Today’s column is presented as a public service. It is for serious politicians both Democratic and Republican — and also for Donald Trump. The urgent need for this service has been painfully obvious for many years and never more so than today. So, let’s get right to it.
President Barack Obama jetted Wednesday to an American city whose economic revival mirrors both the U.S. economic comeback under his watch and the often negative perception of it.
Both cities as have the same gritty, urban, post-industrial heritage, fueled by the pulsing beat of techno music.
It’s not every presidential campaign announcement rally that begins with a gospel choir performing Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” But Ben Carson managed to pull it off — along with a right-wing populist message against cultural elites.
General Motors began its recall in February 2014 even though an independent investigation reported last June that some GM engineers knew of the malfunction more than a decade earlier.
An independent investigation by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas found that some GM engineers knew about the problem as early as 2003.
By Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Detroit’s stiffest bankruptcy opponent — a bond insurer called Syncora — reached a comprehensive settlement with the city of Detroit and issued a formal apology for accusing bankruptcy mediators of “naked favoritism.” The remarkable development places Detroit within a stone’s throw of achieving an amicable resolution to […]
By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Almost a year into his lengthy prison term, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking a federal appeals court to toss his conviction and grant him a new trial. The disgraced ex-mayor, who is serving a 28-year prison term for public corruption, argued in court documents filed […]
By Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — An investor group offered to loan the City of Detroit as much as $4 billion — up from a $2 billion offer in April — to help the city pay off creditors, reinvest in services and emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy. But the deal would require the city to […]
By Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — A federal judge Monday morning ended an 11-year-old agreement that kept a federal monitor watching over the Detroit Police Department. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn accepted the request filed jointly by the city and the U.S. Justice Department to end the federal oversight, entering an 18-month transitional […]
By Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Detroit’s moratorium on residential water shutoffs over unpaid water bills will be extended until Aug. 25 as the city prepares to release details of a plan to better handle collections of overdue bills. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office said teams from his administration and the Detroit Water and […]
By Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press Police say an 8-year-old boy has died after being shot in his bedroom in Detroit. One of several bullets fired from outside went through a wall about 1 a.m. Wednesday, hitting Jakari Pearson. He was taken to a hospital and died. Bullet holes are visible in the bricks and […]
By Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Detroit’s emergency manager on Tuesday granted fuller authority to the city’s mayor to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, amid outcry over its crackdown on customers with overdue bills. Mayor Mike Duggan had said that he wasn’t in control of the department under a power-sharing arrangement […]
By Brent Snavely and Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days starting Monday to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills. “In case we have missed someone who has legitimate affordability problems this will allow […]
By Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Detroit police arrested nine protesters who were blocking a facilities entrance Friday afternoon that’s used by city contractors who’ve been shutting off water to delinquent customers. Plastic restraints were used to handcuff the five men and four women who were loaded into a Detroit police bus at […]
By Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — A prosecutor strongly opposed a judge’s decision Thursday to give a lighter sentence to another participant in the severe beating of Steve Utash, 54. Latrez Cummings, 19, misled the judge about his school enrollment status, is reported to be a foot soldier for a gang, and claimed […]
By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times DETROIT — In the year since this city filed for bankruptcy, becoming the largest municipality ever to do so, leaders have adopted a more optimistic tone about the future, pledging to fix streetlights and attract new residents and jobs. But Eric Byrd isn’t buying it. “No change round here […]
By Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — A Detroit high school teacher who said she was fired for breaking up a fight with a broom — and then offered her job back — is too traumatized to return to class, according to her attorney. The April 30 incident and its aftermath left 31-year-old Tiffani […]