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Detroit "angels" try to thwart "devil" arsonists


Driving the Devil out of Detroit -- but for how long? 

Detroit has survived another Devil's night. 

On the night before Hallowe'en, it's a  tradition for some in the city to go about setting buildings on fire. 

It's not as bad as it once was, though conditions in the inner city still are, and that's a big part of it. 

Detroit's the poorest big city in the U.S., though not as big now that half the population left as jobs were outsourced from what was once the carmaking capital of America.  

At the same time, residents began to flee the high-crime housing ringing the centre of the city, plunging neighbourhoods into decline with no tax base to do anything about it.  And arson, became commonplace. 

Canadian journalist Edward Birnbaum was in Detroit recently and found some new twists on this old story emerging from the flames.  


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