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  1. 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.

    • 12:55 AM, Apr. 24, 2014

    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.'

    • 11:37 PM, Apr. 23, 2014

    U.S. colleges look at ways to increase diversity

    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.

    • 12:53 AM, Apr. 24, 2014

    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.

    • 10:05 PM, Apr. 23, 2014

    Groundbreaking planned Thursday for $17M makeover of Midtown buildings

    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.

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

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Schauer's ed plan thin on substance

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

  5. New housing permits see bump in Metro Detroit in 2013, SEMCOG finds

    Housing permits increased across the region last year, according to a recent report from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

  6. Activist challenges bid to sell ex-fairgrounds to developers

    Lansing The sale of the former state fairgrounds property in Detroit to a development team led by ex-NBA star Magic Johnson would be illegal, claims an activist who also has battled for such causes as homes for the poor in Corktown and government programs to combat fetal alcohol disorders.

  7. Lions' Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford working on communication skills

    Tate is pushing hard to keep the lines of communication open with Stafford even during these early drills. 'He has a lot of talent and I think I have a lot of talent,' Tate said.

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

    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 primetime television. Sunday, it's Metro Detroit's chance to see the Michigan natives skate in person in 'Stars on Ice.'

    • 10:25 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    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.

    • 12:38 AM, Apr. 24, 2014

    Syria accused of 2nd gas attack

    Beirut Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a do

  9. Interfaith leaders join forces to curb violence in Metro Detroit

    Religious leaders with an regional interfaith group said Wednesday they are exploring ways to work with city officials in developing efforts to stem violence ...

    • 11:34 PM, Apr. 23, 2014

    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 ...

    • 10:18 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS

    IBM to integrate Chrysler's, Fiat's IT infrastructure

    IBM has won a major contract to integrate the global IT infrastructure for Fiat SpA, Chrysler Group LLC and CNH Industrial NV, each of which is currently ...

    • 5:41 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • TRAVEL

    Detroit cycling grows fast as the city rises on the national bike scene

    The Motor City now is full of bicyclists. Bike-related events are booming, and cyclists enthusiastically tout the city's advantages. The trend is hot enough to ...

    • 11:53 PM, Apr. 23, 2014

    Gov candidate Schauer tours W. Bloomfield school, touts more education funding

    Continuing his challenge to Gov. Rick Snyder's education record, Democrat Mark Schauer visited West Bloomfield High School on Wednesday, pushing his message ...

    • 10:21 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Car culture: America can run fine on fewer horses

    I was a smuggler in 1986. That's when I drove to Mississauga, a large suburb of Toronto where South Korea's Hyundai had its Canadian headquarters, and borrowed ...

  10. Success trumps tragedy for violinist playing with DSO

    German violinist Augustin Hadelich was horribly burned at 15, and told he'd never play his instrument again. Then he went on to win the International Violin ...

    • 11:21 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Spring is time to spruce up car as well

    You may not have noticed, but it is now officially spring, and you know what that means: spring cleaning.

  11. Affirmative Action ban prompts heated High Court debate

    The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan's state-run ...

  12. Marshall Crenshaw, in town for DMAs, reflects on Detroit

    If Marshall Crenshaw sounds a bit bemused about receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Detroit Music Awards on Friday, at age 60, it's actually just ...

    • 12:43 AM, Apr. 24, 2014

    Papal canonizations expected to draw up to 1 million to Rome

    Vatican City Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of ...

    • 11:18 PM, Apr. 23, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Speedy mower literally cuts to the chase

    The aftermarket isn't limited to souping up cars or motorcycles. It also can work its magic on, well, lawnmowers. Case in point: Project Mean Mower.

  13. Iggy Azalea coming to St. Andrew's Hall with promising debut album

    The blond ambitious rapper with a killer flow from the Australian outback has finally made it and she's not afraid to rap about it.

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

    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 for ...

  15. Cortisone injections seen as risky

    Los Angeles The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space an extremely common treatment for radiating ...

  16. Political insider

    Gov. Rick Snyder isn't embracing a top Republican lawmaker's demand that Detroit unions contribute money to help shore up pensions as part of the city's ...

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