Flint residents can request absentee ballots in person at City Hall, clerk says
FLINT, MI -- Residents of the City of Flint can request and receive absentee ballots at the Clerk’s office at City Hall beginning next week. Registered voters will be able to request an absentee ballot until Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. for the Aug. 2 primary election. The Flint City Clerk’s office is open on the third floor of city hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release from Inez Brown, Flint city clerk. A full breakdown of what’s on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot in Flint and Genesee County is available here. Read more on MLive:Here’s every candidate on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot in Genesee CountyHolly schools set construction schedule for $97-million bond passed in MayKettering administrator who helped build school into ‘hub for robotics’ retires after 39 yearsFlint school district to host walkthroughs of buildings for salemlive.com
Detroit makes ‘World’s 50 Greatest Places’ list
Over the years, the City of Detroit has been on the kind of national list a city doesn’t want to be on, but Monday night, Time Magazine is naming Detroit one of the World’s Greatest Places to visit this year. The city made Time Magazine’s “World’s 50 Greatest Places” list, which ranked the top 50 international destinations to explore.
Ann Arbor mayor withdraws DTE employee’s appointment amid protest
ANN ARBOR -- Climate activists with Ann Arbor for Public Power, a grassroots organization that advocates for the city to adopt their own energy utility, gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday, July 5 to boycott the appointment of a DTE official to the Energy Commission. But before the appointment could be made, Mayor Christopher Taylor withdrew the nomination.mlive.com
Carnival kicks off holiday weekend of events at Flint Water Fest
FLINT, MI -- Independence Day celebrations in the city kick off Friday, July 1, with a weekend carnival followed by several events including a circus and a performance by the Flint Symphony Orchestra. The carnival runs from 3-9 p.m. Friday on the parade grounds behind the City Hall complex. Other activities during the seventh annual Flint Water Fest include Camp Hydrate, a student-athlete endorsement preparation and water giveaway; a holiday brunch; and, a 27-foot water slide. Both days of the camp will include a free water giveaway and camp facilitators include athletes Hunter Dickinson, Ziyah Holman, Caleb Smith and Lanya Bates, according to the city’s announcement. Capping off the festival will be a circus at 9 p.m. Monday, featuring water-themed acts in the City Hall dome.mlive.com
Ex-DPW director threatened to fire underling ‘all the time’ as water crisis unfolded
FLINT, MI -- The man who had direct oversight of Flint’s water distribution system says his boss, former Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft, repeatedly threatened to fire him as the city’s water crisis unfolded and pressure mounted inside City Hall. Emergency managers during the water crisis said they used the Flint River in an effort to cut costs for a city that was teetering on bankruptcy. Bencsik testified that Glasgow had “warm bodies” working in the water plant when it went into full-time service for the first time in decades in 2014. “I don’t know that he had water plant operators,” he said. “I didn’t necessarily see how it was going to end up,” he said of the switch in the city’s water source.mlive.com
Board to assess fraud claims within GOP campaigns for Michigan governor: Here’s what that means
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is set to meet this week to determine who will appear on the ballot for the 2022 gubernatorial primary election in August after five GOP candidates reportedly failed to submit enough nominating signatures.
