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September 2015


More than 500 law enforcement officials stand row by row on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 outside of Fenton High School for the funeral of fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Chad Wolf. 


Willie Hollis grills hamburgers as community members gather to remember key figures in the auto-workers labor movement for the annual UAW Region 1D Labor Day cookout  on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at Sitdowners Memorial Park in Flint, Mich. 


Powers Catholic marching band's Rachel Beiter, left, is assisted with her uniform helmet buckle by Catherine Jenkins before the game as the Powers Catholic Chargers face off against the Davison Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Field in Burton, Mich.


Matthew Moore, center, lets out a cheer after a Lapeer touchdown at the end of the first half as the Lapeer Lightening face off against the Mt. Pleasant Oilers on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Fitzpatrick Field in Lapeer, Mich. Lapeer beat Mt. Pleasant 35-14. 


Two women embrace to comfort one another as Flint Police respond to a homicide scene at a house on the corner of Milbourne Avenue and West Paterson Street on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 


Flint Police respond to a homicide scene at a house on the corner of Milbourne Avenue and West Paterson Street on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Flint, Mich. 


A man and his son exit the funeral ceremony of Michigan State Police trooper Chad Wolf outside of Fenton High School, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fenton, Mich. The 38-year-old Wolf died Friday, hours after he was struck by a car hauling a trailer and dragged for miles in northern Oakland County. More than 3,500 people attended the funeral including more than 500 law enforcement officials.  


Sunset on Saginaw Bay, Sept. 13, 2015.

Flint residents Ruth Blassingame listens during a town hall meeting as Virginia Tech researchers present evidence after water testing in Flint showed high levels of lead on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Saints of God Church in Flint, Mich. 


Flint resident Barry Wash stands with his dog Luke on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, on his front lawn in Flint, Mich. Wash, originally from Texas, has lived in Flint for over 17 years and works at Bishop Airport. "I don't have kids," said Wash, adding "My son is Luke." 


A demolition crew works to tear down a 150-year-old seminary located on 300 block of West High Street on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Fenton, Mich. The Seminary, built in 1867, has been vacant since 1967 and a failing foundation was the reason for demolition.


Lapeer’s Drew Rubick completes a one handed catch for a touchdown as the Lapeer Lightening face off against the Mt. Pleasant Oilers on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Fitzpatrick Field in Lapeer, Mich. Lapeer beat Mt. Pleasant 35-14. 


A student in Powers Catholic student section releases a hand full of flour as the Powers Catholic Chargers face off against the Davison Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Field in Burton, Mich. Powers beat Davison 10-0.


Bay City's Robert Walkowiak misses a catch as the Lapeer Lightening face off against the Bay City Central Wolves on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Fitzpatrick Field in Lapeer, Mich. Lapeer beat Bay City Central 45-7. 


Lapeer's Anthony Maasch embraces Sam Kinne after their win as the Lapeer Lightening face off against the Mt. Pleasant Oilers on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Fitzpatrick Field in Lapeer, Mich. Lapeer beat Mt. Pleasant 35-14. 


Swartz Creek’s Deniko Tartt, left, and Fenton’s Justin Beemer  go up for a header as the Fenton Tigers face off against the Swartz Creek Dragons on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at Fenton High School in Fenton, Mich. Fenton beat Swartz Creek 6-0.


Davison’s Kurt Schlak, center, and Hunter Childs react to their loss in the locker room after the game as the Powers Catholic Chargers face off against the Davison Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Field in Burton, Mich. Powers beat Davison 10-0. 

August 2015

It's been one hell-of-a busy month here in Flint. Early morning races, late night fires, sweaty football locker rooms and muddy rodeos. It's amazing to be doing daily work again. New interactions, handshakes and experiences (some negative, some positive) everyday.  I am staying busy and challenged on every assignment. Here is a selection of images from the month. 


Coy Oheran, 1, exits a horse trailer during the Al Serra Dodge Ram Rodeo at the Genesee County Fair on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township, Michigan. 


