August 29, 2013 |
Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for the quarterback-depleted Buffalo Bills, who closed the preseason with a 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night at Orchard Park, N.Y. Looking like someone who had had only three days of practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was three for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. That represents a major concern for Buffalo, which scrambled to sign the 2006 first-round draft pick Sunday after losing its top two quarterbacks to injury.
August 19, 2013 |
Detroit may have filed for bankruptcy, but that doesn't mean a judge will agree that the city lacks the money to pay its creditors and allow it to restructure its debt under Chapter 9. Indeed, unions - among the city's biggest creditors - say that Detroit did not negotiate in good faith with them before filing for bankruptcy. Retirees argue that the bankruptcy violates the state's constitution because pensions are protected by state law. And some creditors say that the city gave special preference to other creditors, creating an unfair situation.
August 17, 2013 |
Cabrera vs. Trout II In the great Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout most-valuable-player debate of 2012, the Trout loyalists most often cited Trout's dominance in WAR - the "wins above replacement" statistic that purports to distill production into one number. Lo and behold, the top two players in various WAR rankings this season are Cabrera and Trout, although neither player is an overwhelming leader. Cabrera won the MVP and triple crown last season, yet he is on pace to better his numbers in each of the triple crown categories this season.
August 14, 2013 |
Auction house appraisers have been summoned to Detroit, which is seeking bankruptcy protection, for the gruesome purpose of assessing the market value of the sprawling city-owned art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum could sell paintings and sculptures to help pay civic debts. Although emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said no such plan has been decided yet, a Detroit metropolitan county on Tuesday threatened to stop distributing property tax revenue to the museum if any of the collection is sold.
August 10, 2013 |
"Low Winter Sun," which begins Sunday on AMC, remakes a 2006 British series of the same name and with the same starring actor, Mark Strong, as in the Edinburgh-set original. He has left that accent at home and picked up a new one for the duration. Adapted by Chris Mundy ("Criminal Minds," "Cold Case"), it's a story of cops and criminals now set in the city-on-the-way-up-on-the-way-down that is Detroit. Strong plays Det. Frank Agnew, whose clean-shaven head, shot close-up and at length, occupies the very first shot of the series.
August 10, 2013 |
Detroit completed a four-game sweep of Cleveland on Thursday night, turning a three-game lead in what for months was a tight American League Central race into a seven-game bulge, when the message came across Twitter. "Congratulations to the Tigers, who just won the AL Central after sweeping the Indians," wrote Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Detroit Manager Jim Leyland didn't get the memo. "I know better than that, I'm not a fool," Leyland said. "There's a lot of baseball left.
August 9, 2013 |
In a bizarre letter to the New York Times this week, retired museum director Frank Robinson mischaracterized the problem being faced by the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Michigan city's ongoing bankruptcy drama. Addressing what he called an “agonizing question,” Robinson asked: “How many lives is a Rembrandt worth?” The struggle is framed as one between the stomach and the spirit. The survival needs of retired firefighters, nurses, police officers, teachers, civil servants and other strapped pensioners are real.
August 9, 2013 |
When Detroit filed for bankruptcy last month, it wasn't much of a surprise. With its boarded-up houses, abandoned schools, declining public services and shrinking population, it had become the country's most depressing city. At least, that's how it looked to outsiders. The good news about Detroit's bankruptcy filing, though, is that it was like hitting rock bottom. Where could the city go from there, but up? In starting over, Detroit is finally in an optimistic position. Play things right, and it could reinvent itself into the city of the future with smarter economic engines, a modern workforce and public services tailored to city needs . For anyone who's ever envisioned the perfect city, Detroit offers the opportunity to get in on the ground floor.
August 6, 2013 |
The American League most valuable player debate is heating up, with Baltimore's Chris Davis muscling his way into the conversation with Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. "Yeah, here we go again," said Trout, who won rookie-of-the-year honors and finished second to Cabrera inMVP voting last season. "It definitely feels good to be out there with Miguel and Chris. " Like 2012, Trout's MVP chances will be hurt by the fact that the Angels, who lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, Tuesday night, are out of playoff contention while Cabrera's Tigers lead the AL Central and Davis' Orioles are in the wild-card race.
August 3, 2013 |
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. - Paul St. George worked 19 years as a firefighter, sometimes running into burning buildings for rescues. Once, he was injured when a wall fell on him. For his service, he counted on a promised $36,000-a-year pension. But in August 2011, this small city - with an $80-million unfunded pension, and retiree health benefit liability five times annual revenues - filed for bankruptcy. St. George's pension was slashed to $24,000. Pensions for other retired city workers also were drastically cut, even after retired firefighters and police officers pleaded, saying they had risked their lives for the city.