‘I never thought my son would be a hashtag’: Mother of culinary student wounded in shooting thanks man who came to his aid
Joy Dobbs, the mother of Dakotah Earley, a 23-year-old culinary student who was shot earlier this month, spoke out about her son's progress and thanked the neighbor who came to his aid,.chicagotribune.com
Flint mayor’s executive order on bullying stems from City Council treatment of employees
FLINT, MI -- Mayor Sheldon Neeley says a new executive order to combat harassment and bullying in City Hall stems from the treatment of city employees by members of the City Council. Neeley issued the executive order last week, alerting employees who violate it that they will be in violation of city policy and subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension or termination.mlive.com
Columbia, Chelsea admins among candidates interviewing for Riverview superintendent job
CHELSEA, MI - Administrators from Jackson and Washtenaw counties are among six candidates interviewing for the superintendent job at Riverview Community Schools in Wayne County this week. Chelsea School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Marcus Kaemming will interview with the district’s school board at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 13, while Columbia School District Superintendent Pamela Campbell will interview for the position at 6:30 p.m. on April 14. Other interviews before the board are:6 p.m. April 13: Matthew Barbini, superintendent, Libertyville School District 70, Illinois8 p.m. April 13: Joseph Hatzl, principal, Riverview High School7:30 p.m. April 14 Kevin Brock, assistant Superintendent, Dearborn Heights School District No. She also has been superintendent of Montpelier Exempted Village Schools in Ohio, Tekonsha Community Schools in Calhoun County and a principal in Jonesville Community Schools. Kaemming has spent the last six years as assistant superintendent of human resources at Chelsea, after spending the previous 12 years as principal of North Creek Elementary School and as an assistant principal at Chelsea High School.mlive.com
‘I’ve heard the calls for transparency and accountability,’ says new Grand Rapids Police Chief
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – New Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom was sworn in on Monday, March 7. “I’ve heard the calls for transparency and accountability, and from what I’ve seen so far, GRPD’s headed down the right path,” Winstrom told those gathered at City Hall in the city commission chambers. New Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom speaks to members of the crowd after being sworn-in at City Hall on Monday, March 7, 2022. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)New Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom, left, is sworn in by City Clerk Joel Hondorp at City Hall on Monday, March 7, 2022. Grand Rapids teen has an app for thatRepublican candidate’s rape comment called ‘egregious, dangerous’ by party leadershipCherry Health gets $2 million grant to expand telehealth servicesmlive.com
With more than $2M to spend on urban development, Saginaw seeks more consultants from neighborhoods
SAGINAW, MI — City Hall officials here hope to fill eight vacant seats in Saginaw’s Human Planning Commission, the group charged with guiding millions of dollars annually in federal urban development funding. “I would love in the next few months to have a full commission,” said Leticia Trevino, Saginaw’s community development block grant specialist. The Saginaw City Council ultimately approves how to divide the pie based on that Human Planning Commission guidance. The city determines its Human Planning Commission membership in part on the location of the applicant’s residence. RELATED:Saginaw City Council approves $2.2M community development block grantsU.S. Army’s mission vs. COVID-19 at Saginaw hospital endsDecades after moving to Saginaw, Eddie Pegues and her family continue to impact community’s businessmlive.com
Kalamazoo City Hall lights will turn blue and yellow, in solidarity with people of Ukraine
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The city of Kalamazoo will show its solidarity with the people of Ukraine by lighting City Hall blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, starting at sunset Monday, Feb, 28. “We are proud to shine the colors of their flag and join the global community standing in solidarity with Ukraine.”The colors will be displayed for one week, the city said. Russian forces invaded Ukraine last week and are attacking the country including Kyiv, the capitol city. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, criticized Putin in a statement last week, and said he supports sanctions against Russia. Community members gather together at the University of Michigan Diag to show their support for Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Ann Arbor.mlive.com
Snow emergency will restrict street parking, close Flint City Hall again Thursday
FLINT, MI -- Flint will remain under a snow and ice emergency until 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, keeping City Hall closed and street parking restrictions in place until then. The city announced the Thursday office closures in a news release on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and said maintenance crews have been working since 4 a.m. Wednesday to clear city streets. “Crews have been ... putting down a salt-sand mix and moving snow off the roads,” the announcement says. During the snow emergency, parking on city streets is prohibited to allow room for snow clearing and salting. Read more:Heavy snow blankets Flint, Genesee CountyWinter wonderland photos: February snow storm wallops MichiganInteractive snow forecast map shows where up to 13 inches could fall in next 24 hoursmlive.com
Justices suggest Boston should have flown 'Christian flag'
Supreme Court justices seemed to have little doubt Tuesday that Boston was wrong to refuse to fly a banner described as a Christian flag outside City Hall. Arguments at the high court appeared to unite justices on the left and right in favor of Harold Shurtleff, a conservative activist. Shurtleff wanted to fly a white banner with a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, called the Christian flag.news.yahoo.com
