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Flint City Councilmen Eric Mays, Scott Kincaid to appear on The Morning Gazette Radio Show to address looming water deadline
FLINT — Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show is scheduled to include two Flint City Council members in opposite camps on the city's proposed 30-year contract to stay with its Detroit-based drinking water system. Eric Mays and Scott Kincaid are set to defend their positions on the issue after Tuesday;s press conference at Flint City Hall by Mayor Dr Karen Weaver who revealed that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a letter to demand that the city council act on the mayor's recent recommendation to sign a 30-year contract to stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority. You can listen live to the radio show by clicking on the "Click Here to Listen Live to CCN Radio: blue button at right on your laptop or PC, or by scrolling below to find the blue button if you are using a smart phone or mobile device.
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FlintStone Javale McGee moves one victory away from NBA ring
CLEVELAND — Flint native Javale McGee moved to within one victory of earning a championship ring Wednesday night as his Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven NBA Finals series. McGee's mom is Pamela McGee who won a national championship at USC with twin sister Paula McGee after leading the Flint Northern Vikings to back-to-back Class A state titles.
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Flint police chief says six unruly individuals arrested at town hall were 'sent here by someone as professional agitators'
FLINT — The Morning Gazette Radio Show will report on Friday's broadcast that Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson has revealed how two of six unruly individuals arrested at a recent town hall meeting were "sent here by someone as professional agitators." Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton announced Thursday that he will not issue charges against the six individuals. "I warned them they would be taken to jail if they disrupted the meeting, and I did what I said I would do after their disorderly conduct," Chief Johnson said in his first public comments about the incident. Click Here to Read More
$100 loan for city-owned laptop becomes subject of police report after Morning Gazette Radio Show exposes Councilman Eric Mays
FLINT — A police report was filed Friday over a city-owned laptop pawned by a member of the Flint City Council. The complaint was made Friday morning by Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid after his promise to do so on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show. Councilman Eric Mays would not comment to MLive on whether or not he pawned the laptop after Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show reported that he admitted it. The pawn shop incident was originally reported on Monday's radio show hosted by Mike Killbreath after allegations by Arthur Woodson who is leading a recall against Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. A new online news site operated by a former Flint Journal also quoted Mays in a Wednesday story as saying he pawned the laptop that belongs to the city.
Semi roll-over leads to police closing down southbound I-75 near Miller Road area Friday
FLINT TWP — Traffic was backed up after a semi roll-over near the Miller Road area led to an expressway closure for a few hours Friday afternoon. Another semi roll-over on U.S. 23 near Ann Arbor led to further problems Friday afternoon for expressway traffic.
Governor Snyder tabs pair of replacements for Flint's RTAB
FLINT — A press release Friday from Governor Rick Snyder's office revealed that two replacements have been named to the Receivorship Transition Advisory Board overseeing financial decisions for City of Flint government. Paul Newman of Flint and William Tarver of Birmingham were selected by the governor to replace Michael Townsend and Michael Finney. Click Here to Read More
Attorney for Flint's former city administrator sits down with Morning Gazette Radio Show
FLINT— The Morning Gazette Radio Show featured an interview on Thursday with the Grand Rapids attorney representing a fired city administrator's lawsuit in a whistleblower lawsuit against Flint's mayor. Attorney Katherine Smith Kennedy answered questions in candid fashion about her client's lawsuit and talked about the latest filings of transcripts from depositions, e-mails and text messages that support claims by Natasha Henderson in her federal case. Click Here to Read More
Longest-serving member of Flint City Council supports recall on mayor; Wants jail time for Eric Mays in laptop pawn shop case
FLINT — Monday's Morning Gazette Radio Show report about a city councilman pawning a city-owned laptop has led to a call for his arrest by the longest-serving member of the Flint City Council. Scott Kincaid vowed to file a police report when appearing on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show when also revealing that he supports a recall effort against Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. "It's the worst administration we've had in my more than 30 years on the council," Councilman Kincaid said. Click Here to Read More
Morning Gazette Radio Show reports city councilman accused of pawning city-owned laptop
FLINT— The Morning Gazette Radio Show reported on Monday that the leader of a recall effort against the City of Flint's mayor has leveled accusations that her lone supporter on the Flint City Council has pawned a city-owned laptop. Arthur Woodson says Councilman Eric Mays traded the laptop for a loan of $100 at Music Man Pawn Shop across the street from Flint City Hall. The Morning Gazette Radio Show was not able to reach Councilman Mays about the allegations and an employee at the pawn shop would not discuss the laptop story alleged by Woodson who says Mays should be arrested for pawning property owned by taxpayers. Woodson also announced that his group has secured more than half of the nearly 6,000 signatures needed to force a recall election to remove Dr. Karen Weaver as mayor in Flint.
