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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

NEWS BRIEFS

Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only ...

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Suburban Seattle high school closed over new virus concerns

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle high school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary.Bothell High school, bout 20...

Man arrested by ICE near his kids’ school bus stop

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A father who had just put his children on a school bus was arrested last week by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents near Portland, officials said.On Feb. 19, the man, identified by ICE as Tomas Galvan-Rodriguez, dropped his children off at a school bus stop,...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Steyer courts voters that Biden needs for decisive SC win

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden's political future depends on convincing South Carolina's black voters to rally behind his flagging campaign. But Tom Steyer has spent millions trying to win those same voters and visited a historic black church in this coastal town on Wednesday to make a...

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday.The moves included Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the second Hispanic crew chief in MLB history.Crew...

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis Dulos, who died after a suicide attempt last month while accused of killing his estranged wife.Dulos' lawyer, Norman Pattis, had appealed the order, saying it...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: 'Invisible Man' is a cunning if empty remake

Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned “The Invisible Man” as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. Our image of Wells’ villain —...

Soundtrack City: How Nashville is awash in film, game scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville is already known as Music City, but a new wave of music being recorded there for video games, TV shows and movies could earn it a new title as Soundtrack City. The city has a reputation for high quality studio musicians that can play just about any genre,...

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91.Bell died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball...

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government...

Scars of violence haunt India's capital after deadly riots

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim...

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for...

Syrian opposition fighters retake key town, cut highway

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government...

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West...

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Chris Isidore

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Is Detroit truly bankrupt?

It seems like an easy question to answer, given that it has $18 billion worth of liabilities and little in the way of cash to pay them.

But for the past two weeks, a court has been listening to testimony to determine whether the city should be allowed to proceed with its bankruptcy. If that permission is granted, Detroit will be able to pay pennies on the dollar to its creditors, like the city's 9,500 employees, 24,000 retirees, their pension funds and bond holders.

In addition, Detroit hopes to do something that no bankrupt city has done before: Impose deep cuts to pension and health care benefits that are owed to public employees.

The decision on pensions and health care benefits won't be made at this hearing. But if Detroit gets the green light for a reorganization, it opens the door to the proposed cuts. This hearing is the unions' best chance to prevent that from happening.

If the unions lose, it could set a precedent that impacts millions of police officers, fire fighters and teachers nationwide.

For a city to be allowed to proceed with its bankruptcy, it must not only be deemed insolvent, as Detroit so clearly is. A judge must also determine that the city made a good-faith effort to reach a deal with its creditors, or that it was impractical to do so.

Specifically, this hearing has been focused on claims by the unions that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr never truly intended to make a deal to keep Detroit out of bankruptcy. It's a claim that both Snyder and Orr denied under oath.

The unions and pension funds are also arguing that the Michigan constitution prohibits cuts to pension benefits.

But the assumption among experts is that bankruptcy court judge Steven Rhodes will find that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy court. If Detroit isn't granted permission to proceed, chaos would ensue. In that case, every creditor could sue the city to get the money they are owed, even though there's no money to pay them.

"For a city in as dire straits as Detroit is, you'd have to think of bankruptcy as an option," said Juliet Moringiello, a law professor at Widener University. "What do they really gain if the case is dismissed? There's no money to pay anybody."

 

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