Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press

Bill Laitner

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Bill:

Royal Oak Mayor Fournier survives challenge by Miller

Local elections can be luke-warm but they're hot in Oakland County cities including Birmingham, Royal Oak and Troy. Why? Anti-development sentiment. → Read More

With raise, Birmingham city manager to get $300K if new officials fire him

In Birmingham, Michigan, incumbents might lose in Tuesday's election, threatening their ally in City Hall. They just raised his severance to $300K. → Read More

David Coulter to run for Oakland County Executivein 2020

David Coulter will announce his decision to run for Oakland County Executive on Thursday. → Read More

Drivers, you're losing a lane each way in Oakland County road diet

What's a road diet? It's the opposite of adding lanes. In suburban Detroit, Oak Park is squeezing 9 Mile Road down from 5 lanes to 3. → Read More

He dropped an amazing 475 pounds, then ran Detroit's marathon

Once one of Michigan's most obese people, this man shed so much weight after changing his lifestyle, he ran the Detroit marathon. → Read More

Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon goers off and running

There are participants from all 50 states and 72 countries. → Read More

Detroit marathon: Horrific crash tested his spirit. How he responded was amazing

Detroit's annual marathon always welcomes the Disabilities Division, including military vets, whose athletes compete on wheelchairs and handcyles. → Read More

Rabies cases double in Oakland County's wildlife; officials warn, 'Stay away!'

Rabies is always dreaded because there is no known cure. It's spread mainly by wildlife, including skunks in upscale West Bloomfield, Michigan. → Read More

Michigan's local governments squeezed for cash, says veteran city-hall boss

Around metro Detroit, he ran a lot of cities. The take-away? That balancing city budgets in Michigan is far harder than it used to be. → Read More

Oakland County Republicans, Democrats agree to give county workers raise, $15 minimum wage

The board gave its unanimous approval to the county's first annual budget measure, which provides a 2% raise for all of the nearly 5,000 county employees. → Read More

I had to sort through your recycling mistakes: Live ammo, dog poop, dead rats

In Michigan and nationwide, recycling is in crisis. As costs and contamination soar, this reporter worked "the line" in a waste plant to see why. → Read More

12 recycling 'mistakes' you shouldn't toss into your cart or bin

In Michigan and elsewhere, earth-friendly folks to recycle but make big mistakes, contaminating loads and driving down prices. Here's what NOT to do. → Read More

Grosse Pointe Shores official's Facebook meme on 9/11 triggers outcry

In Grosse Pointe Shores, a councilman posts extreme views on his private Facebook group. But his memes get out and outraged liberals. → Read More

Sunday's half marathon to be in memory of two Pattersons named Brooks

This Sunday's half marathon in Rochester Hills, named after L. Brooks Patterson's late son "Brooksie" is now being held in memory of the father. → Read More

Birmingham hires 5 lawyers to fight controversial free-speech lawsuit

Birmingham has hired 5 attorneys to defend it in federal court against residents who sued after being shut down from speaking at a public meeting. → Read More

Bloomfield Hills official who stole yard signs blames the victim in court

Wealthy Bloomfield Hills city commissioner stole campaign signs but says it was for the public good. He must pay $1,125 and do community service. → Read More

Judge's decision will drag out Oakland County executive drama

Judge says he wants a full-blown trial in dispute over Oakland County executive appointment. → Read More

Searching for normal: A grieving Detroit writer goes looking for a new barber

A white writer in Detroit, grieving over the death of his African-American wife who always cut his hair, goes in search of a new barbershop. → Read More

Democrat Dave Coulter, mayor of Ferndale, named Oakland County executive

After weeks of political infighting, the Oakland County Board on Friday appointed Dave Coulter as county executive, replacing L. Brooks Patterson. → Read More

L. Brooks Patterson remembered at service packed with county workers

Almost invincible at the ballot box, he succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Longtime Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson was mourned in Troy. → Read More