County Commissioner Bryant Nolden tells Morning Gazette Radio Show illegal campaign contribution mistake 'on me'

​   FLINT — Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Friday that an illegal campaign contribution to Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver was a "mistake that's on me." Commissioner Nolden apologized for using funds from the Friends of Berston non-profit corporation to buy tickets to a campaign fundraiser luncheon hosted by Mayor Weaver. "I was not aware it was a fundraiser when the mayor's people asked me to buy tickets to support her luncheon," Nolden said. "I guess that means they will need to give me that money back." Corporations can't make donations to political campaigns under Michigan law.  Click Here to Read More


County Commissioner Bryant Nolden under fire after report on Morning Gazette Radio Show for illegal campaign contribution

  FLINT —  Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden is under fire after a report on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show that he made an illegal campaign contribution to Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver.  Campaign finance reports placed online by the office staff of Genesee County Clerk John Gleason reveal that a non-profit corporation led by Commissioner Nolden made a donation to an event he attended to support Mayor Weaver. Corporations can't make donations to political campaigns under Michigan law.  Click Here to Read More


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​​Election day rundown for Metro Flint area voters at ballot box

   Voters will go to the polls across the Metro Flint area to vote on everything from city council candidates to ballot proposals. The polls open at 7 am and voters in line by 8 pm will be allowed to vote.  Click Here to Read More

 

Handwriting expert's opinion shot down by county clerk on recall of Flint Mayor Dr. Weaver

  FLINT —  Genesee County Clerk John Gleason has rejected arguments about allegations that more than 1,200 signatures were forged in a drive by citizen Arthur Woodson to force a recall election against Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. A letter will be going out to the mayor before 5 pm today to notify her of the decision by Gleason.  Click Here to Read More

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​​Time for review on how our high schools treat superstars after ex Grand Blanc High star charged in murder police call 'revenge' killing

  GRAND BLANC —  Nobody in Grand Blanc High School's football family wanted to talk on the record about Monday's news that one of its all-time greats is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail.

   It's a subject that needs to be addressed on the day that high school football practices began across Michigan.

   How many schools employ coaches who allow talent to trump instilling life's most important lessons that come from the privilege of participating in competitive sports? 
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​​​​​​Morning Gazette Radio Show to file more criminal complaints on Flint City Council illegal activities

  FLINT —  More criminal complaints will be filed by The Morning Gazette Radio Show after it was revealed on Thursday's program that some Flint City Council members broke state law by recently allowing city dollars to be used to promote a campaign.  The incident took place at the last Flint City Council meeting on July 24 when City Council President Kerry Nelson allowed a special order by a group promoting a "Yes" vote on next week's ballot proposal to revise the Flint City Charter. The program aired live on CCN Radio at 8 am and will replay at 10 am and 11 am. Click Here to Read More


​​​​​Flint's recall leader tells Morning Gazette Radio Show he's filing complaint with State Police on alleged illegal donations to mayor

   FLINT —  The leader of a recall against the mayor in the City of Flint told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Thursday that he plans to file a complaint with the State Police about what he alleges are illegal donations to the political campaign of Dr. Karen Weaver.

   Arthur Woodson says he confronted two friends about $60 donations they made to the mayor that were listed on a report filed by Mayor Weaver's campaign treasurer on July 28. The report was posted online by the staff at the Genesee County Clerk's Office.

   "They told me it didn't happen," Woodson said. "They said they were given free tickets and didn't write a check to her campaign."

   State law requires any donations of more than $20 to be by check or money order.


​​Bruno Mars makes $1 million donation to help Flint families after concern in Auburn Hills

  AUBURN HILLS — Singer Bruno Mars made a $1 million donation to the Community Foundation of Flint during his concert Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn HIlls.

   Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO of the Community Foundaion of Flint, was at the event and made a post on his Facebook page as follows: "With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring donation. We know Bruno Mars' $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity."  Click Here to Read More


​​​​​Flint mayor makes racist tirade during radio show appearance on Detroit's 910 AM SuperStation

  FLINT —  The embattled mayor in the City of Flint came out swinging with racist remarks during an appearance on a Wednesday morning radio program on a Detroit station. Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver made the comments while appearing with convicted felon Sam Riddle on a morning show hosted by Steve Hood on 910 AM. You can hear some of her comments by clicking on The Morning Gazette Radio Show Replay presented at right on your laptop or PC, or by scrolling down if you are on a smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Morning Gazette Radio Show host Mike Killbreath called on Mayor Weaver to resign after the remarks. 

