Detroit News at noon: Water and politics, a few flicks and a 'Crazy Quilt'

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, February 5, 2016. Here's what you need to know. 

Water and politics do mix

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich. testifies in Washington before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint in this Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2016, file photo. Kildee is one of three House Democrats that have invited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to testify about the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint at a Feb. 10 hearing.

  • Another politician has been making moves related to Flint. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says he’s been too busy to think about his political future, but experts say his aggressive response to the water contamination crisis in his hometown of Flint has made him a formidable candidate should he run for governor in 2018. Check out  reporter Jonathan Oosting's profile of Kildee.
  • Also in Flint, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending the city's 9,000 children younger than 6 have their blood tested for potential lead poisoning. The recommendation comes after some water tests showed lead levels in the city’s water may exceed the capacity of faucet filters.

Breeze Harden, 3, bursts into tears as she is tested for lead with her mother Darlene Harden at Eisenhower Elementary in Flint, Michigan on Jan. 26, 2016.  "I'm very nervous, I don't want my child to have lead. I don't want none of the kids to have lead." Harden  said.  "I mean us, Flint residents, have known something was wrong with the water years ago but who had idea it was lead.  We just thought it might be E. coli and we might have to run our faucets for a while before we use the water, that's what we were thinking."

Happening in sports

Moms of Red Wings players watch practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena before the team left on its current road trip.

  • With their Florida road trip coming to an end, the Red Wings are reflecting on what it's been like to have their moms along. They've been a big hit, bringing cookies, and fresh enthusiasm, aboard the plane. But the guys are having to watch their manners

Working for the weekend

The Big Game

This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows guacamole and roasted potato skins in Concord, NH. For this easy Super Bowl snack, we combined two of our favorite game day indulgences, guacamole and roasted potato skins. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The lighter side 

Crazy City II 84 x 84 work in progress by Joe Cunningham

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