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Flint Journal not covering up old columnist's big news arrest; As our old friend Pat Clawson said: 'If it's news, it's news to them!'
Last night's DVR style TV viewing with my wife included watching Wednesday's latest episode of Law & Order SUV, and the show ended with a guilty verdict on a hypnotherapist accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Imagine that. Another hynotherapist somewhere in America must have inspired the show that must have been a nightmare to watch for our suddenly locally famous hypnotherapist. A jury will need to decide if John Tomlinson is guilty of all the bizarre stuff Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is accusing the local hynotherapist of doing to women clients. More have now come forward with similar sexual assault allegations since the original arrest on April 17, according to a detective in Grand Blanc Township.. Click Here to Read More
Alleged bag man, former lawyer get plea deals in latest cases as part of federal probe into bribes to land trash contracts for Rizzo
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Plea bargain deals have been announced for an alleged bag man for bribes and a former attorney involved in a federal probe into contracts acquired by the Rizzo family trash business in Macomb County. The two latest men charged in the case were revealed in documents filed Friday with the U.S. District Court. They are Quintin Ramanauskas who served as a commercial manager at Rizzo and Angelo Selva who is a former attorney. Click Here to Read More
UM law school's Innocence Clinic helps clear Detroit man who served 25 years on murder charge
DETROIT — Law school students from the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have helped win a new trial for a Detroit man who spent 25 years in prison. Desmond Ricks, 51, claimed Detroit police framed him for a 1992 murder outside a Detroit burger joint, and the students proved that he didn't do it. Click Here to Read More
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson offers strong support for fired OCC chancelor
ROCHESTER — Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson offered strong support for fired Oakland Community Chancellor Timothy Meyer in an interview published Monday by the Detroit Free Press. Meyer was fired last week in a surprise move by the board of trustees at the college which celebrated its graduation commencement ceremonies on Sunday. "It was a lynching and I really feel bad. Tim lived for OCC,” Oakland County Executive Patterson told the Free Press. “I think the blood is on the hands of the chairman of the board of trustees, John McCulloch. He’s been gunning for him for a year and finally got the four votes. There was no reason for it.” Click Here to Read More
Apartment fire causes damage in Davison Saturday at Rising Estates
DAVISON — A fire in Building 14 at Rising Estates in Davison caused the evacuation of residents at the apartment complex on Saturday. No injuries were reported at the two-apartment blaze which was contained by fire fighters from the Davison-Richfield Fire Department before noon with assistance from firemen from the Burton FIre Department.
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Detroit Tigers blow 4-1 lead, lose 11-4 Comerica matinee to Angels
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers were cruising in the 5th inning with a 4-1 lead and 2016 Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer on the mound. But the Los Angeles Angels put together five straight hits to chase Fulmer, took a 5-4 lead and added to it against Detroit's bullpen to eventually win 11-4 in a matinee game romp at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Justin Upton's 3-run homer in 8th helps seal victory as Detroit Tigers win 4-0 to even series with Angels
DETROIT — Justin Upton drilled a three-run home run in the top of the 8th inning to give the Detroit Tigers some insurance as they beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 Wednesday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. The victory evened their three-game series at one game each. They play again on Thursday at 1 pm on Fox Sports Detroit TV.
Pro golfer Tiger Woods arrested for DUI near his home in Florida
JUPITER, FLORIDA — A report within the last hour by WPTV in Florida says professional golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol near his home in Jupiter, Florida. Woods was released at 10:50 am after being arrested at 3 am. His blood alcohol content was not announced in the TV station's report.
Detroit Tigers slide to 4 games under .500 by losing 6th in 8 games
CHICAGO — The Detroit TIgers lost three out of four in a second straight road series and fell four games below .500 for the first time this season as the Chicago White Sox beat them 7-3 Sunday in Chicago. The TIgers are now next-to-last in the American League's Central Division as the White Sox climbed a half game ahead of them. Detroit is 5 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins and 3 games behind the Cleveland Indans. The're 1 1/2 games ahead of last-place Kansas City going into a three-game series that starts there on Monday to conclude an 11-game road trip. Game time on Monday is 7:35 pm on Fox Sports Detroit TV.
