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Apr

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Returning to Jones Day: Orr to head back to his previous firm

Just as many Detroit bankruptcy watchers predicted, former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr says he will head back to the Jones Day law firm in Washington D.C. The University of Michigan law grad spent more than a decade at the firm, working on bankruptcy cases, before Gov. Rick Snyder named him Detroit’s emergency manager in March […]

23

Apr

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Judge: If they’d asked, media “likely” could have broadcast, recorded bankruptcy trial

Judge Steven Rhodes says he wishes the court proceedings would have been broadcast live so that the public could have had better access to them. If the media had asked, he says he would have “likely” approved the request. Now retired, Rhodes spoke at a breakfast in Ann Arbor.

17

Apr

2015

Sandra Svoboda

DJC Bankruptcy Coverage Lauded by Society of Professional Journalists, Wayne State University

WDET, Detroit’s public radio station, and Bridge Magazine won a combined 26 awards in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit Excellence in Journalism contest, which is one of the largest journalism competitions in Michigan. The two outlets work together as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), a partnership of nonprofit media.

27

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Detroit: Police command officers violated terms of bankruptcy order

Attorneys for the city of Detroit claim the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association violated the terms of Judge Steven Rhodes’s Confirmation Order in the bankruptcy case by seeking the addition of association members’ spouses, who are city retirees, to active association members’ health care plans. In the motion filed in bankruptcy court this week, the […]

25

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Atlantic City’s EM Report: Recommends cuts and layoffs, not Chapter 9

Like Detroit, the casino town on the Jersey Shore faces declining revenues, retiree obligations and other expenses it can’t pay for. Gov. Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager earlier this year, and former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is advising. The duo released a report Tuesday (see below), calling for layoffs and cuts but not […]

25

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Catching Up: Some Detroit bankruptcy tidbits of the last week

The “grand bargain” doodle will be on display on the DIA. The feds report on poor management of grants in Detroit. Jones Day opens a permanent office in Detroit. Here’s catching up on some Detroit bankruptcy tidbits.

25

Mar

2015

The Center for Michigan

In Bridge: Those blight removal plans? Here’s how they’re going

Blight removal was a much-discussed part of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial. As head of the Blight Removal Task Force, billionaire Dan Gilbert took the stand and talked about the need for removing vacant homes. Then-Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr testified about how the $440 million contained in the Plan of Adjustment would go toward fighting blight over a decade. Mayor Mike Duggan has touted the pace at which the city is tearing down dilapidated structures. Now, Bridge Magazine, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, maps out just where the city’s demolition efforts are focused and why. Click here for the article and find the link to the interactive map down the page.

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Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the site provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda is your site guide. A veteran Detroit journalist and 24-year area resident, she’ll share stories, add insight and ask questions to help decode the bankruptcy process and the city’s restructuring.

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