In September, MLive reporter Amy Biolchini and myself traveled to Portland, Oregon to take a look at Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana program and how it compares to Michigan’s  recreational marijuana proposal set to go to the polls on the November ballot.

The proposal passed with 56 percent of Michigan voters saying “yes” to the marijuana legalization initiative.

Recreational marijuana became be legal in Michigan on December 6, 2018.

Full story: https://www.mlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/10/ca624b24085004/advice-from-marijuana-country.html

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A girl add layers of mud atop her hair at the 2017 Wayne County Mud Day held at Nankin Mills Park in Westland on Tuesday July 11, 2017.

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A festival goer dances high above the crowd to British electronic music legend Carl Cox on the Movement Main Stage on the final day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza Monday, May 29, 2017. More than 100 artists performed across six stages in the 3-day festival. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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A sideline referee tries to see the on field action through the haze of smoke bombs set off by Detroit City FC’s raucous supporters, the Northern Guard, at the National Premier League team’s 2017 home opener at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck Friday, May 7, 2017. Detroit City FC and Dayton tied 2-2 in the friendly preseason match with 4,168 fans in attendance.

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The skyline of Detroit, the birthplace of techno music, reflects in the sunglasses of Marlee Hanna, of Redford, on the first day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Saturday, May 27, 2017. More than 110 artists will perform across six stages in the three-day festival.

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Jorden Marshall, 12 of Howell, cools off in the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain fountain on the last day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2017.

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Rodney Carter, of Ferndale, with his daughters 8-year-old Olivia, atop his shoulders, and 3-year-old Abigail at his side watch Jamie Jones perfumes at the Star Gate presented by Thump stage on the last day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza Monday, May 29, 2017. More than 100 artists performed across six stages in the 3-day festival. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Artwork by Heidelberg Project founder Tyree Guyton is set to be sold straight off the building, in a project titled as “Giant Steps,” as Guyton moves his adjacent headquarters and workshop from 42 Watson in Detroit’s Midtown to Detroit’s east side where the project is based, March 24, 2017. “My hope is that the Midtown community will embrace and support our next step by purchasing one of the shoes,” said Guyton in a release. The Heidelberg Project has had his headquarters there since 2009 when the area saw little revitalization efforts as it does now. The weekend event, in partnership with Inner State Galleries, will feature an alley exhibition called Stepping Out, studio tours and the art sale before dismantling the headquarters and taking down the “Giant Steps” work. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Colorful kites fly over the riverfront with the backdrop of the Renaissance Center and the Downtown Detroit skyline Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017. The pop-up event was a gathering for the Detroit Kite Festival crew, who are promoting their July 16 event on Belle Isle. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Rob, of Inkster, sneaks a kiss on the cheek of his girlfriend Memoree Anderson, of Inkster, on the grassy space overlooking the Detroit River on the first day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza Saturday, May 27, 2017.

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Cadence Washington, 8 of Berkley, looks up at the partial solar eclipse from the lawn of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

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Firework spectators watch the 59th annual Ford Fireworks show in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza Monday evening, June 26, 2017. Thousands gathered to watch the 10,000 pyrotechnic effects light up the sky from barges in the Detroit River.

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Four-year-old Maria Martinez, of Detroit, holds onto an tattered American flag during Michigan United’s press conference at its Detroit headquarters Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The group of about 40 advocates and immigrants called for protection of immigrant and muslim community members after recent comments made by President Donald Trump.

