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  • Imprisoned Marine Amir Hekmati renounces Iranian citizenship and requests deportation from Iran

    03/17/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    M Live (Michigan) ^ | March 17, 2015 | Blake Thorne
    <p>FLINT, MI -- A Flint man and Marine veteran imprisoned in Iran more than three years has renounced his Iranian citizenship and is requesting deportation from the country.</p> <p>A statement from Hekmati's family details what they call torture, abuse and a forced confession that he has been through. Those claims detail poor nutrition, foot whippings and long stretches of solitary confinement.</p>
  • Teens charged in 'knock-out game' assault of teacher at Burton Wal-Mart

    05/03/2014 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-2-2014 | David Harris
    BURTON, MI – Two 16-year-old Flint boys are facing assault charges after they allegedly punched a 52-year-old teacher from Otisville in the head while he shopped at Wal-Mart then posted video of the alleged attack online as part of the so-called "knock-out" game. The assault took place around 7 p.m. March 17 at the Wal-Mart on Court Street in Burton. The man was shopping alone when a teen ran up and punched the man while another teen filmed the attack with a cellphone, according to police. They then fled the scene. The victim, a teacher at an area school, suffered...
  • Boy's mother, two others, arraigned in Facebook beating video case (Viewers are dared to report her)

    04/10/2014 12:24:03 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    NBC25 Newsroom ^ | 04/08/2014
    FLINT -- Three people were arraigned today on charges of child abuse in connection to the Facebook video of a child being beaten. The mother of the child, 28-year-old Demitria Powell along with 42-year-old Uteas Taylor, and 39-year-old Stefon Felton, all from Flint, were charged with 3rd degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse in the 3rd degree, and 3rd degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child. In the 6-minute video, the 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times. At least three adults and one infant were...
  • Jeep brings back the Willys...sort of

    11/19/2013 4:53:45 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 18, 2013 | Fox News
    <p>The Willys Wheeler Edition Wrangler matches the most basic version of the 4x4 with heritage styling cues and a selection of off-road gear.</p> <p>Willys-Overland was one of the automakers that built Jeeps for the U.S. Military during World War II and commercialized them for the civilian market in 1945.</p>
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Our Man Flint"(1965)

    10/20/2013 12:20:17 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1965 | Daniel Mann
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "In Like Flint" (1967)

    10/13/2013 12:43:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1967 | Gordon Douglas
  • Flint Mayor Dayne Walling in Washington, D.C., pushing for gun control

    09/19/2013 4:04:23 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 23 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-19-2013 | Dominic Adams
    Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will join survivors of gun violence, victims’ families, other politicians, law enforcement, gun owners and faith leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 19. Walling will be there as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns during a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol. “We’re asking lawmakers to support common sense gun safety – including universal background checks,” Walling told The Flint Journal. The “No More Names” tour has been in 25 states in the last 100 days, urging elected officials to reconsider bipartisan gun background check legislation that enjoys overwhelming public support...
  • Flint abortion clinic that made national news closes its doors

    09/04/2013 10:18:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-4-2013 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, MI -- A Flint abortion clinic that made national news after a Fenton Township woman claimed that she was held down by a doctor and forced to have an abortion at the facility has closed. The closure of the Feminine Health Care Clinic, 2032 S. Saginaw Road, leaves one free-standing abortion clinic in the Flint area, according to the leader of a Genesee County Right to Life group. A recorded phone message at the clinic says that the facility is closed until further notice. Appliances and furniture can still be seen inside the brick and metal building. A glass...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • New Kettering University student club wants to carry concealed guns on Flint campus

    08/29/2013 9:02:55 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    mlive ^ | 8-29-2013 | Sarah Schuch
    FLINT, MI – Some Kettering University students want to start a conversation about allowing the carrying of concealed firearms on campus. And they've started a club to do it. Kettering Students for Concealed Carry became an official university club Aug. 1, and members are taking the opportunity to get students talking. "We believe that while college campuses are usually safer than other public places, we still think that anything can happen," said Kaity Huff, KSCC vice president. "Calling this a gun-free space won't stop a crazy person." The group of roughly 20 active members out of the almost 900 students...
  • The most dangerous cities in America, 2013 (Flint #1)

