The soft opening Monday of Detroit's landmark bankruptcy trial, scheduled to begin late next week, is coming down to a simple test:
Let's get something straight: a water department that spent way too many years giving way too many Detroiters a pass for not paying their bills is a management failure.
Incompetence has it limits, even in Wayne County. Just ask Executive Robert Ficano, who finished fifth in the Democratic primary won easily Tuesday by former Sheriff Warren Evans.
The auto industry's margin for error is poised to shrink yet again. Because of GM's decade-long ignition-switch debacle that claimed at least 13 lives, a Missouri senator is pushing legislation that would effectively criminalize decisions by auto executives to withhold information on defective parts from the public and federal regulators.
A Michigan-born friend who lives in New York City now loves to remind me that few cities fascinate the Big Apple and its media more than Detroit, especially once its dysfunction became the epicenter of American bankruptcy.
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.
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.'
Score two for the Senate in the deadly ignition-switch recall case of prosecutors-turned-senators vs. GM's chief lawyer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A House subcommittee investigating General Motors Co.'s deadly ignition-switch fiasco isn't necessarily buying what CEO Mary Barra is selling.
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' ...
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 ...
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through his blog.
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- 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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