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Detroit plan to recoup $239M paid to annuity accounts threatens some pensions

Nearly 4,800 retired Detroit workers facing baseline pension cuts of 4.5 percent could see their monthly retirement benefits dwindle even further — with a handful of pensions being wiped out altogether — under the city's latest debt-cutting plan. - 1:00 AM

  1. Pope John Paul II celebrates mass on Sept. 18, 1987 at the Silverdome in Pontiac.

    Detroit area Catholics recall John Paul's visits before his canonization

    Eva Fleck lovingly recalls learning that John Paul II had become pope. In her native country, the former Czechoslovakia which was under Communist rule, a Pole being crowned the head of the Catholic Church 'gave us hope,' said Fleck, who lives in Troy. 'Ever since then, I have great devotion to him.'

  1. U.S. colleges look at ways to increase diversity

    Although U-M was not a party to the case the justices decided Tuesday, it was ground zero in the legal challenge to Michigan's voter-approved constitutional amendment against affirmative action. Minority enrollment at the school has dropped since the ban was enacted in 2006. (David Coates / The Detroit News)Regrouping after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in public school admissions, diversity advocates are pushing universities to consider other ways to boost minority enrollment on campuses across the state and nation.

  2. Fragmented Detroit area casino market may see casualties as revenue slows

    Analysts project the now-fragmented local gaming market could eventually exclude one of the four players that exist today: MGM Grand, MotorCity and Greektown, and Caesars Windsor.

  3. Groundbreaking planned Thursday for $17M makeover of Midtown buildings

    The Cass Plaza, above, will be transformed into apartments.A groundbreaking ceremony is planned Thursday for the $17 million renovation of two derelict buildings in Detroit's Midtown area, where demand for housing is growing.

  4. Despite Tigers reliever Phil Coke's struggles, he's 'here to win'

    Phil Coke allowed three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday night. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News) Phil Coke seems always to be in peril. Sometimes he makes it to the other side and lives for another day. There are other moments, such as in Tuesday's ninth inning against the White Sox, when, a step from safety, he fails and falls and an audience is left to believe he is, at last, finished as a Tigers relief pitcher.

  1. At least at practice, Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi appears unperturbed by the position his team is in ahead of tonight's game. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

    As task gets tougher against Bruins, Red Wings seek the poise to bounce back

    The challenge is daunting, which is usually the type of challenge Mike Babcock enjoys. There's a fine line between hope and false hope, and the Wings are straddling it right now. If this series is to become a battle instead of a belting, we'll know tonight, when the Wings face the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

  1. Schauer's ed plan thin on substance

    Mark Schauer didn't exactly rock the boat when he presented his education goals last week.

  1. Going to school in the 2015 Ford Focus ST

    The Focus ST roars onto the track with power-induced torque steer. But at speed it's a gem — rotating easily through long radius corners.

  1. Readers' eyes turn to Bookstock, Michigan's largest used book and media sale

    I'm salting the mine. Seeding the clouds. Hiding some particularly shiny needles in a haystack. Michigan's largest used book extravaganza starts Sunday, spread across Laurel …

  1. Affirmative action ruling jeopardizes Michigan's progress against inequality
  2. Tigers expect to overcome front-office miscues covering for Jose Iglesias
  3. Children, faculty cope with accidental death of 9-year-old Canton student
  4. Red Wings not up to speed, look completely overmatched
  1. Readers' eyes turn to Bookstock, Michigan's largest used book and media sale

    The Bookstock Used Book & Media Sale kicks off Sunday at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. It's the largest used book sale in Michigan, with more than 100,000 offered throughout the week. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

    I'm salting the mine. Seeding the clouds. Hiding some particularly shiny needles in a haystack. Michigan's largest used book extravaganza starts …

  1. Syria accused of 2nd gas attack

     (Uncredited / AP)

    Beirut — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and …

  1. 'Stars on Ice' tour brings red-hot Olympians Davis and White to the Joe

    With a few 'Stars on Ice' tour dates behind them, Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis are enjoying being in the show, Davis says. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

    Over the past few months we've watched as Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White glided their way to a gold medal and ballroom danced all over …

  1. La Feria Tapas executive chef says mac and chorizo is as big a hit

    Macarrones Con Chorizo as prepared by Pilar Baron-Hidalgo of Detroit's La Feria Restaurant. She recommends serving her dish along with a good Spanish red wine. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)

    Pilar Baron Hidalgo, the executive chef and co-owner of La Feria Tapas Restaurant in Midtown, has particularly fond memories of her mother's recipe …

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