Masters of the macabre:  Flint Horror Collective brings entertainment and love of the scary to town
Jul07

Masters of the macabre: Flint Horror Collective brings entertainment and love of the scary to town

By Jeffery L Carey, Jr. As a kid Paul Counelis was obsessed with the book Christine by Stephen King.  He liked the atmosphere, the characters, and how much he could relate to King’s obsession. “It made me want to be a writer,” he said. Years later, Counelis, now a father of nine, started writing horror fiction because of a scary bedtime story he told his kids about a girl named Kendall Kingsley. His kids liked it. “They urged me...

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$30 million HUD Choice grant comes through to replace Atherton East public housing
Jul06

$30 million HUD Choice grant comes through to replace Atherton East public housing

By Jan Worth-Nelson A longstanding and continuing effort to relocate the crime-ridden Atherton East housing complex received a major boost today with the announcement that a $30 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been awarded to the City of Flint and the Flint Housing Commission. The Choice Neighborhoods Grant, announced in a joint press release by U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee and U.S....

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Hot day but few fireworks at Bluebell Beach 49th District candidate forum
Jul05

Hot day but few fireworks at Bluebell Beach 49th District candidate forum

By Paul Rozycki It was the morning of the Fourth of July, when most people are preparing for picnics, hot dogs, and fireworks, and it was hot and humid on Mott Lake. But that didn’t prevent four of the six Democrats running for the 49th state House of Representatives seat from attending a lakefront candidate forum at Bluebell Beach. As part of The Tom Sumner Radio Program’s regular broadcast, (92.1, WFOV) John Cherry, Jacky King,...

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Flint Registry, built to monitor, link and advocate for community health, gears up for September launch
Jul03

Flint Registry, built to monitor, link and advocate for community health, gears up for September launch

Flint Water Advisory Task Force Final Report, presented to Gov. Rick Snyder, March 21, 2016  Recommendation #7 to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services , p. 10:  “Establish and maintain a Flint Toxic Exposure Registry to include all the children and adults residing in Flint from April 2014 to present.” By Teddy Robertson In a significant marker of forward momentum in the aftermath of the water crisis, that 2016...

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Commentary:  A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE
Jul03

Commentary: A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE

By Paul Rozycki In less than a month, in the midst of summer vacations, art fairs, festivals, and car shows, Michigan will hold its regular primary, and the turnout is likely to be low, as it has been for years. That’s unfortunate because, for most officials, the primary is the real election—whoever wins the primary is likely to win in November. That’s because most of our election districts are gerrymandered to favor one party or the...

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Review:  Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint
Jul02

Review: Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint

Urbantasm  Book One: The Dying City by Connor Coyne Review by Robert R. Thomas Connor Coyne’s Urbantasm is the most original take on Flint I have read to date. Set in the fictional Rust Belt city of Akawe, Michigan, “an hour’s drive north of Detroit,” Coyne’s allegorical tale is a serial novel of four volumes the author says has taken 22 years to create. Book One: The Dying City will be published in September. The jacket of my...

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