Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 3:01 PM EDT May 14, 2019 Detroiters are still wringing out their lives, two weeks after torrential downpours swamped roadways and homes. "It's sad to see," said Matthew Ruffino of Grosse Pointe, who, just days ago, posted a picture on social media of a flooded Detroit home in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. "I really hope the water will recede faster so people can start picking up their lives — and fix what they need to fix." Climate scientists predict an escalation in extreme rainfall and storms that will lead to more Midwest flooding and could cost taxpayers more than $480 million annually just to adapt urban stormwater systems to handle the deluge. Ruffino said the house he photographed on Saturday looked like it was sinking. Others more accurately commented that it was the water level that changed, being 1-2 feet higher than where it should have been. Heavy rains combined … [Read more...] about As Michigan cleans up from a flood, forecasts call for even more
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Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Updated 9:15 am CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Officials announced that most have been connected back to their service following the fires, explosions and loss of their main heating utility, but there are many issues which still need to be solved. (WCVB via AP) less FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Officials announced ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 FILE-- In … [Read more...] about Months after Massachusetts gas explosions, normalcy far off
opinion Kate Abbey-Lambertz Published 10:46 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 Dear Mr. Elon Musk: We get it — if you’re attempting to send mini-submarines into underwater caves and launch yourself into space, fixing America’s crumbling urban infrastructure probably sounds like the kind of project you could tackle on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With your full portfolio of projects and ... prolific Twitter use, it might be entirely normal for you to start a project as complex as restoring clean water to Flint, seemingly just at the request of a few followers. Well, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but we’ve got a friendly suggestion! Instead of personally solving Flint’s water crisis — by telling people that the water is fine now (not quite), asking residents to tweet or email their tap water test results (probably not the most effective system) and planning one weekend to install filters and fully eradicate resident worries (free filters have … [Read more...] about Opinion: Elon Musk says he can fix Flint’s water. Here’s what he should do instead.
The Future In Front of Me, The Past Behind Me is a gasoline-fueled narrative by automotive journalist Tony Borroz. It details the joys, thrills, and even the uncertainties of the car-obsessed lifestyle. In advance of the book’s release, we are previewing the first few chapters. Below is the first half of chapter 4, Leaving Palm Springs. We will announce the book’s release later this year on our Twitter page. I fill my tank with gas at the unattended station. The cool morning desert air is still and the sun is somewhere over there, on the other side of a ridge of rocks that could be from a movie set. Late January in the desert southwest is pleasant in the extreme. It’s cold now, of course. Sand and dirt and what passes for plants out here hold as much heat as a sieve, but by midday, it’ll be warmer than 90 percent of the country. Driving here, now, at this time of day gives the whole place an odd ghost town feeling. By the time I am out of Palm Springs, … [Read more...] about Chapter 4: Leaving Palm Springs
Hispanic business owners in Fells Point are accusing city officials and police of a pattern of discrimination, saying their establishments are being targeted unfairly and often shut down over what they believe are minor code violations.The owner of La Rumba, a bar and restaurant at East Pratt Street and South Broadway, said more than a dozen police officers appeared on each of three nights last month at the peak of business with no warning, shutting the bar down each time and ordering patrons to leave, for infractions such as failing to pay a "minor fine," a broken hot water heater and lack of toilet paper."We are concerned about raids by police," said Gilberto de Jesus, an attorney representing the Hispanic Business Association of Maryland. "We're not criminals. We have established businesses."During a news conference Monday at the now-closed La Rumba, de Jesus was joined by owner Nicolas Ramos and other business owners who called on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to stop what they … [Read more...] about Hispanic business owners complain of unfair treatment