Walter Fortson is a young man with impressive credentials: He graduated with honors from Rutgers University this year and is headed to the University of Cambridge on a prestigious Truman scholarship.
But on a typical job application, the first thing an employer might notice about Fortson is that he's an ex-felon.
Fortson, 28, served two years in prison for dealing crack cocaine: He got out in March 2010 and has been clean since. Though he's successfully turned his life around, he says discrimination against those with a criminal record is very real. read more
Nobody is happy with Detroit's bankruptcy. That's the message that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor David Bing and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have repeated over and over in their public appearances over the past few days, following Snyder's authorization of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing for the city.
"There is very difficult for all of us," said Bing in a Thursday press conference. "But if it's going to make the citizens better off, then this is a new start for us." read more