Today is Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and for those in the police family, today is a day for mourning. Visitation for Wayne State officer Collin Rose will be held this morning at Ford Field.
Last night, hundreds gathered for a vigil to remember Rose, the university police officer who was shot Nov. 22 during a traffic stop and died a day later.
Over the years, WSUPD has expanded its force and its patrol area to the 6.5 miles around campus. Rose was off campus when he was shot. Following this, the first fatal shooting of an officer in the department’s 50-year history, there will be tough questions asked about the Wayne State Police Department's expanded role in the Detroit community.
But for now, we take time to remember him, to honor him and to lay him to rest.
Here's the news we're following today:
Rizzo's influence in politics
- Two political action committees linked to a garbage hauler at the center of an FBI corruption investigation and its former CEO have pumped more than $174,000 into political campaign coffers in communities that have awarded the firm multimillion dollar contracts, public records show.
- The contributions since 2011 illustrate the split personality of Sterling Heights-based Rizzo Environmental Services. Interviews, campaign finance and federal court records show Rizzo’s political action committee funneled legal campaign funds to dozens of politicians while a top executive allegedly bribed elected officials in exchange for votes and favorable treatment.
MSU doctor assault
- Lawyers for 13 women and girls have told Michigan State University that they plan to sue the school over alleged sexual assaults by a doctor who also worked for USA Gymnastics.
- President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector.
- But that doesn't mean Trump will not have an influence in the business world. Case in point: Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.
- In fact, the next four years is poised to be full of new norms for the presidency.
- Oh, and for those of you waiting and hoping that Michelle Obama might one day run for President, you'll be disappointed to know that the President says his wife will never run for office.
Retired officer shot
- A 50-year-old retired Detroit police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the hip during an attempted carjacking on the city’s west side Tuesday night, police confirmed.
Detroit is a 'Playground'
- Elite art collectors in suits and sleek dresses may come to mind when you think of a gallery showing, but the crowd of Detroit millennials at this pop-up event for Detroit Is The New Black arrive in jeans, baseball hats and leggings.
- Behind the scenes is PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a creative catalyst started in 2012 by Paulina Petkoski and Samantha “Banks” Schefman. The two 30-year-old Metro Detroiters spent years in the New York arts and fashion industries and recently returned to help promote emerging Detroit artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. Now partnering with local shops and venues to host exhibitions and concerts, they plan to open their own space in Eastern Market this spring.
Playoff dreams alive
Michigan is still alive in the College Football Playoff conversation even after dropping two spots to No. 5 following the Wolverines’ double-overtime loss to Ohio State. The final rankings will be announced Sunday after a weekend of conference championships and they will determine the four-team national playoff and the New Year’s Six Bowls. Alabama remains No. 1 in the CFP rankings announced Tuesday night, Ohio State is No. 2, Clemson is No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.
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