Detroit News at noon: Flint revelations, Tigers evolution

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, February 12, 2015. Our Flint water crisis investigative team is assembled and ready to chat live with you at noon. Submit your questions and join in here.

Here's what's making news today.

New revelations into Flint water crisis

Flint

A Detroit News team pored through more than 24,000 pages of Flint-related documents from local, state and federal officials released by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. The emails revealed that at least six Environmental Protection Agency officials in late March talked about Genesee County’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and a suspected link to Flint’s change in water sources — and were told the state would alert the public. That didn't happen. Instead, two months later, a Michigan health official declared “the outbreak is over.” The disease would kill four more people in the summer and fall and would not be brought to the public’s attention until the next year.

The emails also showed:

Evolution of the Tigers

Detroit's baseball rebirth began in 2006, and @Lynn_Henning examines a decade of changes that brought them to 2016 contention.

MIGUEL CABRERA (2008-present): Has become one of the five greatest Tigers hitters ever, and is headed for Cooperstown once a long and extraordinary career ceases. Cabrera moved to first base from third base in 2008, his first year after dropping anchor in Detroit and, apart from a return to third during the 2012-13 seasons, he has been the Tigers’ primary first baseman. Because of his extraordinary bat, has never gotten the credit on defense he deserves.

Four-legged kind of love

If your dog or cat is your favorite Valentine this year, we've got a suggestion. Show your dog or cat some love with stylish pet decor

AT HOME for release AUGUST 2015 BY DESIGN Caption 04: Looks like a blanket, works like a tarp. Crypton's Throver can be tossed over a sofa or draped over a car seat. Made of stain-, moisture- and odor-resistant Crypton fabric, it's also machine washable. This one features a print from William Wegman.

Chicago auto show trucks on

The resounding message out of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is that automakers can’t produce enough pickups and crossovers to feed demand of U.S. consumers. Automaker after automaker on Thursday announced new and updated sport utilities — from off-road pickups by Ram Truck and Toyota, to crossovers from Chevy, Kia and Hyundai.

Nissan’s new full-size Titan pickup will be built in Canton, Mississippi.

Debate: Sharp jabs on foreign policy, experience

On the evening Chelsea Clinton visited Flint, calling the water crisis there "heartbreaking," her mother, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Deep freeze

Bundle up or cuddle up with your Valentine, it's going to be bitterly cold this weekend. But a silver lining: There's no real snow in the forecast.

Metro Detroiters need to bundle up, especially Saturday, when temperatures will reach only into the teens.

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