Detroit Tigers jump out to 7-0 lead; Hang on to win 7-5 in Baltimore over Orioles with two rain delays 

  BALTIMORE (CCN) —New closer Shayne Greene came on in the bottom of the 9th inning to get his second straight save Thursday night in his new role as the Detroit Tigers hung on to win 7-5 in Baltimore over the Orioles in Major League Baseball action.

   The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first inning home runs by Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton, then exploded for five runs in the 3rd inning to go ahead 7-0.

   Two rain delays made it a long night for the second straight day after beating two rain delays on Wednesday in New York when blanking the Yankees 2-0.

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Dodgers beat Michael Fulmer on error by third baseman Nicholas Castellanos; Losing streak at 6

   DETROIT (CCN) — Michael Fulmer became the first starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 10 years to lose despite not allowing an earned run when a two-out error helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat him on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

   The Dodgers broke a 0-0 tie when third baseman Nicholas Castellanos dropped a pop up after losing sight of the ball in the sun with two outs in the 7th inning. Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI single one batter later after the big error and the Dodgers then added another run in the 8th inning against Alex Wilson and tacked on a third run against Shane Greene in the 9th inning to win it 3-0. The loss was Detroit's sixth in a row and 10th loss in the last 12 games.

   The Tigers are now 15 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League's Central Division and they are 9 1/2 games out of a wild card spot to make the playoffs with only 40 games remaining.

   Fulmer, 2016's American League Rookie of the Year, saw his record drop to 10-11 despite a sparkling 3.60 earned run average which is among the top 10 best in the American League. Fulmer gave up only three hits to the Dodgers during 7 innings of work but came up a loser for the 11th time this season when Castellanos committed his 17th error — five more than anybody else at third base in the American League.

   The Tigers managed only four hits on Saturday. Ian Kinsler had a double while Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Jacoby Jones added singles.

   Fulmer's pitching gem came against the hottest team in baseball. The Dodgers have won six straight games and haven't lost a series since dropping two of three against the Washington Nationals 73 days ago. They're an amazing 52-9 in their last 61 games for the best winning streak in franchise history. It's also the best in Major League Baseball since the 1912 New York Giants went on a 49-8 tear over a 57-game stretch.

   The Dodgers have also now won 48 straight games when they've had a lead. The next best streak in baseball history was 111 years ago when the Chicago Cubs did it 43 straight times. The Dodgers also tied a Major League Baseball record on Saturday with their 13th consecutive Interleague victory. Only the 2004 Tampa Bay Rays and 2006 Boston Red Sox have won 13 straight interleague games in a single season.

   The Dodgers, who try for a three-game sweep in Detroit today, have an 83-34 record and they're a whopping 18 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

   Justin Verlander tries to cool them off today at 1:10 pm when he takes the mound. Verlander was 2-1 with a sparkling 2.31 ERA in his first five starts after the All-Star Game break, until surrendering three home runs in Texas when losing to the Rangers in his last start. Verlander is 29-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 41 career starts against National League teams during regular season play.

   Verlander was also a winner in his only previous start against the Dodgers, beating them on July 8, 2014 at Comerica Park.

   Checking the Tigers Notebook:

​   HOMECOMING: Curtis Granderson returned to Detroit in a different uniform after joining the Dodgers in time for Saturday's contest. The Dodgers acquired Granderson from the New York Mets in the wee hours after their Friday night contest.

   GRANDERSON HOPES: The 36-year-old veteran is hoping for his first World Series ring. He's in his 14th season in the big leagues but the Dodgers become his third team this season. He spent eight seasons in New York with the Mets and Yankees after four full seasons with the Tigers following 9 games with them in 2004 and 49 games in 2005. Granderson's best year in Detroit was in 2007 when he hit 23 home runs with a .302 batting average. He smacked 30 homers for the Tigers in 2009. He hit 30 homers last year for the Mets and twice topped the 40 plateau with the Yankees (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012).

   OLD FRIENDS: Verlander is the only player still on the roster from Granderson's days with the Tigers. He's 5-for-28 in his career against his old teammate with two doubles, one triple and one home run. He was 0-for-4 when Verlander struck him out twice in their last meeting on Aug. 5, 2016.

