Relevance of officials in manager’s hands
DETROIT — What role Detroit’s elected leaders will play in the city’s fiscal crisis is now up to a Washington, D.C., lawyer appointed by the governor to turn things around.
Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, says he wants to work with the City Council and the mayor, though many in Detroit see the state takeover as stripping away the voice of the people to have their elected leaders lead.
“I’d like to have full partnership with the council and their staffs,” said Orr, a 1983 University of Michigan Law School graduate who resigned from the international Jones Day law firm to take the emergency manager job.
Orr was the turnaround expert who represented Chrysler during its successful restructuring.
No ID on body parts found in sewer
WARREN — Body parts found in a Detroit-area sewer in December came from a woman, but not the same woman whose partial remains were discovered in a nearby community’s sewer line during the summer, police said Friday.
A DNA analysis of the two fleshy pieces found Dec. 20 by sewer contractors in Warren determined they belonged to a white woman, Police Commissioner Jere Green said at a news conference. However, he said, the woman’s identity is not known.
“We are investigating this as a homicide until the evidence takes us in a different direction,” Green said.
College sued for suspending student
DETROIT — A man suspended from a Detroit-area university after writing about his attraction to teachers in a class journal sued the school Friday for $2.2 million and four lost credits, claiming his free-speech rights were violated.
Joseph Corlett, 57, a home builder who enrolled in college because of the weak economy, said he was an A-student in a writing class at Oakland University in Rochester until he submitted a journal in 2011 titled “Hot For Teacher,” the name of a song by the rock band Van Halen.
Corlett compared his female instructor to Ginger, a sultry movie starlet character on the 1960s TV show “Gilligan’s Island.” He feared being distracted and said, “I’ll never learn a thing.”
He said another teacher who was pregnant was “hot, and not just from baking the bun in her oven.”
The teacher informed an Oakland dean after reading the journal for the first time. Officials said Corlett’s writings violated a policy against intimidation or harassment and last year barred him for three terms, through winter 2013.
The university said he must undergo counseling if he wants to return as a student.