Review: Connor Coyne’s URBANTASM Book Four: THE SPRING STORM finishes the gripping allegory with a hammer blow
May25

Review: Connor Coyne’s URBANTASM Book Four: THE SPRING STORM finishes the gripping allegory with a hammer blow

By Robert Thomas The publication of the fourth and final book of Flint author Connor Coyne’s serial novel, URBANTASM, marks the finale of his epic allegory set in the heart of the American Rust Belt in the fictional city of Akawe, Michigan, somewhere north of Detroit. As befits any gripping serial, The Spring Storm delivers a hammer blow with a rollicking readerly ride through a perfect storm of rusty decay and an abundance of evil. ...

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“At the Intersection” 182-year-old Flint congregation considers their place in the community
May23

“At the Intersection” 182-year-old Flint congregation considers their place in the community

By Tom Travis As the congregation of  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church celebrates the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone in 1872, they also are considering what it means to be “at the intersection” and what kinds of impact the church will and should have in the community. The Episcopal congregation began worshiping in Flint 182 years ago. The present building, at the corner of Third and Saginaw Streets, is...

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Commentary: The legal road to Roe v. Wade and back: It’s more than just a court case
May23

Commentary: The legal road to Roe v. Wade and back: It’s more than just a court case

By Paul Rozycki Perhaps nothing illustrates both the legal and personal sides of the abortion issue better than two unrelated recent events. A few weeks ago, we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to overturn a half century of protection for abortion rights, and, in the same week, we learned that the lack of baby formula is reaching a crisis level.  Based upon a leaked court opinion, (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

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Education Beat     May Flint School Board meetings: EDEP dismissed; no school closings or staff layoffs; infrastructure woes continue; intra-board tensions ongoing
May23

Education Beat May Flint School Board meetings: EDEP dismissed; no school closings or staff layoffs; infrastructure woes continue; intra-board tensions ongoing

By Harold C. Ford The May 11 and 18 meetings of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) – together lasting nearly 12 hours – began with purported good news that Flint Community Schools (FCS) had been released from the imposition of an enhanced deficit elimination plan (EDEP) by the Michigan Department of Treasury.  Any euphoria elicited by the EDEP-dismissal announcement soon evolved into a parade of FCS constituents anxiously and...

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Education Beat: Schools board postpones closures after 30 speakers plead to keep Pierce, ALA open;  district released from State-imposed Emergency Finance Plan
May16

Education Beat: Schools board postpones closures after 30 speakers plead to keep Pierce, ALA open; district released from State-imposed Emergency Finance Plan

By Harold C. Ford A six-hour meeting of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) on May 11 began with purported good news that Flint Community Schools (FCS) had been released from the imposition of an enhanced deficit elimination plan (EDEP) by the Michigan Department of Treasury.  But any euphoria elicited by the EDEP-dismissal announcement quickly evolved into a parade of FCS constituents anxiously and unanimously urging the district not...

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