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April 30, 2014  

Detroit: Emergency Manager Seeks State Legislators’ Support

Tiny Nation Charges Big ‘Nuclear 9’ with Treaty Violations

Players Got Played In NBA’s Decision on Sterling

Detroit’s governor-appointed city manager, Kevyn Orr, goes a-courtin’ for the second day in Lansing, hoping to convince state legislators to release $350 million in tax-sharing revenue Gov. Rick Snyder had promised the beleaguered city (and which, actually, it is owed). Without the money, Orr’s ambitious restructuring plan to exit bankruptcy by the fall is doomed. Correspondent Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African Newswire, discusses this and other developments as Orr faces a status conference with bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes on May 15.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands—a nation of 68,480 spread over 24 low-lying coral atolls comprising more than 1,100 islands and islets—today files legal actions in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Russia, Britain, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea, saying they all have violated nonproliferation treaties and have created lasting ecological disasters in areas where they have tested nuclear weapons. Rick Wayman, director of programs for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, on the legal battle.

Leid Stories follows up on yesterday’s commentary on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s not-so-sterling character. Today, how the players allowed themselves to get played.

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