devil's night en The trick's on Detroit <p></p><p>Well, it’s Halloween, and once upon a time the worst that could happen is that kids would rub soap, or occasionally wax, into the windows of your car. Plus the risk that you would get sick from eating too much candy. But we live in a different age, and for Detroit, this is just one more day of horrors in a long series of nightmares.</p><p>The city is attempting to file for bankruptcy, and there is a real threat that the courts will make Detroit sell off the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay some of the creditors.</p><p>Detroit desperately needs a turnaround, and a lucky break, and unfortunately, seems doomed over and over to embarrassment. The most recent example is the idea that someone would pay millions of dollars for the destroyed and crumbling old Packard auto plant. True, it is a part of Detroit history. My late father-in-law worked there as a young engineer, and helped close it down when Packard dissolved.</p><p>But that was in 1958. The plant long ago became an eyesore. Fifteen years ago, it was a popular site for drug-induced “rave” parties. Today, it is a ghastly and unsalvagable ruin.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:57:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15070 at The trick's on Detroit How Detroit kicked "Devil's Night" to the curb <p>Hundreds of volunteers patrolled the streets of Detroit last night and will do so again tonight.</p><p>With flashing lights on their car roofs and maps pointing out abandoned buildings, they drove slowly, looking for arsonists.</p><p>Halloween in Detroit used to mean lots of fires: some 800 buildings blazed in the mid 1990's, when Devil's Night was at its peak.&nbsp;</p><p>The city became infamous for these arson sprees, with reporters flying in from as far away as Japan and Australia to cover the chaos.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:56:01 +0000 Kate Wells 15066 at How Detroit kicked "Devil's Night" to the curb Trying to discourage arson this Halloween weekend in Flint and Detroit <p>Officials in Detroit and Flint will turn to volunteers this weekend to help discourage Halloween-related arson fires.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dozens of volunteers are expected to patrol their neighborhoods and man police mini-stations during the weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tanya Meeks is the Flint Police Department&rsquo;s community liaison officer.&nbsp;&nbsp;She says having extra&nbsp;eyes on the street help.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:09:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 4743 at Trying to discourage arson this Halloween weekend in Flint and Detroit Detroit gears up for annual Angels' Night campaign <p>Detroit officials are<a href=""> finalizing plans</a> for the <a href="">city&rsquo;s annual Angels&#39; Night campaign</a>.</p><p>That&rsquo;s an effort to put a damper on the arson sprees that once characterized the&nbsp; &ldquo;Devils&#39; Night&rdquo; period around Halloween.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:00:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4696 at Detroit gears up for annual Angels' Night campaign Flint preps for Devils Night <p>Flint city leaders are working with neighborhood watch groups and others to prevent an outbreak of arson fires this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint firefighters have battled dozens of suspicious fires in abandoned homes for months.</p><p>&nbsp;City leaders are concerned arsonists may step up their activity this Halloween weekend.</p><p>&nbsp;Police officer Tanya Meeks is the liaison officer between the Flint police department and local volunteer groups.</p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:07:37 +0000 199 at Flint preps for Devils Night