July 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

Detroit voices: How residents feel about their city

This three-day series is based on a poll of Detroiters' attitudes about their city and leadership, commissioned by The Detroit News and funded by the Thompson Foundation. The survey provided a rare, statistically sound measure of public opinion in a city traditionally difficult to accurately poll.

  1. Ford's 'Queen of Innovation' helps shape F-150

    Dearborn If you can catch Alana Strager sitting down, consider yourself lucky. When the energetic 44-year-old single mother isn't working for Ford Motor Co. — she helped design the aluminum bodied F-150 — she spends her time riding Harleys, running triathlons and negotiating Tough Mudder obstacle courses. And she fixes problems.

    • 12:22 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • AUTOS

    New lawsuit filed over GM ignition switches

    A Texas lawyer on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against General Motors Co. on behalf of 658 people who the law firm alleges either died or were injured due to the automaker's ignition switch defect.

    • 11:43 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Northville school district gets high marks in finance

    Northville Northville is among a rare breed of Michigan school districts that can boast balanced budgets, increased reserves and a low debt burden. And it's still attracting new families and gaining new students.

  2. Red Sox, Rockies shaping up as go-to teams as Tigers search for pitching

    The Tigers continue to furiously race against the clock, in search of another arm or two ahead of baseball's 4 p.m. Thursday trade deadline. And, interestingly, they are open to both starting and relief pitching.

  3. Eric Ebron to play rookie season with Lions under mother's watchful eye

    Eric Ebron's fiancιe Brittany Rountree won't be in Michigan this year as she finishes her senior year at North Carolina, but the Lions first-round pick will have a female roommate: his mom.

  4. Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun feels fine in the spotlight

    Calhoun finds himself the center of attention with the season a few short weeks from beginning. As engaging as he is, as much fun as he likes to have, the stage he truly strives to perform on doesn't come with a microphone.

  5. Michigan players think offseason team functions will help forge better record

    During this offseason, there has been a strong focus on leadership training and team bonding. That has taken various forms with speakers to team barbeques and outings.

    • 7:03 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Munching cousins photo joins the Celebrate Michigan Contest finals

    The eighth annual Detroit News Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest asks you to submit photos of what you love about Michigan, and for many of you, the answer is family time on the beach.

  6. Once-homeless Detroiter joins in for new challenge — soccer

    Darnell Slocum was one of an estimated 25,000 homeless in Detroit. Now, he's off the streets and lives in an apartment. And on Friday, Slocum leaves for New York City to play a sport he didn't care about four months ago — soccer.

  7. Extraordinary 'Boyhood' finds living is in the details

    Most of 'Boyhood,' the transcendent film that opens Friday from director Richard Linklater, has to do with the smaller particles, the everyday moments and scares and joys.

  8. Toyota is top automaker in first half of 2014; GM slips to 3rd

    Washington Toyota Motor Corp. remained the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2014, selling 5.097 million vehicles, up 3.8 percent, the automaker said late Tuesday.

  9. Collaborative experience of a lifetime for Arquette

    Patricia Arquette didn't blink when director Richard Linklater called and said he wanted her to star in a film that would take 12 years to complete.

    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Summer camp gives Detroit students a boost in STEM education

    Troy School founder, board president and former NBA star Jalen Rose said he wants to provide students with a private school education in an inner-city school.

  10. 5th District Senate candidates squabble over experience, strategy

    A hotly contested Democratic primary for a state Senate seat encompassing Detroit's west side and surrounding suburbs has become mired in personal attacks and racial overtones.

    • 11:06 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Surge in global air traffic carries risk

    New York Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely. Some flights, ...

  11. Richard Linklater finds bits of 'Boyhood' in past films

    'Boyhood' is a wholly unique project, but there are strands of it in Linklater's earlier works, which we discovered when we talked to him about his long and ...

    • 11:07 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

    Washington — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the ...

  12. Wright & Company is a new downtown dining gem

    Wright & Company may surprise some people, but it won't disappoint. It lives up to or perhaps even exceeds the expectations with its quality and style.

  13. Zoo's Wild Summer Nights Concert Series mixes bands, animals

    A little music amongst the grass and ... the animals are what you get during the Detroit Zoo's Wild Summer Nights Concert Series on Wednesday evenings.

