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‘Payless Shoes’ Files Bankruptcy And Could Be No Longer After Next Week

Payless, the struggling discount shoe chain, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week. Insiders say the company is initially planning to close 400 to 500 stores as it reorganizes operations. Payless had originally looked to shutter as many as 1,000 locations, and the number may still be in flux. The retail industry is racing to try to adapt to more online purchasing and a shift away from mall shopping....

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Former Detroit TV Anchor Rich Fisher Dies

Former longtime Detroit TV anchor and reporter Rich Fisher has died. Fisher, a native Detroiter, died Friday morning at Beaumont Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer of the esophagus. He was 67. Fisher was a Detroit media fixture and Emmy-winning news anchor, who spent seven years at FOX 2 before resigning in 1997. “Rich had the ability to cut to the chase, to get the point of the heart of the matter in delivering the news, especially in interviewing. He had a great ability to bring out the truth, sometimes from people who didn’t want to admit it....

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Colin Kaepernick Donates $50,000 to Meals on Wheels

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels as part of a series of donations he has made over the last year. Kaepernick, who sparked controversy by kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games in the fall of 2016, also donated $50,000 to the social media campaign #LoveArmyForSomalia, which aims to raise $2 million to aid starving people in Somalia, NFL.com reported. Kaepernick’s donation to Meals on Wheels comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan for 2018, which would cut federal funding for the program. Kaepernick and Trump...

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School Apologizes For Asking Students To Make Slave Auction Posters

According to the Huffington Post, Parents of students at an elementary school in New Jersey are furious after fifth graders were given an assignment suggesting that they recreate slave auction posters. Teachers at South Mountain Elementary School in South Orange, New Jersey told students to draw a “colorful poster advertising an event that might occur” during the time period they were assigned for a Colonial America history lesson. The assignment listed “a poster for a lecture, speech, protest or slave auction” as examples. One student-made poster listed enslaved men and women as “a field hand” or “a fine house...

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