    06/20/2013 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Yahoo/ ^ | 6-18-2013 | Samuel Weigley, Alexander E. M. Hess and Michael B. Sauter
    After falling for five consecutive years, the number of violent crimes across the United States rose by 1.2% in 2012. Based on data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the increase was even greater in some of America’s largest cities. In 2012, for the third year in a row, Flint, Michigan had the highest violent crime rate in the country. According to the FBI, violent crime includes murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In some cases, the cities with the highest violent crime rate, including Flint and Oakland, had high rates in all four categories. However,...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Woman Wakes From Coma, Announces She Wants to Go to a Bob Seger Concert

    04/24/2013 11:47:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Time ^ | April 16, 2013 | Melissa Locker
    There are music fans, and then there are Bob Seger fans. Evie Branan had been in a coma for five years and when she emerged, the first words out of her mouth were, “I want to go to a Bob Seger concert.” “Why would I say that?” Branan laughed later when recounting the story to her hometown paper, the Flint Journal, in Michigan. “Maybe my last thoughts were Bob Seger before I had my stroke.” While Branan may have been unsure about why she wanted to see Bob Seger in concert so badly, she was certainly a fan of the...
  • Flint breaks homicide record in 2012 after shooting victim dies months later

    03/21/2013 6:44:07 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 30 replies
    mlive ^ | 3-20-2013 | Dominic Adams
    FLINT, MI – Matthew Dewayne Williams became Flint's record-setting 67th homicide victim in 2012 when he died five months after he was shot at a Flint gas station. Williams was critically injured when he was shot Nov. 6 at a BP gas station at Clio Road and Myrtle Avenue. Williams, 24, was taken to Hurley Medical Center in a personal vehicle. Flint police released his name to the media the next day. Michigan State Police said Williams died earlier this month – becoming Flint’s record-setting 67th homicide for 2012. “This stat is affirming that the gun violence in Flint is...
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Civil servant working two full time public jobs ...

    01/12/2013 5:53:22 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January111, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Michigan civil servant is in hot water after being exposed as holding down two six-figure public posts at the same time - earning him more than the Vice President. Barnett Jones, has been paid $273,750 since May as Flint's administrator of public safety and head of security for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, despite the fact the posts are both full-time and based 70 miles apart, according to the Free Press. The lawman resigned his Flint role today after the newspaper began investigating his job-juggling. Flint City Administrator, Michael Brown, told the Press he wasn't aware of Jones'...
  • Riots, denials and black mobs in Flint

    09/20/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | Colin Flaherty
    "Violent event dubbed 'tremendous success'"If you want to know how bad the Flint, Mich., riots of August 2011 were, just check the video from the Flint riots of 2012. Compared to last year, this year’s violence was a “tremendous success,” said the local paper. The scene was the annual “Back to the Bricks” car show: vintage cars parked downtown during a several day festival in what used to be an international center of the car business. Videos show hundreds of black people fighting, destroying property, disregarding police orders and creating mayhem – one with his pants falling down as he...
  • Riots, denials and black mobs in Flint

    09/20/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/20/12 | Colin Flaherty
    Violent event dubbed 'tremendous success' EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. If you want to know how bad the Flint, Mich., riots of August 2011 were, just check the video from the Flint riots of 2012. Compared to last year, this year’s violence was a “tremendous success,” said the local paper. The scene was the annual “Back to the Bricks” car show: vintage cars parked downtown during a several day festival in what used to be an international center of the car business. Videos show hundreds of black people fighting, destroying property, disregarding police...
  • Michigan’s Emergency Managers Seen as Major Threat by Labor

    09/03/2012 6:44:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies ^ | By Melissa Maynard, Staff Writer
    Gerald McEntee had Michigan on his mind in June when he delivered his final address as president of the nation’s largest public employee union. “Our sisters and brothers in Michigan are on the front lines in the next critical battle,” McEntee told the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He declared that the imperative was “defeating Governor Rick Snyder's anti-worker and anti-American emergency manager’s bill. These managers are local dictators who rip up union contracts.” Focusing on an emergency manager bill in one state might seem an unlikely valedictory for a legendary labor leader who has served his...
  • 'I knew he was going to kill me,' says 66-year-old woman who shot intruder in Flint(MI)