    • 11:38 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Field of 5 Republicans, 3 Democrats battle for 43rd House District

    The race to fill the northern Oakland County seat of outgoing Republican state Rep. Gail Haines is an intense competition among five Republicans and three ...

    • 7:17 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Pet of the week: MacGyver

    MacGyver is a 2-year-old Domestic Short Hair. He is an easy-going and loves to sit in your lap.

  14. Fall TV's likely hits and misses

    We watch so you don't have to, but we also go to the biannual TV critics' press tour in Beverly Hills to spare you the trouble. What matters most are ...

  15. Trinity International Film Festival screens diverse group of movies

    This year's Trinity International Film Festival features more than 40 independent films from 14 countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Israel and New ...

  16. Family's dirty secret is better left untold

    Dear Abby: My husband's family are hypocrites! They talk about everyone and their problems, yet when something arises in their family, they want it kept hush- ...

  17. Editorial: Assess millage renewals on performance

    Voters in several communities will be asked on Tuesday to renew tax millages. Typically, voter approval is automatic for such requests.

  18. Party to launch West Dearborn art exhibit

    Dearborn's 'pARTY in the Pocket Park' will showcase reproductions of DIA masterpieces and public art around the downtown area.

  19. Artificial sweeteners' link to weight unclear

    Dear Dr. Roach: I am currently dieting and, with that, trying to reduce my sugar intake. I prefer drinks sweetened with aspartame over water most of the time. ...

  20. After Arizona fiasco, back to the future for the death penalty?

    The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz.

  21. America should stay out of Iraq civil war

    The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) represents a significant failure of U.S. policy. However, ISIL so far does not pose a significant ...

  22. Court finds Obamcare is flawed

    A federal appeals court recently struck down a major part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

  23. Tax inversions are bad business for America

    In her 1989 tax evasion trial Leona Helmsley reportedly said: 'We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.' U.S. multinational corporations have ...

  24. Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

    Hear singer Fantasia at Chene Park, catch the Kings of Leon at DTE Energy Music Theatre, laugh with comedian Sandy Danto and more.

  25. Just the facts on Warren Evans

    It was disappointing that Nolan Finley, whose paper endorsed one of Warren Evans' opponents in the race for Wayne County executive, ran a recent column that ...

  26. Today's TV/radio

    12:30 Washington at Miami, MLB

  27. Tickets on sale

    Pick up tickets this weekend for Chrisette Michele, Limp Bizkit, Leon Russell, 'Memphis: The Musical,' Maze with Patti LaBelle and more.

    • 11:02 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    In today's e-Edition of The Detroit News

    Detroit's mayor gets more control over the water department amid complaints over long waits to make bill arrangements. #1

    • 11:57 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Judge sets Thursday deadline for bankruptcy eligibility challenges

    A federal appeals court judge late Tuesday challenged creditors to decide within 48 hours if they'll continue to contest Detroit's eligibility for bankruptcy ...

    • 4:37 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Detroit City Council rejects Orr request for bids on parking department

    The City Council on Tuesday turned down a request from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to solicit proposals from bidders interested in running or buying Detroit's ...

  28. Newcomer Joakim Soria struggles as White Sox rout Tigers

    It was definitely something to cringe about in the Tigers' 11-4 loss on Tuesday night to the Chicago White Sox. The line on Soria: One-third of an inning, six ...

    • 5:44 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Ex-Christian radio host pleads guilty in child porn probe in West Michigan

    A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan has pleaded guilty in a child pornography investigation.

    • 11:07 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • AUTOS

    EVs, small cars get mixed ratings in crash tests

    Washington Only one small car out of 12 — BMW's Mini Cooper Countryman — earned a 'good' rating earning from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in its latest ...

    • 7:08 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Community mourns Armada teen amid search for her killer

    Armada This quiet community continued Tuesday to mourn the loss of a teen whose body was found off a popular Macomb County recreational trail.

  29. Schauer rolls out jobs agenda, opposes raising fuel tax to fix roads

    Lansing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Tuesday he opposes any increase in the state's fuel taxes to fund road increases, drawing a distinction ...

    • 1:13 AM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Dearborn Heights officials may seek oversight of primary amid discrimination claims

    Dearborn Heights — City leaders are considering seeking state or county oversight of next month's election after claims of voter suppression and discrimination ...