Saginaw expands online bill payment options
SAGINAW, MI — City Hall this week updated its online bill payment system, expanding options for residents seeking to settle debts with Saginaw via the Internet. Previously, customers’ online options involved entering credit card information. “Last year really highlighted the importance of having multiple, dependable payment options available for our residents,” said Heather Pozenel, Saginaw’s treasurer. “We offered the online payment previously, but we felt we needed to make changes to our online platform to create a more user-friendly experience. RELATED:Anticipating more financial support, Saginaw’s plans to end water bill payment freeze remain on holdmlive.com
Flint City Hall offices closed Thursday and Friday but garbage collection will continue
FLINT, MI -- Offices at Flint City Hall will be closed in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on Thursday, Dec. 30, and Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. A news release from the city announced the closings but said waste collection by Priority Waste, including recycling and yard waste collection, will not be affected by the holiday. City Hall is expected to reopen Monday, Jan. 3. Read more:Early Flint budget projection turns $17M deficit to $2M surplusGenesee County taking applications to replace departing commissionerFlint mayor won’t wait for council, turns down 600-plus tax foreclosed propertiesmlive.com
New Flint City Council, including six new members, to be sworn in Monday
FLINT, MI -- Members of the newly elected Flint City Council are scheduled to be sworn in just hours before their first meeting on Monday, Nov. 8. The nine council members, elected Tuesday, Nov. 2, includes six who are new to City Hall -- Ladel Lewis (Ward 2), Quincy Murphy (Ward 3), Judy Priestley (Ward 4), Tonya Burns (Ward 6), Allie Herkenroder (Ward 7), and Dennis Pfeiffer (Ward 8). Three incumbents are returning to the council -- Eric Mays (Ward 1), Jerri Winfrey-Carter (Ward 5) and Eva Worthing (Ward 9). Each of the nine council members is scheduled to take the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at noon on Monday. Mays and Pfeiffer said the council meeting will be in person rather than virtual, a change from how council meetings have been held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.mlive.com
7th Ward voters replace Galloway with Herkenroder on Flint City Council
FLINT, MI -- 7th Ward voters are replacing one of the Flint City Council’s most senior members with a political novice who campaigned on the need for a new perspective inside City Hall. Challenger Allie Herkenroder defeated incumbent Monica Galloway by a margin of 745-671 in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, according to unofficial results from the Genesee County Clerk’s Office. Galloway was one of at least two incumbents to lose their positions in Tuesday’s council election. Council President Kate Fields lost her 4th Ward seat to challenger Judy Priestley and incumbent Allan Griggs was in danger of losing his 8th Ward council seat to challenger Dennis Pfeiffer with two of three precincts counted, according to unofficial results. In order to continue the progress of this great city, we must elect a person who is willing to bring a new perspective and a positive attitude to City Council.mlive.com
Flint police reveal new helicopter, will be ‘extra eye in the air,’ mayor says
FLINT, MI -- The long-awaited Flint police helicopter circled City Hall Thursday afternoon before landing in a field behind the department. It has been three months since Flint City Council members approved a three-month lease for the helicopter at a cost of $304,050. Weather permitting, the helicopter will be patrolling the city on “Angel’s Night” Saturday, Oct. 30, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said at Thursday’s landing. We’ll be able to have an extra eye in the air to be able to help keep residents safe in this community.”The city remains in a state of emergency, Neeley noted Thursday. Tyrone Booth confirmed the three-month helicopter lease will still likely be split between 2020 and 2021.mlive.com
Bay City interviewing 6 applicants for 3rd Ward commissioner seat
BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City Commission is hosting a special meeting to conduct interviews with possible appointees to a vacant seat. The meeting’s purpose is to interview six candidates who applied to be appointed to the vacant 3rd Ward commissioner position. The 3rd Ward is on the east side of the Saginaw River from roughly 9th to 16th streets. Former commissioner Kathleen Zanotti vacated the 3rd Ward seat after she was appointed to the position of Bay County Clerk. Zanotti was previously appointed to the 3rd Ward spot in 2020 when that seat was vacated by Andrew Niedzinski, who left to become city manager of Vassar.mlive.com
Anjanette Young and her attorney demand public release of inspector general, COPA reports on botched Chicago police raid
Anjanette Young, whose home was mistakenly raided by Chicago police in 2019 while she was forced to stand handcuffed and unclothed in her home, held a protest with her attorney, asking for transparency from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.chicagotribune.com
Intersection behind Bay City Hall to become four-way stop
BAY CITY, MI - Drivers in Bay City should expect to see a new four-way stop near City Hall. The Bay City Commission approved a traffic control order during the Monday, Oct. 18 regular meeting that designated the intersection of Saginaw Street and 10th Street as a four-way stop. This intersection is located near the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA and Bay City Hall. The four-way stop designation for the 10th and Saginaw Street intersection is the newest traffic control change put in place by the city. The city made changes to two intersections on North Water Street and a single intersection on State Street earlier this month.mlive.com
Waste collection in Flint to be delayed on Labor Day
