Book review: Flint represents “domestic terrorism,” “state-sponsored violence” in America at War with Itself
Oct26

Book review: Flint represents “domestic terrorism,” “state-sponsored violence” in America at War with Itself

By Robert R. Thomas In his penetrating new book, America at War with Itself (City Lights Books, 2017), Henry A. Giroux devotes an early chapter to the Flint water crisis, asserting that it epitomizes a menacing “new authoritarianism” and contends that what happened here was “an act of state sponsored violence.” His Chapter Four,  “Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism,” opens with a...

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“”Time to move on — no more vetoes,” Weaver declares in trash contract resolution

By Jan Worth-Nelson The state-appointed Receivership Transition Advisory Board today gave their blessing to an agreement between Mayor Karen Weaver and the Flint City Council that promises to end, after months of wrangling and dueling trash trucks, the dispute over who will pick up the city’s garbage. Republic Services, Flint’s trash contractor for the past three years, has been officially approved to continue. The...

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Michigan political system topic of Wednesday, Thursday Flint Area Public Affairs forums
Oct25

Michigan political system topic of Wednesday, Thursday Flint Area Public Affairs forums

By Megan Ockert Michigan’s emergency manager law, education, management of the public purse, and oversight of Michigan’s political system are featured topics of two free public forums this week. They are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. at the Happenings Room in the UM – Flint University Center; and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the McFarlen Branch of the Genesee District Library. Pizza and beverages will be...

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Free squash, carrots available for the taking at Woodside Church
Oct24

Free squash, carrots available for the taking at Woodside Church

Just in time for the stews of cool autumn days, free carrots and butternut and spaghetti squash are available for the taking in the parking lot of Woodside Church, 1509 E. Court St., today. Rev. Deb Conrad said the produce came from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for an event thrown by the Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative last Saturday.  The Collaborative has Woodside Church as its home base.  Saturday’s event was...

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Shigella outbreak subsiding, but answering the “why” continues
Oct23

Shigella outbreak subsiding, but answering the “why” continues

By Jan Worth-Nelson Incidence of the latest health threat to hit Flint and Genesee County, the diarrhea-causing bacterium shigella, appears to have subsided, at least for now, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control told the Flint Water Recovery Group under the dome at City Hall last week. Jevon D. McFadden, a CDC physician headquartered in Lansing, told the group that as of Oct. 19 no new cases of shigellosis, the...

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