Detroit Tigers hang on to earn split in doubleheader at Chicago with White Sox, surviving scare in 9th
CHICAGO — The Detroit Tigers survived a 9th inning scare to win 4-3 and earn a split of their doubleheader Saturday in Chicago. They lost 3-0 in the opener despite a strong pitching performance by Michael Fulmer but won the nightcap behind an 11-strikeout effort by Buck Farmer who pitched brilliantly after being called up from the Toledo Mud Hens. John Hicks staked Farmer to an early lead with a solo home run and Victor Martinez drilled a homer in the top of the 9th inning for an insurance run that was ultimately needed desperately as the White Sox rallied for three runs off closer Justin Wilson in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers star Jim Bunning passes away at age 85
KENTUCKY — Baseball Hall of Fame member Jim Bunning, who once fired a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers, passed away Friday night, according to a report by ESPN. He was 85. Bunning became a United States congressman after a baseball career that included being selected tot he All-Star Game nine times during a 17-year career. He played with the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers, in addition to pitching for the Tigers. He retired in 1971 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1996. Bunning also tossed a no-hitter for the Phillies which is one of 23 perfect game pitching performances during Major League Baseball's modern era, and the first one in the National League as he became baseball's first pitcher to throw no-hitters in both the American League and National League. Bunning represented Kentucky in the U.S. Senate until 2010 after serving 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a staunch conservative voice for the Republican Party during his political career.
Mott Bears land 3-time state champ Jordan Roland from Flint Beecher
FLINT — Steve Schmidt didn't need to go far to find his latest recruit for the Mott Bears. Guard Jordan Roland signed his national letter of intent Friday in a ceremony at Flint Beecher High School to play at Mott Community College. Roland led Beecher to its third straight Class C state championship this past season when averaging 15.2 points per game while also averaging 4.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest. His backcourt partner — 2016-17 Class C Player of the Year Malik Ellison — has signed to play at Eastern Michigan University.
Matt Boyd hit hard again as Tigers lose 8-2 at Chicago to White Sox
CHICAGO — Matt Boyd wasn't impressive for the third straight time, lasting only 4 2/3 innings on Friday night and taking the loss as the Detroit Tigers were beaten 8-2 by the Chicago White Sox. It was their fourth loss in five games to start a 10-game road trip and Boyd fell to 2-5 on the season. The first game of a scheduled doubleheader was wiped out by rain and is set to be made up on Saturday after the scheduled 2:10 pm contest. Detroit led 1-0 until a bases-loaded double by former Tiger Avisaíl Garcia cleared the bases. Alex Avila's sixth homer of the season pulled the Tigers within 3-2 but then the bullpen faltered. Mike Pelfrey, who was released by the Tigers after spring training, went five innings and struck out seven batters to get the victory on the mound for the White Sox. He's now 2-4 on the year.
Roger Foutch's 6th annual prep baseball tournament showcases Flint's trio of top rate ballparks
FLINT — A trio of top rate ballparks in the City of Flint will be on display in the sixth annual Memorial Day tournament event hosted by Roger Foutch. "The event is to showcase our first class facilities in Flint and we've been lucky to host some of the best high school baseball teams in the state every year," Foutch said on Friday's Daily Gazette Sports Night Show appearance on CCN Radio. Linden and Grand Blanc are this year's local clubs with Macomb Dakota, Bay City Western, Saginaw Heritage and Howell. Games are set for 2:45 pm at all three Flint ballparks on Friday and at 11 am and 1:45 pm on Saturday at Broome Park, Whaley Stadium and Kearsley Park. Foutch also revealed to the radio show listeners that Saturday's 11 am match-up at Whaley Stadium between Linden and Howell will be attended by big league scouts and the head coach at Wayne State University. "Wayne State is coming to see Jack Shore pitch," Foutch said about the senior ace who pitched Linden to last year's Division 2 state finals. "Howell has a pitcher who is going to Clemson which is one of the best Division 1 programs in the country, so it will be a great game at Whaley Saturday morning for local people to come out and get a look at some great high school ballplayers."
Penguins beat Senators in Game 7 double overtime thriller to advance to NHL finals against Predators
PITTSBURGH — The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-2 in double overtime on a goal by Chris Kunitz Thursday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference championship series with the Ottawa Senators to advance to the NHL's Stanley Cup finals against the Nashville Predators. The Predators eliminated the Ducks of Anaheim in six games to advance. The Senators won 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night in Ottawa to force a seventh and deciding game in their best-of-seven series with the Penguins who are bidding to become the first repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings won Cups in 1996 and 1997..
