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Autopsy: Detroit woman, 19, shot in face on porch

Siwatu-Salama Ra, 22, of Detroit speaks to the crowd during a rally to protest the shooting death of Renisha McBride at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell) DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An autopsy on a 19-year-old woman killed on a suburban Detroit porch where she’d reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash confirms that she died of a gunshot wound to her face.

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Detroit mayor-elect says he resents focus on race

Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan listens during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos by Corey Williams Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s mayor-elect said Wednesday that far too much had been made of his skin color during a successful campaign that will make him the predominantly Black city’s first White mayor in four decades. Appearing at his first news conference as mayor-elect, Mike Duggan said he would meet over the next two days with Michigan’s governor and Detroit’s current leaders, including the state-appointed emergency manager who currently controls the cash-strapped city’s checkbook.

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Detroit manager defends actions before bankruptcy

In this March 14, 2013 file photo, emergency manager Kevyn Orr listens to a question during a news conference in Detroit. Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he had chosen Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) by Ed WhiteAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s emergency manager faced tough cross-examination Tuesday from lawyers for unions and retirees as he defended his decision to take the city into bankruptcy without first striking a deal to prevent pension cuts. It was Kevyn Orr’s third day on the witness stand during a trial to determine if Detroit’s bankruptcy case can go forward. The city must show it was broke and tried to negotiate with creditors in good faith before filing for Chapter 9 protection in July.

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Detroit ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gets 28 years

In this courtroom sketch, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, sits between his attorneys Harold Gurewitz, left, and Margaret Raben before federal Judge Nancy Edmunds during his sentencing in federal court on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry Lemenu) DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.

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Survey attempts to number Detroit’s stray dogs

In a Sept. 19 photo, Rodney Stewart of the Detroit Dog Rescue comforts a stray dog in east Detroit. Thousands of strays are believed to live among the more than 30,000 vacant houses and abandoned buildings that dot Detroit’s 139 square miles, said Tom McPhee, a filmmaker and executive director of the Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) by Corey WilliamsAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — It doesn’t matter to Jessie Clarke how many stray or loose dogs are roaming the ruins of Detroit. After the 65-year-old was attacked by two pit bulls outside of her east side home in April, even one or two is too many.

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Detroit: From American dream to fight or flight

PublicSource asked Ben Schmitt, a born-and-bred Pittsburgher who spent 11 years in Detroit, to reflect on his former city’s bankruptcy. The American dream cliché came to mind when my wife and I settled in Detroit and purchased our first home. “Live here for five or six years, sell it at a profit, and move up in the world,” I thought in 2001. Five years later, I scoffed as my next-door neighbor packed up his belongings and solemnly warned me: “This neighborhood is gonna go.” Three years after that, the ex-neighbor’s home had changed hands several times and transformed into a drug house. I peered under a window blind at the traffic in and out of the driveway next door one night and thought: “I’m failing. I’m failing my children.” No more American dream; the cliché had evolved to fight or flight.

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Judge stops lawsuits against Detroit bankruptcy

Firefighters protest outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, in Detroit, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge agreed with Detroit on Wednesday and stopped any lawsuits challenging the city’s bankruptcy, declaring his courtroom the exclusive venue for legal action in the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history.

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Autos troubles, race at root of Detroit collapse

In this Aug. 18, 2009, aerial photo is downtown Pittsburgh located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers on the north side of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Blue-collar workers poured into the cavernous auto plants of Detroit for generations, confident that a sturdy back and strong work ethic would bring them a house, a car and economic security. It was a place where the American dream came true. It came true in cities across the industrial heartland, from Chicago’s meatpacking plants to the fire-belching steel mills of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It came true for decades, as manufacturing brought prosperity to big cities in states around the Great Lakes and those who called them home. Detroit was the affluent capital, a city with its own emblematic musical sound and a storied union movement that drew Democratic presidential candidates to Cadillac Square every four years to kick off their campaigns at Labor Day rallies.

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No signs Washington to come to Detroit’s rescue

The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as "The Fist," Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) WASHINGTON (AP) — During the bleakest days of the Great Recession, Congress agreed in bipartisan votes to bail out two of Detroit’s biggest businesses, General Motors and Chrysler. Today, however, there seems little appetite from either Democrats or Republicans in Washington for a federal rescue of the birthplace of the automobile industry. Detroit now stands as the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy protection.