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The Month of July in a Nutshell (Excuse the Hiatus)

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The tall ship Sorlandet seen from a kayaker’s perspective as the sun was rising over the Saginaw River on Saturday, July 13.
Photo Credit | Jessica Haynes for MLive.com

It’s been awhile since I have posted anything and I think most interns would understand. It has been a crazy month, trying to work two jobs and juggle school requirements so I thought I would just list some quick info and links to the work that have been keeping me busy.

If you have any questions or want to leave some feedback, feel free to leave a message in the comment sections and I will make sure to reply.

July 2 — Former bullied gay teen, a Bay County resident, ties the knot on Supreme Court steps: I followed up on a tip from an editor and talked with two women who decided to get married before DOMA was repealed and their struggle with homophobia and bullying.

July 5 — Saginaw loses member of the Great Generation and a community ‘blessing’ in Raymond E. Vasold: I met Ray last year at his 75th high school reunion and knew I had to put together a fitting tribute to a man remembered so fondly by the Saginaw community. He was a wonderful man, so polite and courteous, and will be greatly missed.

Saginaw Area Fireworks put on another spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show on Ojibway Island. About 90,000 people came to watch the show this year, which is about the same as last year.
Photo Credit | Katie Bailey for MLive.com

July 5 — Saginaw fireworks ‘went without a hitch,’ drawing about 90,000 spectators: Fourth of July is without a doubt my favorite holiday so I was excited to be on Ojibway Island watching one of the biggest shows in the state. There were a few skirmishes broken up by the police but overall, the night went well and the crowds were amazed by the beautiful display of pyrotechnics. 

July 10 — Assistant County Executive Michael K. Gray remembered as ‘dedicated public servant’ EXCERPT: Bay County Commissioner Brandon Krause says he was “floored and just shocked” to wake up Wednesday, July 10, to learn his friend and colleague had died the previous night at the age of 54.

Less than 24 hours before, Krause said he and Assistant County Executive Michael K. Gray had shared a meal of cheeseburgers and practiced skeet-shooting together.

“He was smiling and laughing, we were joking around about the ones we were missing,” Krause, 40, said. “We had a great time last night. I would have never known something was wrong with him. He was saying how much he had fun, no comments on being or feeling ill.”

Signe Nielsen, 86, of Bay City watches the tall ship Sorlandet arrive at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration. 
Photo Credit | Jeff Schrier for Mlive.com

July 12 — Family history comes alive for Bay City woman with Sørlandet’s arrival for Tall Ship Celebration: Apparently the captain of the Sørlandet heard or read my article and arranged a private tour of the ship for Signe Nielsen and her family. I ended up running into her daughter and son-in-law later during the weekend and they thanked me with tears in their eyes and plenty of hugs. She was a sweet lady and I enjoyed meeting her and was glad I could help her, even if I was just doing my job. Plus, this story made it back to her homeland to Signe’s Norwegian family!

July 13 — Paddle enthusiasts arrive bright and early for unique views of Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration: Easily one of my favorite assignments during my summer internship, albeit a super early one. I started my float on the Saginaw River around 6 a.m. and stayed out there for three hours, snapping pics and interviewing my fellow kayakers. I created a gallery with both my images and courtesy photos from the group, so I am glad to have these as memories of a beautiful day on the river. 
July 17 — Saginaw Wonderfest organizers: Stevie Wonder ‘plans to be here’ despite Michigan self-defense laws: The ruling of the George Zimmerman trial played a part in Wonder deciding not to perform in states with Stand Your Ground laws, legislation similar to Michigan laws. Although I left a voice mail on Wonder’s cell phone, I was only able to speak with organizers who are claiming the Saginaw native will be present at Wonderfest.
July 25 — 38 dogs seized, 2 found dead near Midland in ‘largest ever shelter seizure of Shelties in state of Michigan’: I received a tip on this about a month ago and was not able to do much with it since the case was being kept under wraps but was finally able to pursue. This story got a lot of views as most animal cruelty cases do and I am following up on the owner’s felony charges at the preliminary examination in two weeks, so stay tuned.
July 30 — Korean War veteran shares a woman’s perspective of the ‘Forgotten War’ in Delta College documentary: As part of a military family, I have a special place in my heart for veterans and truly enjoyed my two-hour conversation with Lydia Davis, who I met on Memorial Day this year and pursued for a story. Davis was kindness itself, even showing me family pictures and giving her opinion on the military, now as compared to then. Interesting read!
Mrs. Reyes' inventor's class poses for a class photo at a summer camp at Delta College on August 1, 2013.  Photo Credit | Sammy Jo Hester for MLive.com

Mrs. Reyes’ inventor’s class poses for a class photo at a summer camp at Delta College on August 1, 2013.
Photo Credit | Sammy Jo Hester for MLive.com

Aug. 2 — Rainbows, robots and bubbles: Delta College summer camps spark student imaginations: Any day I get to interview little kids is a fun day! Their energy and positivism always works its way into my article and the photographer and I had an awesome time checking out the student inventions and hearing what they have learned. There is a bit of a surprise in the photo gallery, if you can catch it!

 Again, my apologies for not updating as frequently as I should. July is my favorite month and it seems to have flown by extra-fast this year, like I blinked and it was already the end. With August starting, I am beginning preparations for the fall semester and trying to find an apartment that fits in a broke college students budget. Wish me luck and let me know what you think of the stories above in the comment sections. Have a great weekend, readers!

The day DOMA was struck down (an intern’s perspective)

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Courtesy Photo | Colorlines.com

If I had known how Wednesday, June 26, was going to end up, I might have packed a lunch or drank more coffee. I would have come up with a posting schedule for articles, lined up interviews and contacts, drank more coffee. I should have been more aware of the potential news happening in the nation’s capitol, as nine justices ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act and changed the lives of so many.

I’m not sure what news site I was reading at 11 p.m. that day but when I announced the breaking headlines to my editor, I knew I had my assignments for the day. So began a feverish race to call the local congressional offices, get a hold of the Tri-City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride group leaders, updating a multimedia element regularly while being sent on a goose chase of an assignment.

I have been home for a few hours now and as I seem to have mellowed out a bit, the gravity of what today means is starting to hit me. I was only six years old when DOMA passed but understood by 18 what California’s Prop 8 did and how I felt about it. It was wrong. To deny the right of two people, who love each other and want to make a commitment for the rest of their lives, is wrong.

MacKenzie Burger | For MLive.com

I am getting pretty tired but feel the need to get my point across. Today, I spoke with people who disagreed with the Supreme Court justices and others who felt they did the right thing. Some people called me to talk about disapproval and said marriage is between one woman and one man. One person in particular told me plans of proposing to their partner of 13 years as soon as marriage is legal in Michigan. In my head, I respect all of those opinions and believe I did my best to write in an objective and thoughtful manner.

But in my heart, I am rejoicing. Prop 8 has been overturned and the shock waves of DOMA have only begun. There is a vote ahead, an important one and I plan to make sure mine counts for equality.

Here are the stories I worked on today regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA:

Supreme Court Defense of Marriage Act ruling draws reactions from Bay City, Midland and Saginaw residents

Saginaw, Midland elected officials give their takes on Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling

Saginaw ACLU-affiliated attorneys say Supreme Court ruling ‘the right end result’

 

Here’s a cute picture of an owl to celebrate! Click here to read it’s story of being saved by a Saginaw police officer.

Courtesy Photo | MLive.com

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June 27, 2013 at 2:37 am