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What's in a name? What if that name is Flint?

(Courtesy of MINBCNEWS.com)

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A committee is studying whether Flint Township should change its nameto drop the reference to Flint.

Some residents believe the community's reputation suffers when people don't make a distinction between the township and the city of Flint. The city is known for a high crime rate and chronically poor finances. A state-appointed emergency manager runs Flint.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller tells The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/JbcEEP ) that discussions still are in the early stage. The next meeting is set for May 23 and is open to the public.

Resident Chuck Hughes lists some possible new names, such as Bishop, which is the name of the local airport, or West Point. He notes that East Detroit became Eastpointe in 1992.

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