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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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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.

September 10, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump remains standing at the front of the stage as rivals Rubio, Cruz and Kasich head to their podiums at the start of the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit

Republicans Blitz Trump At Presidential Debate

Believe him, Donald Trump has yuge hands.

March 4, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama checks out an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan

In Detroit, Parallels With Obama’s Broader Economy

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.

January 22, 2016

Travel Smart: Berlin Borrows From Detroit To Lure Tourists To Vibrant City

Both cities as have the same gritty, urban, post-industrial heritage, fueled by the pulsing beat of techno music.

June 12, 2015

FCA US Offering Free College For Dealer Employees

The automaker’s announcement comes about one month after Starbucks launched a similar program for its employees.

May 4, 2015

Not Quite A Rally: Ben Carson’s Campaign Seminar

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.

May 4, 2015

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 90

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.

April 27, 2015

Tally Of Deaths Tied To Defective GM Ignition Switches Rise To 84

An independent investigation by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas found that some GM engineers knew about the problem as early as 2003.

April 14, 2015
Orange barricades surround a newly paved section on Woodward Avenue for the new commuter light rail being constructed January 1, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan

New Hope And Old Woes As Detroit Exits Bankruptcy

Despite some big strides forward, Detroit still has a long way to travel on the road to recovery.

January 5, 2015

Detroit Emerges From Bankruptcy

Detroit’s historic bankruptcy is finally coming to an end.

December 10, 2014

Detroit Power Outage: ‘Another Reminder Of How Much Work We Still Need To Do’

Why Detroit went dark — and how to stop it from happening again.

December 3, 2014

Judge Approves Plan To End Detroit Bankruptcy

A federal judge Friday approved Detroit’s restructuring plan, effectively ending the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

November 7, 2014

Detroit’s Emergency Manager Says Settlement With Museum Avoided Costly Legal Fight

Find out what will become of Detroit’s world-class art collection.

October 2, 2014

Creditor Syncora Reaches Detroit Bankruptcy Deal, Issues Apology

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 […]

September 15, 2014

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Appeals Corruption Conviction

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 […]

September 4, 2014

Investors Offer $4B Loan To Bankrupt Detroit With Art Museum As Collateral

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 […]

August 27, 2014

Judge Lifts Federal Oversight Of Detroit Police

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 […]

August 25, 2014

Detroit Extends Moratorium On Water Shutoffs

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 […]

August 4, 2014

8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed In Detroit Bedroom

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 […]

July 30, 2014

Detroit’s Mayor Given Control Of Water Department

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 […]

July 29, 2014

Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs For 15 Days

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 […]

July 21, 2014

Detroit Police Arrest 9 People At Water Protest

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 […]

July 18, 2014

6-Month Sentence For Motorist’s Final Attacker Angers Prosecutor

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 […]

July 17, 2014

A Year Into Detroit’s Bankruptcy, Many Residents Still Feel Abandoned

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 […]

July 17, 2014

Broom-Wielding Teacher Too Traumatized To Work, Attorney Says

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 […]

July 10, 2014