Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.
In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get concealed pistol licenses because of recent crime in the area.
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 L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press The jogger who was mauled to death in July by two large dogs on a rural road in Michigan was bitten at least eight times and knew, as he lay bleeding in a ditch, that he was dying, even as frantic neighbors tried to save him. Craig Sytsma, 46, […]
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 Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Since restoring their 1964 Mercury Park Lane two years ago, the Jedryczka family has entered the car in several auto shows, but Sunday will be the first time it appears in the Concours d’Elegance of America, an annual show in Plymouth, Mich., now in its 36th year. The palomino-colored […]
By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times When Michigan police found the body of a 25-year-old man in a park last week, they had a macabre mystery on their hands. The man’s name was Charles Gerard Oppenneer, and investigators think he was killed by an injury to his head. The problem is they don’t know for […]
By Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press LIVONIA, Mich. — The 36-year-old Dearborn, Mich., man accused of punching a soccer referee who later died appeared in a Livonia courtroom Thursday to be arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder. Bassel Saad wore a white T-shirt and black pants and kept his head down most of the […]
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a trench though Ron Kardos’ Oceola Township, Michigan, pasture last year for an oil pipeline — but already Kardos is preparing for another onslaught of construction. Last week Kardos got a […]
By Matt Helms and Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Saying the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts and easing pension cuts in Detroit’s bankruptcy are critical to the city’s future, representatives of Detroit’s three automakers on Monday committed $26 million to the grand bargain on which much of the city’s exit from […]
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — the right-wing 501(c)(4) “dark money” group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch — has singled out its latest target: Detroit, Michigan. Specifically, the group is mobilizing opposition to the proposed settlement reached in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy case. The settlement, which is the only promising compromise after months of negotiation, now faces […]
By Brent Snavely, Matt Helms and Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Detroit has reached a new, five-year agreement with 14 of its unions, including AFSCME — the city’s largest union — in its bankruptcy case, according to a statement issued Monday by federal mediators who are assisting with the city’s restructuring. The tentative […]
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday accorded voters more leeway to challenge affirmative action, as justices upheld a Michigan measure that bans preferential treatment in college admissions based on race or ethnicity. In a highly anticipated but fractured decision, the court said it lacked the authority to interfere […]
By David Jesse, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a ban on using race in admissions to Michigan’s public universities. The court was divided on the case, which overturns a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision. The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, says the case is not about race […]
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Republicans are “not necessarily cold-hearted” in their economic policies but spent much of his speech Wednesday to college students lampooning them for opposing his views. The new House Republican budget plan is a replay of 2012 campaign themes, he […]
By Zlati Meyer, Detroit Free Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — President Barack Obama urged support of his plan to raise the national minimum wage to help Americans out of poverty in a speech at the University of Michigan on Wednesday. The address, which also included a handful of quips about the Wolverines basketball, highlighted the […]