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"Nothing happened to the pay gap from the mid-1950s to the late '70s. Then the '80s stood out as a period of sharp increases in women's pay. And it's much less impressive after that." - FRANCINE D. BLAU, a Cornell economist, on gender differences in pay.


Clinton, Obama Clearing The Field Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), trading on star power, the capacity to raise tens of millions of dollars with relative ease and an ability to dominate media attention, are rewriting the script of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, driving potential rivals...

"The Democrats would dearly love to elect the first woman or black president. Given that, it's going to be tough to run an insurgent campaign against these people."
Democratic strategist Anita Dunn cautioned against assumptions that the Democratic race is largely going to be a contest among Clinton, Obama and Edwards, who leads the polls in Iowa.

"One of the reasons for elections is that you don't know at this point how things are going to play out," she said. "History teaches us that the front-runners usually win the nomination, but front-runners often stumble -- and that gives an opportunity to someone who is well positioned."
(By Dan Balz, The Washington Post)

Testing the Waters, Obama Tests His Own Limits By JEFF ZELENY Senator Barack Obama's aides wonder if he can meet lofty expectations, which have elevated him beyond a politician's normal realm.

-Yes schools can save the children.
Can we create a different system to raise reading, critical thinking and self-esteem for poor and minority children? The Ann Arbor schools and the Family Learning Institute give a resounding YES!


University of Michigan Study on Teen Drug Use

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 5:25 PM
(AP) -- WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer teenagers are using illegal drugs and alcohol, but a new government survey says they may be abusing legal drugs instead. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released its annual survey, and the findings offer a mix of good news and bad.

It finds a small but growing number of teens are popping prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin as well as stimulants such as Ritalin. Over-the-counter medicines like cough syrup are also being abused, with one in 14 high school seniors saying they used cold medicine to get high "fairly recently." The study was conducted by the University of Michigan.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse:



Chris Martin is currently receiving $1077. PER WEEK for 40 hrs through a grant with Flint schools as a parent program coordinator. Most parent faciltators get 15 hrs per wk. at a much lower rate- title I funds. He may or may not still be an appointee of the Mayor making a large amount. Was appointed to the water dept. at first then at Haskell. Don't know if he is still on city payroll. I have never distrusted a person so much in all my days. I call him CANCER- as I am a survivor of cancer you may start to understand the depth of my watchfullness for him to rear his ugly head and cause chaos. Nuff said, RAP


9733. City of Flint Holiday Fun by
, 12/23/06 22:21 ET
Herb Cleaves sits at home while on the clock and banks cash from city taxpayers. Way to go City "Security" monitor. Merry Christmas!!


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(TV-5) -- A Christmas Grinch stole it but now a local Santa has a new suit. Schaeffer and Bierlein Automotive teamed up with Bronner's Christmas store to give Tim Dietzel a brand new Santa suit.
Dietzel said someone stole the suit on December 21st, along with several gift cards, right out of his car while he was shopping at the Fashion Square Mall. He found the top of the Jeep's door pried open and his $400 Santa suit gone. All the thief left were his candy canes.

Mr. Food Recipes-Poinsettia Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butterscotch chips, divided
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 (4-ounce) container red candied cherries
1. Preheat the oven to 350EF.
2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, egg, water, and vanilla until well blended. Gradually add the fl our, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
3. Stir in 3/4 cup butterscotch chips and the coconut. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
4. Cut the candied cherries in half, and cut each half into three slices.
5. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball and place a butterscotch chip in the center of each. Arrange 5 cherry slices in a circular pattern around each butterscotch chip to resemble the pattern of a poinsettia.
6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are firm but not brown. Cool the cookies for about 1 minute on the baking sheets then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

-Flint Truancy

Why do we have to raise other peoples kids. Hold the hole family accountable. We are in a
shameless society. You cannot shame the shameless into taking care of your families. The poor people have to meet us half way. There are no excuses.

-What is the Laundry Room?

