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Michigan woman killed in blaze near closed fire station

By David Brown, Andre Damon, December 7, 2012

A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.

Firefighter says budget cuts are “killing people.”

Elderly couple dies in Detroit fire

By Lawrence Porter, Bryan Dyne, November 21, 2012

A fire on the west side of Detroit early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of an elderly couple in their 70s, Kyle and Theresa Bozeman.

A comment on Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

By Nancy Hanover, October 3, 2012

The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.

Firefighters speak with the WSWS at Burn premiere

By Lawrence Porter, Bryan Dyne, October 3, 2012

WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.

Michigan Sierra Club: 200,000 DTE Energy shutoffs in 2011

By Lawrence Porter, Shannon Jones, April 16, 2012

The Michigan Sierra Club reports that DTE Energy shut off nearly 200,000 customers in 2011.

CAUS meeting endorses SEP presidential campaign

By Shannon Jones, March 13, 2012

Supporters of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs voted to endorse the SEP campaign of Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president at its monthly meeting in Detroit last week.

Detroit residents speak about deadly house fire

By David Brown, March 6, 2012

A house fire Sunday night in a Detroit working class neighborhood claimed the life of an elderly woman and hospitalized her husband. WSWS reporters spoke with some of the neighbors.

Autopsy shows retired Michigan auto worker froze to death after utility shutoff

By Lawrence Porter, February 24, 2012

On Wednesday, the local media in Flint confirmed that the death of John Morgan, the 86-year-old retired auto worker found in his truck on Monday, was due to hypothermia and existing heart and lung problems.

Retired autoworker in Flint, Michigan dies after utilities are shut off

By Lawrence Porter, February 23, 2012

Early Monday morning neighbors found 86-year-old John Morgan, a retired Flint autoworker, dead in his truck parked outside in his driveway on Parkway Avenue, only a few days after the local utility company shut off his electricity for a bill of $291.

Detroit and Obama’s “recovery”

Utility shutoffs soar amidst mass poverty in Michigan

By Lawrence Porter, February 16, 2012

An analysis of data by the World Socialist Web Site shows that utility shutoffs in southeast Michigan increased by nearly two and a half times between 2007 and 2011.

Detroit residents speak out on utility shutoffs

By Lawrence Porter, February 16, 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers at the DTE payment center in Detroit on the experiences they have had with utility shutoffs.

SEP/CAUS public meeting: Oppose Detroit budget cuts!

February 11, 2012

The Socialist Equality Party, Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and International Students for Social Equality are holding a public meeting on February 16 to plan and organize a fight back against the latest attack on the jobs, wages and benefits of the working class in Detroit.