BY MIKE KILLBREATH
CCN Executive Editor
FLINT (CCN) — The Harvard graduate hired to become the City of Flint's Chief Financial Officer is leaving. Hughey Newsome's departure became public Monday night during a Flint City Council meeting.
Newsome's resignation letter complained that he was tired of political attacks. Newsome also made a brief statement during a heated exchange between city council members Monday as they feuded over allegations that a letter was illegally written by three elected officials to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
City Councilman Eric Mays presented a copy of the letter to The Morning Gazette Radio Show and said three signatures on it was in violation of the Flint City Charter and subjects them to criminal penalties under the state's Open Meetings Act. Councilwoman Kate Fields said the letter was legal because she didn't meet privately with co-authors Allan Griggs and Eva Worthing. Griggs confirmed in public Monday that no meeting took place before signing the letter. READ MORE
KALAMAZOO (CCN) — Andy Murray is a former NHL coach who has spent eight seasons behind the bench at Western Michigan. The Broncos went to the NCAA tournament during his debut year but have been back only once since, and the veteran coach is hoping to motivate the students on the Kalamazoo campus to pack Lawson Arena this weekend as they aim to get back to the NCAA's big dance this year by winning the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament.
An automatic bid goes to the tourney champion.
Murray is so confident a full house can help motivate his players that he announced he's digging into his own pocket to help the cause. Any students who buy a ticket for Friday's game can show their ticket stubs at the door Saturday night to get in free. Murray is covering the cost out of his own pocket. READ MORE
WASHINGTON D.C. (CCN) — President Donald Trump issued a Tweet Friday to victims of the terrorist gunman who killed 49 people in New Zealand. A 50th victim died on Saturday, according to news reports.
President Trump tweeted: "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!"
The victims were praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Young children were among the victims, which included 43 killed at one mosque and seven at a second location. The victims were immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia. Three men and one woman are in custody and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said none of them were on security watch lists. A 28-year old man described as a white supremacist has been charged with the murders.
The gunman live-streamed the assault on Facebook from a head-mounted camera, and the footage showed how victims were killed inside one of the mosques. The shooter broadcast the live footage after publishing a manifesto in which he called immigrants "invaders."
BAHAMAS (CCN) — Ellen DeGeneres asked why her former baseball star boyfriend hasn't yet asked Jennifer Lopez to marry her during the superstar entertainer's appeared Friday afternoon on the nationally syndicated Ellen TV show. Alex Rodriguez proposed the next day during a vacation in the Bahamas, according to an Instagram post by Lopez to her audience of more than 88 million followers. She showed off the million dollar engagement ring Rodriguez gave her.
Rodriguez posted a photo on the beach with his new fiance during the luxury vacation getaway to celebrate their second anniversary as a couple.
Rodriguez, nicknamed A-Rod, was one of the greatest players of all-time during a 22-year career in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. He retired after the 2016 season with the all-time record with 25 career grand slam home runs. He hit 696 homers with a .295 career batting average and became the only player in big league history to surpass 600 home runs, 2,000 RBI's, 3,000 hits, 2,000 runs scored and 300 stolen bases. He was a 14-time All-Star Game selection and won three American League Most Valuable Player awards.
Rodriguez signed two of the highest-paid contracts in sports history and different sources have placed his net worth at more than $300 million. Lopez is one of the highest-paid celebrities with Forbes putting her 2017 earnings at $38 million and Celebrity Net Worth has placed her net worth in excess of $400 million.
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