On a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, Michigan, water rushed out of a couple of fire hydrants. Puddles formed on the dry grass and splashed the skin of the delighted kids who ran through it. But the spray looked strange. “The water was coming out dark as coffee for hours,” McCathern remembered. The shock of it caught in his throat. “Something is wrong here.” Something had been wrong for months. That spring, Flint, under direction from state officials, turned off the drinking water it had relied upon for nearly 50 years. The city planned to join a new regional system, and while it waited for it to be built, it began bringing in its water from the Flint River. McCathern didn’t pay much attention to the politicking around all this; he had enough to worry about at his busy parish. But after the switch, many of his neighbours grew alarmed at the water that flowed from their … [Read more...] about ‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people
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A technology millionaire and his wife sold all they had in a garage sale and are now traveling the world with their two young children. Garrett Gee, 25, along with two others, cofounded QR code scanning company Scan Inc, which was subsequently bought by Snapchat in 2014 for $54million. Gee and wife Jessica, 30, decided to invest all of their earnings, sell all of their belongings, and travel the world with their two daughters, Dorothy, three, and Manilla, one. They are funding their travels only with the $45,000 their garage sale brought in and have dubbed themselves the Bucket List Family as they are seeing all the places they want to see in their lifetimes. Scroll down for video The family that travels together: Aventuresome Garrett and Jessica Gee and their daughters, Dorothy and Manilla, travel the globe on the $45,000 they made from a garage sale The bridge to bucket list: The family clinging to a hanging bridge over the Blue Pools in Frankton, New … [Read more...] about Tech millionaire and his wife sell everything they own to travel the world with their two kids doing random good deeds
A seventeen-year-old Oregon resident, Brennan Agranoff, spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. It's no simple hobby: Brennan is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he has already sold $1 million in custom socks. 'I have enough socks in this warehouse to wear every day until I die, and I was like, 'Wow, that's shocking,' ' he told the Portland television station KATU. What makes things even more surprising, is that Brennan is color blind, yet his designs are both striking and creative. Scroll down for video Brennan Agranoff, 17, who is color-blind in his sock factory and warehouse at his home in Sherwood, Oregon. He has already sold $1 million in custom socks Brennan spends his days going to high school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. It's not just a hobby - he is the founder & CEO and making some serious cash Brennan comes up with his own quirky designs despite having color … [Read more...] about Color blind teenager sells $1 million in custom socks that he designs himself from his bedroom – and he hasn’t even graduated high school yet
With summer just around the corner, Mark Buller and his family should be looking forward to enjoying the sunshine in the garden of their newly-built £700,000 detached home. Instead they anticipate spending the season doing the opposite — staying inside, shutting the windows and trying as hard as they can to keep the great outdoors, well, outdoors. The reason? The developers of their estate in Frimley, Surrey, chose to site a sewage pumping station beneath their front garden — waste from eight neighbouring properties is channelled through a tank under their lawn. ‘It’s ridiculous — everything stinks,’ says 41-year-old sales manager Mr Buller who, with his wife and three children, moved into the property in June 2016. Thomas, Rhian, Mark, and Holly Buller outside of their home where a sewage pump for the entire Linden Homes Heathlands estate development is in their front garden ‘Why should my family have to live in a house that smells like … [Read more...] about How the dash to build is turning dream homes into nightmares: Families left with bouncing floors, nails poking up through carpets and even the smell of SEWAGE in the garden as firms look to fulfill house-building targets
Good morning and welcome to your morning wrap of the news. The parties have rolled out some eye-catching election pledges. Our live coverage of the day’s political news is up and running. In other news, impeachment procedures against Donald Trump are picking up pace. What’s going on? Both parties have rolled out big-spending and, they hope, crowd-pleasing election pledges as we come to the end of a second week of campaigning. The Conservatives are offering a package to revitalise neglected towns, while Labour is promising free full-fibre broadband for homes and businesses. Boris Johnson says a Tory government would spend hundreds of millions of pounds reviving dying high streets and struggling communities. It includes discounts on business rates, rate relief for pubs, money to reopen train stations and a £150m fund to help groups trying to take over and run pubs and post offices threatened with closure. Labour has criticised the proposal, saying the Conservatives are … [Read more...] about Friday briefing: Free broadband or a high street revival?