    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Duggan: 'Truly needy' will get help to avoid Detroit water shut-offs

    The city's emergency manager on Tuesday issued an order that ramps up Mayor Mike Duggan's responsibilities over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

    • 6:23 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Announcement Wednesday on new authority to oversee Detroit-Windsor bridge

    Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada's minister of transport are expected Wednesday to announce the formation of a six-member authority to oversee the construction of a ...

    • 10:42 AM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Ex-Detroit cop accused of running $3M prescription drug ring

    Detroit A former Detroit police officer, who resigned from the force six years ago after extorting money from a gas station owner, is accused of masterminding a major ...

  30. Mistrial for Detroit man in death of girlfriend's niece, 5

    Detroit — A judge has declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked while deliberating the fate of a Detroit man accused of abducting, raping and killing his ...

    • 9:06 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Trial on Detroit debt-cutting plan delayed by another week

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday delayed by another week the trial over Detroit's debt-cutting bankruptcy exit plan.

    • 6:20 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Expert testimony: McBride shot at close range on Dearborn Heights porch

    A firearms expert is expected to continue his testimony Tuesday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of Dearborn Heights homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    • 11:36 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Decisions likely this week on dogs' fate, possible charges for owner in fatal attack

    Metamora Township — Authorities expect to decide within the next few days whether the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger from Livonia ...

  31. Michigan RB De'Veon Smith has edge over Derrick Green heading into camp

    But Michigan coach Brady Hoke on Tuesday, during the final session of the Big Ten Media Days, said sophomore De'Veon Smith appears to have the edge heading ...

    • 9:20 AM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair refloated

    A 656-foot freighter that went aground in Lake St. Clair over the weekend has been refloated and will resume its trip to Montreal after one to two days of ...

    • 11:34 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    Common complaint for Detroit's M-1 Rail: It doesn't go far enough

    Detroit With construction underway on the much-delayed M-1 rail project, organizers believe that once streetcars are moving up and down Woodward in two years, a ...

  32. Pontiac teen jailed after threatening mom with ax

    Pontiac — Oakland County authorities say they've arrested a 17-year-old boy who chased his mother with an ax after she flushed his marijuana down the toilet.

  33. Lions start Calvin Johnson slow in training camp, aiming to keep him healthy

    Entering his eighth season, Johnson is starting to cool his jets a little, saving some energy for the wear-and-tear of the regular season — at the behest of ...

  34. MSU's Mark Dantonio: We would have won national title with playoff last season

    There is no doubt Michigan State was rolling. Its only loss came in the fourth week of the season at Notre Dame, and by the time the Spartans headed to the ...

  35. Lions expect No. 3 running back Theo Riddick to play key role

    It's fair to expect Riddick to have a lot more touches this season. At Notre Dame, Riddick played some slot receiver, so his versatility will provide the Lions ...

    • 4:41 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Crews restore power to 156,000 who lost power in severe weather in Metro Detroit

    DTE Energy Co. is reporting that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, it had restored power to 156,000 of its customers after about 190,000 lost electricity Sunday night when ...

    • 11:40 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Honor for Michigan Marine killed in Afghanistan

    Holland, Mich. — The U.S. military awarded the Silver Star to a west Michigan Marine killed in fighting in Afghanistan two years ago.

  36. Lions camp observations: Constant changes keep players on their toes

    Day 2 of Lions training camp looked just like Day 1 as the constantly changing personnel continued. On defense, players in the front seven are constantly ...

  37. Hours leading up to MLB's trade deadline should be action-packed

    Over the next 36 hours or so, you can expect the rumors to fly like Dee Gordon — fast and furious — and team executives to put those unlimited texting plans to ...

    • 5:05 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Drug trafficker who escaped Wayne County Jail gets 18-year prison term

    Federal authorities say a Phoenix man who escaped from Arizona and Wayne Countyjails has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a drug trafficking case.

  38. Jack White in full control of hometown show at Fox

    Rocker Jack White held command over his five-piece band and the crowd at his sold-out, nearly three-hour show at the Fox Theatre Monday night.

  39. Lions, Suh far apart, but not parting ways - yet

    Finally, they've reached an agreement. Moments before the start of the training camp, the Lions front office announced the team had tabled negotiations on a ...

    • 11:06 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • AUTOS

    Chrysler sued over ignition switches in follow-up to GM suits

    Chrysler Group LLC was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a reflection of the more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same ...

