| Mar 16, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:30 PM
The distress call came Sunday around 1 p.m.: emergency in Beverly Hills. Someone was being held hostage at "Simon Cowell's." The victim, reported a female caller, was tied up with duct tape inside a bathroom at the brash British "X Factor" judge's...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 7:10 PM
DETROIT — Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension.
But the city's recent plunge into bankruptcy...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Detroit is the broken tooth in Michigan's smile. Nevertheless, the preternaturally optimistic governor, from whom never is heard a discouraging word, cheerfully describes his recent foray with a crew cleaning up a park in a particularly, well, challenging...
| Nov 13, 2013
Re "Detroit's problems raise race issues," Nov. 10
Though many Detroiters may feel disenfranchised by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's appointment of an emergency manager, they should know their voices are being heard outside the state.
In fact, if the...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 1:30 PM
DETROIT — The Christie's appraisers enter on Mondays, when the museum is closed, and either inspect what's on the walls or ask to see some of the thousands of works not on display, sometimes sending Detroit Institute of Arts technicians on half-...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Detroit went into federal bankruptcy court on Monday hoping to prove what most people already know: It is poor and $18 billion in debt, its residents aren’t getting adequate municipal services and there is no real way to rebound without some sort of...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:49 PM
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation’s new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state’s governor,...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Detroit has once again been in the headlines as the city and its creditors battle in court over whether the city is eligible to receive bankruptcy protection.
Municipal bankruptcy, like just about everything else that contains the word "municipal" or...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:17 PM
DETROIT — As protesters marched outside, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified in federal court Monday that he “worked very diligently” to avoid Detroit’s historic bankruptcy as attorneys for employee unions and retirees grilled...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Last week, with a massive $18-billion debt, Detroit became the largest American city to seek bankruptcy protection, and once again we are reading obituaries of the late, great Motor City.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on Detroit, where I once...