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25

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Judge Rhodes to Walsh graduates: Seen in Word Cloud

We wanted to see what Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’s commencement speech at Walsh College on Saturday looked like in a Word Cloud — a snappy feature to see what words are most prominent in a text. The full text and audio is here. Here it is:  

  • January 25 2015
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24

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Judge Rhodes to Graduates: Lessons learned from the Detroit bankruptcy case

Judge Steven Rhodes used his 18-minute speech at Walsh College’s commencement to offer graduates a few lessons from history’s biggest municipal bankruptcy case in Detroit. Among Rhodes’s advice from the case: Ask for the help that’s out there. Do not be in denial of problems, and get help when you need it. Use teamwork to get the help you need. To get help, give help. Here is the full audio of his address. The full text of his speech appears as well.

23

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Why Atlantic City is in financial emergency

Gambling revenues cut in half in the last eight years. Property values declining. A third of its casinos shutting down. “Unsustainable bond issuances” funding pension payments. “Imminent danger of running out of cash.” That’s what former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will face as a special consultant to Atlantic City’s newly named emergency manager, according […]

22

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Orr to Atlantic City? Yes, as an advisor

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced today former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr would be a “special consultant” to the newly named emergency manager for Atlantic City. Here’s what’s been reported about the appointment .. and a comparison of the two cities and what Orr will face.

21

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

State of the State: What Snyder said about Detroit

It took him little way into his 2015 State of the State speech, but Gov. Rick Snyder gave Detroit, its bankruptcy and its emergence from it a few minutes during the annual address last night.

Here’s audio of the whole speech and a transcription of what he said about Detroit and the bankruptcy.

21

Jan

2015

Sandra Svoboda

The Water Deal: Macomb exec raises questions

A much heralded piece of regionalism during Detroit’s bankruptcy case, the Great Lakes Water Authority was part of the city’s exit from Chapter 9. Now, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says some of the numbers involving the authority are not adding up. He explains his concerns to WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter.

09

Jan

2015

Michigan Radio

Retiree group pursues appeal of Detroit bankruptcy decision

The Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association is pursuing an appeal in the city’s bankruptcy case. Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek reports that it’s set to be heard in federal court later this year. The group contends the bankruptcy violated rights guaranteed in both the Michigan and U.S. constitutions.

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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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