  40. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers spectacular at times but also learning, Devin Gardner says

    Jabrill Peppers arrives at Michigan with plenty of fanfare, the top recruit in the class with high expectations to be a significant contributor this season.

  41. New staff means fresh start, 'fair game' for Lions RB Mikel Leshoure

    'He's certainly running well at this stage,' coach Jim Caldwell said. 'We like what we see, and it's early yet. If a guy can perform and play well, there's ...

  42. Culture overhaul is up to GM insiders

    Six months after stepping aside as General Motors Co.'s fourth CEO in five years and leaving his successor with a searing recall crisis, Dan Akerson tells The ...

  43. Joakim Soria's task: Shake off rocky outing with Tigers

    He didn't throw hard, but he has never been a power pitcher. However, he's also never been a pitcher who has pitched like he did on Tuesday night in his home ...

  44. GM auto recalls dent sales in Canada amid U.S. rebound

    Derrick and Eric Sharma are done with their Chevy Camaro.

  45. Michigan State aims for winning them all in 2014

    As the Spartans enter this season, a marquee game highlights the nonconference schedule: a Week 2 trip to Oregon. And last year's loss at Notre Dame could ...

    • 7:02 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Gaza takes pounding as truce talks wane

    Gaza City, Gaza Strip Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only ...

  46. Man facing charges for urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave

    The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident ...

  47. Familiar faces square off in Democratic primary for Peters' seat

    Three former and current Democratic elected officials are battling to replace U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township in the Aug. 5 primary, and they ...

  48. Volunteers power Forgotten Harvest's seed-to-table farming effort

    While community gardens are everywhere, Forgottten Harvest Farms is different: It's a professional farm, designed to produce at high yields to ensure a ...

  49. Detroit chef Craig Lieckfelt sets sights on Michelin stars

    Detroit You know Detroit's culinary scene is gaining stature when the national press reveals the downtown location of a restaurant whose chef says he's obsessed with ...

  50. Players' favorite Big Ten coach? MSU's Mark Dantonio wins BTN poll

    In an informal poll of players at Big Ten Media Days, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio finished first in this category: 'Which coach would you like to play for ...

  51. DIA hires Leo Burnett for next ad campaign

    After a challenging year with Detroit's bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts seems to be reaching for the big guns: The museum has just hired ad giant Leo ...

  52. Hot new eatery Antietam closes to 'rework some things'

    Just a week after its grand opening on July 21, Eastern Market's Antietam restaurant is closed this week.

    • 8:05 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    U.S., Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Washington — Spurred to new action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, ...

  53. No. 1 pick Derek Hill ranked Tigers' top prospect by MLB.com

    Outfielder Derek Hill, the Tigers' No. 1 draft pick last month, has been named the organization's top prospect by MLB.com in its midseason rankings.

    • 12:16 AM, Jul. 29, 2014

    They vote early, and often

    Even when you're old enough to live in a retirement community, it turns out, there's peer pressure. At least at Fox Run, nobody is leaning on you to skip ...

  54. Michigan State will use its status as Big Ten's 'second-best'

    At the Big Ten's Media Days at the Chicago Hilton, there was no question who the Big Ten champion was last season. The contingent from Michigan State proudly ...

  55. Offers rolling in for Cass Tech stars following summer camp circuit

    Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said eight of his players have already received scholarship offers from FBS schools, including 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive end ...

    • 1:16 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Person of interest in custody after carjacking leaves man dead in Detroit

    Detroit — Police are questioning a person of interest in a carjacking that left a 20-year-old man dead Monday night on the city's west side.

    • 9:16 AM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Beaumont turns to 'kindness curriculum' as schools target doctor shortage

    Fifteen seconds can separate a good doctor from an excellent one. That's one of the lessons students glean at the 3-year-old Oakland University William ...

    • 10:54 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • AUTOS

    Delay denied for auto recall database; launch set for August

    Washington — Car, truck and motorcycle owners and used vehicle shoppers soon will be able to submit VIN numbers online at a government website — and at the sites of all ...

    • 11:10 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • AUTOS

    GM reviewed missing bolts in '13 without issuing recall

    General Motors Co. received at least 27 warranty claims and reports of problems in a pre-production vehicle in 2013 — without taking further action until it ...

  56. Tuesday's NFL roundup: Le'Veon Bell striving to fix his footwork

    Le'Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw. There were times during his rookie season when the Steelers ...

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