July 19, 2013 |
DETROIT - Jose Covarrubias has tried to keep his small house on a semi-deserted street in southwest Detroit a bastion of calm, but it has gotten more difficult every day. He installed a chain-link fence with a lock to prevent wandering vagrants from using his yard as a short cut; someone kicked it down. He threatened to call the police on a stranger who showed up with a ladder and tried to steal his antenna; the thief laughed in his face, reminding him that police rarely have time to respond to calls that don't involve dead bodies.
July 20, 2013 |
There's a scene in the movie version of "The Grapes of Wrath" that's stuck in my head. It's where a guy in a suit drives out to tell Muley the sharecropper that he and his family have to get off the land they've been farming for three generations. MULEY: You mean get off my own land? THE MAN: Now don't go blaming me. It ain't my fault. MULEY'S SON: Whose fault is it? THE MAN: You know who owns the land - the Shawnee Land and Cattle Co. MULEY: Who's the Shawnee Land and Cattle Comp'ny?
December 17, 2010 |
Clippers tonight AT DETROIT When: 4:30 PST. Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 5-21, Pistons 8-18. Record vs. Pistons: 0-1. Update: The Clippers and Pistons are both 2-8 in their last 10 games. Ownership issues in Detroit were the big news this week as reports surfaced that Mike Ilitch's proposed purchase of the Pistons hit a snag because of concerns over the franchise's finances.
September 20, 2012 |
A worker at a Chrysler factory in Detroit fatally stabbed a fellow employee Thursday on the carmaker's grounds, then fled and apparently committed suicide at a municipal park, police said. Work at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant was halted as employees on the first shift were sent home, Chrysler said. The company didn't say when production would resume at the factory that makes Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. The incident began about 8 a.m. when a man stabbed a coworker on the factory grounds, Detroit Police Officer Phillip Cook told the Los Angeles Times by telephone.
June 7, 1997
Mike Downey asks how low can Philly go (June 4). Well, let's see. Unlike Detroit, our teams play their games in the city, not in the suburbs 30 miles away, so ancillary revenues from games involving the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and Flyers support our community, not land developers and politicians. Unlike Detroit, we don't riot and loot when our teams win a championship. And unlike Detroit, we don't celebrate Halloween with serial arson. So I guess we can go a little lower. Finally, those of us with roots in Philly can attest that we never boo blind children on an Easter egg hunt.
September 20, 2010 |
Michael Imperioli, who was Christopher on "The Sopranos" and a police detective on the American version of "Life on Mars," is back in the station house for "Detroit 1-8-7," premiering Tuesday on ABC. The "187" refers to the section of the California Penal Code that defines homicide, but gangs across the country use it as slang for murder. Way to go, California! There are a lot of police shows this year, with several new ones joining the many already on the air, a bounty that underscores just how much one procedural drama is like another.
October 4, 2012 |
"Detropia" comes at you with the economically ravaged Motor City of Detroit clinging to its perch like a canary in a coal mine, gasping for breath. The new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady examines the detritus of a major American city that has been imploding for years. It is a striking and moving study of "what was" versus "what it has become" as the filmmakers try to get at the whys. That the title suggests something other than utopia is made clear from the first frame.