    07/20/2012 12:10:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 29 June, 2012 | David Harris
    FLINT, MI -- Facing a menacing intruder in her home on Wednesday night, 66-year-old Rosa Myles said she was "nothing but a trembling leaf." With a gun in her hand. Fearing for her life, she shot the intruder once in the chest. "He said 'don't shoot me again," Myles said. She fired again anyway, this time striking him in the left arm. "There were so many things running through my mind," she said. "I knew he was going to kill me." Two gun shot wounds, however, were enough to send the man running from the home -- only to be...
  • Residents wonder if Flint Township needs new brand

    05/06/2012 11:35:46 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 23 replies
    FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Should Flint Township change its name? Some residents believe the community's reputation suffers when people don't make a distinction between the township and its neighbor, the city of Flint, which is known for a high crime rate and chronically poor finances. A state-appointed emergency manager now runs Flint. "I think the issues with Flint are Flint's issues, and they are made Flint Township's by simply having Flint in the name," Chuck Hughes, a former township treasurer, told The Flint Journal. "We're at the mercy of Flint to fix their image." Hughes, township Supervisor Karyn Miller and...
  • Family Of Iranian-American Facing Death Penalty 'Are Making A Huge Mistake,' Says Former Prisoner

    01/15/2012 3:00:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Jan 13, 2012
    Iranian-American Amir Hekmati has been in prison in Iran since August 2011 but it has only been since Monday, when he was sentenced to death, that the world heard of his plight. That five-month silence could affect whether the 28-year-old from Flint, Michigan lives or dies, has exclusively learned. "His family is trying to understand the situation, but they made a huge mistake not to publicize the case at the time of his arrest," Iranian journalist Omid Memarian told in an exclusive interview. "If they had, this would not have happened at all."
  • The Whoppers of 2011 (Hussein’s dying mother, Smokin' Joe Biden's Michigan rape stats)

    01/09/2012 6:47:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/20/11
    The Whoppers of – Tue, Dec 20, 2011 **SNIP** Democratic Whopper: Obama’s Dying Mother We also discovered in 2011 that one of President Barack Obama’s favorite personal anecdotes — which he had told any number of times to sell his health-care legislation to the public — was not true. The president told the story often during the 2008 presidential campaign and the many months before he signed the health care law. He said his mother, as she was dying, nearly was denied health insurance coverage due to the fact that her ovarian cancer was considered a preexisting condition. But...
  • 'Mediaite' Stories Twist Truth About Biden's Words Into Unreality

    10/22/2011 11:06:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jason Mattera
    Does Mediaite have an editor screening its content before it goes up online?  In a 24-hour period, that lefty news site published one story defending Vice President Joe Biden’s charge that Republicans want rape to increase if they don’t align with the President’s “jobs” plan, and another article claiming that Biden, in fact, never did use a rape reference.  First we have some dude named Nando Di Fino, whom I’ve never heard of before.  He argued that Biden’s assertion about rapes surging really isn’t that “crazy” after all.  “He was basically showing that as you cut police, crime goes up,”...
  • Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates

    10/21/2011 10:02:06 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 21 2011 | By Glenn Kessler
    In essence, the reporting of this simple data, whether using Biden's data or city data, does not describe changes in the incidents of homicides in Flint or any city. The Facts Flint is certainly a violent city, ranked number one in many categories. The website of the Flint Police Department only gives data through 2008, but both the FBI and the Michigan State Police have more recent figures that are provided to them by the Flint police. The numbers are not precisely the same because of different reporting requirements, but they are roughly the same—and show a different picture than...
  • Unionized Government Takes and Spends More

    10/14/2011 10:20:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2011 | Jack McHugh
    An organization with close ties to government employee unions is trumpeting pronouncements by a university “labor studies” department (that’s also closely aligned with unions), claiming the unionization of government employees has “no link” with state “deficits.” Michigan’s largely unionized state, local and school employees, however, are granted fringe benefits exceeding what they would get in the private sector by $5.7 billion every year. The figure may start to fall now that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation capping local government and public school employee health insurance benefits at $15,000, which represents a haircut for many, but is still 46...
  • Flint Loses Out On $1.1 Million ‘Green Energy’ Buses — Now Wants $2.5 Million Version

