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Flint rapper Jon Connor writes about the disaster in his hometown

Rapper Jon Connor says he’s "Flint to the bone." He was born and raised in the city, but moved to California around two years ago after he was signed to Dr. Dre’s music label: Aftermath.
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Clockwise top left: Lee Anne Walters with her son Garrett, the Flint River, Marc Edwards, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - Flint EMs Darnell Earley, Jerry Ambrose, Ed Kurtz, and Mike Brown. Center - water at the Flint Treatment Plant.
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Listen to "Not Safe to Drink," a special documentary about the Flint water crisis

What would you do if your tap water turned brown? If it gave your children a rash every time they took a bath? Or worse, what if it made them sick? Listen to our special documentary below, and hear the wild story about how the water in Flint became Not Safe To Drink.
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It's still not safe to drink the tap water in Flint.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it's stepping in to test water, along with the state.

Mark Durno is the on-scene coordinator for the EPA. He says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is still in charge of testing for lead in water samples from people’s homes. Durno says the EPA is then going into the homes with very high lead levels (greater than 150 ppb) to find out what’s going on.

The DEQ did not require Flint to treat its water to prevent lead from leaching from old pipes and faucets.

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Hearings are underway in the State House this week on two opposing bills about fish farming in the Great Lakes.

One bill, sponsored by Michigan Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, seeks a total ban on commercial net pen aquaculture in Michigan Great Lakes waters and connecting rivers.

"I don't know how you can regulate 200 tons of fish just dumping manure in the Great Lakes," said Bumstead.

Bumstead said waste from fish farms threatens Michigan's multi-billion dollar fishing, recreation and tourism industries.

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Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller has introduced a $1 billion emergency spending bill to replace the water pipes in Flint.

Miller said "government at every level" failed Flint, and the federal government now has a responsibility to help the city.

She likened the need for emergency funds to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

"I think it is appropriate for the federal government to stand up since the federal government does have some culpability here through the Environmental Protection Agency," she said in an interview.

An independent review of Wayne County's financial restructuring found an $850 million reduction in health care liabilities. 

Since the county declared financial emergency last summer, County Executive Warren Evans' recovery plan restructured employee health plans, among other things, in order to reduce liability and improve the county's financial situation.

A review by Nyhart Actuary & Employment Benefits, based in Indiana, found the restructuring efforts have reduced liabilities by 64% since last year, dropping from $1.325 billion to $471 million.

Dow Chemical

Andrew Liveris, the embattled CEO of Dow Chemical, confirmed during an analysts' call that he will leave the company in 2017, after Dow completes its takeover of Dow Corning, and then merges with Dupont.

Liveris' leadership has been under attack by an activist investor, who criticized Liveris for not pursuing mergers and other means of maximizing investor returns.  That was before the Dupont deal was announced.

Liveris has been with Dow Chemical for 40 years and was its CEO for 12.

William Melendez in court.
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DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area police officer whose beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video has been sentenced to at least 13 months in prison for assault.

   William Melendez was an Inkster police officer a year ago when he stopped Floyd Dent, who was pulled from his car after rolling through a stop sign and punched in the head 16 times.

   In a statement a family member read in court Tuesday, the 58-year-old Dent says Melendez stopped him because he was a "black man in a Cadillac."

   Melendez told a judge he's "truly sorry."

Sen. Peters is hoping a bipartisan push will secure federal resources to assist in Michigan's efforts in Flint
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The FBI has now joined the investigation into the contamination of Flint’s drinking water. That’s in addition to the U.S. Prosecutor and State Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The announcement comes in advance of tomorrow’s House committee hearing on the public health disaster.

In the meantime, leaders at local, state and federal levels are trying to piece together money and strategies to get the lead out of the water and to help the children who have been exposed to lead.

Iggy Pop at the Grande Ballroom, 1968
Leni Sinclair

Leni Sinclair’s camera captured the music scene of Detroit in the ‘60s and ‘70s even as she played a seminal role in the growing countercultural movement in Southeast Michigan.

Sinclair was born in Königsberg,  East Germany, and escaped to West Germany three years before the Berlin Wall was erected. She was 18 when she emigrated to America in 1959, settling with relatives in Detroit. 

Sinclair photographed musicians from John Coltrane and the MC5 to Iggy Pop, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley and many, many more.

She and her then-husband, John Sinclair, helped to found the White Panther Party, later the Rainbow People’s Party. They fought against the Vietnam War and racism, and worked to legalize marijuana and reform the prison system.

Now Sinclair has been named the 2016 Kresge Eminent Artist. She becomes the eighth artist to receive the $50,000 award in recognition of her contributions to the art, culture, and people of Detroit.

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WARNING: Graphic photos of a dead animal are included at the bottom of this article.

The fierce opposition led by the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) to Ann Arbor's first deer cull continues.

On Monday, HSHV released photos of a partially eaten deer in the Leslie Park Golf Course, along with a photograph of a fetus fully encased in its sac nearby.

The group also pulled the fetus out of the sac, cleaned it up, and snapped a photo of it lying on a piece of carpet.

Detroit Public Schools

The controversial emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools will step down at the end of this month, Gov. Snyder’s office announced Tuesday.

Snyder faced growing pressure to get rid of Darnell Earley.

Calls for Earley’s resignation as head of DPS reached a fever pitch in the past several weeks, as teachers staged sick-out protests over the district’s crumbling buildings and finances, and the Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit demanding his removal.

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