"The Laundry Room" talk show, of YouTube fame, gears up for its hour-long 2006 Year End Special featuring a viewer-initiated question and answer session with a panel of 2007 Flint Michigan mayoral candidates, council members, and other prominent guests.

FLINT, MI (December 21, 2006) –, Flint, Michigan’s
growing public discussion forum, announces the 2006 "Laundry Room Year-End Special
" hosted by "Larry & John."

The show will be directed by Shawn Chittle of New York-based production
company Roscoe Van Zandt Films, and will be assisted by Steve Myers,
a producer at The Laundry Room and founder of

The show will open with folk singer Jud Caswell from Brunswick, Maine
and will feature an entertaining, packed show with skits, street
interviews, interviews with political figures, local activists and
talk radio personalities.

The highlight of the year-end show will be exclusive interviews with
emerging 2007 Flint mayoral candidates, some of which are making their
debut appearances in major media.

The show is scheduled for taping in late December at The Lunch Studio,
a downtown Flint cafe and meeting place. The show will air on YouTube
and released on limited edition DVD.

"Larry" Crucetti, a truck driver, and "John" Wilson, a professional
student at Michigan State University, found themselves natural talk
show hosts and facilitators. Larry provides on-the-spot direction and
structure, including his his brazen, from-the-hip opinions, while John
provides perspective from the college educated demographic and takes a
more analytical approach. The show is produced by Steve Myers.

The Laundry Room is an emerging force in the widespread social
phenomenon of personal and political expression, as told in Time
Magazine’s cover story, "Person of the Year: You." Larry says, "If
more people go ahead and do something like [a YouTube show], just
think of the conversations that could be had."

One of the angles of the show is holding public officials accountable
and reports on breaking events in the Flint Michigan political
landscape as they unfold. The Laundry Room acts as a watchdog for
political corruption and abuse of power and is the ultimate display of
voter empowerment. Larry and John have dubbed themselves "equal
opportunity voters" and they encourage concerned citizens to get
involved and voice their opinions on their Hotline at (810) 471-4252,
which is open 24 hours a day.

The Laundry Room will be the first to interview Flint mayoral
candidates Dale Weighill, Norman Bryant, and Adam Ford. Flint council
Members Sandy Hill and Ehren Gonzales are scheduled to appear as is
Ryan Eashoo, Chairman of the Flint Historic District Commission, who
met with resistance when he attempted to enter Michael Moore into his
high school’s Hall of Fame. The entire affair was covered nationally.
In the end the school chose to close the Hall of Fame rather than
admit Mr. Moore. Other notable guests included radio host John Roman
from Supertalk 1570’s "Roman on the Radio", Flint attorney Terry
Bankert, and former Flint District Attorney Robert Leonard.

About The Laundry Room:
The Laundry Room, produced by Steve Myers, is the only recurring web-based talk show
in the Flint area. In its brief two-month history, The
Laundry Room has broadcast a total 151 shows, each averaging 10-20
minutes. The shows have logged over 10,000 views on Fans
from all over the world call into the show from places like Australia,
and coast to coast representation from New York City and Los Angeles.
Larry and John are Citizen Journalists for and were recently interviewed on
the 1570 AM SuperTalk "Roman on the Radio"

The show is named after the room where its concept was born—in the
laundry room of Larry Crucetti’s East Side Flint, Michigan home. It
was there that Larry discovered YouTube and was inspired to propose the use of an
Internet video forum as a tool of accountability for all public employees.
As a step in that direction, he resolved to provide a venue for dialog that can affect
positive change in society.

Flint Michigan native Steve Myers created after seeing
an urgent need for a web-based forum for citizens of the Flint community to voice their
political opinions and views.

About Roscoe Van Zandt Films:
Shawn G. Chittle is a Flint Michigan native and Executive Producer at
Rosce Van Zandt Films in New York City. He is currently producing
several documentaries and dramatic short films in various stages of
development, many of which revolve around Flint as it faces its new,
post-General Motors reality in the 21st Century.

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