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A man holds up a Confederate flag outside of the Little Caesars arena Tuesday evening in Detroit as protesters march past in objection to Kid Rock’s performance at the new arena in Downtown Detroit, Sept. 12, 2017. Around 200 protesters, organized by the National Action Network’s Michigan chapter, marched on Woodward Ave. before the concert in opposition of the Michigan-singer opening up the new arena to the public, noting his former use of the Confederate flag and criticism of a former NFL player for kneeling during the national anthem. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Kid Rock fans and supporters march around Little Caesars arena Tuesday evening in Detroit, stopping in front of Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant, to show their support for the Michigan artist who is performing his first of six shows opening up the new arena to the public, Sept. 12, 2017. Around 200 protesters, organized by the National Action Network’s Michigan chapter, marched on Woodward Ave. before the concert in opposition of the Michigan-singer opening up the new arena, noting his former use of the Confederate flag and criticism of a former NFL player for kneeling during the national anthem. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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(right) Sabria Pasha, of Sterling Heights, said her son 42-year-old Tony Hromez, who has lived in the U.S. since he was 3-years-old and has two young children, was detained during the recent ICE raids of primarily Chaldean immigrants. Pasha joined hundreds others outside the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building Friday in Downtown Detroit to protest the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in which 114 Iraqi nationals in Metro Detroit were detained and are facing deportation, June 16, 2017. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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(Left) Alesia Morris, of Detroit, and Marsha Cooper, of Detroit, march up Woodward Ave. rallying against Kid Rock’s performance at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, 2017. Around 200 protesters, organized by the National Action Network’s Michigan chapter, marched on Woodward Ave. before the concert in opposition of the Michigan-singer opening up the new arena to the public, noting his former use of the Confederate flag and criticism of a former NFL player for kneeling during the national anthem. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Suad Jazrawi, 77, kisses her relative Fawziya Bolus at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Tuesday night after her and her sister Sahira Jazrawi, 74, spent 5 years in Jordan waiting for their asylum in the U.S., Feb. 7, 2017. The sisters, originally from Iraq, were supposed to arrive last week but were delayed due to the executive order that stopped refugees from seven countries, including Iraq.

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Kristina Halawi, 8, is kissed by her great aunt Sahira Jazrawi, 74, after her arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Tuesday night, Feb. 7, 2017. Jazrawi along with her sister Suad Jazrawi, 77, were supposed to arrive last week but were delayed due to the executive order that stopped refugees from seven countries, including Iraq were they are originally from. The pair spent 5 years in Jordan waiting to join their family in the U.S.

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Zahrija Purovic, 50, of Sterling Heights hugs her sister-in-law Anisa Alili after Purovic was informed by ICE agents that a stay of removal was not granted and she will be deported immediately from Detroit Metro Airport on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017. “I understand if I am some criminal, but I don’t do nothing,” said Purovic outside of the airport, “I have my house, I work 7 days a week,” she said. Purvoic has no criminal record and a pending motion for a stay of removal in federal appeals court. She came from Montenegro to the U.S. when she was 19 years old. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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A women sitting with the victims family reacts as Judge Dana Margaret Hathaway sentences Gregory Green, 50 of Dearborn Heights, to prison until he is at least 97 after pleading guilty to poisoning his two younger daughters with carbon monoxide and killing his two stepchildren and torturing his wife, March 1, 2017. Wednesday at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, March 1, 2017. Green was sent to prison in 1992 after being convicted of fatally stabbing his previous wife and unborn baby. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Detroit City FC supporters cheer on their team during Friday night’s match against Grand Rapids FC at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, June 2, 2017. Detroit City FC defeated a 10-man Grand Rapids FC 3-1. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Detroit City FC played their first game of 2017 at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck with 4,168 fans in attendance for the Friday evening match, May 7, 2017. Detroit City FC and Dayton tied 2-2 in the friendly preseason. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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A yellow flag files into the air at Wayne State University’s Adams Field with Detroit’s Fisher Building in the background during the Walled Lake Western and West Bloomfield game at the 2017 Zenith Prep Kickoff Classic Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Players run through the smoke at Detroit City FC’s first game of 2017 at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck with 4,168 fans in attendance for the Friday evening match, May 7, 2017. Detroit City FC and Dayton tied 2-2 in the friendly preseason. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Cass Tech #20 Matthew Richmond looks to the refree for the call he wants. Detroit Cass Tech defeated East English Village 72-67 in the district semifinals Wednesday at Grosse Pointe South High School, March 8, 2017. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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Northville celebrates another score in their game against Rochester in the quarterfinals at Ernie Harwell Field at Wayne State University Tuesday afternoon, June 13, 2017.

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Grand Blanc #18 Ashton Cassel is tackled by friends after the win over Henry Ford II 2-1 in the D1 girls soccer semifinals Wednesday evening at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, June 14, 2017.

 

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Emotional goodbye at Michigan airport as woman deported after 30 years in U.S.

After 30 years in the U.S., where she raised three children, worked and paid taxes in Sterling Heights, Zahrija Purovic, 50, was put on a plane and sent to Montenegro on Thursday.

Despite no criminal record and a pending motion for a stay of removal in federal appeals court, immigration authorities ordered her to pack her belongings, purchase a plane ticket and appear at Detroit Metro Airport.

