Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 12:53 PM EDT Oct 14, 2018 The morbid discovery of 11 babies' corpses in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit, and the investigation into who hid them — and why — follows other incidents over the years that have stoked dark fears about the mortuary business across the country. On Friday, the badly decomposed bodies of 11 infants were found in the ceiling of former Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side, police said. State investigators had received an anonymous letter explaining how to find the bodies. Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser was unable to say how long the remains had been stored there or how old they were. But he said he was upset "by the callousness" of whoever had placed the remains of infants, some of them apparently stillborn, inside a cardboard box hidden in the drop-down ceiling of a stairwell. More: Police: 11 infant bodies found in ceiling of former funeral home Other … [Read more...] about 11 infant bodies found in funeral home add to industry horrors
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2 July 2018 EconomicsFinance It’s 10 years since the global financial system almost sent the world into a great depression. Yohann Koshy takes stock of what went wrong and where we are now This moment – a decade since the global financial crisis – is an ellipsis. We are between destinations, with no reliable map and uncertain co-ordinates. In September 2008 the fourth-largest US investment bank, Lehman Brothers, founded in 1850, filed for bankruptcy. It looked as if the global financial order, even capitalism itself, was next. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, a large US investment management firm, asked his wife to withdraw as much money as possible from the ATM in case the banks didn’t open.1 An anonymous hedge fund manager in New York fired off a short email to a journalist: ‘It feels a little like the end of the world.’2 The world almost did end. And everything stayed the same. Time was borrowed in the form of nationalizations, cash … [Read more...] about When the world almost ended
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications
Before I start, I have a confession. I can’t spell accommodation, centre, calender, programe, which as a Landlord, is a worry. And I have become so confused by spell check, I do not know where I stand – so apologies, as I need to get some stuff off my chest, but give me a break if I am Queens English or American English, because twenty five years of Microsoft Word has left me a dribbling wreck. But I want to help…and tell some stories. And help you crystallise your ideas with a punch of reality before you go and spend a lot of hard cash on a dream that might not be you. So let’s start with how I got myself into this – We had a mortgage on a house we could not afford, so we moved out – we got a tenant in who then trashed it, so we were now in a financial pickle to say the least. We could not sell it because of the amount of work needed to make it right, all my local agents told me I needed £30k spent on it, which I did not have. While I … [Read more...] about Holiday lets? It will never pay.
Donald Trump versus Simon Calder. There was only ever likely to be one winner. Thanks to The Independent’s indefatigable travel correspondent the £20 “resort fee” that Trump’s Scottish golf course, Turnberry, had attempted to impose on its guests has been pretty swiftly removed by its managers. Simon’s hand was doubtless strengthened by the fact that such concealed-but-compulsory charges for things like wi-fi, swimming pool access, in-room coffee machines etc are actually illegal here in the UK. And long may it remain so. This is one kind of American import against which we should resist as vigorously as Trump himself seeks to repel Chinese steel and Mexican-made cars. A report commissioned by the outgoing Obama administration in 2016 notes that such sneaky fees in the American hospitality industry extorted more than $2bn (£1.4bn) out of Americans in 2015. Despite only being introduced in the late 1990s such fees have metastasised … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course hidden fees highlight how companies are screwing us over all the time