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From IQ to blood pressure, we should not be complacent about lead

By Fiona E. McNeill, McMaster University We poisoned ourselves with lead during the 20th century in most industrial nations. We used the metal widely, because lead paint is durable, engines run better on leaded gasoline and lead water pipes don’t rust. We now have good news. My colleagues and I have recently shown that, in […]

Love and Hip Hop star Stevie J helps distribute free bottled water to Flint residents

FLINT, MI­ — Love and Hip Hop reality show star, Stevie J and local promoters distributed water to Flint residents over the weekend to show support after state officials announced water distribution sites would close in Flint. “They stopped giving away water. We came up here and we bought 20 pallets of water and we’re […]

Nearly four years later Flint residents are still in crisis, state continues to pull its resources

FLINT, MI — Each week Tia Simpson travels throughout the city of Flint, Michigan, to restock cases of water that sit in her living room. It’s not uncommon to see 20 or more cases in her home. She uses the water to wash and prepare food, to brush her teeth and for daily consumption. “This […]

Court rules that Flint water class-action lawsuits can move forward

Class-action Flint water contamination lawsuits can move forward after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the suit by filed Flit residents pursuing civil rights claims against local and state officials for contaminating the city’s water supply. According to a March 19, 2018, Reuters’ article, “the justices left in place a […]

Flint Beat among 10 news outlets chosen for yearlong advertising program

Ten independent online news publishers from across the country have been chosen to participate in a yearlong program that will offer assistance in building advertising support for local journalism, LION Publishers announced this month Chosen from a group of 79 applicants to participate in RAMP — the Revenue from Advertising Mentorship Program — were: Adrian […]

Panelists to discuss justice, economic dignity for women

FLINT, MI — Local, state and national leaders will start International Women’s Day with a panel discussion focused on justice and economic dignity for women during the Women’s Issues and Education Breakfast on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center located at 1401 E. […]

Opinion: Flint PD owes residents an apology for abusive behavior displayed in documentary

(This commentary was written by a Flint resident who wished to remain anonymous after reviewing his story. His identify has been verfied by Flint Beat staff.) The City of Flint police department has run amok. I never thought I would write that about the city’s understaffed, 100-officer police outfit, but Netflix’s new tell-all documentary “Flint […]

Flint officials issue water boil advisory alert for downtown buildings

FLINT, MI — Officials have issued boil advisory alerts for two downtown Flint buildings. According to a press release issued by Flint Spokeswoman Kristin Moore, crews are working on a water main break on that may impact the water quality at the Ferris Wheel Building and the Dryden Building on Saginaw Street. The break is […]

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