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The C & G Editorial staff selected some of the top stories that appeared in our recent print editions.


Strachan

STAFF FAVORITE — JANUARY 2013:

SOUTHFIELD
Remembering Viola Liuzzo
Keeping alive the story of a civil rights martyr laid to rest in Southfield

About the reporter: Jessica Strachan has been the reporter for the Southfield Sun since 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and behavioral sciences from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and her master’s degree in social science from the University of Michigan-Flint.

About the story: Viola Liuzzo was the only white woman to be killed by the KKK in the Civil Rights Movement and though her story ended in tragedy, her cause and legacy speak volumes about bravery, even today. Liuzzo knew the risk she was taking to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and supporters in the South, and instead of being afraid, she made sure to instill a sense of duty and justice in her loved ones (even her 6-year-old daughter) before her journey. To know such a hero is laid to rest in Southfield — and that local activists are doing their part to keep her memory alive — is very moving. This story, above all, was about the power of a timeless passion and conviction.


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MADISON HEIGHTS
Soldier back home after coming under attack overseas
Local man receives Purple Heart, Army Commendation of Valor

CLINTON TOWNSHIP
Counting Macomb County's homeless

SPORTS
Full steam ahead
Even after winning D-2, Schmidt has team aiming for D-1 title in 2013

SPORTS
'Friendly' rivalry
Old teammates now leading their own boys basketball programs

ROCHESTER
Van Hoosen student wins Globetrotter award after 'SportsCenter' triumph

TROY
Archdiocese removes pastor of St. Thomas More
More than $429,000 missing in annual audit

ROYAL OAK
Rasor, Capello address heated commission happenings
Duo politicking for honesty, interests of city's future