Marquan McQueen rests before playing symbols in the Beecher Marching band as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Flint Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Atwood Stadium in Flint , Michigan . Beecher defeated Flint Northwestern 36-14.


Khristian Kent, 3, son of Jarrett Kent, sheds a tear during the funeral service for his father Jarrett Kent, who was fatally shot on Aug. 11 in Flint, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Laurence E. Moon Funeral Home in Flint, Michigan. Kent, a 26-year-old Flint man, was the 11th person killed in a rash of slayings since July 31, and the family said he was shot 16 times. 


Flint Resident Leo Napier, 63, a legally blind pro wrestler, performs under the name "Father Time,” on the third day of the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township, Mich. Napier has battled cancer, suffered multiple strokes and slowly lost most of his eye sight through a degenerative eye disease. In addition to Napier's wrestling career, he is also a local pastor, and volunteers his time to anti-bullying eduction in Michigan schools. "Even on my bad days, I think about what I have been through and where I am now, and it helps me stand a little bit stronger." 


Flint resident William Van Kelly rests next to an abandoned burned down structure Aug. 8, 2015, along the side of Saginaw street in north Flint, Mich.  


Flint Northwestern freshman and JV player, John Vines, carries a hitting pad back to the locker room as The Flint Northwestern High School football team practices during their first official week of the season Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. 


The Carman-Ainsworth High School varsity football team listens to their coach describe offensive plays during a break from on-field practice in a classroom Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan. 


Flint Northwestern junior tight end, Devin McClendon, buckles his shoulder pads during the first day of practice with pads on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. "Practice is the hardest part," says McClendon. 


Flint firefighters respond to a fully involved two-story structure fire near the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Rankin Street in Flint, Mich. on Friday Aug. 14, 2015. 


Swartz Creek resident Devlin Lorincz, 11, sweeps in a cow barn during the first day of the Genesee County Fair on Monday, August 24, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township , Michigan . The fair will run Aug. 24-30 and will feature variety of events and entertainment throughout the week. 


Detroit resident Leamon Barber stretches and mentally prepares before running in the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 in downtown Flint. 


Flint Northwestern senior strong safety, Clyde Childers III, center, clasps his hands while relaxing alongside teammates during a team yoga session concluding practice during their first official week of the season Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. “These kids deal with a lot, and you have to know how to ground yourself,” says Kelly Fields, Flint Northwestern english teacher and volunteer yoga instructor.


Dancers show their moves during the "Flint Town Get Down,"—a hip-hop dance event featuring dancing workshops and breakdance battles on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan. 


Grand Blanc players and fans cheer before the start of the game as the Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers face off against Grand Blanc Bobcats on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Cavalier Field in Flint, Michigan.


Richard Fleming, 8, center, prepares to jab instructed by Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, as Youth summer programs from around the City of Flint gather to watch the new documentary titled "T-Rex," about Flint's own Claressa Shields and her journey to winning a boxing gold medal at the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan.

Flint resident Charles Purdy poses for a portrait before beginning the second annual Flint River "Flotilla" put on by the Flint River Corridor Alliance on Saturday, August 8, 2015, in Flint, Michigan. "I float just about everyday," says Purdy. 

Participants make their way down the river during the second annual Flint River "Flotilla" put on by the Flint River Corridor Alliance on Saturday, August 8, 2015, in Flint, Michigan. 


Cameron Davis, 8, of Flint, cheers from the lap of his grandmother, Peggy Davis, during the Enduro Demolition Derby on the third day of the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township , Michigan . The fair runs until Aug.  30 and will feature a variety of events and entertainment throughout the week. 

Barry Shoults, from Attica, sticks his head into the interior of a 1946 Chevrolet during Back to the Bricks Car Show on Saturday, August 15, 2015, along Saginaw Street in downtown Flint, Michigan. 


Jayson Debacke, 6, dressed in rodeo-clown attire, stands at attention during a prayer before the Al Serra Dodge Ram Rodeo at the Genesee County Fair on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township, Michigan.


