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  • Judge William Collette listens to arguments on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Mich., before throwing out a suit by Detroit's corporate counsel after a lawyer for Mayor Dave Bing intervened and said the city's top attorney had no authority to challenge the city's financial agreement with the state. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young)

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  • Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (right), greeting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at his Jan. 1 inauguration, does not agree with the governor's idea of a state takeover of his troubled city. "We know what needs to be done, and we stand ready to do it," Mr. Bing said. (Associated Press)

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