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City lawyer: Detroit 'won't recover or survive' if bankruptcy deal fails

Detroit will die if the city's debts are not slashed and money freed up to invest in public safety and other services, the city's bankruptcy lawyer said during opening statements Tuesday. The dire prediction marked the start of a trial that will determine whether Detroit can shed more than $7 billion in debt and invest $1.4 billion in city services. - 5:00 PM

Boxes are brought into the federal courthouse ahead of Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Tuesday. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
  1. Justin Verlander is pictured with Kate Upton in New York on Jan. 31, 2014. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)

    Tigers' Justin Verlander on photos: 'I keep my personal life personal'

    Justin Verlander on Tuesday spoke briefly to reporters about his private life becoming public – in other words, the leaked nude photos of him and Kate Upton – but didn't provide details.

  1. Activist Robert Davis pleads guilty to federal crimes

    Robert Davis leaves federal court in Detroit after pleading guilty to two federal crimes Tuesday. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)Robert Davis, the controversial activist accused of stealing more than $125,000 from the cash-strapped Highland Park schools, pleaded guilty to two federal crimes Tuesday and could get 18 to 24 months in federal prison.

  2. CEO: Sale of Compuware to private equity firm to cause 'some shifting' in jobs

    Compuware's headquarters in Detroit seen Tuesday. The company has entered into an agreement to be sold for $2.5 billion to San Francisco-based private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo. (David Coates / The Detroit News)Detroit-based Compuware Corp. has entered into an agreement to be sold for $2.5 billion to private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo. The transaction is expected to close by early 2015. Compuware's board of directors has unanimously approved the agreement.

  3. Shooter targets Pontiac man mowing lawn

    A 25-year-old Pontiac man told deputies someone tried to bushwhack him on Labor Day in a drive-by shooting while he was mowing his lawn.

  1. Ndamukong Suh has 27.5 sacks in four seasons with the Lions. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

    Lions' Ndamukong Suh gets even more leverage with J.J. Watt's $100M deal

    The Houston Texans signing J.J. Watt to a reported six-year, $100 million extension is potentially bad news for the Lions in their pursuit to keep All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh next year.

  1. MSU president Simon: 'We're making progress'

    The dean of Big Ten university presidents is showing no signs of slowing down, stepping aside or coasting.

  1. Neal Rubin: Mark Ridley gets serious about his heart attack

    Mark Ridley is a smart individual, but even smart men tend to be stupid when it comes to trivial details like their health and well-being.

  1. Tigers hurting without Jose Iglesias and his magic mitt

    We knew the loss of shortstop Jose Iglesias would hurt the Tigers this year. By mid-April we saw just how much. By the end of August, the pain seems to be becoming too much.

  1. O'Connor: Put the brakes on auto insurers' unfair practices
  2. A New Orleans model for Detroit?
  3. Slipshod Tigers concoct new ways to derail themselves
  4. Miguel Cabrera's health leaves a dark cloud over Tigers' pennant push
  1. Editorial: Joint authority is ploy to hike taxes

    Hazel Park and Eastpointe are forming an authority that would allow them to seek 14-mill tax increases for fire protection. They should ditch that idea and try to find savings elsewhere.

  1. Annual Art and Apples fest is ranked as one of the best fairs

    Colorful glass ornaments are among items that will be for sale at Rochester's annual Art and Apples Festival. (Art and Apples Festival photos)

    Rochester's Art and Apples Festival may not be as well-known in Michigan as the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, but according to a new survey, it's one of the …


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