    06/21/2011 8:53:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Flint, a city where more than half the children live below the poverty level, lost out on a pair of $1.1 million electric buses that the federal stimulus program would have paid for when the “green technology” company making them went out of business. So now, the head of the Flint bus authority says they are trying to get a new hydrogen-powered bus that comes with a $2.5 million sticker price, more than eight times the cost of a traditional diesel bus. Ed Benning, general manager of Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority, said in an email that MTA has been discussing...
  • Dozens of U.S. ( Democrat )Cities Lose Half Their Population In A Generation...

    02/09/2011 10:10:39 AM PST · by Leisler · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Manufacturing and Technology News ^ | March 31, 2010 | Richard A. McCormack
    "Dozens of American cities throughout the industrial Great Lakes states and Midwest have lost half of their populations over the course of one generation -- places like Cleveland, Youngstown, Detroit, Warren, Buffalo and Flint. This is the first time that so many cities have lost half of their populations in such a short amount of time since the Plague struck Europe in 1348........."
  • 'A killing field' -- 50th Flint homicide sparks more fear, pleas for help

    09/30/2010 7:09:25 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 29 replies
    Flint Journal ^ | 9-30-2010 | David Harris
    FLINT, Michigan — Fifty homicides in less than nine months, a chilling milestone for the city of Flint. “It scares me,” said resident Cathy Layne, 49, who lives near where the body of the 50th homicide victim was found in a vacant home last week. “It scares me to walk to the store, because I might get jumped and end up in an abandoned home like that kid.” Police announced Wednesday that the body found Sept. 23 in an abandoned home on Garland Street near 10th Avenue had been ruled a homicide, making it the 50th of the year. The...
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 11:11:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 197 replies · 7,039+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline. The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy...
  • Off-the-cuff suggestion prompts discussion on what to do with abandoned neighborhoods in Flint

    03/17/2009 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 44 replies · 1,283+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | 3-17-09 | Kristin Longley
    FLINT, Michigan -- Look in any direction from Bianca Bates' north Flint home, and you'll see graffiti-covered siding, boarded-up windows and overgrown lots. About half of the homes on her block are burned out or vacant magnets for drug dealers and squatters. It isn't where she thought she'd end up, but it's all she can afford to rent. "It's a dangerous place to live," said Bates, 21, who lives on East Russell Avenue. "Everywhere you look, these houses are empty around here." Property abandonment is getting so bad in Flint that some in government are talking about an extreme measure...
  • Mother of 10 Looks To Community For Help

    12/31/2008 12:12:51 PM PST · by estefa71 · 45 replies · 1,364+ views
    Flint Journal/Online ^ | Saturday November 29, 2008
    Flint mother Latrica Ryan of 10 looks to community for help by RoNeisha Mullen | The Flint Journal FLINT, Michigan -- With 10 kids and no vehicle, Latrica Ryan is used to juggling. Going to a movie or out for dinner is a like plotting a major tactical undertaking. Not that such outings happen that much. "It would really be nice if I could take my kids where they needed to go, instead of having to find them a ride," Ryan said. "And when we do go somewhere, I have to pay four or five people (for gas) to get...
  • Police Chief Wants No Exposed Buttocks

    06/28/2008 9:52:19 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 37 replies · 166+ views
    Political Gateway ^ | 06.27.2008 | UPI
    FLINT, Mich., June 27 (UPI) -- The new police chief in Flint, Mich., has a new policy on low-riding pants -- those that ride low enough to expose the rear end can lead to arrest. Interim Police Chief David Dicks said that he has been getting a lot of complaints from Flint citizens sick of looking at buttocks, Newhouse News Service reported. "This immoral self-expression goes beyond free speech," Dicks said. "It rises to the crime of indecent exposure/disorderly persons." Dicks said that any police officer who spots someone with pants that hang too low and show too much can...
  • (Forbes) Worst Places: America's Most Miserable Cities

    01/31/2008 9:39:40 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 163 replies · 6,367+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/30/08 | Kurt Badenhausen
    <p>Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.</p>
  • Larry Flynt will pay big bucks for your political sex scandal.