FLINT, MI -- Waste, recycling and yard waste collection by Republic Services in Flint will be delayed by the Labor Day weekend. City Hall offices will also be closed next week Monday, Sept. 6 for Labor Day. Waste collection is due to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7. City Hall will also reopen with its expanded reopening hours on Tuesday, according to a news release from the City of Flint. Currently, the Assessor’s Office, Building and Safety, City Hall Front Desk, Customer Service, Mayor’s Office and Office of Public Health are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.mlive.com
Man stabbed, reporter attacked at protest at LA City Hall
A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall after a fight broke out between the protesters and counterprotesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said. About 2 p.m., a group of several hundred people holding American flags, Trump memorabilia and signs calling for “medical freedom” arrived at City Hall around 2 p.m. for the rally, the Los Angeles Times reported.news.yahoo.com
Flint Clerk’s Office open Saturday to allow absentee voting for Aug. 3 primary election
FLINT, MI -- The city Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, July 31, to allow registered voters to cast absentee ballots over the counter for the Aug. 3 City Council primary election. The primary election for City Council next week involves Wards 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. There is no primary election in Wards 1, 5, and 9 because no more than two candidates qualified for a spot on the ballot. On Aug. 3, voting precincts will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to the city. Read more:Meet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 2 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 3 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 4 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 6 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 7 primary electionMeet the Flint City Council candidates in Ward 8 primary electionmlive.com
Far From Florida, Mayors Fear Prospect of a Collapse in Their Own Cities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it rains outside in Kansas City, Missouri, it also rains inside the rickety underground garage at City Hall, where parking spaces for the mayor and city manager sit below rebar and crumbled concrete that musty stormwater can easily seep through. The garage’s decay had long been obvious to Kansas City leaders. After all, they park there. But fixing it had not been an urgent priority until nearly 100 people died last month in the collapse of a condominium building in Surfsinews.yahoo.com
Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene plan 'peaceful protest' outside Anaheim City Hall after rally canceled three times
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz will hold a "peaceful protest" outside the city hall of Anaheim, California, after a third venue set to house an "America First" rally hosted by the pair pulled out just hours before they were set to take the stage.news.yahoo.com
Officers sue California city over Black Lives Matter mural
Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. It was to remain on the street for up to a year but it was gone by November, according to The Daily Post in Palo Alto, which first reported the lawsuit Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Portland mayor seeks $2 million to stem rampant gun violence
(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – The mayor of Portland, Oregon, announced Thursday he would seek $2 million in one-time funding for police, other agencies and outreach programs to try to stem rampant gun violence in the city. The move by Mayor Ted Wheeler represents an about-face after city leaders in June voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget, reductions that included the elimination of a gun violence reduction unit. During an hour-long news conference Thursday, Wheeler, activists, faith leaders and community members reiterated that in order to solve the problem of gun violence, the community must work together. Wheeler said the tactic is not the same as the now-eliminated Gun Violence Reduction Team and would be more transparent. Wheeler said he supports the ideas, beginning with asking City Council to appropriate $2 million in one-time fiuds from the city’s reserve stability contingency account created last fall, to address gun violence.
Food fight: Meat-free school meals spark furor in France
FILE - In this Jan.18, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron meets pupils as he visits a school canteen in Saint-Sozy, southwestern France. With a meatless four-course meal that Lyon City Hall says will be quicker and easier to serve to children who must be kept socially distanced while eating lunch to avoid coronavirus infections. With more local elections expected later this year, the arguing over Lyon's school meals offered a foretaste of broader political battles to come. Lyon City Hall said serving the same meal to all children, instead of offering them their usual meat and meat-free options, would shorten the time they take for lunch. City Hall said it also opted for meat-free meals because they suit all children, including those who habitually don't eat meats for religious, dietary or other reasons.
Ann Arbor city hall extends building closure through February
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Larcom City Hall will remain closed through February, according to an updated notice from the City of Ann Arbor. The building, which houses various city offices, will stay closed until February 21 per an extended state order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Larcom City Hall has been closed since Nov. 18, 2020, and non-essential operations have been moved online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schedule a city building, trade and rental inspection by calling 734-794-6263 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some services, including safety and emergency operations, waste and recycling pickup schedules, as well as drinking and wastewater, have not been impacted by the closure.
