Beekeeping in The City

Detroit natives Timothy “Paule” Jackson and his partner Nicole Lindsey are co-founders of what they call “the nation’s first beekeeping co-working space,” which they have dubbed Detroit Hives. Their non-profit transforms vacant lots into bee farms. They are self-taught beekeepers, who grew their hives from 0 to 30 in a little over a year. 

"One thing that we love about our space is that it's more than just an apiary. It's more than just a bee farm; it's like a co-working space for the community and the bees. It teaches people how we can all co-exist. We can all get along. We like to share the community with the bees and the people as well," Jackson says.

See more here, from U.S. News & World Report.

Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym

Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym offers a space for Detroit youth to work out and train. It also serves as an after school program to tutor, encourage studying and teach life skills. The gym’s mantra is "Books Before Boxing."

"[I'm] just trying to put everybody on the right path, give everybody a safe place to go," the gym’s founder, Carlo "Khali" Sweeney said. 

Photographed for ESPN The Magazine.

She came out as transgender and got fired. Now her case might become a test for LGBT rights before the US Supreme Court.

Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, until she was fired two weeks after informing the funeral home’s owner that she is a transgender woman. Stephens filed charges and her case has since been heard by the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit Court ruled in her favor. However, now, lawyers representing the funeral home asked if the Supreme Court could take up the case.

See more here, from CNN.

Canada’s Auto Capital Caught in Crossfire of Trade Dispute

Detroit's border town of Windsor, Ontario “has tied its fortunes to the success of the U.S. car industry. Now with President Trump threatening to impose a hefty tariff on Canadian-made vehicles and auto parts, residents and business owners are worried those ties, already strained by steel tariffs from both sides of the border, could soon be ruptured.”

See more here, from The Wall Street Journal.

A 16-Year-Old Told Police She Was Raped. Two Months Later, She Was Dead.

Mujey Dumbuya, a 16-year-old, told police she was raped. Two months later, she was found dead in the woods. She had been scheduled to testify against her accused rapist, who is now suspected of killing her. Seen here — the spot where her body was found, her mother and a photo of her with signatures from her funeral. 

See more here, from BuzzFeed News.

Factory Jobs Aren’t Coming Back To Cities Like Flint, Whatever Trump Says

1. Art Reyes, an electrician at the GM Flint Assembly Plant and former president of UAW Local 651, poses on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in front of the GM Flint Assembly Plant in Flint, Mich. “A job that was taken by a robot 30 years ago ... is not coming back,” Art Reyes said regarding manufacturing job promises made by Trump.

2. Fanuc Robotics' machinery sprays a base coat of paint on a Chevrolet Crew Cab pickup truck as it travels on automated tracks on Friday, March 23, 2018 at General Motors' Paint Shop in GM's assembly facility in Flint, Mich. The base coat paint is applied to cars by 18 robots.

See more here, from the Huffington Post.

In Detroit, Baby Steps to Better Births

1. Artavia Knight passes her newborn baby, Raymond Ellis III, to the baby's father, Raymond Ellis Jr., at their Detroit home. Knight used services from Make Your Date Detroit, a local nonprofit focused on helping women have healthy pregnancies and births.

2. Michelle Hudson, left, and Jaime Robb, both of Make Your Date Detroit, talk with expecting mother Toresa Mason, of Detroit, during a preterm birth prevention education session at the Detroit Medical Center.

Make Your Date Detroit is one of several local initiatives that aim to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in a city where the infant mortality rate rivals that of some developing nations. See more here, from U.S. News & World Report.

Vigil held for victims of quadruple homicide

A vigil was held for the victims of a quadruple homicide at the site of the shooting, a gas station in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood. The suspect, identified by police as 27-year-old Anthony George Davis Jr., shot himself after shooting three people at a gas station and a fourth person in a nearby house. 

See more here, from The Detroit News.

Black Farmers Grapple With A Changing Economy - BuzzFeed News

"Shifting market forces, immigration reform, and a lack of interest from younger generations mean that black farmers in the small town of Covert, Michigan, are at a crossroads ... A quiet slide has happened in this farming town, and black farmers, who make up only 1.46% of the national figure, are at the forefront. "

See more here, from BuzzFeed News.

Deported (Ongoing) - The GroundTruth Project

Lourdes Salazar Bautista lifted an old photograph of her daughter to her heart and smiled. It was late at night, and she was going through keepsakes that had accumulated over the years as she raised her family in Michigan. Her children, Bryan Quintana-Salazar, 13, and Lourdes Quintana-Salazar, 15, were sitting on the back porch as they tossed documents into a glowing fire in an effort to clean out the house. Pamela Quintana-Salazar, 19, sat opposite her mother, looking at old photographs. The family was preparing for the worst, yet still hoping for the best.

Soon after, Bautista was deported. She tearfully left Ann Arbor, a place she had called home for 20 years. Now she and her two youngest children, Bryan and Lourdes, stay with her mother in Mexico. Soon they will move into an apartment in Toluca, Mexico, where Bryan and Lourdes will attend school.

“Sometimes I can’t find the adequate words to explain to my kids that there’s no reason why they have to pay for their parents, being that they are citizens and they have the right to be in [the U.S.],” Bautista said. “They want to return to their schools with the lives they had in the U.S., since it is what they know.”

More than a month after the transition to Mexico, Bautista said she experiences a lack of employment opportunity and personal safety. She is hoping to find a job to support her children. “It is very hard to return to where you left one day looking for a better life,” Bautista said.

In the past, Bautista had been granted the ability to postpone deportation to take care of her children in the United States. This agreement lasted about seven years, in exchange for her husband’s deportation. Now, she faces a 10-year ban from the U.S. Her eldest daughter, Pamela, hopes to apply for a pardon once she turns 21 on behalf of her mother, which would allow her mother to come back to the U.S. Until then, Bautista and her two youngest children are separated from Pamela, who lives in East Lansing, Michigan while attending Michigan State University.

“I will continue fighting,” Bautista said. “So that one day we can return and live the life that, being American citizens, [my children] have the right to live.”

See more here, from The GroundTruth Project.

Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, Education - The New York Times

Holland Christian, Grand Rapids Christian and The Potter’s House are several Michigan nonpublic schools that have helped shape Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, views of elementary and secondary education. Ms. DeVos once attended Holland Christian High School and sent her children to Grand Rapids Christian.

See more here, from The New York Times.