It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports some state Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city.
“If we have to, that is one idea we have to look at. We really have to look at everything that is on the table,” Jones said. “Again, if this goes to federal bankruptcy, every employee down there will suffer, the city will suffer and the vultures will come in and take the jewels of Detroit and they will be gone.”
Local consultant Tom Watkins has proposed this in the past, but the idea has never played well among Detroiters.
In a live interview on WWJ Newsradio 950 Wednesday morning, Gov. Rick Snyder said he wouldn’t count anything out.
“Detroit needs to solve their problems, but they need support and we’ve been very supportive partners, I believe, in terms of offering different ideas and thoughts. And I just encourage them to work harder about working better together,” Snyder said.
“Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning.
Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.
The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.
In a 2010 interview with The Times, he said he was excited about a movie project he was developing about “Soul Train.”
“We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project,” he said. “It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show.”
According to a Times article, Cornelius’ “Soul Train” became the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, bringing African American music and style to the world for 35 years.
Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, and “Soul Train” ceased production in 2006.
[Updated at 7:31 a.m.: Cornelius was 75 and had recently been divorced.
The sources say he was discovered by a family member early Wednesday morning, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
As a client of Chase, I was roped into the idea that doing banking online was the way to go. Chase was also nice enough to punish me for daring to physically bring my check to the bank rather than having it direct deposited.
Chase would make me wait one full business day before funds were made available to me and my creditors. This of course was not the policy of Washington Mutual. The amazing thing here is that the issuer of my pay checks is . . . are your ready for this? Chase Bank.
Today is my daughters birthday and I would like nothing more then to go online and see how much I can afford to spend on her. Unfortunately I can’t do this because for the third day in a row, the site is down.
Keep up the good work Chase. JD
Problems at Chase’s online banking service are continuing.
The site went down Monday night and was down all day Tuesday. A Chase spokesman said service was restored early Wednesday, but later Wednesday morning the site again carried a message saying service was unavailable.
Chase has 16.5 million customers who bank online. Chase’s ATMs and telephone banking services weren’t affected.
Chase spokesman Thomas Kelly said Chase would work with any customers who had online bill payment deadlines they couldn’t meet because of the outage.
Outraged bank customers took to their Twitter accounts to share their frustration.
Former teen idol Leif Garrett is in trouble again. In fact it seems to be a rare occasion that Leif Garrett isn’t in trouble these days.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department arrested him at a downtown Metrolink station midday Monday for possession of a controlled substance, reports TMZ.com.
Garrett, 48, reportedly was taken into custody and jailed until his release Wednesday morning. His next court date is set for Feb. 24.
Garrett’s drug-related troubles date back to the ’90s. He entered a California treatment facility for violating his probation after a 2004 arrest.
Besides releasing 10 music albums in his heyday of the 1970s and ’80s, Garrett has appeared in numerous TV shows and some three-dozen films.