Totem Books hosts Carrie Walling’s “Human Rights and Justice for All” book launch
Aug12

Totem Books hosts Carrie Walling’s “Human Rights and Justice for All” book launch

By Paul Rozycki Carrie Booth Walling introduced her new book “Human Rights and Justice for All: Demanding Dignity in the United States and Around the World” at a well-attended kickoff event Thurs. Aug. 11, at Totem Books in Flint.  Dawn Jones of ABC 12 TV conducted the interview and was moderator as Walling discussed the book and answered questions from the audience about the importance of human rights in today’s world. Both were...

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Education Beat:  Staff shortages at Flint schools at a “critical” stage
Aug12

Education Beat: Staff shortages at Flint schools at a “critical” stage

By Harold C. Ford “Teachers are walking away.” — Joyce Ellis McNeal, president, Flint Board of Education The central issue at a four-hour Flint Board of Education (FBOE) Committee of the Whole meeting Aug. 10 was the “critical” shortage of candidates to fill vacant staff positions in the district — primarily teachers.  Flint officials said more than 40 positions are currently unfilled by qualified, full-time staff. Joyce...

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Art Review:  “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” explored at latest Mott-Warsh exhibit
Aug12

Art Review: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” explored at latest Mott-Warsh exhibit

By Harold C. Ford “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” is the current exhibit at the Mott-Warsh (MW) Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw St. (corner of Court and Saginaw streets), Flint. The exhibit ends Aug. 20.  According to Stephanie James, director and curator of the Mott-Warsh collection, the exhibit is in response to the angst-inducing issues of the current era that impact most of us: the COVID-19 pandemic; racial justice; the Jan. 6...

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City’s financial peril thwarted with $220 million boost from State coffers
Aug11

City’s financial peril thwarted with $220 million boost from State coffers

By Tom Travis An infusion of $220 million into the city’s coffers from the State Treasury will give enduring relief to the city’s finances. On July 6,  Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced the City of Flint will receive $220 million from State budget allocations to fund the city’s pension costs. That allocation is part of the State’s $76 billion budget Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed July 1. In recent budget...

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City Council Beat: Lead line replacements and restorations to begin as council approves $17.8-million contract
Aug10

City Council Beat: Lead line replacements and restorations to begin as council approves $17.8-million contract

By Tom Travis City of Flint residents can expect remaining lead line replacements and restorations to sidewalks, curbs and yards to begin in the coming weeks. At its Monday meeting, the  city council approved a $17.8 million contract with LGC Global, based in Detroit, to take on the mammoth task of completing more than 400 lead pipe replacements and 8,500 restorations throughout the city. According to Mike Brown, Department of Public...

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