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  1. Duggan right guy for city water job

    The brouhaha over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's poorly executed water shut-off plan — a program whose time is way past due given $90 million in delinquencies, a legacy of scofflaws and efforts to craft a regional water authority with the suburbs — threatened to derail the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history.

  2. 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 Detroit News 'we all ... didn't fully realize how deeply some of the problems ran.'

  3. Embattled legal chief tests GM's culture of loyalty

    Score two for the Senate in the deadly ignition-switch recall case of prosecutors-turned-senators vs. GM's chief lawyer.

    • 8:24 AM, Jul. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    First year of Detroit's bankruptcy could have been much worse

    There will be no celebrations at 4:06 p.m. Friday, only quiet acknowledgment that the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history is marking its first year.

  4. Stage set for trial on city's exit plan

    The 'grand bargain' is on track to become the Grand Coalition, because that's what's forming ahead of next month's confirmation trial before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes.

    • 10:02 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Targeting water scofflaws fair, long overdue

    How dare those people at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department start running their shop according to general business principles, like asking past-due customers to pay their bills.

    • 10:05 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    New DIA art evaluation is unlikely to unravel 'grand bargain'

    The DIA is not home free. Not after a valuation of its prodigious collection concluded the museum’s 60,000-piece collection could be worth as much as $4.6B.

  5. Opportunity for new sales is silver lining in GM recall

    General Motors Co.'s recall of 29 million vehicles worldwide so far this year should mean embarrassment bordering on crisis for the automaker and its dealers.

    • 8:28 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit needs deal with creditors, not victory

    If the city's obvious pressure campaign doesn't produce the negotiated settlement its lawyers seek, they could find their client with a victory it does not want — and that's not much of one at all.

    • 11:19 AM, Jul. 3, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Duggan is making his mark early as Detroit mayor

    Six months in, Mayor Mike Duggan gives himself an incomplete. He’s right about that. He’s right about that. The mayor of America’s poorest major city, mired in an epic municipal bankruptcy, faces short-term power sharing and a mountain of challenges that cannot be overcome easily in one year, one term, even one decade.

  6. Victim compensation fund patches cracks in GM's credibility

    Look no further than Kenneth Feinberg's victim compensation fund to take the measure of just how badly GM botched a defective ignition switch blamed for at least 13 deaths and dozens of accidents.

  7. Matt Lauer's 'mom' questions cheapen Mary Barra's rise to top of GM

    GM recalls 20M cars worldwide in less than six months, is preparing to unveil Monday a multibillion-dollar compensation program for accident victims and is fighting to retain credibility with customers.

    • 11:43 PM, Jun. 25, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • FORD

    Can Ford keep transforming after Mulally exits?

    On the September day when Bill Ford Jr. introduced his new CEO to the world, I expressed deep skepticism that an outsider could succeed where so many before him had failed, left town or both.

    • 9:59 PM, Jun. 19, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    'Grand bargain' not over till it's over

    When Gov. Rick Snyder signs the 'grand bargain' legislation Friday amid what's likely to be a whole lot of smiles and hoopla, there should not be any 'Mission Accomplished' banner hanging behind him.

  8. Actions will speak louder than words at GM

    A House subcommittee investigating General Motors Co.'s deadly ignition-switch fiasco isn't necessarily buying what CEO Mary Barra is selling.

  9. Barra's heavy lifting lies beyond Congress hearings

    GM CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill Wednesday with her hand-picked investigator, Anton Valukas, to explain more fully 'the incompetence' ...

  10. New UAW boss faces King-size challenge

    Dennis Williams says all the right things as new president of the United Auto Workers. There will be 'no more concessions,' a sop to members that also ...

    • 11:09 PM, Jun. 9, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit automakers' DIA gift expected to light fire under others

    The combined $26 million pledge by Detroit's three automakers to the DIA's 'grand bargain' campaign is expected to unleash a flood of smaller but significant ...

    • 10:21 AM, Jun. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Honest leadership a good place for GM's Barra to begin

    In one of the more extraordinary airings of dirty laundry this town has seen in a long time, the General Motors Co. CEO let 'er rip Thursday with her take on a ...

    • 11:03 PM, Jun. 4, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit's 'grand bargain' awaits leadership from unions, pension funds

    Detroit's grand bargain is one step closer to becoming reality, but Gov. Rick Snyder is not the guy to close the deal.

    • 12:37 PM, Jun. 3, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Business buys into Detroit's progress

    Behind hand-wringing over 'the Grand Bargain' or whether Oakland County's L. Brooks Patterson may scuttle a deal for a regional water authority is evidence of ...

    • 12:54 AM, May. 30, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Time of essence in Detroit bankruptcy case

    Detroit's carefully planned bankruptcy calendar is getting squeezed, raising fears that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could be ousted in late September before ...

    • 9:36 AM, May. 29, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Michigan governor shakes up political stereotypes

    There, in the middle of the Grand Hotel's historic lobby, stood Rick Snyder and his wife, as a Republican backer publicly lashed the would-be governor for ...

    • 12:35 AM, May. 28, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Detroit far from sealing Chapter 9 deal

    As Michigan's powerbrokers converge today for their annual confab on Mackinac Island, the long-sought fresh start for a struggling Detroit appears closer than ...

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Daniel Howes is business columnist and associate business editor of The Detroit News. From 1999 to January 2003, he was based in Germany as The News' European correspondent and automotive columnist, reporting from more than 20 countries on three continents. Before heading to Europe, Howes was senior automotive writer and an investigative and projects reporter on the business desk. He came to Detroit in 1993 from The Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he covered business, politics and higher education. His column runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Reach him at daniel.howes@detroitnews.com or through his blog.

More on Daniel Howes

  • On media: He is a regular contributor to NewsTalk 760-WJR in Detroit and NPR's Michigan Radio, based in Ann Arbor. He appears often on radio and television locally, in the United States and overseas.
  • On education: He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and a master's in international affairs from Columbia University.
  • On awards: Winner of multiple International Wheel Awards for column writing; a four-time winner of Northwestern University's Medill award for general markets coverage; a three-time finalist for the prestigious Gerald Loeb Awards, including an honorable mention for commentary in 2007; and winner of a Society of Business Editors and Writers award for commentary in 2012.
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