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December 2015


A car smolders following Flint Firefighters' efforts to control a vehicle fire located at the intersection of Mason Street and West McClellan on Flint's Northside, Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Flint, Mich.


Sunday shift, Dec. 27, 2015, Flint, Mich. 

Pistons players take the court before the game as the Detroit Pistons face off against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Pistons beat the Suns 127-122 in overtime.

A Central Michigan cheerleader flips in the air while warming up with the rest of the cheer team before the game as the Central Michigan Chippewas face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. 

Sidewalk giggles, Dec. 9, 2015, Bellingham, Wash. 

The Minnesota flag squad sweeps by the field before the game as the Central Michigan Chippewas face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. 

Flint Southwestern’s Ivan Warren (24) waits on the sidelines as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Flint Southwestern Knights on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at Beecher High School in Beecher, Mich. Beecher defeated Flint Southwestern 77-49. 

Sunday morning church services at Bountiful Love Ministry on Dec. 27, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Beecher basketball players jump rope while warming up as the Beecher basketball team practices on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Beecher High School in Beecher, Mich. Beecher's first official season game is on Monday, Dec. 7. 

Lapeer's Kenneth Davis rests in between bouts during the Genesee County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Davison High School in Davison, Mich. 

Julianna Backoski, 7, of Linden, poses for a portrait while waiting in line for the movie to begin during the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at NCG Trillium Cinema in Grand Blanc, Mich. 

Charlie Kline, of Clio, poses for a portrait in a Chubaka costume before entering the movie during the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at NCG Trillium Cinema in Grand Blanc, Mich. 

Southwestern players listen to their coach in the locker room at halftime as the Flint Powers Catholic Chargers face off against the Flint Southwestern Knights on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at Flint Southwestern High School in Flint, Mich. Southwestern defeated Powers 61-51. 

A Pistons fan waits court side watching players warm up before the game as the Detroit Pistons face off against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. 

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives the basket as the Detroit Pistons face off against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. 

Central Michigan fans cheer after a play as the Central Michigan Chippewas face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. 

Cub scouts and boy scouts stand at attention during the national anthem before the game as the Detroit Pistons face off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Pistons beat the Bucks 102-95.

Santa Run, Dec. 12, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Brandon Smith, 6, helped family volunteering at My Brother's Keeper on Christmas morning on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Flint, Mich. When asked "What is important during the holiday season?", Brandon responded "Presents." My Brother's Keeper, a homeless shelter in Flint, provided a warm meal, clothes, shoes and gift bags for those in need this holiday season. 

Ray Scott, resident at My Brother's Keeper homeless shelter, is seen here on Christmas morning on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Flint, Mich. When asked "What is important during the holiday season?", Scott responded "Jesus and Family and MBK (My Brother's Keeper)." My Brother's Keeper, a homeless shelter in Flint, provided a warm meal, clothes, shoes and gift bags for those in need this holiday season. 

Richard Taylor is seen here after eating and picking up a gift bag at My Brother's Keeper on Christmas morning Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Flint, Mich. When asked "What is important during the holiday season?", Taylor responded "Treating people like I want to be treated/silence." My Brother's Keeper, a homeless shelter in Flint, provided a warm meal, clothes, shoes and gift bags for those in need this holiday season.

Santa Run, Dec. 12, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Jenn Kish, left, and Rachel Kish, of Grand Blanc, pose for a portrait wearing Star Wars masks during the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at NCG Trillium Cinema in Grand Blanc, Mich. 

Dom, Nov. 11, 2015, Flint, Mich. 


Carl, Dec. 13, 2015, Seattle, Wash. 

Dec. 13, 2015, Seattle, Wash. 






November 2015

 

Deer carcasses hang during the Lapeer County Buck Pole on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Ray C's in Lapeer, Mich. 

Connie McNeal, left, and Mauricia Stocker celebrate as votes are tallied in Karen Weaver's favor in the Flint mayoral election on election day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Raspberries Bar in Flint, Mich. Weaver won the race beating incumbent Dayne Walling. 

The Burton Genesee Christian boys soccer team practices on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Genesee Christian School in Burton, Mich. The undefeated team has reached the Division 4 state finals. 

Flint Firebirds' Nicholas Caamano battles for puck control with Oshawa's Michael Dal Colle as the Flint Firebirds face off against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Mich. Firebirds defeated the Generals 4-3 in overtime. 

