION III - BID PRICE Each applicant must include a bid price for the property in their submission package; otherwise it shall be ineligible for consideration. Each Applicant should submit a separate bid price for each of the six (6) properties as follows: 1) Herman Kiefer Complex, 2) DPS - 9027 John C Lodge, 3) DPS - 8820 Woodrow Wilson, 4) DPS - 150l Hazelwood, 5) DPS - 8721 John C. Lodge, 6) DPS -8700 Bryon St 3) SECTION IV – EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS – • Overall Concept Strength (35%), Financial Strength of Proposal (30%), Past Involvement with Similar Proposals (15%), Proposed Work Plan (10%), Local Participation (5%), Bid Price (5%) 4) SECTION X – REQUEST OF QUALIFICATIONS TIMETABLE• Deadline for receipt of qualifications May 2, 2014 • Oral Interviews (if necessary) May 15, 2014 • Final Selection June 2, 2014 RFP/Q Packages will be available online (Planning & Development Department – “Requests for Proposals/Qualifications” Tab) or online (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation – Contractor Opportunities –“New Project RFP’s” tab) or by pick-up at the Planning and Development Department, Real Estate Development Division, 65 Cadillac Square, 20th Floor, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday- excluding holidays beginning March 10, 2014. Proposals must be submitted by: May 2, 2014 by 3pm EDT to: City of Detroit, Planning and Development Department, Real Estate Development Division, 65 Cadillac Square, 20th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226., or by email submission to: The full responsibility for the timely submission of proposals rests with the responding individual(s). Notice of Non-Discrimination: The City of Detroit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, handicap, sex or sexual orientation. Complaints may be filed with the Detroit Human Rights Department, 1026 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Further information may be obtained by contacting: Mr. James Marusich, Manager - Real Estate Development Planning & Development Department (313) 224-3517

General Motors Co. seeks the following for its Warren, MI facility: Designers to develop new designs for automotive vehicles or other products creating original design ideas within general practices and standards; follow design process from the sketch form to the final release of clay model; among other duties (Ref. #4815352; Sr. Creative Program Designers to lead internal program team in execution of original designs according to program requirements; guide and develop original vehicle design concepts, incl. exterior/interior design elements, use human factor principles and empirical ergonomic data in design and development of vehicle elements, among other duties (Ref. #4816319). Min. BS. Please send resumes to: GM Co., Resume Processing, 300 Renaissance Center, M/C 482-C32-D46, Detroit, MI 48265-3000.

ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST The University of Michigan has an available position of Assistant Research Scientist in Ann Arbor, MI. Position requires a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Psychology or Public Health & 24 months experience as a postdoctoral researcher in unintended injury prevention. Position also requires: 1) Ph.D. dissertation in health psychology or health behavior; & 2) Two peer-reviewed journal publications in teenage roadway safety. Job duties: Conduct research in young-driver safety & injury prevention. Participate in design, deployment, & conduct of research activities. Design research protocols including injury prevention program development & evaluation. Analyze results. Publish results of research in peer-reviewed journals & publish results at professional conferences/meetings. Qualified candidates should send resume & verification of reqs. to: Catherine Seay-Ostrowski, Business Administrator Lead University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute 2901 Baxter Road Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150


International Students and Scholars Department

Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years general office work, including experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Knowledge of proper grammar, spelling & punctuation, intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Ability to effectively interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. This is a full time, clerical-technical position with a salary of $37,404 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 16, 2014. Must apply on line to: Seeking


Grants, Contracts & Sponsored Research Department – Part-Time

This is a part-time, 20 hours per week position, that supports adherence to university administrative, fiscal and accounting policies and procedures related to research administration. Provides administrative support in contracting, monitoring of subawards, financial reporting and closeouts and performs periodic review of accounts and journal entry adjustments. Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Prior experience in research administration or related field. Proficient with BANNNER, database, word processing and spreadsheets. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Salary up to the low $20s, commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 15, 2014. Must apply on line for this position to:



Lester Bryant Sr.

