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Elmore Leonard: Master of verbal tics and black humor

Acclaimed American writer who praised plain writing achieved literary daring across 60-year publishing career Although the death of the American writer Elmore Leonard – on Tuesday, aged 87, in Detroit, from complications from a recent stroke – is certainly a matter for sadness and regret, the writer would not want…

Detroit’s unions file challenge to city’s bankruptcy filing

(Reuters) – Detroit’s unions filed a challenge on Monday to the city’s historic bankruptcy filing, contending that the city has not met key requirements to seek protection from its creditors. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 and other unions said Detroit has not proven it…

Detroit police get email containing all women officers’ bra sizes

Detroit police officers were startled to receive an email Monday that contained the height, weight and bra-size of all women police officers on the force. According to Detroit’s Fox 2 News, the information was contained in a forwarded email notifying officers that their bulletproof vests and body armor were ready…

Detroit city officials misplace $1 million check for a month

Officials in the financially beleaguered city of Detroit misplaced a $1 million check made out to the city’s school system for a month. According to Bloomberg News, the fact that the check languished in a drawer, forgotten, for weeks from late February to March is another sign of the city…

Detroit workers fear city’s bankruptcy could wipe out their pensions

Thousands of pensioners already struggling to get by are afraid they will be pushed into poverty if the city of Detroit is able to slash their benefits in a bankruptcy court. Retired fire chief Jerry Franklin Smith spent 39 years battling blazes in a city filled with abandoned buildings and…

Detroit emergency manager proposes cutbacks in health plan for city workers to save $12 million

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on Friday proposed a new healthcare plan for city workers that is projected to save the city $12 million a year by raising deductibles and trimming the number of plans available. Orr aims to cut the number of healthcare plans available to…

Even when jobs return, Detroit’s workers fall short on skills

By Nick Carey DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a long list of things to fix in the city and among them is one that may sound surprising: there are not enough skilled workers to fill job openings as they become available. “Every problem in this city…

In cash-strapped Detroit, few critics question new sports arena funding

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – While Detroit has become a top emblem of U.S. urban economic decline with its recent bankruptcy filing, it remains a resilient and vibrant sports town. Major League Baseball’s Tigers and the National Football League’s Lions, like teams in other U.S. cities, have obtained public…

Detroit bankruptcy case heads to Wednesday hearing on labor union pension challenges

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) – Labor unions trying to stop Detroit from cutting pensions filed a new challenge to the city in bankruptcy court as the federal judge overseeing the case said he would hear arguments on Wednesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed on Monday to a…

Michigan appeals state judge’s order to stop Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday appealed a state judge’s declaratory judgment that the bankruptcy petition Detroit’s emergency manager filed in federal court Thursday should be withdrawn. The appeal of Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Friday order was made in the Michigan Court of…

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