Sunday, March 29, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Won’t Appeal Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Nearly 300 gay and lesbian couples can now be married in Michigan.

February 4, 2015
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Judge Says Michigan Must Recognize 300 Same-Sex Marriages

Marriage equality has scored another big win in the courts.

January 15, 2015

Detroit Emerges From Bankruptcy

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

December 10, 2014
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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

U.S. Appeals Court Makes First Ruling Against Gay Marriage

The fight for marriage equality may have hit a bump in the road, but it wages on.

November 7, 2014
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Michigan: GOP Gov. Snyder Wins Re-Election

Snyder is one of many GOP governors to survive election night.

November 4, 2014
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Senate Races 2014: Why Michigan Never Became Iowa

Find out why Republicans haven’t been able to expand the map into the Wolverine State.

October 23, 2014
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Midterm Roundup: Democrats Jump Back Into Kentucky

Get all of the latest news from the campaign trail.

October 22, 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

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
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‘I’m Dying,’ Jogger Gasped After Dogs Attacked

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, […]

August 25, 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
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1964 Mercury Brings One-Of-A-Kind Glamour To The Concours d’Elegance

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 […]

July 25, 2014

Pregnant Woman Strangled, Boyfriend Beheaded In Craigslist Sex Meeting

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 […]

July 22, 2014

Man Accused Of Attacking Soccer Referee ‘Extremely Remorseful,’ Attorney Says

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 […]

July 10, 2014
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Major New Pipeline Proposed Next To Enbridge Line That Ruptured In 2010

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 […]

July 2, 2014

Detroit Automakers Pledge $26 Million To Protect City Pensions, Art

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 […]

June 9, 2014

Koch Brothers’ Dark Money Targets Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

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 […]

May 21, 2014

Detroit Reaches Tentative 5-Year Deal With 14 Unions In Bankruptcy Case

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 […]

April 28, 2014
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Michigan’s Ban On Preferential Treatment In College Admissions Stands

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 […]

April 22, 2014
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban On Affirmative Action

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 […]

April 22, 2014
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In Michigan, Obama Assails Republican Economic Policies As ‘Mean’

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 […]

April 2, 2014

Obama Pushes ‘Raise’ For America During Speech On Minimum Wage

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 […]

April 2, 2014
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U.S. Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Marriages, Holder Says

By Todd Spangler and Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will recognize the marriages of some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan performed Saturday before a federal appeals court put a stay on such ceremonies in the state. In a statement Friday morning, Holder […]

March 28, 2014
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Michigan Governor Says Gay Marriages Are Legal, But Won’t Be Recognized

By Kathleen Gray, Paul Egan and Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press LANSING, Michigan — It was the ultimate split decision when Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that the nearly 300 same-sex marriages performed on Saturday are legal but won’t be recognized by the state because of a stay put on the judicial decision that Michigan’s ban […]

March 27, 2014