LeBron James headed to NBA East finals for 7th straight season as Cavaliers destroy Celtics 135-102
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics had home court advantage in Game 5 Thursday night but the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly showed why they are the defending NBA champions. They exploded for a franchise record 75-point performance in the first half and cruised to an easy 135-102 romp to end the series behind 35 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds by LeBron James. The King will be making his seventh straight appearance in the finals (the last three with the Cavs after four with the Miami Heat) to match a record set by Bill Russell with the Celtics during their heyday in the 1960's. James also passed Michael Jordan as the all-time leader in playoff points as the Cavaliers clinched a rematch with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors had three straight four-game sweeps to reach the finals and they have the home court advantage in the best-of-seven series. It's the third straight season they've met the Cavaliers in the finals with this meeting serving as the rubber match between the two franchises.
Detroit Tigers rally to tie 6-6 but lose it on 8th inning homer as Astros take 3-of-4 in Texas series
HOUSTON — Justin Upton hit a game-tying home run in the top of the 8th inning but the Houston Astros countered with a homer by Jake Marisnick in the bottom half of the inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 Thursday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. J.D. Martinez, who belted a massive tape measure homer in the 4th inning, blasted a shot off the yellow tape at the top of the center-field fence for a double in the 4th inning when the Tigers scored only once and left the bases loaded when Dixon Machado popped out. The Tigers also blew a chance for a run in the opening inning when Miguel Cabrera was thrown out at the plate. Martinez, Cabrera and Jose Iglesias had two-hit nights for the Tigers and Upton's homer gave him a three-hit night. Iglesias also had three hits on Wednesday night, including a key double in a two-run 8th and a two-run homer in the 9th as the Tigers won 6-3. Alex Wilson took the loss in relief. Justin Verlander, who was unbeaten in seventh career starts against the Astros, was hit hard and chased from the game after 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three homers in the fourth inning, which was only the second time in his career to do that. Verlander was hit for six earned runs on nine hits and he walked three batters.
Predators await Game 7 winner between Penguins, Senators
PITTSBURGH — The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will have home ice advantage Thursday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference championship series with the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 8 pm on the NBC Sports Network cable channel with the winner advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. The Predators eliminated the Ducks of Anaheim in six games to advance. The Senators won 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night in Ottawa to force a seventh and deciding game in their best-of-seven series.
Boston Celtics try to stay alive for second time in NBA East finals
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics try to stay alive Thursday night for the second straight game in the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA Playoffs. They went into Cleveland down three games to none and shocked the defending champion Cavaliers in Game 4 to earn a return trip to Boston for tonight's Game 5 match-up. Game time is 8:30 pm on the TNT cable network. The winner of the Eastern Conference series moves on to play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors have had three straight four-game sweeps so far in 2017 post-season action.
Michigan Wolverines lose 13-inning affair with Indiana to bow out of Big 10 baseball tourney in two straight
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA — The Michigan Wolverines may well get an invitation to play in the NCAA baseball tournament, but it won't be the automatic bid that goes to the annual winner of the Big Ten tournament. The Wolverines were beaten 5-4 in 13 innings Thursday by host Indiana to bow out of the double elimination tournament despite being the No. 2 seed. The Wolverines blew a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning Wednesday and was stunned by Northwestern in the opening round. of the Big Ten Conference baseball tournament. The Wolverines, who have been rated among the nation's top 20 teams all season, were 36-1 when taking leads into the 9th inning before faltering to the Wildcats.
Jose Iglesias strokes key hits in 8th and 9th innings to lead Detroit Tigers to 6-3 victory in Houston
HOUSTON — Jose Iglesias had a lead-off double in a two-run 8th inning and Detroit's young shortstop stroked a two-run homer in the 9th as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 6-3. Daniel Norris pitched 6 1/3 innings of strong baseball, allowing just one earned run while surrendering only four hits. Shane Greene turned in 1 2/3 innings of shutout pitching to record the victory while lowering his team-best earned run average to 1.19. Iglesias was 3-for-4 on the night and scored on an RBI groundout by Alex Avila to break a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning. Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored twice for the Tigers while Tyler Collins had a triple and scored a run The Tigers try to get a split in the four-game series at Houston's Minute Maid Park tonight at 8:30 pm when Justin Verlander tries to continue his magic touch against the Astros. He's unbeaten in seven starts against them and struck out 19 batters over 15 innings last season.
Michigan Wolverines blow 9th inning lead to drop to loser's bracket in Big 10 baseball tourney
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA — The Michigan Wolverines blew a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning Wednesday and was stunned by Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference baseball tournament. The Wolverines, who have been rated among the nation's top 20 teams all sesaon, were 36-1 when taking leads into the 9th inning before faltering to the Wildcats. The loss dropped them into the loser's bracket in the double elimination tournament. The winner of the event this weekend gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.