Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press

Bill Laitner

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Bill:

Tiny Michigan nonprofit is taking on DTE — and it could have huge impact on the company

DTE, Michigan's biggest utility, faced off against a tiny nonprofit, Soulardarity. Now, the Public Service Commission will decide which side wins. → Read More

Green ooze case gets worse as PFAS now shown in pollution from Madison Heights

Pollution in a Detroit suburb nicknamed "green slime" just gets worse. Turns out, the metal-plating gunk contains PFAS — the "forever chemicals. → Read More

Berkley delays vote in parking battle with Vinsetta Garage eatery

Berkley City Council delays vote on settlement that would allow Vinsetta Garage to raze homes for parking lots behind restaurant. → Read More

Man whose Madison Heights metal firm sluiced 'green slime' onto I-696 reports to prison

The man blamed for last month’s spurt of noxious freeway pollution north of Detroit reported to federal prison Friday, Madison Heights officials said. → Read More

Mitzvah Day brings hundreds of volunteers to Detroit-area agencies

Christmas Day is also Mitzvah Day, when Jews volunteer at soup kitchens and shelters. So, what means mitzvah? "Good deed." Now go do one! → Read More

Toxic liquid that gushed onto freeway took pollution experts by surprise

The EPA spent a year on this SuperFund clean-up and felt it was safe. Then, a poisonous green liquid gushed onto a freeway. What did the EPA miss? → Read More

Mystery liquid gushing from freeway wall on I-696 backs up traffic, closes lane

The right lane closure of I-696 in Madison Heights is expected to continue into Friday night as authorities keep motorists away from mystery liquid. → Read More

Melania Trump picks Royal Oak artist for 'White House Christmas Book'

Laid off, this Royal Oak mom with two young sons scrambled to sell her art online. Then, fame struck from the White House. → Read More

Before losing election, Clawson mayor sought secret deal to hurt opponent

In a Detroit suburb, the ex-mayor tried to set a secret trap for her political opponent. The city manager knew it was wrong but had nowhere to turn. → Read More

Republicans in Oakland County lose legal battle to unseat new executive

In affluent Oakland County, Michigan, Republicans for decades ruled the roost. Not anymore, as this legal ruling shows. → Read More

Reelected weeks ago, Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack dies of heart attack

Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack died around 11 p.m. Friday. She was 63. → Read More

A search in Detroit for a homeless man ends with 'thanks' for a holiday reunion in Oregon

Her homeless brother last said he was in Detroit, living in the ruined Packard Plant. His sister flew in from Oregon to look. Now she's giving thanks. → Read More

Metro Detroit's Thanksgiving starts with fun runs, fun parade down Woodward Avenue

Detroit's 93rd Thanksgiving Day parade is one of the most watched in the nation. Millions tune in for the holiday show on famous Woodward Avenue. → Read More

A flock of runners dashes in Turkey Trot races through downtown Detroit

Wanna eat anything and everything at Thanksgiving dinner? Then run 6.2 miles beforehand -- like this flock of 16,000 folks in Detroit's Turkey Trot. → Read More

Detroit passes Michigan's stricter tests for lead contaminated water

Birmingham and Royal Oak flunked while Detroit passed Michigan's new test for lead in household water. Detroit's bigger fear? Flaking lead paint. → Read More

Warren City Council handed itself lifetime health care; Mayor Fouts vows to block it

In suburban Detroit, a City Council passed a sweet deal: lifetime health care for themselves. The mayor says he's "outraged" and vows it's a no-go. → Read More

Lead in your home's water? 2 items around your house could help you find out

In Michigan, lead is showing up in the water of many homes after lead limit became strictest in the nation. Here's what to know, wherever you live. → Read More

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