Southfield MLK Task Force hosts peace parade, virtual program
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Around the country, people are paying tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. Yvette Ware-Devaull helped organize the event. “I want people to think about peace,” Yvette Ware-Devaull said. If you ask anyone at Southfield’s Justice Now, the Martin Luther King Jr. car parade had to happen. The parade went through neighborhoods and parked at City Hall where King’s message and legacy was celebrated.
VIRUS TODAY: Health experts warn against holiday gatherings
With some Americans now paying the price for what they did over Thanksgiving, health officials are warning people begging them, even not to make the same mistake during the Christmas and New Year's season. Andrew Cuomo has ended indoor dining indefinitely in New York City as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb. As of Monday, only takeout orders and outdoor dining will be allowed in one of the world’s great cuisine capitals. THE NUMBERS: Deaths in the U.S. have climbed to almost 2,260 per day on average, about equal to the peak seen in mid-April. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
Larcom City Hall in Ann Arbor extends closure through Dec. 20
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Larcom City Hall will remain closed through Dec 20, according to a new announcement from the city of Ann Arbor. Read: Michigan COVID restrictions extended through Dec. 20: What to knowThe city hall building closed for non-essential services on Nov. 18. City services including safety and emergency operations, waste and recycling pickup schedules, as well as drinking and wastewater, have not been impacted by the closure. Residents can pay parking tickets, water bills and property taxes, and apply for permits online as non-essential city services are being conducted remotely. Winter property taxes, due in December, can be paid online, by mail, at several Ann Arbor area banks or at the Ann Street dropbox.
Students return to NYC schools once more after virus closure
Public schools reopened for in-school learning Monday after being closed since mid-November. Public school doors reopened for preschool students and children in kindergarten through fifth grade whose parents chose a mix of in-school and remote learning. Overall, the city counts about 1 million public school students; most have opted to learn from home this fall. Masks and social distancing are required at all city schools. About 190,000 students were eligible to return to school buildings starting Monday.
Gibraltar extends closure of city facilities due to increase in COVID-19 cases
GIBRALTAR, Mich. – All city facilities in Gibraltar will be closed to the public until Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Officials said residents can make water and sewer payments by placing them in the dropbox or paid online. If you need assistance from City Hall you can call 734-676-3900. If you’re experiencing an emergency you should contact 911. If you’re not having an emergency but still need to contact police you can call 734-676-1022.
Ann Arbor’s Larcom City Hall to close Wednesday
ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor will be closing Larcom City Hall on Wednesday in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' latest emergency order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Per the MDHHS order, City Hall will be closed through Dec. 8 and all non-essential operations will be conducted remotely. The closure of City Hall will not impact critical services such as police, fire, emergency operations, drinking water, waste water or waste and recycling pickup schedules. Ann Arbor parks updatesBuhr and Veterans ice arenas are closed. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is still open.
City of Sterling Heights announces changes in response to new COVID-19 restrictions
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The city of Sterling Heights will be making building, amenity, service and programming closures starting on Wednesday and lasting at least through Jan. 3, 2021. Sterling Heights has a website (click here) where residents can pay bills and more. ‘3-week pause’: Michigan announces stricter COVID rules: What to knowFirst responders will still be available to respond to all emergencies. Residents experiencing a non-emergency can call the Sterling Heights Police Department non-emergency line at 586-446-2800. Right now, the safety of our residents and employees must be our top concern,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.
Huntington Woods city buildings to close to public due to COVID-19
HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. – All Huntington Woods city buildings will be closed to the public beginning on Wednesday. The closures include City Hall, the Public Works office and the Public Safety Department. The library and Gillham Recreation Center will also remain closed to the public. The city will evaluate when to reopen in three weeks. Residents can use drop boxes to pay water and tax bills.
City employees in Warren to work remotely unless they are absolutely needed at City Hall
Following Whitmer’s announcement, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts reactivated the city’s remote work plans. Whitmer hopes Michiganders ‘double down so we can avoid a stay-home order’Most employees will be working from home unless they are “absolutely needed” at City Hall. Most employees will be working from home and those that work inside will be required to wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize while in City Hall. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice,” Fouts said in a statement. Warren City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
Warren City Hall closes amid spike in cases of COVID-19
WARREN, Mich. – The city of Warren shut down City Hall due to the amount of COVID-19 cases within the building. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts made the decision on Sunday night to close the building. The mayor considers City Hall a coronavirus hotspot. Between City Hall, the police department and the court at least 23 city employees have tested positive for COVID-19. A department head in City Hall, a usually otherwise health man in his 50′s is hospitalized.
