Bills escape snowbound Buffalo

Nov 22, 2014

Bills escape snowbound Buffalo

Bills receiver Chris Hogan trudged through hip-high drifts of snow to get to Ralph Wilson Stadium. Tight ends Scott Chandler and Lee Smith shared a ride on a snowmobile. Mush. All that was missing were Sherpas and sled dogs for the Bills to escape ...

Judge approves bankruptcy exit plan for Detroit

Nov 8, 2014

Judge approves bankruptcy exit plan for Detroit

A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a turnaround plan that will require discipline after years of corruption, mismanagement and an exodus of residents brought this one-time industrial powerhouse to financial ruin. “What happened in Detroit must never happen again,” Judge ...

U.N. rights experts decry Detroit water shut-offs

Oct 21, 2014

U.N. rights experts decry Detroit water shut-offs

U.N. rights experts on Monday condemned authorities in Detroit for disconnecting water supplies to thousands of residents, saying the policy was hitting the city’s poorest and most vulnerable. In a statement issued after a three-day mission to Detroit, U.N. Special Rapporteurs Catarina de Albuquerque ...

Aug 8, 2014

Detroit mayor offers new water plan after uproar

Detroit’s mayor, who faced international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars’ worth of unpaid bills, announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable payment plans to many delinquent customers. Mayor Mike Duggan made the announcement not long after several ...

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Jul 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch’s longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Although ...

Detroit rolls dice on casino-led comeback

Jun 9, 2014

Detroit rolls dice on casino-led comeback

by Tim Reid and Michael Erman

Detroit’s reliance on casino cash to help fund a recovery from the city’s historic bankruptcy is a high-risk bet on an increasingly shaky source of income. A trial to approve Detroit’s plan to exit its $18 billion bankruptcy, the largest municipal crash in U.S. ...

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

Mar 31, 2014

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that bulldozers will soon level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes ...

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

Oct 13, 2013

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

by Mira Oberman

The hollow hulk of Detroit’s once-majestic train station draws a steady stream of tourists to see how far the mighty Motor City has fallen. The Beaux Arts building was the tallest railway station in the world when it was built in 1913, and its ...

Presidents' grand plans fail in Detroit

Aug 12, 2013

Presidents' grand plans fail in Detroit

by Michael A. Fletcher

During the Nixon years, Detroit’s business elite laid plans for the glittering Renaissance Center retail and office complex. The Ford and Carter administrations brought the “People Mover,” an elevated rail loop around downtown that hardly anybody rides today. Other presidential administrations introduced enterprise zone ...