Snarled in Corruption Traffic

In Detroit, Mayor Young's administration gets hit by probes

There may be slight stirrings of rising sales in the auto industry, but almost everything else about Detroit is gloomy these days. Among other problems, a corruption scandal involving at least six federal investigations is plaguing Mayor Coleman Young's administration. The three-term black mayor has not been personally implicated, but he and other city officials have been preoccupied with fending off the various probes.

In one case, a black city official has been indicted: Charles Beckham, 35, director of water and sewerage. A federal grand...

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