The city of Flint plans to use a $25 thousand grant to get the public involved in efforts to reduce blight in the city.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says blight is a multi-faceted challenge that includes demolishing abandoned homes and reclaiming neighborhoods. He says volunteers are critically important to solving Flint's problem with blight.
He was born in 1967 to a white mother and a black father, just two and a half weeks after the Detroit riots.
He lived in foster care before being adopted by a white family, where he became the fourth of their three children.
Hofmann’s memoir is entitled "Growing Up Black in White."
On “Stateside” today he recalled his adoption experience.
“They had approached the adoption agency and said we want to adopt. They only qualified at that time for what was called ‘hard-to-place’ kids. Back in 1967 and in some places today, biracial children are considered hard-to-place. So that’s how I came to them. My dad was an associate pastor at a large Lutheran church in Dearborn. Much to our dismay, the church was very vocal about disapproving of having this biracial child in their congregation."
There have been nine murders in the last thirty days in Grand Rapids. That’s almost as many as the state’s second largest city sees during an average year. But the community is working on a game plan to fight the violence.
Friday morning about a thousand people gathered at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church. They prayed and they made plans for many smaller meetings over the next 60 days.
Michigan Radio will be welcoming Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" back to Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium on June 1, 2013. Tickets for this special performance will go on sale to the general public in April. However, you can be among the first to get tickets to this special show...without even having to wait in line.
A very limited number of seats are available now for a new pledge of $750 to Michigan Radio. This package includes two Gold Circle seats to the live show and a post-show reception with the cast.
This weekend, Pinball Wizards, "wannabes" and recreational players will descend on Howell’s Shark Club for the Snowball Open Pinball Tournament.
Organizers expect Amateurs and Professionals from as far away as Italy and all across the country. Competitors will compete on about 40 pinball machines and eventually over $8,000 in prizes will be awarded on Sunday.
Owner Rich Magner said a deal between the University of Michigan and the property’s owner, Patricia Shafer, means he will have to close Blimpy Burger in summer 2013. He wants to find a new location for the restaurant.
Shafer is the widow of Blimpy Burger's original founder, Jim Shafer.
“I don’t know what the plans are,” Magner said. “But basically, in a nutshell, we will be able to operate in this location into summer 2013 and we will be trying to put a deal together and look for a new location.”
Magner said the University made Shafer an offer "she couldn't refuse."
Millions are awaking to the reality that they are indeed... not millionaires.
But there were a few lucky winners, including two in Michigan.
From the Associated Press:
The Michigan Lottery says two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each were sold in the state as people sought the game's big jackpot.
The Lottery says the tickets matching five numbers drawn Wednesday night but not the Powerball were sold at a liquor store in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood and a CVS pharmacy in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6. Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $579.9 million jackpot.
And for the big winners... there were two. One from Arizona, and one from Missouri. They'll have to split the $579.9 million jackpot.
The frenzy now surrounds the identities of the lucky winners.
Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday they would announce where that state's ticket was sold during a news conference later in the day. It wasn't immediately clear when Missouri would announce where its ticket was sold.
Watch the numbers roll in from last night's drawing here:
A new University of Michigan survey finds most parents want stronger online protections for children under 13.
The poll shows two-thirds of parents say a federal law that protects children's privacy online should be expanded to include handheld devices.
“The hope is that this update of the federal rules can be combined with continuing or maybe even enhanced parent vigilance around what their kids are seeing and where their kids are going on the internet,” says Matt Davis, the director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
DETROIT (AP) - Floating paper lanterns will be launched in Detroit's former Chinatown as part of a community-based event.
The Saturday evening event near Wayne State University is dubbed "Illuminating Chinatown." The lanterns made by local artists, designers and university students are set to be launched in a block without working street lights.
Paper lanterns were first used as signaling balloons and now are used in festivals to signify good luck and new beginnings. Organizers say they also intend for them to signal change coming from the hands of the community.
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say someone's trying to scam residents of a Detroit suburb into believing that missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa could be buried on their property.
Roseville police are warning city residents about a letter that purports to be from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The letter says a recent dig at a Roseville home for Hoffa was a ruse to keep the media away from the real site.
The letter's author implies the true Hoffa dig site is at the recipient's home.
Several residents received a copy of the fake letter as a lure to get them outside while thieves go inside their homes.
Roseville police investigated a claim last month that Hoffa was buried in a backyard, but testing on soil samples showed no traces of human decomposition.
When I posted last April that 'Petoskey Batman' was 'hanging it up,' I was quickly corrected:
Your information is false. The Petoskey Batman is selling off the suit, but he is FAR from hanging it up. He has constructed a new suit, and plans to go back on patrol in a few weeks.
Now we hear news that sure enough, Mark Wayne Williams was at it again.
The Petoskey News reports Williams was arrested last Saturday night for interfering with a police investigation.
Sgt. Jeff Gorno told the News the incident happened in Bear Creek Township:
Troopers were responding to the scene of a personal injury accident in which the driver had left the scene.
“When we arrived, (Williams) was at the scene in his Batman outfit. He wouldn’t clear the scene and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,” Gorno said. “He said he wanted to help us look for the driver.”
“We didn’t want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do.”
Williams’ Batman costume and gear were confiscated. Gorno said he was not carrying any dangerous weapons.
Williams posted bond and was released from the Emmet County Jail.
Williams faces felony changes for "resisting and obstructing police in an investigation."
He was arrested last year after he was spotted on a rooftop in downtown Petoskey. He was ordered not to don his costume while on six months of probation.
Police are digging under a driveway in Roseville, Michigan this morning to see if they can come up with evidence of a body.
Ground penetrating radar indicated an "anomaly" under the driveway earlier in the week.
There's wide speculation the body could be former Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa, but that appears to be a long-shot. From CNN:
Police Chief James Berlin told CNN on Thursday that while the tipster's information seems credible, he's not convinced the body is Hoffa's because of the timeline. He spoke with the tipster on August 22 and says he believes the person did see a burial.
Police will send soil samples from the dirt under the driveway to MSU for analysis.
The samples will be sent to a forensic anthropologist and tested for human decomposition. Results aren't expected before next week.
In the meantime, one homeowner tells the Associated Press that the search for Hoffa has turned her neighborhood into a "circus."
Szpunar tells The Associated Press Friday that the Roseville home she's lived in for 24 years has been turned into a "three-ring circus" by onlookers and media members who gawk and take photos.
Szpunar told the AP she just wants to be left alone.
The 37-year-old search for Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa moves to a driveway in Roseville, Mich., on Friday.
"Police will be taking soil core samples," the Detroit Free Press reports, after receiving what they say is a "credible" tip that around the time of Hoffa's 1975 disappearance someone was buried under what's now a driveway in a Roseville residential neighborhood.