Incumbents Swanson, Neeley and Gleason defeat challengers in competitive primary
Aug05

Incumbents Swanson, Neeley and Gleason defeat challengers in competitive primary

By Paul Rozycki THIS STORY WAS UPDATED at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 5 In an election where mail-in votes were dominant, Genesee County voters turned out in larger than expected numbers and set the stage for the November election. With all the votes counted more than 29 percent of voters turned out for the August primary, significantly higher than the typical 20 percent turnout. Though there was a concern that the large number of...

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A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis.  Is there any good news?
Aug01

A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis. Is there any good news?

By Paul Rozycki This summer, astronomers have discovered a new presence among the stars, the Neowise comet, in the northern sky.  It’s not a large comet, just visible under the Big Dipper.  It has come closest to the earth in the middle of July, and has been observable for the last few weeks. Many ancient peoples often felt that comets were portents of doom and ruin.  The Romans and the Greeks felt they were a sign of major events,...

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Review:  McCree Theatre vocal contest highlights local talent even in the pandemic
Jul30

Review: McCree Theatre vocal contest highlights local talent even in the pandemic

By Patsy Isenberg Through the magic of technology The New McCree Theatre continues, despite the chaos the world is experiencing, to inspire local talent and offer entertainment to the public. Not in shows–yet. But two talented singers won McCree’s recent singing competition by submitting videos of themselves to McCree’s “First Annual Online Vocal Contest” via McCree’s Facebook page. There was an adult category and a youth...

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Flint Poet Laureate Semaj Brown bringing “Word Power” online Aug. 13
Jul30

Flint Poet Laureate Semaj Brown bringing “Word Power” online Aug. 13

How do words define and confine our reality? Flint’s first poet laureate, Semaj Brown, will explore that question in “Word Power: How words define and confine our reality” in a virtual performance and interactive discussion at 7 pm. Thursday, Aug. 13. The event, sponsored by UM – Flint’s College of Arts and Sciences, will be accessible on Zoom or Facebook Live. Attendees can register by going to...

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“We will no longer auction off guns,” Mayor Neeley announces.  “It’s just not worth it.” Chief Hart says
Jul30

“We will no longer auction off guns,” Mayor Neeley announces. “It’s just not worth it.” Chief Hart says

By Tom Travis  The City of Flint will no longer auction off confiscated guns, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced at a press conference at police headquarters Wednesday. Since 2017, when the City began that practice,  4,539 guns have been auctioned generating $200,000. The revenue generated was put back into the police budget, Neeley said. However, Chief of Police Phil Hart, reiterating Neeley’s words, said, “We will no...

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How to spend a million in Flint:  Mott Foundation wants to know
Jul28

How to spend a million in Flint: Mott Foundation wants to know

By Jan Worth-Nelson Flint residents have until Aug. 11 to vote on how the city’s largest and most dominant foundation should spend $1 million. Last November the C.S. Mott Foundation asked Flint residents to suggest how to spend $1 million on Flint neighborhoods.  There was no shortage of response.  The foundation heard from more than 440 people, who offered 625 ideas. Foundation officials shaped the suggestions into 70 projects...

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