Upon arriving with family members and friends around 4 p.m. Thursday, two ICE agents told Purovic that she had not been granted a stay, and escorted her to her flight.

Story written by Dana Afana.

Childhood memories from Detroit 1967: ‘It was war’

What Venita Thompkins remembers most from July 1967 is her Easter dress.

It was cut from pristine white cloth, adorned with frilly lace, complete with a set of even purer white gloves.

Her mother was wary of giving her chocolate for fear that she might sully the spotless garment. On Easter morning, as her family went to church, Thompkins’ mother stashed the treats in her purse.

It was hot then, as hot as it is in July 2017. The chocolate melted, and when she ate it, Thompkins got it everywhere.

She never got her dress back – it was burned to a crisp at the local cleaners, one of the first casualties of destruction and looting on 12thStreet in the Detroit 1967 riots.

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Looter in Detroit 1967 riot: ‘You can only be held down for so long’

A rebellion: That’s what Frank Thomas, like many longtime Detroiters, calls the riot of July 1967.

To most observers, a riot is a riot. It was senseless violence and opportunistic looting.

For Thomas, it wasn’t that simple.

It was an uprising; a vent for homebrewed rage simmering in the black community for years.

Cops remember Detroit 1967 riot, racial divide that persisted

Tom Robinson never wanted to be a police officer.

But he was broke and unemployed, laid-off from his factory job in 1963.

Eventually, an unemployment counselor insisted he apply to join Detroit police force.

“He said, ‘you want your next check?'” Robinson recalled. “‘Then you’ll take that exam.'”

After two attempts, Robinson became a Detroit cop stationed at the city’s 10th Precinct.

By his own account, the retired 79-year-old sergeant picked a hell of a time to join the force.

Four years later, at 3:30 a.m. on July 23, 1967, police raided an after-hours club at the corner of 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue.

Written by Ben Solis.

Sunshine, rainbows and techno fill Downtown Detroit for 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival

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The Detroit city skyline reflects in the sunglasses of Marlee Hanna, of Redford, on the first day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza Saturday, May 27, 2017. More than 110 artists will perform across six stages in the three-day festival.

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A festival goer dances high above the crowd to British electronic music legend Carl Cox  on the Movement Main Stage on the final day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Jorden Marshall, 12 of Howell, cools off in the fountain on the last day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Rob, of Inkster, sneaks a kiss on his girlfriend Memoree Anderson, of Inkster, next to the Red Bull Music Academy stage on the first day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Rapper Juicy J performs on the Red Bull Music Academy stage on day two of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Rodney Carter, of Ferndale, with his daughters 8-year-old Olivia, atop his shoulders, and 3-year-old Abigail at his side watch Jamie Jones performes at the Star Gate presented by Thump stage.

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Ila Mindell, of Detroit, dances to Soul Clap Live in the rain at the Movement Main Stage on the final day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Richie Hawtin closes out the Movement Main Stage on the first day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Kozma and Motu, of Detroit, take a break in the grass by the Red Bull Music Academy stage

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Shane McGrn, Diana Christ, both of Ohio, and Judy Choi, of Las Vegas, dance to Carl Cox at the Movement Main Stage.

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Clayton Lamburt, of Chicago, and Marie True, of New York, take a break on the final day of the 2017 Movement Electronic Music Festival.

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Monni Raphael, of Shkiniikwe, Mich., takes a photo of Testpilot, better known as Deadmau5, at the Movement Main Stage on day two of the festival.

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Detroit rapper Danny Brown performs on the Red Bull Music Academy stage.

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Kai Alce closes out the Made in Detroit stage on the first day of 2017 Movement.

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Oliver Sykes, of Louisiana, break dances to The Belleville Three at the Movement Main Stage.

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Cajmere greets a friend while performing at the Star Gate presented by Thump stage.

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One week in March

Images made from Wednesday, March 8 to March 15. Presented in chronological order of events.

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It was a really busy week in Detroit.

Two large weather events impacted the area over these seven days. On Wednesday, March 8 high winds caused 600,000 to lose power leaving widespread damage across the state in the “second largest weather event” in the history of Detroit-based DTE Energy. Then winter returned with storm Stella, bringing around 4 inches of snow and slick roads.

