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  • Police in Kalamazoo on Sunday apprehended an Uber driver they believe shot and killed six people and seriously wounded two others during a series of apparently random attacks that spanned four hours Saturday evening. A total of eight people were shot in three locations Saturday as the gunman drove around shooting victims, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said.
  • A coalition of some of America’s biggest companies is organizing a trucklift for Flint, promising to deliver 6.5 million bottles of water to the city in order to provide clean drinking water for schoolchildren through 2016. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo say they will deliver 6.5 million bottles to Flint, enough for the city’s 10,000 students.
  • Jan 22 2016
    Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan?
    Mom moved my two sisters and me to the appropriately named town of Flushing on the outskirts of Flint, Michigan, in 1980. My dad had just been killed in a plane crash, and she reasoned my Flint uncle would serve as a surrogate father. That didn't happen; he was a good man, but he had two boys of his own. We arrived just in time to watch a city die, as the auto industry disintegrated like a Chevette hitting a wall. This was only good for Michael Moore.
  • Officials said on Tuesday that the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department was investigating a video showing officers beating a handcuffed suspect. According to the Detroit News, the video was shot and posted to the Internet on Monday while officers from Grosse Pointe Park and the Detroit Police Department conducted a joint task force operation. As the video begins, the suspect already appears to be handcuffed face down on a snowy sidewalk. One officer is on top of the suspect, while another officer kicks him.
  • For 15 years, Senator Carl Levin has taught Americans how our tax system really works. Hearings by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), which he heads, have exposed modern accounting alchemy that turns the black ink of domestic profits into the red ink of tax-deductible expenses. Levin has shown how profits can be shipped tax-free to the Cayman Islands and, amazingly, how Apple figured out that profits booked in Ireland could be hidden from tax authorities of both Ireland and the United States in a cloak of invisibility. He exposed tax favors that were supposed to create jobs but ended up destroying them. He made Swiss bankers who solicited tax evasion on American soil squirm, destroying their claims that criminal conduct was the work of rogue bankers.
  • Michigan Democrat Gary Peters defeated Republican Terri Lynn Land in the race for the Wolverine state’s open Senate seat. Peters led Land, 53 percent to 43 percent, according to The Associated Press, which called the race with 9 percent of precincts reporting — as soon as polls closed statewide.
  • Michigan Democrat Gary Peters defeated Republican Terri Lynn Land in the race for the Wolverine state’s open Senate seat. Peters led Land, 53 percent to 43 percent, according to The Associated Press, which called the race with 9 percent of precincts reporting — as soon as polls closed statewide.
  • There’s an easy way to get Democratic candidates to squirm these days: Ask them whether they think the president’s doing a good job. Last week, I put the question to Gary Peters, the doughy 55-year-old congressman seeking to succeed Carl Levin in the Senate. “Uh, on what particular issue?” Peters replied, explaining that he had areas of agreement and areas of disagreement with President Obama. Well, what about the question pollsters ask thousands of Americans every day—whether they approve or disapprove of the president’s performance? “I don’t like hypotheticals of one thing or another,” Peters said, sitting across the table at a LGBT support center in this suburb north of Detroit.

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