World's oldest person turns 116

May 24, 2015

World's oldest person turns 116

A Detroit-area woman turned 116 on Saturday, but she offers no secret for a long life. “There’s nothing I can do about it,” said Jeralean Talley of Inkster ahead of her birthday weekend. Talley was to celebrate her birthday twice, including at a party ...

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

Jan 24, 2015

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

by Beth J. Harpaz

I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay ...

Hot cars at the Detroit auto show

Jan 13, 2015

Hot cars at the Detroit auto show

The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17. Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles unveiled at the show: — FORD GT: Ford stunned the ...

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. ...