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Finally, Hamtramck closes an ugly chapter in its history

Finally, Hamtramck closes an ugly chapter in its history

  By Charles Sercombe Last week, a historic moment took place in both Hamtramck and federal court. The city’s long-running housing discrimination lawsuit was finally settled, with a stroke of…

State Rep. Aiyash bows out; two councilmembers seeking a county seat

State Rep. Aiyash bows out; two councilmembers seeking a county seat

  By Charles Sercombe In an unexpected move, State Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) has dropped out of this year’s election. Aiyash withdrew from the election last Friday, the last day…

Future of school district superintendent is still unknown

Future of school district superintendent is still unknown

  Update: At Thursday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Jaleelah Ahmed did not attend. Instead, Interim Superintendent Michael Williamson sat with the board. No mention was made about Ahmed’s status. By…

Pride flag lawsuit fight seeks support

Pride flag lawsuit fight seeks support

  By Charles Sercombe It’s flag season in Hamtramck. Last week, the city once again raised flags on the 18 flagpoles on Jos. Campau, between Caniff and Carpenter. And once…

School district refuses to say what went into selecting new legal firms

School district refuses to say what went into selecting new legal firms

  By Charles Sercombe Recently, the Hamtramck Board of Education hired a new set of attorneys. But the board did not make public what the cost will be for legal…

Election investigation is ongoing

Election investigation is ongoing

By Charles Sercombe For weeks now, Hamtramck’s rumor mill has been swirling with speculation about an investigation into last fall’s city council election. This week, it’s been confirmed by multiple…

County agency opens ‘first of many’ mental crisis centers

County agency opens ‘first of many’ mental crisis centers

  By Charles Sercombe For years – decades – folks having a mental health crisis usually ended up in one or two places: the emergency room, or jail. That’s about…

For some, home ownership comes with a surprise price tag

For some, home ownership comes with a surprise price tag

  By Charles Sercombe With the price of housing going up, up and up, guess what else goes up? Property taxes. And some homeowners are learning a harsh lesson: When…

Mayor to White House: Don’t call

Mayor to White House: Don’t call

  By Charles Sercombe President Biden continues to get an icy reception from the Muslim community, both across the country and here in Michigan. Recently, Biden was going to invite…

HPS student enrollment is once again going down

HPS student enrollment is once again going down

By Charles Sercombe The final head count in the public school district is in, and enrollment continues to decline. Last fall, the district’s number of students from the fall count…