| 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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 7:27 PM
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending that the state Legislature approve up to $350 million to help fund pensions in Detroit, though he repeatedly emphasized that the funds would come with some strings attached, including that labor unions would...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Tens of thousands of Detroiters are waiting anxiously for 10 a.m. Tuesday. That’s when they’ll hear from Judge Stephen Rhodes whether the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection, a decision that could affect pensions, city services and...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Saying that “the city needs help,” a judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection and can cut municipal employee pensions as it reorganizes its finances.
“This case was filed in good cause and should not be...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Detroit, fighting its way through the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, has reached an agreement that preserves current pensions but cuts cost-of-living payments for retired police and firefighters.
The agreement, announced Tuesday, is the...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state fights a federal judge's ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, an appeals court decided Tuesday.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S....
| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:28 AM
The federal government will officially recognize about 300 same-sex couples in Michigan who wed before such marriages were put on hold by the courts, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday.
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 11:53 PM
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for...