December 27, 2009 |
On the city's east side, where auto workers once assembled cars by the millions, nature is taking back the land. Cottonwood trees grow through the collapsed roofs of homes stripped clean for scrap metal. Wild grasses carpet the rusty shells of empty factories, now home to pheasants and wild turkeys. This green veil is proof of how far this city has fallen from its industrial heyday and, to a small group of investors, a clear sign. Detroit, they say, needs to get back to what it was before Henry Ford moved to town: farmland.
December 26, 2009 |
In what was described as an act of terrorism, a Nigerian passenger attempted to ignite an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Friday as the plane began its approach for landing, federal officials said. Other passengers overpowered the man and the plane landed safely. The suspect, identified as Abdul Mutallab, 23, suffered severe burns as a result of the attempt, authorities said, and two of the other 277 passengers reported minor injuries.
October 29, 2009 |
Federal authorities Wednesday arrested several members of a radical Sunni Islamic group in the U.S., killing one of its leaders in a shootout at a Dearborn, Mich., warehouse, the U.S. attorney's office said. Agents were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Authorities also conducted raids elsewhere to try to round up 10 followers named in a federal complaint. No one was charged with terrorism.
July 18, 2009 |
Two vaults filled with stuffed animals, photos and other items that were put outside Detroit's Motown Historical Museum in memory of Michael Jackson were buried Friday at a cemetery connected to many of the Motor City's musical elite. "Detroit was where he was able to capture that star, hold it in his hand and put it in his heart and become who he became," John Mason, a radio personality and Detroit Pistons announcer, said at a brief remembrance at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Police led a small funeral procession, including two hearses packed with items, from the museum to the cemetery where there were two donated plots, vaults and a granite headstone engraved with a tribute to Jackson.
March 14, 2009 |
Sam Roberts and John Rich have found inspiration in all kinds of places during their years writing and performing music. Recently the Canadian rocker and the country star happened upon the same muse -- a certain struggling Rust Belt metropolis. The Sam Roberts Band's "Detroit '67" and Rich's "Shuttin' Detroit Down" each have caused a stir in the Motor City and represent the latest in a long line of songs that found musical inspiration in America's auto capital.
January 30, 2009 |
In an abandoned warehouse, the image was shocking: two denim-clad, lifeless legs poking up through trash-choked ice. Investigators who took three 911 calls over two days before finally going out to retrieve the body will try to figure out what killed the man. But this much is clear: It has become another symbol of Detroit's decay and indifference. "Most of us grew up with this," said Mike Corbin, 34, pointing toward the old warehouse and the dilapidated Michigan Central train depot nearby.