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Detroit (and Rima Fakih) in the News

Good reads and a big Congrats...

* An article from the Guardian asks: "Please, no more requiems for Detroit." The writer, a local lass called Susana Adame, asks that the media and other Internet using-types with their nasty headlines and comments try to come up with another way of looking at the city. A highlight:

What Detroiters do not need is yet another story about how their city is dying – or even another story declaring there may be hope after all. What they need is what every community needs: resources, support and the space to work through their problems in their own way.

* Need a history of what's been happening to and around Detroit for the past 50 years or so? Check out this piece from the Associated Press, which has been writing a fair amount about us in recent months. A highlight:

The job of rescuing and remaking Detroit is monumental, fraught with many past failures and few successes. It comes at time when the nation's 11th-largest city needs victories — large and small.

* We have smart, beautiful, talented women in Michigan. Come to our state and see! My girl, Rima Fakih, also known as Miss Michigan USA, won the Miss USA title Sunday. You can brag you read about her on this here blog oh so long ago. According to The Detroit Free Press, "Fakih, of Lebanese descent, is believed to be the first Arab American and Muslim to become Miss USA." Watch a video of her win after the break.

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