    06/04/2007 5:35:36 AM PDT · by GFritsch · 37 replies · 1,174+ views
    Politico.Com ^ | Jun 3, 2007 | The Politico Staff
    Larry Flynt’s last effort to buy dirt on Washington politicians was what you might call a bust. But the Hustler publisher launched a new effort Sunday, offering $1 million for provable Potomac sleaze. Readers of the print edition of Sunday’s Washington Post, will have seen the all-type, full-page ad as they turned from “Russia’s Champion of Hopeless Causes Is Targeted for Disbarment” to “U.S. Warship Fires Missiles at Fighters in Somalia.” “Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine announce a cash offer up to $1 Million,” the headline on page A17 says. The ad explains: “Have you had a sexual encounter with...
  • Perspectives: CNN, Larry King 'pile on' by inviting pornographer to discuss Rev. Falwell

    05/25/2007 4:31:20 AM PDT · by GFritsch · 26 replies · 891+ views
    One News Now.Com ^ | May 24, 2007 | James L. Lambert
    I realize that the infamous pornographer Larry Flynt and Rev. Jerry Falwell were friendly adversaries. And I know they shared podiums while debating on college campuses. But that doesn't qualify the smut king to appear on national TV to comment on the life of the Christian leader who fought against immorality and most everything else Flynt represents. I agree with Dr. Judith Reisman, a former consultant to both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ventura County (California) prosecuting attorney. It's appalling that CNN chose Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, to appear on Larry King Live to discuss the passing...
  • Mayor of Flint, Michigan wants city-run assembly plant

    01/21/2006 4:53:44 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 24 replies · 879+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Fri Jan 20, 10:18 AM ET
    FLINT, United States (AFP) - As yet another auto plant prepares to shut is doors, the mayor of Flint, Michigan has come up with a radical - and possibly illegal - plan: a city-run assembly plant. The aim is to bring much-needed jobs to a town that has sunken even further into despair in the 15 years since film maker Michael Moore documented the first round of plant closures by General Motors in his award-winning "Roger and Me". Boarded-up houses and businesses darken the city's streets. Abandoned lots are choked with weeds and trash. Schools are crumbling. The bright lights...
  • Blue Collar Workers Turn Back on Unions

    12/19/2005 5:53:37 AM PST · by nckerr · 40 replies · 1,802+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 12-19-2006 | Lois Aguilar
    MARYSVILLE-- For more than a month, workers at a small auto supply plant outside Port Huron have fought bitterly to keep the United Auto Workers from organizing their shop. The blue-collar denizens at Schefenacker Vision Systems USA occasionally picket outside the factory -- carrying homemade signs with slogans like "UAW Kills Jobs" and "Proud to be union free." Union resistance efforts are nothing out of the ordinary in Georgetown, Ky., Canton, Miss., or any other Southern town where foreign-owned auto plants are popping up. But such passionate opposition from Michigan factory workers, many of whom grew up in hard-core UAW...
  • First Samples Of Prehistoric Flint Stones Discovered In Iran

    11/27/2005 2:55:59 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 835+ views
    Payvand ^ | 11-27-2005
    11/27/05 First Samples of Prehistoric Flint Stones Discovered in Iran The first samples of flint stones in Iran belonging to 9000 years ago have been identified in Yeri City historical site. Tehran, 27 November 2005 (CHN) -- The third season of archaeological excavations in the historical site of Yeri City in Ardabil province resulted in the discovery of 9000-year-old flint stones. It is the first time that traces of flint stones from pre-historic periods of Iran have been discovered. During the Neolithic epoch, due to the increase of temperature, environmental circumstances provided human beings with greater food resources. Within this...
  • Politically 'hip' can be hypocrites (Flint, MI Newsaper on Michael Moore's Hypocrisy)

