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Substantial progress has been made, but Flint is still in the midst of an on-going financial emergency, according to a new report from emergency manager Darnell Earley.
In his quarterly report to the state treasurer, Earley said he expects Flint's financial outlook to become "much clearer in the next six to nine months" and said he expects a report from his Blue Ribbon Committee on Governance to be a "key step in the city's preparation to successfully manage a fiscally sound city."
The report says a lawsuit filed by city retirees, who are seeking to block cuts in their healthcare, remains an obstacle to the city's long-term financial health.
"If there is no relief from the $5 million in increased retiree health care expenses, or no new revenue source, balancing the FY17 budget without compromising the city's ability to provide even the most basic level of city services -- including public safety, will most likely not be possible," the report says.
Earley recently approved a resolution, setting the city's budget for the next two fiscal years, which includes paying down the city's $9-million deficit.
"I do not recommend beginning the transition back to the Mayor/Council management of the City at this time," Earley wrote in the conclusion to the report, which is more than 200 pages.
For the full article, see Ron Fonger, "Emergency manager to state: Flint 'still experiencing an ongoing financial emergency'", MLive, July 16, 2014
Polls are open Tuesday, August 5 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a statewide election. Know before you go. Check to see if you are registered to vote. Find out where you are supposed to vote. View your ballot ahead of time. Visit http://michigan.gov/vote .
As always, thank you so much for your help.
With much gratitude,
Cathleen P. Simlar
Communications Specialist, Executive Office
Michigan Department of State
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Years after Milly McCoy fled slavery for freedom in another nation, she dared to help others follow her lead.
It was the 1850s, when African-Americans who did the same were deemed fugitives and risked capture, punishment or worse. Yet on the farm near Ypsilanti where her family lived after returning to the United States, McCoy hid, fed and tended to runaways bound for the Detroit riverfront and then, eventually, Canada.
The cigar maker’s wife even forbade her daughter from visiting a barn that concealed the fugitives since “any of her neighbors could have seen something and revealed what was happening,” said Carol Mull, an Ann Arbor writer, researcher and author of a book on the Underground Railroad in Michigan. “The majority of the people in the area generally were not in favor of breaking the law and helping people escape, so it was a great risk on her part.”
McCoy’s story symbolizes the main theme for the annual National Underground Railroad Conference, which will be held this year in Detroit. The Wednesday-through-Sunday conference is coordinated by the National Park Service as part of its National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
More than 120 scholars, archivists, community researchers and enthusiasts from across the nation are expected at the event, which explores the roles female “conductors” played in freeing slaves. The Underground Railroad was a network of supporters, hideouts and communities that aided thousands of black slaves in their breakouts from bondage before the Civil War, fleeing to free states and Canada, where the practice was prohibited.
For the full article, see Mark Hicks, "Underground Railroad's women to get their due at Detroit conference", Detroit News, July 14, 2014.
On July 16, 1909, at Detroit, the Tigers and Senators battled for 18 scoreless innings before darkness called a halt to the longest scoreless game in American League history.
Source: Mich-again's Day
British General Brock of the Michigan Command ordered Captain Roberts, on St. Joseph Island, to attack the American Fort on Mackinac Island. That morning Captain Roberts embarked for Michilimackinac on the Northwestern Fur Company's ship, Caledonia, with two six-pound guns, ten batteaux (flat-bottom boats), and seventy canoes. Captain Roberts' force was composed of 42 regulars and 4 officers, 260 Canadians, 572 Chippewas and Ottawas, 56 Sioux, 48 Winnebagoes, and 39 Menomonies. The British arrived at Mackinac Island at 3:00 a.m. on July 17. Fort Mackinaw's American commander, Lieutenant Hanks, immediately prepared for action. However, around 9:00 in the morning he discovered that the British were in possession of the higher ground above the fort and that British artillery was already directed at the Americans' most defenseless position. At 11:30 in the morning, the British sent in a flag of truce and the fifty-seven United States officers and enlisted men at the Fort surrendered. After this victory, the British constructed Fort George (now known as Fort Holmes) about a half-mile behind the main Fort in order to protect it during future invasions. Great Britain retained control of Fort Mackinaw until the United States won it back in the Treaty of Ghent in 1815.
For more information see, Pamela Piljac, Mackinac Island: Historic Frontier, Vacation Resort, Timeless Wonderland, Portage, In. : Bryce-Waterton Publications, 1988. This edition and others are listed in MelCat.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
"Michigan at War: The Struggle for the Old Northwest, 1812-1815," a documentary produced by the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, has been posted for free access on MI Streamnet through a partnership with Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency.
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