Write-Offs: 07.18.13

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$$$Detroit Files Biggest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy [WSJ]

$$$Moody's Affirms U.S. Triple-A Rating [WSJ]

$$$Former boss disputes Tourre's description of mortgage deal [Reuters]

$$$Blackstone Second-Quarter Profit Triples as Fees Rise [Bloomberg]

$$$"I Had Sex With My Cat And Everyone Knows," Aggrieved Oklahoma Woman Explained To Arresting Officer [TSG]

$$$JP Morgan Set For Record Fine [WSJ]

$$$Dell postpones meeting on buyout as more votes needed [Reuters]

$$$ So what does the Wall Street menswear crew do to beat the blazing hot temps? Well… they loosen their ties. They wear lighter-weight suits. They look down at their smartphones a lot. [Fashionista]

$$$ Prosecutors said Ms. Zieminski and Mr. Forteau bought front-row tickets to an N.B.A. playoff game, field-level seats to a Jets football game and tickets to Walt Disney World in Florida, where Mr. Forteau proposed to Ms. Zieminski at Cinderella’s Castle. (“Make no mistake, Amanda Zieminski is no Cinderella and Clyde Forteau is far from Prince Charming,” Daniel M. Donovan Jr., the Staten Island district attorney, said in a statement.) The couple left a trail of their spending in photographs on Facebook. One shows them in a happy embrace while standing in front of the castle lighted with pink lights. Another shows a Cinderella cake etched with the words “Will you marry me?” sitting next to a glass slipper. Mr. Forteau’s brother, Jerome, 25, was also charged in the scheme. A Facebook page of the brothers’ rap duo, called Yung Squad, shows the two sitting in expensive seats at sporting events, seats that prosecutors said were paid for with stolen money. [NYT]

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