    11/20/2005 12:13:27 PM PST · by redstateone · 7 replies · 932+ views
    The Flint Journal ^ | November 20, 2005 | David Forsmark
    Which well-known figure associated with Flint has outsourced jobs to other countries and used union-busting tactics?...None other than Michael Moore, "the champion of the working class"...
  • America’s Most Liberal Cities

    08/12/2005 5:10:05 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 79 replies · 4,166+ views
    America’s Most Liberal Cities Rank-City,State 01-Detroit,Michigan 02-Gary,Indiana 03-Berkeley,California 04-District of Columbia 05-Oakland,California 06-Inglewood,California 07-Newark,New Jersey 08-Cambridge,Massachusetts 09-San Francisco,California 10-Flint,Michigan 11-Cleveland,Ohio 12-Hartford,Connecticut 13-Paterson,New Jersey 14-Baltimore,Maryland 15-New Haven,Connecticut 16-Seattle,Washington 17-Chicago,Illinois 18-Philadelphia,Pennsylvania 19-Birmingham,Alabama 20-St. Louis,Missouri 21-New York,New York 22-Providence,Rhode Island 23-Minneapolis,Minnesota 24-Boston,Massachusetts 25-Buffalo,New York 26-New Orleans,Louisiana 27-Ann Arbor,Michigan 28-Jersey City,New Jersey 29-Portland,Oregon 30-Daly City,California 31-Atlanta,Georgia 32-Dallas,Texas 33-Hayward,California 34-Madison,Wisconsin 35-Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania 36-St. Paul,Minnesota 37-Los Angeles,California 38-Rochester,New York 39-Memphis,Tennessee 40-Milwaukee,Wisconsin 41-Vallejo,California 42-Dayton,Ohio 43-Bridgeport,Connecticut 44-Springfield,Massachusetts 45-Syracuse,New York
  • Killers turn to assault rifles : 7.62 mm weapons used in recent slayings

    06/29/2005 8:49:41 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 95 replies · 4,117+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | 6-28-05 | Ken Palmer, Bryn Mickle, James L Smith
    Killers turn to assault rifles 7.62 mm weapons used in recent slayings FLINT THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION Tuesday, June 28, 2005 By Ken Palmer, Bryn Mickle and James L. Smith FLINT - Assault rifles favored by Iraqi insurgents are finding their way onto Flint streets in alarming numbers. A spate of shootings using such 7.62 mm assault rifles as AK-47s has police worried about high-powered weapons better suited for war zones. Why so much worry? A 7.62mm round can cut straight through a bullet-resistant vest. "That powerful of a weapon is a concern for the safety of officers and...
  • Retired UAW "rebel" opposed to union's stance on gay rights

    06/27/2005 4:48:18 PM PDT · by AFA-Michigan · 17 replies · 1,880+ views
    The Flint Journal ^ | June 27, 2005 | Marjory Raymer
    A former local UAW activist, known for his sometimes-maverick views and hard-line stance against General Motors, is among a handful of Michigan residents joining a drive to oppose the AFL-CIO's support of gay rights. Michael Westfall, a retired truck driver and member of UAW Local 598, is one of three state residents who have signed a national petition organized by the socially conservative American Family Association. It urges the union to rescind its opposition to a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. "I really feel the leadership of the union, the top leadership, has...
  • Genesee (County) investigating near-escape of inmate dressed as officer

    05/14/2005 11:10:45 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 2 replies · 314+ views
    AP ^ | 5-14-05
    Genesee investigating near-escape of inmate dressed as officer 5/14/2005, 7:54 p.m. ET The Associated Press FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Officials are investigating how an inmate on suicide watch slipped into a sheriff's uniform and nearly escaped from the county jail. Thomas J. Fisher, 36, of Flint, made it as far as the kitchen in the jail's basement May 8 before a cook spotted him wearing jail-issue flip-flops, Genesee County Undersheriff James S. Gage told The Flint Journal for a story Friday. "These guys are constantly trying to figure out ways to get out of here," Gage said. "Since the last...
  • Mich. mayor blacklists those who sued city

    02/15/2005 3:17:18 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 26 replies · 690+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 14, 2005
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Mayor Don Williamson is taking a novel tack in fighting lawsuits - he's withholding city business from anyone who has sued Flint within the past five years. Williamson said the Jan. 21 policy is in the taxpayers' best interests. In recent years, the city faced a multimillion-dollar deficit that prompted the state to declare a financial emergency. "Who in the world would want to do business if you're sued by 'em?" Williamson said. But Greg Gibbs, chairman of the Greater Flint branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he would go to federal court to...
  • Delphi cutting 8,500 jobs; about 3,500 in U.S.

