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Marcus Branch of Portland (right) presents Portland Observer Publisher Mark Washington with a personalized copy of Detroit journalist Al Allen’s book “We’re Standing By.” Branch met with Allen, a longtime TV anchor and reporter, at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Detroit where the book was signed, last month.

Marcus Branch of Portland (right) presents Portland Observer Publisher Mark Washington with a personalized copy of Detroit journalist Al Allen’s book “We’re Standing By.” Branch met with Allen, a longtime TV anchor and reporter, at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Detroit where the book was signed, last month.

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Say “Al Allen” in Metro Detroit, and people smile, thinking of the cheerful reporter who greeted them through their TV screens every morning… broadcasting live from frigid freeway overpasses, crime scenes, celebrations, and just about anywhere.