   OPPOSING PITCHER: Kenta Maeda will go for the Dodgers on Sunday at Comerica Park. He has never pitched in Detroit and has never faced the Tigers. Maeda is 11-4 on the season and the right-hander has fanned 104 batters in 105 innings of work. He's is gunning for his sixth victory in a row with a 5-0 record and sparkling 1.95 ERA since the All-Star Game break. He struck out a season-high eight batters when beating the San Diego Padres in his last start. Maeda, who has lost only once at Dodger Stadium, is 4-3 on the road with a 4.44 ERA. His ERA is 3.76 in all games.

   CHECKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Gonzalez needs two hits to reach the 2,000 plateau for his career. He will be the seventh player to reach 2,000 hits in a Dodger uniform. The last one was Jeff Kent on July 8, 2005.

   GONZALEZ NUMBERS: Getting into the record books with two hits on Sunday against Verlander will be a big challenge. He has only three hits against him in 17 at bats during their previous duels.


Detroit TIgers manage only one hit in 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh to Pirates

   PITTSBURGH (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers were beaten 3-0 Monday night in Pittsburgh for their third straight loss. They lost their last two games in Baltimore after opening the four-game series with victories on Thursday and Friday to create their first four-game winning streak of the season.

   Jordan Zimmerman pitched 7 strong innings for the Tigers in a bid to level his record at 8-8. He was behind 1-0 when pinch hitter John Jason blasted a full count curve ball into the right field stands for a two-run homer. The PIrates had nursed a 1-0 lead until then after Francisco Cervelli's second-inning RBI double came on a full-count slider. 

   Trevor Williams also went 7 innings for the Pirates and he allowed only one hit. 


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​Posted July 31, 2017

Genesee County clerk, former Senator blasts Flint police by saying door-to-door investigation stinks of voter intimidation tactics 

  FLINT (CCN) — A former state senator is taking heat from police officers in the City of Flint after blasting door-to-door investigation tactics involved in a complaint about recall petitions against Flint's mayor.

   John Gleason blasted the City of Flint Police Department Monday on local TV stations and with comments published online by MLive.com. (See related story below)

   Gleason will be asked to clarify his comments as a guest Tuesday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led the recall effort, will also appear on Tuesday's program.

   Gleason previously told The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Woodson's group had a cushion of more than 3,000 signatures over the number necessary to force the recall election on the ballot. "There is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November but this is Genesee County, so anything can happen," said Gleason who has served as Genesee County's Clerk/Register since 2012 after spending 10 years in the state legislature. He also served prior to that on the Flushing Board of Trustees and on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

   Gleason's office now has until Friday to review a complaint filed by Mayor Weaver that more than 1,200 signatures were forged, according to a handwriting expert she hired to review them. Flint City Clerk Inez Brown tossed out more than 2,800 for a variety of reasons. The recall would be halted if Gleason's office rules that only 202 are indeed forged from the 1,200 Mayor Weaver says were forged. Woodson's next step would then be to challenge the ruling in Genesee County Circuit Court.

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Flint boxer Claressa Shields going for world title Friday night at MGM Casino in Detroit on Showtime TV 

  DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields will fight for a world championship on national television Friday night. Her bout with an undefeated German opponent will be the main event on the Showtime cable network. Promoter Demitri Selsta said Shields will likely fight at about 10:30 pm.

   Shields is 3-0 in her pro career after becoming the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two Gold Medals. "Her opponent is 16-0 but Claressa isn't worried," said her trainer, Jason Crutchfield. "She's ready and she's confident. She's ready to go take care of business."

   The fight is part of a seven-bout card at the MGM Casino & Hotel in Detroit. The doors open at 7 pm and the first fight will be at 8 pm. Tickets remain at the $125 each price range.

​​Flint's mayoral race shaping up with rumors flying about long list of potential new political faces 

  FLINT — A report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show revealed Friday that one big name often mentioned as a potential player in Flint's upcoming mayoral election can be scratched off the list. State Representative Sheldon Neeley, a former long-time city councilman, told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he "definitely won't be a candidate."

   Neeley scheduled a fundraiser for Tuesday with invitations by text going out a few hours after a report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Genesee County Clerk John Gleason had forwarded recall petitions to Flint City Clerk Inez Brown for her final review.

   "They have a cushion of about 3,000 signatures (more than what's needed) so there is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November," Gleason said. "But this is Genesee County, so anything can happen."

   


​​Scratch one more name off list of potential mayoral candidates in the City of Flint; Lawyer Terry Bankert says he's not running 

   FLINT — Prominent attorney Terry Bankert told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he won't be running for mayor in the City of Flint if a recall election happens. He had told The Morning Gazette Radio Show last week that he was "strongly considering the idea." He is the second prominent name to tell The Morning Gazette Radio Show that running for mayor isn't in his future. State legislator Sheldon Neeley revealed last week that he won't run.  Click Here to Read More


Campaign finance violations to be revealed Thursday on Morning Gazette Radio Show to trigger possible Flint criminal charges? 