An arson fire was made devastatingly worse by high winds, hindering firefighting efforts. Five people were killed in the fire in an east side apartment. Another fire hit closer to home, as flames shot out of a fully involved house in transition of being restored, damaging the two 100-year-old homes on either side in the historic neighborhood of Woodbridge. The house was a total loss, no one was injured.

Along with these spot news events, it was playoffs week for high school basketball, the top high school female basketball athlete was honored, Ariana Grande and The Flaming Lips came to town to perform, Corktown celebrated at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and President Trump made his first visit to Michigan since December flying into DTW.

Wednesday evening, March 15 two police officers were shot while investigating a man walking in a southwest Detroit neighborhood. The officers were part of a Special Operations Team working on an increase in nonfatal shootings believed to be spurred by narcotics activity, while also continuing the investigation into the killing of Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head by a suspect on a bicycle Nov. 22 just eight blocks.

Police arrested the shooting suspect, who had suffered a gun shot wound in the earlier incident with police, just after 11 p.m. nearby. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday the two officers are in stable condition.

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Enbridge Energy pipeline maintenance crews from Mashall, Mich., place an oil containment boom in the St. Clair River during a oil spill practice drill in Marysville, Mich. on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016. The full-scale spill response exercise was done alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal and local safety and environmental officials. It was meant to simulate a 13-minute, 5,000-barrel spill from Enbridge Line 5. Line 5 runs from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, under the Straits of Mackinac, across the Lower Peninsula and underneath the St. Clair River before reaching Sarnia, Ontario’s “Chemical Valley” industrial complex. The line carries light crude oil and liquid natural gas products.

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(left) Vicko Alvarez and Rey Irizarry, of Chicago, dance together at the 18th annual Blessing of the Lowriders in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Custom car owners and their families attend the annual event to bless their rides before the start of cruising season.

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A Buick Regal customized with hydraulic suspension sits parked with one wheel off the ground at the 18th annual Blessing of the Lowriders in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Custom car owners and their families attend the annual event to have their rides blessed before the start of cruising season.

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A brief rain shower brings relief from the heat Sunday afternoon on the second day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza on May 29, 2016. Over 120 acts will perform over the Memorial Day weekend festival.

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Angelica Cates, of Ann Arbor, cools off in the fountain in Hart Plaza Sunday afternoon during the second day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit on May 29, 2016. Over 120 acts will perform over the Memorial Day weekend festival.

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Joey Melo, of Northville, climbs the famous Noguchi fountain in Hart Plaza Monday afternoon on the last day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit on May 30, 2016.

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Snow flurries didn’t deter crowds from attending Eastern Market’s 50th annual Flower Day on Sunday morning in Detroit, May 15, 2016. Growers are expected to sell up to 15 acres worth of colorful annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable and fruit plants, shrubs and trees by the end of the day. Eastern Market’s Flower Day is one the largest open-air flowerbed market in the country.

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Leslie Caryl, of Warren, looks at the flowers for sale on Sunday morning during Eastern Market’s 50th annual Flower Day in Detroit, May 15, 2016. Growers are expected to sell up to 15 acres worth of colorful annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable and fruit plants, shrubs and trees by the end of the day. Eastern Market’s Flower Day is one the largest open-air flowerbed market in the country.

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Teenagers take a break from the heat across the street from a house fire which injured two firefighters Tuesday in an explosion at a home on Hazelwood and 14th in Detroit on May, 24, 2016.

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Hundreds of teachers march down Grand Blvd during a “sick-out” rally in Detroit’s New Center on Monday morning, May 2, 2016. Educators shut down 94 Detroit Public Schools during the sick-out Monday, which was called for by the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, amid fears of not being paid. The school district announced it is unsure whether there will be enough money to pay teachers in May and June as it awaits a decision from the state legislature on debt relief.

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(center) Eight-year-old Alise Anaya, a Detroit Public School student at Academy of the Americas, holds up a sign reading, “Pay my teachers and my mom!” Her mother Alise, a Detroit Public School teacher at Clippert Academy, followers behind her as they march in a Òsick-outÓ rally in DetroitÕs New Center on Monday morning, May 2, 2016. Educators shut down 94 Detroit Public Schools Monday during the sick-out, which was called for by the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, amid fears of not being paid. The school district announced it is unsure whether there will be enough money to pay teachers in May and June as it awaits a decision from the state legislature on debt relief.

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