Long wait for Hawaii vote spurs call for more voter centers
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a long line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, in Honolulu. Voter advocates say Hawaii should set up more voter service centers after a last-minute surge of voter interest led to hours-long lines for in-person voting on Election Day even as the state shifted to a vote-by-mail system for casting ballots. Overall, the state’s vote-by-mail election appears to have been a big success, leading to record numbers of voters participating. The law also gives voters the option to vote in person at voter service centers, where people may also register to vote or get help with casting a ballot. Ma said people waited between two to four hours on Tuesday at the two voter centers on Oahu, an island with about 549,000 registered voters.
New this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda, 'The Craft' redone
(NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Many things will be different about Halloween this year, but the annual rush of horror films is much the same. It stars Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku as a Sudanese refugee couple finding new horrors in life in England. But Neon, the “Parasite” distributor, last week put a restored version into theaters and on Tuesday brings it to VOD. One is Natalie Margolin “The Party Hop,” which she wrote during quarantine in one week in early April.
Masked pope, faith leaders pray for peace and pandemic's end
Pope Francis lights a candle for peace during an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the square outside Rome's City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME – A masked Pope Francis welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer Tuesday, appealing for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic is reminding us that we are blood brothers and sisters,” they said in a joint appeal issued at the end of the service. For weeks, Francis has shunned facemasks in his public and private audiences despite a surge in COVID-19 cases across Italy and even inside Vatican City. The service was organized by the Rome-based Sant’Egidio Community, which each year organizes an interfaith peace prayer in the spirit of the first one of its kind, celebrated by St. John Paul II in Assisi in 1986. In the past week 11 Swiss Guards and a resident of the hotel where Francis lives have tested positive.
Alexie, Pilkey books among most 'challenged' of past decade
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. The association does not formally count the number of times books are actually removed from a library shelf or from a school reading list. “There are actually two lines of objections to the Anne Frank diary,” Caldwell-Stone says.
Detroit City Council staffer killed in apparent murder-suicide
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and others in city hall are mourning the loss of a beloved staffer. Deandree Watson was killed in Westland during an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend. Watson worked as a policy analyst in the office of Detroit City Councilman James Tate. Our dear friend and colleague will forever be missed.”“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of DeAndree Watson. I extend my deepest condolences to DeAndree’s family, friends, Councilman James Tate, Detroit City Council and his many colleagues at the City of Detroit,” Duggan wrote in a Facebook post.
Highland Park City Hall, 30th District Court closed due to building problems
Published: January 8, 2020, 8:43 am Updated: January 9, 2020, 6:14 amHIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The Highland Park City Hall and 30th District Court are closed Wednesday due to building problems. City officials said rescheduled court dates will be posted on the front door of the City Hall. Officials also said they expect this problem to be fixed by Thursday. UPDATE: Highland Park City Hall to be closed Thursday due to building problem
These Realistic-Looking Hooded Figures Are Freaking Out People in California
Residents of Laguna Beach, California, have mixed feelings about five, hooded statues that appeared outside City Hall this week. The figures are part of a public artwork called The Caretakers by Mark Jenkins and Sandra Fernandez, and their realistic look has some people complaining. The five figures are dressed in gray sweatshirts with hoods pulled over their faces and khaki pants. The characters faces are covered from the sun, city officials wrote on Facebook. The artist did a good job, everyone is talking about it, exactly the point, another user wrote.
Emergency declared in Roseville after flash floods damage homes, City Hall
ROSEVILLE, Mich. - The mayor of Roseville has declared an emergency after flash floods over the weekend left basements flooded and caused significant damage to the City Hall. On Monday, residents had to clean out flooded basements, as did officials at City Hall. Even the basement at Roseville City Hall was underwater. Upstairs, the mayor, manager and others decided to declare a state of emergency, hoping the state will approve emergency funds for residents. All the voting machines were in the basement of Roseville City Hall.
Carry a big stick
DETROIT – Theodore Roosevelt is credited with most famously using a West African proverb "speak softly and carry a big stick. That is where the big stick comes in. In that case the emergency manager would recommend the governor pull the trigger on a Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy. He knows he needs that big stick to show the mayor and council he is serious. If it doesn't he still has his big stick; an emergency manager and a Chapter 9.