Michigan fans wave their phone lights in the air before the game starts as University of Michigan faces off against Northern Michigan University on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Mott Community College basketball team rests on the sidelines as they practice on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Ballenger Field House in Flint, Mich.

 Brandon players prepare for a spike as the Brandon Blackhawks face off against the Fenton Tigers during the Class A District semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Mich. Fenton shutout Brandon 3-0. 

Waiting, Nov. 8, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Kevin Lambert, of Holly, sips a Coca Cola posing for a portrait during the Holly Dickens fest on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Battle Alley in Holly, Mich. Lambert has been dressing up as Santa for the last five holiday seasons. "The Season, I love it," says Lambert. 

Stephen Gerics, 62, conductor at the Huckleberry Railroad poses for a portrait during the Christmas at Crossroads Village Holiday Magic Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at Crossroads Village in Flint, Mich. Gerics is from Flint and has been working at crossroads for 17 years. 

Jacob Smith peers out of his hunting blind on the first day of firearm deer hunting season in Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, on a private farm in Clayton Township, Mich. Jacob and his father Jon Smith are avid hunters and co-host the Gun Smith's Show—a local radio program. 

The morning sun rises through the trees as Jacob Smith kicks off the first day of firearm deer hunting season in Michigan with an early morning hunt on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, on a private farm in Clayton Township, Mich. Jacob and his father Jon Smith are avid hunters and co-host the Gun Smith's Show—a local radio program.

A lone sledder walks on a hill outside Flint Southwestern Academy on Nov. 22, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Flint Police respond to a homicide at the Park West Apartments on the 3900 block of Hammerberg Road on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

A halftime performer carries mats to the court before performing as University of Michigan faces off against Northern Michigan University on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan beat Northern Michigan 70-44.

Dr. Bobby Grossi examines Josh McKinnon's teeth during Gateway Dental's free dental day on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Flint, Mich. Gateway Dental, led by Dr. Bobby Grossi  provided free cleanings, fillings, and extractions. 

Powers Catholic’s Peyton Andrysiak reacts to her team's loss as Flint Powers Catholic faces of against Corunna in the Class B District semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Mich. Corunna defeated Powers Catholic 3-1.

Erin Wolf, Chad Wolf’s wife, hugs Michigan State Police Lt. Mario Gonzales after his speech as the Bikes on the Bricks organization honors fallen Trooper Chad Wolf with a bench dedication at Genesys Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Grand Blanc, Mich. Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf died Aug. 28, 2015, in the line of duty after he was struck by a car hauling a trailer and dragged for miles in northern Oakland County. 

 Lake Fenton’s Trent Hillger sheds a tear at the end of the game as the Flint Powers Catholic Chargers face off against Lake Fenton Blue Devils in the Division 4 District final on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Atwood Stadium in Flint, Mich. Flint Powers Catholic defeated Lake Fenton 41-0. 

Flint Powers Catholic players huddle before taking the field as the Flint Powers Catholic Chargers face off against Lake Fenton Blue Devils in the Division 4 District final on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Atwood Stadium in Flint, Mich. 

Spectators watch as vehicles drive through mud and puddles during the annual thanksgiving morning off road vehicle ride on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Park in Mt. Morris Township, Mich. 

Spectators watch as vehicles drive through mud and puddles during the annual thanksgiving morning off road vehicle ride on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Park in Mt. Morris Township, Mich. 

Flint firefighters respond to a commercial structure fire at  B-Light Restoration on North Grand Traverse Street, just South of University Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 

Brent David VanderHaar, a retired City of Saginaw Police Detective who was arrested Nov. 17 on eight felony counts related to child pornography, reacts during his video arraignment  on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Flint District Court in Flint, Mich. 

Michigan’s Caris LeVert (23) prepares to shoot as a Northern Michigan player falls to the ground as University of Michigan faces off against Northern Michigan University on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan beat Northern Michigan 70-44. 





October | 2015


Kendrick Purches, 6, of Flint, marches in his Superman shirt with other kids on Saginaw Street demanding clean water on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in downtown Flint, Mich. After the city switched its water source from Detroit to the Flint River, high levels of lead were reported in drinking water at public schools and throughout Flint. On Oct. 16, the city switched back to the Detroit water source, though investigation into the city government's involvement continues.

Performers apply makeup and prepare for the show during The Tapology Concert -- a tap and percussive dance festival on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at The Whiting in Flint, Mich. 