A service of worship celebrating the life and legacy of Lester Bryant Sr. took place on Monday, March 24, at New Prospect Missionary Church with Rev. Wilma R. Johnson officiating. Mr. Bryant made his transition on March 15, 2014. Lester Bryant Sr. was born on Nov. 24, 1923, in Ferriday, Louisiana, to Andrew Bryant and Leaner Styles. He attended public schools in Louisiana. After serving in the U.S. Navy for two years as a cook, he moved to Vidalia, Louisiana. It was there that he met his wife of 47 years, Gladys Taylor, who preceded him in death. To this union four children were born: Lester Jr., Barbara Delilah, Roderick and Daryl. Mr. and Mrs. Bryant moved to Michigan in 1945 where they joined New Liberty Baptist Church. In 1968 the family became members of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. He served on the Usher Board until his passing.

family. He enjoyed sharing knowledge with others and helping them in their lives and careers.

Lester Bryant Sr. Mr. Bryant found employment on Zug Island in River Rouge. Later he worked for Midland Steel and after that General Motors. He retired from General Motors Truck and Bus as a supervisor/ group leader in 1987 after 28 years of service. While at GM, he attended Oakland University.

Left behind to cherish the memory of Lester Bryant Sr. are his wife, Varry Porter-Bryant; four children, Lester Jr., Barbara Delilah, Roderick and Daryl of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Caleb Bryant of Missouri City, Texas, Elana Denmark, Nakeesha Selley, James Selley Jr., Roderick Evans, Loren Gaston of El Paso, Texas, Victoria Brown, Darryle Bryant of Atlanta, Frank E. Walker, Romel Walker, Robert Walker and Veranique Walker of Alabama; 11 grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a special caregiver, Yvonne Cromer.

In 1997, Lester Bryant Sr. and Varry Porter were united in holy matrimony.

Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Bryant and Leaner Styles; a brother, William Bryant; and a sister, Mary Russell.

Mr. Bryant enjoyed home improvement projects, cooking, bowling, traveling and especially spending time with his

Arrangements were handled by James H. Cole Home For Funerals, Inc.

Interment took place at Trinity Cemetery.

Beatrice Wesson

Beatrice (Williams) Wesson, an elegant, spiritual and wonderfully wise woman died at the age of 108 years at Harper Hospital in Detroit on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

and son-in-law, William Eagleson; grandchildren, Eric Wesson (Cloresea), Philip Eagleson, Wade Wesson (Doris), and Randall Wesson (Marcia); great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family too numerous to name.

From her early years, Mrs Wesson was known to be a plain-spoken and articulate person with a poised demeanor, which was evident in everything she did. She was a talented seamstress and a successful businesswoman. Mrs. Wesson was a member of the Medical Wives Auxilliary in Detroit, having been married to Dr. Maurice M. Wesson, who preceded her in death. She may be best remembered as a valiant and courageous objector to any form of discrimination, who worked tirelessly with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the League of Women Voters in Detroit toward ending such discrimination. An astute and avid reader, Mrs. Wesson could always be found challenging, sharing or questioning opinions and facts on a wide variety of topics with family and friends. Her family history was important to her and she enjoyed teaching this history to her family who would gather at family functions. The beloved Beatrice Williams Wesson leaves many to cherish her memory: son, Maurice Phillip Wesson and daughter, Leatrice Eagleson; daughter-in-law, Lina Wesson

Beatrice Wesson

Visitation was held at Swanson Funeral Home Northwest Chapel from Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Final services were scheduled for Wednesday, April 9; family hour, 11 a.m.; funeral service, noon.


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Pastor Kenneth Flowers celebrates 19th pastoral anniversary Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church invites the public to join a weekend celebration of the Rev. Kenneth James Flowers’ 19th pastoral anniversary. Celebration service kicks off Friday, April 11, and will culminate with two services Sunday, April 14, featuring dynamic local ministers as guest speakers. Friday, April 11, Dr. E. L. Branch of Third New Hope Baptist Church will be the

guest speaker. Sunday, April 13, Bishop Victor Sharpe of St. John the Great Baptist Church will serve as the 10 a.m. speaker. At 4 pm, Pastor Solomon Kinloch, pastor and Triumph Church will close out the anniversary. All worship services will be held at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church located at 586 Owen, Detroit. For more information, call (313) 871-8025.

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