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Federal judge halts Michigan presidential election recount
Despite the federal judge's ruling, Michigan's election recount fiasco is far from over as more appeals will follow.

After two days of  ballot counting, conflicting court decisions and legal wranglings between frustrated lawyers, a federal judge on Wednesday halted the hand recount of 4.8 million ballots cast for president in Michigan, concluding there’s no real evidence of foul play and there’s no valid reason to continue the recount. […]

View of a car parked in front of the entrance to the Hotel Durant in Flint, Michigan. Printed on front: “Hotel Durant, Flint, Michigan.” Printed on back: “Hotel Durant. Detroit and Saginaw Streets, Flint, Michigan. 300 attractive rooms with bath, located near downtown shopping and business center. ideal meeting and party facilities. All public rooms air-conditioned. Home of unique Auto Lounge and Adam Dining Room. Delicious food, moderate rates. Parking next to hotel. Children free. Peerless Litho Co., Chicago. Albert Pick Hotels, always the best for every guest.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
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Even undocumented, homeless Detroiters can get this new ID
The cards will open up access to city services for residents who might otherwise have trouble obtaining identification.

The City of Detroit is issuing municipal ID cards to open up access to city services for residents who might otherwise have trouble obtaining identification, including homeless people and undocumented immigrants.

Unlike state IDs, which often require a Social Security number and proof of legal status in the U.S., a Detroit municipal ID can be obtained with a photo ID issued by a school or employer. Applicants also must establish residency in Detroit and be at least 14 years old. Homeless people can use the address of their shelter.

Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López, who played a leading role ingetting the program started, said it will remove barriers facing the city’s most marginalized communities.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/12/07/even-undocumented-homeless-detroiters-can-get-new-id/95100280/

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Flint, Michigan, is dealing with another outbreak. This time it’s an infectious bacterial disease called Shigellosis, which can cause bloody diarrhea and fever and typically spreads when people don’t wash their hands.

According to health department officials, the gastrointestinal disease has been occurring at a higher rate in that county than in any other county, with 85 cases just last week, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

People in Flint - who are still forced to use either filtered or bottled water because of damaged water pipes - are bathing less, and refusing to wash their hands. 

“People aren’t bathing because they’re scared," 

said Jim Henry, Genesee County’s environmental health supervisor. The residents of Flint have been loathe to trust the water coming from the taps after government officials switched the water source to the #FlintRiver, leading to lead contamination in the water and causing a crisis that had repercussions nationwide. Even though the source was switched back, trust still remains low in the water and in the government in that area. 

Why hasn’t this been fixed yet? It’s absolutely appalling that we’re giving billions in aid packages to other countries yet our own citizens don’t have clean water! WTF is wrong with this government!!