    12/10/2004 9:51:54 PM PST · by quantim · 4 replies · 697+ views
    The Flint Journal ^ | Friday, December 10, 2004 | Todd Seibt
    Delphi Corp. has the hatchet out again.The world's largest automotive supplier, which even now is razing a former Flint plant that last employed 400 hourly workers, announced today it is cutting 8,500 jobsAbout 3,000 of those will be in the United States, the company said.Delphi says the moves are necessary because of ongoing global price pressures, cutbacks in General Motors production schedules and lingering issues with its high-wage UAW-represented work force in the United States.In addition, Delphi is tossing three more troubled sites into its internal Automotive Holdings Group. And it might put more in the group, the company said.That's...
  • Why can't Johnny get a 2.0? (60% of Flint Freshman don't have a 2.0)

    11/07/2004 7:16:50 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 29 replies · 2,019+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | 11-7-04 | Matt Bach
    Why can't Johnny get a 2.0? Below C level FLINT THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION Sunday, November 07, 2004 By Matt Bach FLINT - Last year, six out of 10 Flint ninth-graders couldn't manage a C average, falling below a 2.0 grade point. It's a surprisingly bleak statistic and a problem that runs deep, touching everything from the many students who drop out after the ninth grade to the number who can play sports (Flint requires a 2.0 GPA or a waiver to play). Then there are the individuals who suffer: A seemingly bright student who has failed the ninth-grade...
  • Al Gore to Visit Flint, Michigan on Sunday (Message: Every Vote Counts)

    10/30/2004 6:59:15 AM PDT · by mountaineer · 28 replies · 562+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | Oct. 30 2004 | Marjory Raymer
    FLINT - Former Vice President Al Gore will encourage Democrats to continue working through Election Day in an "Every Vote Counts" rally Sunday. It will be a return to familiar territory for Gore, who visited Genesee County three times in three months leading up to the 2000 election he lost to George Bush. He ended up beating Bush by 62-34 percent in Genesee County. This time, Gore is campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, who has come to Genesee County once this year, in February, before the Michigan Democratic caucus. The public is invited to the...
  • NRA makes bang for Bush (Report on Flint, MI Press Conference)

    10/14/2004 1:27:22 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 22 replies · 777+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | 10-14-04 | Joe Lawlor
    NRA makes bang for Bush MUNDY TWP. THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION Thursday, October 14, 2004 Joe Lawlor MUNDY TWP. -- In the home county of liberal, anti-gun filmmaker Michael Moore, the National Rifle Association endorsed President Bush for re-election, promising him millions of dollars in ads, phone banks and other efforts. NRA leaders chose the Flint area for one of several news conferences in the Midwest to announce their endorsement Wednesday of Bush, citing Michigan as a battleground state with many gun owners and hunters. Wayne LaPierre, the group's powerful executive vice president, said Bush is a true supporter...
  • Edwards responds to Cheney's criticism of Kerry (More "War Hero" Horsecrap)

    08/13/2004 4:27:54 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 54 replies · 1,445+ views
    AP ^ | 8-13-04 | Kathy Barks Hoffman
    Edwards responds to Cheney's criticism of Kerry By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN The Associated Press 8/13/2004, 4:14 p.m. ET FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A day after Vice President Dick Cheney criticized John Kerry, Democratic Sen. John Edwards defended his running mate on Friday, saying he "spilled his blood for the United States" and accusing the Republican of distorting Kerry's words. Cheney told voters in Ohio Thursday that Kerry had called for a "more sensitive" war on terror and mocked that notion as something that won't impress the Sept. 11 terrorists or the Islamic militants who have beheaded U.S. citizens. Edwards, returning...