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More victims added to Detroit-area genital mutilation case


DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have added three Illinois girls as victims in a criminal case against Detroit-area doctors accused of female genital mutilation.

The disclosure was made Wednesday in an updated indictment against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and others.

The government is accusing Nagarwala of performing genital mutilation on nine girls at a Livonia clinic. She denies any crime and says she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the Dawoodi Bohra.

The government says the victims were three girls from Illinois, four from Michigan and two from Minnesota. Eight people have been charged in the case. The initial charges were filed in April 2017.
A trial is scheduled for January.

 

Census: Detroit income rises, poverty rate doesn’t improve


DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s poverty rate didn’t improve much in 2017, despite the city seeing a second consecutive year of rising incomes, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The city’s median household income was about $30,300 last year, a nearly 6 percent increase from 2016, according to the bureau’s American Community Survey. The nearly 8 percent increase in 2016 from the previous year was the first significant increase the bureau recorded in Detroit since 2000.

“Detroit is one of a few large cities in Michigan to see significant median household income growth,” said Xuan Liu, manager of research and data analysis for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. “And it has been two years in a row now. It is certainly good news for the city.”

Despite Detroit’s income improvements, the report released Thursday found that about 34.5 percent of Detroit residents lived below the poverty level in 2017. While only a slight change from 35.7 percent in 2016 , the rate is down from about 41 percent five years ago. The child poverty rate remained at about 48 percent.

“The economy is not moving folks out of poverty,” said Kurt Metzger, a demographer and director emeritus of Data Driven Detroit.

The city’s biggest challenge is providing enough adult education and job training programs to increase labor force participation, he said.

Mayor Mike Duggan said the city is working to address the issue through the Detroit At Work program, which has trained nearly 3,000 people since 2017 in fields such as construction, health care, information technology, retail and hospitality.

 

ISIAL?to hold Annual Irish Heritage Night at Comerica Park Sept. 21
 

The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers has purchased 20 tickets for the 7:08 p.m. Friday, September 21 Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals game to share with members so that the ISIAL group can sit together at Comerica Park. Irish festivities start at 6:15 p.m. The tickets are $30, and each includes a baseball hat. Tickets are available for purchase on a first-come-first-served basis by contacting Jennifer Cupples at (734) 742-1845 or jcupples@fbmjlaw.com. For more information visit http://irish-lawyers.org/upcoming-events/.

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