CHICAGO — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on Thursday publicly raised the specter that perhaps only a state-appointed emergency manager will have the tools necessary to solve the long-troubled city’s financial woes. He left the door open to the possibility of taking on the role.

In a closed-door meeting with City Council members, and later Thursday with local reporters, Bing warned that the city could run out of cash by February unless unions agree to deep cuts and that Michigan may soon be forced to appoint an emergency manager.

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