Legionnaire’s outbreak officially linked to Flint water crisis, nationally-touted research affirms
Feb17

Legionnaire’s outbreak officially linked to Flint water crisis, nationally-touted research affirms

By Jan Worth-Nelson A fatal chain of events simultaneous with the Flint water crisis — an outbreak of Legionella’s disease which killed 12 and sickened scores of others during a 2014-15 outbreak—has now been scientifically correlated to low levels of residual chlorine  during the crisis. The outbreak can be associated with the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River beginning in 2014, according to...

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Spring break plan features theater, music, and New York’s Step Afrika! for Flint students
Feb15

Spring break plan features theater, music, and New York’s Step Afrika! for Flint students

By Patsy Isenberg A visit and performance by a New York City dance troupe, Step Afrika!, and a Broadway-style show at the newly-reopened Capitol Theatre are features of an April 2-6 spring break program for Flint students age 4 to 17 announced Tuesday.. The Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation, started by 11-year NBA veteran and Flint Northwestern High School alum Morris Peterson, is partnering with United Way of Genesee County, the Boys...

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John Cherry makes 49th District State House run official; kicks off campaign
Feb10

John Cherry makes 49th District State House run official; kicks off campaign

By Paul Rozycki Saying “We need leaders that show a genuine dedication to the public, whether or not it is easy or convenient for them,” John Cherry became the third Democrat to declare his candidacy to replace term-limited Phil Phelps in Michigan’s 49th state House district. On a snowy Saturday morning,  he greeted a crowd of several dozen supporters at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 370 with his formal announcement. Though he...

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42 percent vacant:  Forum explores Flint’s “everyday remaking of place” after abandonments
Feb08

42 percent vacant: Forum explores Flint’s “everyday remaking of place” after abandonments

By Jan Worth-Nelson Forty-two percent of Flint’s properties are vacant — 24,000 of them –and their presence, appearing to some like tombstones, to others like hopeful patches of gardens or clover, to others annoyances swamped by unmowed grass or decaying trash–has become one of the uneasy visual realities of a city in transition. A panel of experts grappling literally at the grassroots level talked about those...

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Whitmer introduces herself to Flint, challenges Detroit Dems’ reported doubts
Feb07

Whitmer introduces herself to Flint, challenges Detroit Dems’ reported doubts

By Jan Worth-Nelson Declaring  “Michigan deserves better” than a GOP-led regime she said has created a state which “hardly resembles the Michigan I think of when I talk about my Michigan pride,”  Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer introduced herself to about 25 Flint students, retirees, educators, activists and assorted Democrats Tuesday afternoon in the East Village home of Flint entrepreneur...

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Review: Sloan exhibit captures persistent intertwining threads of race and housing in Flint history
Feb03

Review: Sloan exhibit captures persistent intertwining threads of race and housing in Flint history

By Dylan Doherty “An Equal Opportunity Lie,” a new exhibit highlighting the intertwining influences of race and housing in the history of Flint, opened at the Sloan Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15 and runs until May 28. The title is a quote from Floyd McCree, Flint’s first black mayor, who resigned in 1967 after the Flint City Commission voted down an embattled proposed fair housing ordinance.  As the exhibit...

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