Commentary:  Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village
Jul31

Commentary: Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village

By Paul Rozycki Some years ago, one of our favorite programs was “Murder, She Wrote,” where mystery writer Jessica Fletcher solved the latest murder in the small New England fishing village of Cabot Cove. At the time, my reaction was that for all of Flint’s crime problems, Cabot Cove must have had the highest crime rate in the world. Her little village produced at least one murder a week for a very small population. It just didn’t...

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Pipe replacement crews dig in:  “This is personal”
Jul29

Pipe replacement crews dig in: “This is personal”

by Harold C. Ford Almost any day recently on a beat-up block of Copeman Boulevard in northwest Flint, beyond the cacophony of politics, lawsuits, economics, and science that is the Flint Water Crisis, you’ll find a gritty band of workers laboring to resolve a tragedy. Some are guided, in part, by a sense of altruism. Some of them were discovered by a team of East Village Maazine staff during a recent visit on a hot, humid day to the...

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Flint “booming in the literary world” as writers convene, commiserate, celebrate
Jul28

Flint “booming in the literary world” as writers convene, commiserate, celebrate

By Megan Ockert “There is such a literary presence in Flint,” Carmen-Ainsworth high school teacher and writer Jes Mathews told her audience at the Flint Literary Festival during its inaugural run July 21-22. “People don’t realize that Flint is booming in the literary world.” And one of the festival’s featured writers, Christine Maul Rice of Chicago, lauded the impact of Flint on her work. “I owe everything to Flint,” Rice said from...

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As five water PODs close, officials declare city water “improving” despite trust deficits
Jul26

As five water PODs close, officials declare city water “improving” despite trust deficits

By Jan Worth-Nelson Flanked by a handful of state officials, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced this week that five of the city’s water distribution sites, called “PODS,”  will be closed by the end of the summer — two Aug. 11 and three more Sept. 5. The closures reflect the news that the city’s water is on the mend, with state officials reporting lead readings from recent testing well below federal...

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Commentary: Why to vote “Yes” on the Charter: Placing the collective interests of residents first

Placing the collective interests of residents first: an interloper’s support for proposed Charter By Ashley Nickels, Ph.D. On Tuesday, Aug.  8, Flint residents will vote on whether or not to adopt revisions to their city charter for the first time since 1974. As an encouraged interloper, an outsider, a political scientist, I have followed Flint’s charter review and revision process since its origins in 2014. I have attended advisory...

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