40 ways Metro Times changed Detroit (and beyond) over the past 40 years 

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Gambling Belle Isle

In the April 1985 story "The secret Belle Isle casino gambling plan," reporter Rosanne Less and Williams landed a scoop: "a confidential document which details a proposal to transform the city-owned island park of Belle Isle into an international resort and conference center which would feature casino hotel gambling." The developers tried to get ahead of the story by handing it to the business-friendly Detroit News to spin it, but TV newsman Bill Bonds saw the real story here. "He sent TV cameras over to our offices," recalled Williams. "And he asked the question, 'How could a little paper like this scoop everyone else in town on a story this big?'"

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