An onlooker reacts as Flint Police respond to a shooting scene that left one man dead and one in critical condition early morning on Saturday, August 8, 2015, on the 300 block of East Baltimore Boulevard in Flint, Michigan. 


Tony Thocker is embraced by his wife Carolyn as thousands race during the Warrior Dash on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at E.A. Cummings Center in Genesee Township. The course is 3.2 miles long with 12 obstacles that requires runners to crawl through mud, scale walls, climb through cargo nets and run down dirt trails.


Flint Northwestern players rest in their locker room at halftime as the Beecher Buccaneers face off against the Flint Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Atwood Stadium in Flint , Michigan . Beecher defeated Flint Northwestern 36-14.


Officials await the start of the Beecher Buccaneers facing off against the Flint Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Atwood Stadium in Flint , Michigan . Beecher defeated Flint Northwestern 36-14.


Eric Demmer, of Wyandotte, celebrates his completion of Warrior Dash with a turkey leg and beer during the Warrior Dash after party on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at E.A. Cummings Center in Genesee Township. The course is 3.2 miles long with 12 obstacles that requires runners to crawl through mud, scale walls, climb through cargo nets and run down dirt trails.


Merle Miller, bull riding competitor, lights up a cigarette after competing in the Al Serra Dodge Ram Rodeo at the Genesee County Fair on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the E.A. Cummings Event Center in Genesee Township, Michigan. 


A woman wipes mud from her face while thousands race during the Warrior Dash on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at E.A. Cummings Center in Genesee Township. The course is 3.2 miles long with 12 obstacles that requires runners to crawl through mud, scale walls, climb through cargo nets and run down dirt trails.


Nicholas Hutchinson, gold medal special olympics international games men's volleyball team athlete poses for a portrait as the team is honored by the The Flint Journal—MLive during a homecoming event Friday, August 21, 2015, in Flint, Michigan. The Flint-area team won the gold medal on Aug. 1 in Los Angeles. 


Thousands race during the Warrior Dash on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at E.A. Cummings Center in Genesee Township. The course is 3.2 miles long with 12 obstacles that requires runners to crawl through mud, scale walls, climb through cargo nets and run down dirt trails.

July 2015 | my first month as a Flintern

It's hard to imagine that one month ago I was packing up everything I own into my truck and driving across the country from Bellingham, WA to Flint, MI.  Time is absolutely flying by one month into my internship here at The Flint Journal (aka Flintern). I think part of that has to do with the fact that I already feel so comfortable with my new community here. I am busy shooting a lot and I can already see the learning that is coming from that. Putting together this edit makes me excited to see the work and experiences that I will have in the coming five months. 

Spectators watch as Flint and Flint Township firefighters respond to a house fire on the 3200 block of Corunna Road, between Mann and Stocker avenues Monday, July 20, 2015, in Flint , Michigan.


The Michigan Special Olympics volleyball team stuffs apples and oranges into their sleeves during their last practice before flying to Los Angeles, California to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Elmer Knopf Learning Center in Flint , Michigan. The team is comprised of 12 athletes, all from Flint and neighboring cities. 


Rockford Little League players relax as they wait to warm up before the start of their game during the Little League Major State Tournament Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Johnston Park in Harper Woods , Michigan.


Flint and Flint Township firefighters respond to a house fire on the 3200 block of Corunna Road, between Mann and Stocker avenues Monday, July 20, 2015, in Flint , Michigan.


Campers hoist a swing device into the air Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton. This year, 18 camp participants with kidney conditions attended the camp among the 300 regular campers. 


Water rights activists gather for a viewing of a documentary about unsafe water issues in Detroit Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Woodside Church in Flint, Michigan. The event marked an end to The Water Justice Journey—a week-long walk from Detroit to Flint in order to promote clean affordable drinking water in Michigan. Many attendees at the event will march July 10 to Flint City Hall to protest unsafe water conditions in Flint.  


Flint and Flint Township firefighters respond to a house fire on the 3200 block of Corunna Road, between Mann and Stocker avenues Monday, July 20, 2015, in Flint , Michigan.