Concert-goers watch as British rock band, The Darkness, performs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Mich. 

Flint firefighters respond to a house fire on the 600 block of East Foss Avenue on Devil's Night, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Flint, Mich. The house was abandoned and there were no reported injuries. 

Fans cheer as British rock band, The Darkness, performs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Mich. 

Flint firefighters respond to a house fire on the 600 block of East Foss Avenue on Devil's Night, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Flint, Mich. The house was abandoned and there were no reported injuries. 

Smoke rises into the night air as Flint firefighters respond to a house fire on the 600 block of East Foss Avenue on Devil's Night, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Flint, Mich. The house was abandoned and there were no reported injuries. 

The McMahn family poses for a portrait wearing ghost costumes while trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, around Flint's College Cultural Neighborhood in Flint, Mich. 

Tyler Winford, 9, of Flint, poses for a portrait in his Blueberry costume while trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, around Flint's College Cultural Neighborhood in Flint, Mich. 

David Henderson, 9, of Flint, poses for a portrait wearing a Ghost Rider costume while trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, around Flint's College Cultural Neighborhood in Flint, Mich.

Zach Combs, 10, dressed as Luke Skywalker, walks around the library during Flint Public Library's Family Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the Flint Public Library in Flint, Mich. The event included games, dancing, a parade around the library and prizes. 

Andre Fields, 10, a Beecher fan, watches the game as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Montrose Rams on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Beecher High School in Beecher, Mich. 

A Powers Catholic player exits the field after the game as the Carman Ainsworth Cavaliers face off against the Powers Catholic Chargers on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Cavalier Field in Flint Township, Mich. Powers Catholic defeated Carman Ainsworth 21-12. 

Beecher players hold their helmets to the sky during the national anthem before the game as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Montrose Rams on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Beecher High School in Beecher, Mich. 

Beecher players wait for their game to start in their locker room as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Montrose Rams on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Beecher High School in Beecher, Mich. 

Carman Ainsworth players wait for the game to start in their locker room as the Carman Ainsworth Cavaliers prepare to face off against the Powers Catholic Chargers on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Cavalier Field in Flint Township, Mich.

A tear streams down Carman Ainsworth’s Marc Fielder's cheek after the game as the Carman Ainsworth Cavaliers face off against the Powers Catholic Chargers on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Cavalier Field in Flint Township, Mich. Powers Catholic defeated Carman Ainsworth 21-12. The game concluded the Carman Ainsworth team's season. 

Goodrich’s Sebastian Foglio, left, and Nick Foglio embrace after the game as the Flint Powers Catholic Chargers face off against the Goodrich Martians on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex in Goodrich, Mich. Powers beat Goodrich 41-0. 

A concert-goer walks past the stage before British rock band, The Darkness, performs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Mich. 

Sheldon Low warms up during a soundcheck before the start of the Humanity in Harmony concert -- a part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at the Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Mich. 

Former Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, resigned from the 82nd District House seat in September 2015 following a sex scandal involving another former state representative. Courser will be running in a  Nov. 3 special primary for the same seat. Courser is seen here in his law office Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Lapeer, Michigan. 

Clayton Township Police officer Thomas Goodroe makes a routine traffic stop on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Clayton Township, Mich. The Clayton Township Police department could suffer cuts and changes if a 1.9-mill, six-year tax proposal isn't passed in the upcoming Nov. 3 election. 

Brittany DeYoung warms up on the harp backstage before performing in the Humanity in Harmony concert -- a part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at the Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Mich. 

Zachary Macciomei, 14, of Clio, receives an electrocardiogram during a free teen heart check sponsored by Hurley Children's Hospital and the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Flint Farmers' Market in Flint, Mich. About 400 teens ages 13-19 registered for the heart check. 

TJ Grindle lifts her son Ben Grindle from his wheelchair to his bed on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the Grindle home in Flushing, Mich. Ben Grindle, 5, was diagnosed at eight weeks old with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy -- an inherited disease that causes loss of muscle and motor function. Ben's original diagnoses is that he would not live past the age of 2. Although, confined to a wheelchair and using a breathing and feeding tube, Ben is completely cognitive and attending his first day of Kindergarten this Fall.  

Christopher Broughton stretches before taking the stage during The Tapology Concert -- a tap and percussive dance festival on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at The Whiting in Flint, Mich.