  FLINT —  Campaign finance violations relating to the political scene in the City of Flint could lead to criminal charges after three blockbuster stories to be revealed Thursday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show.

   The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led a recall effort against Flint's mayor, will also appear on the program with Flint City Councilman Eric Mays. Each guest will also reveal news you haven't heard anywhere else in the local media or read anywhere else!

   


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Yahoo Sports captured L.J. Liston (25) celebrating a Quick Lane Bowl victory by Rutgers in 2015. Liston is a former three-sport star at Grand Blanc High School who is facing drug charges and a murder count in Flint.

​​​​​Former all-state football player at Grand Blanc charged in murder prosecutors call 'revenge' killing

  FLINT —  Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton's office has filed murder charges against a former all-state football player at Grand Blanc High School who went on to play college football. Lester Liston Jr., is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail until at least an Aug. 17 court date.

   The murder charge has made national news with stories about the former college football player's arrest reported by USA Today, ESPN, Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press.  Click Here to Read More

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​​Former director of UAW's Flint Region 1C office being probed by FBI as part of corruption scandal

  DETROIT — Long-time UAW official Norwood Jewell is facing a national scandal. A Detroit News story says the former executive director of Flint's UAW Region 1-C office is under investigation by the FBI as part of an on-going probe into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at the union.

   Jewell is accused of accepting a $2,180 shotgun as a gift from another union official in 2015 — shortly after becoming Vice President in 2014 of the UAW International office in Detroit. A UAW statement to the Detroit News said, however, that Jewell reimbursed the union immediately after learning that the shotgun had been purchased with funds earmarked for training blue collar workers. The former UAW official who gave him the shotgun was indicted Friday. Click Here to Read More 

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​Flint boxer Claressa Shields (at right) at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel Friday for her title fight on national TV with Flint rapper Lyric DaQueen performing as she made her way into the ring. 

Flint boxer Claressa Shields wins women's world title on 5th round TKO at MGM Casino in Detroit

  DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields won the women's world title Friday night in Detroit with a 5th round TKO over Nikki Adler. It was only the fourth pro fight for the unbeaten Shields who became the first Team USA boxer to win two Gold Medals at the Olympics. Adler was the middleweight champion with a 16-0 record before the German fighter ran into Shields at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel in Detroit before a rowdy crowd filled with Shields supporters.

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Detroit Tigers place former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander on revocable waivers

​   DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers may be trying to unload the expensive contract of ace pitcher Justin Verlander. They announced Wednesday that the former Cy Young Award winner had been placed on revocable waivers. The Tigers would be free to trade Verlander is no team claims him off waivers to pay off the rest of his contract.

   The move has sparked rumors that the Washington Nationals might be interested in taking on the high price tag after two of their pitchers were injured this week. They lead the National League's East Division while the Tigers are 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League's Central Division and unlikely to catch anybody ahead of them in the wild card race to make the playoffs this season.


Detroit Tigers beat rain, beat AL East leading New York Yankees

NEW YORK (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers won 2-0 in a matinee game Wednesday at Yankee Stadium that turned into an evening finish because of two rain delays.

   Jordan Zimmerman pitched 7 innings of shutout ball for the Tigers who got scoreless innings in relief from Bruce Rondon in the 8th and new closer Shayne Greene in the 9th. The Tigers scored their first run in the opening inning on consecutive hits to start the game by Ian Kinsler, Jim Aduci and Justin Upton. Red-hot catcher James McCann added an RBI double later in the game.


D​​​​etroit Tigers trade veteran Alex Avila, closer Justin Wilson to Cubs for pair of top young prospects

​    DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers didn't wait until Monday's 4 pm trading deadline to make another big deal. They traded away two more of their top players late Sunday to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of young prospects. They sent closer Justin Wilson and veteran catcher Alex Avila to the defending World Series champions after an earlier trade that sent fan favorite J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

   The Cubs and D-Backs are contenders in their respective National League divisions this season while the Tigers are 10 games out of first place behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League's Central Division with 59 games to go.

   The latest trade comes after Detroit beat the Houston Astros 13-1 Sunday at Comerica Park to take two out of three from the American League's best team. The West Division leaders have 11 more victories than the Indians and 12 more than the AL East leading New York Yankees.

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