Two men watch fireworks explode above from a front lawn Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Flint , Michigan.


Taylor Northwest's Blake William, left, checks on a teammate who has dirt in his eye during the Little League Major State Tournament Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Johnston Park in Harper Woods , Michigan. 


Khisha Humphrey, left, mother of Omarion Humphrey, is comforted by her granddaughter, Zaria Rollinson, during the funeral of Omarion Humphrey held Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Woodside Bible Church in Pontiac , Michigan . Nine-year-old Omarion Humphrey went missing on July 4 and was found deceased in Lake Callis, a week later after a massive search and rescue effort. 


Dexter celebrates their win against Taylor Northwest during the Little League Major State Tournament Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Johnston Park in Harper Woods , Michigan.  Dexter beat Taylor Northwest 17-12. 


Taylor Northwest's Aiden Carney reacts after being hit by a grounder back to the mound while facing off against Dexter during the Little League Major State Tournament Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Johnston Park in Harper Woods , Michigan. Dexter beat Taylor Northwest 17-12. 


Tim Flannery,  plays his trumpet from the pavement with The Detroit Party Marching Band during Buckham Alley Fest, a festival showcasing local music, art, food and vendors Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Buckham Alley in downtown Flint, Michigan.


Jeremiah French kisses his son Jebarii Royster, 1, in their front yard as their family relaxes outside as the sun sets Wednesday evening, July 22, 2015, in Flint , Michigan. 


Hadley Township first responders and Lapeer County Sheriff department's dive team searches for 17-year-old, Troy Paxton, of Flint, after he went underwater while swimming with friends at Lake Minnawanna on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area in Hadley Township, Michigan. The teen's body was pulled from the water Thursday evening after approximately a two hour search. 


Onlookers comfort one another as Hadley Township first responders and Lapeer County Sheriff department's dive team searches for 17-year-old, Troy Paxton, of Flint, after he went underwater while swimming with friends at Lake Minnawanna on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area in Hadley Township, Michigan. The teen's body was pulled from the water Thursday evening after approximately a two hour search. 


Kayla Emmendorfer, center, wipes a tear away from her eye as she gathers with friends and family to remember her bowling teammate, Troy Paxton, a 17-year-old boy and recent Kearsley High School graduate who drowned July 30, swimming across Lake Minnawanna in Lapeer County on Friday, July 31, 2015, in the parking lot of Richfield Bowl in Genesee Township, Michigan. Paxton was a  member of the Kearsley High School bowling team, so many of his teammates and coaches attended the candlelight vigil. 


Milan Sbihli, of Burton, is seen reflected in a fundraising game as Community Members gather during a fundraiser to raise money for a memorial for 9-year-old Omarion Humphrey, Monday, July 27, 2015, at Lake Callis Recreation Complex in Flint , Michigan. Nine-year-old Omarion Humphrey went missing on July 4 and was found deceased in Lake Callis, a week later after a massive search and rescue effort.  The fundraiser featured a raffle, prizes and games. 


Miles Bridges, five star basketball recruit and Flint native, will begin his senior season at Huntington Prep High School in West Virginia this Fall. Bridges, who has been playing basketball since age two, top five picks are Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina. 


John Jarrard, of Flushing, peers through a glass window to see Senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, speaking with reporters Saturday morning, July 11, 2015, at the Flint Farmers' Market in Flint, Michigan. 


Mayoral forum Thursday, July 30, 2015, at White Horse Tavern in Flint , Michigan. 


Camp counselor, Maleek Joy, entertains campers during the Genesee County Parks kids camp Friday, July 17, 2015, at McKinley Park in Flint , Michigan . The free camp provides kids ages 4 to 18, with an afternoon filled with both educational and fitness activities.


Jonathon Rice, employee at Pennell Farms, sells produce at the Farmers market Saturday July 11, 2015, while  Senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, makes a visit to speak with the Flint community at the Flint Farmer's Market in Flint, Michigan.