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Firestorm of questions: How can a cash-strapped city squelch the flames?

By Bill McGraw

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: News, Government

If Detroit were a normal city, the Fire Department's dispatcher would have sent Engine Co. 47 first when reports started coming in Sept. 7, about fires breaking out around East Robinwood and Van Dyke. Engine 47 is only 1.3 miles away, and it's the closest rig to the scene with the ability to put wat...[MORE]

Remembering Ravitz: Former councilman was a voice of reason

By Bill McGraw

Published: 4/21/2010

Types: News, Politics

Some members of the Detroit City Council become well known because they are crazy, crooked or both. But Mel Ravitz became famous during nearly 30 years on the council by acting smart. He was also contrarian, and always prepared, and he defended the poor and criticized the powerful and never stopped...[MORE]