Detroit News at noon: Auto valentines, court, Flint
The Detroit News
Today is Monday, February 15, 2016. We begin with a little fun from the Miked Up guys: automaker valentines!
Check out this week's podcast for more, including Wayland and Martinez breaking down of the best and worst from the Chicago Auto Show.
Here's what's making news today:
Let's get political
- Today is Presidents Day (which means some offices are closed -- but not ours) and two presidential hopefuls, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, are here today to campaign in Michigan.
- Hillary Clinton is asking her supporters to donate money to a fund to aid Flint children, and her presidential campaign is debuting a new Web video Monday featuring residents and Mayor Karen Weaver talking about the lead-contaminated water crisis.
- Since we're talking about presidents, check out Chrysler's new ad that features two "former presidents" Martin Sheen and Bill Pullman (or President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet from “The West Wing” and President Thomas J. Whitmore in “Independence Day").
Updates from Flint
- Quick state action to involve federal agencies and inform the public might have shortened an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area and saved lives, a national expert on the respiratory disease told The Detroit News. As emails from the state show, this was not the case.
- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has asked that Medicaid benefits be expanded to include Flint residents up to 21 years old and pregnant women who have been receiving water from the city’s troubled system.
- Check out Neal Rubin's column about a boy who is trying to help in Flint. Thanks to a karate-kicking, soccer-playing, dancing-spontaneously-when-he’s-happy young man 575 miles away, Eisenhower Elementary in Flint now has a year’s supply of hand sanitizer.
Over the weekend
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday morning of natural causes. His passing immediately stirred up the race for president over who should appoint the next justice and raised questions over what will happen to pending cases. But through all the noise, Scalia was remembered as a strong voice for conservative values.
- A 71-year-old Detroit woman was sitting on her couch Sunday when she was shot through her window.
Happening in sports
- Sunday truly was Valentine's Day for MSU basketball's Denzel Valentine. Columnist Bob "Wojo" Wojnowski breaks down how the Spartans' senior guard has become a team leader.
- Magic man Pavel Datsyuk netted a milestone Sunday during a wild Red Wings win over Boston.
- It's almost time for baseball, and Lynn Henning breaks down the Tigers team you can expect to see this year.
Are you not entertained?
- The 58th annual Grammy Awards begin at 8 p.m. today. Here are some things to look out for, including the fact that Mick Jagger from "The Rolling Stones" will get some love, but not for his music. Remember to follow our own Adam Graham on Twitter for updates.
- The R-rated “Deadpool” took the box office by storm this weekend, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million in three days.
- To keep the buzz going for her soon-to-open Corktown restaurant, Chef Kate Williams is hosting “Lady of the Market,” monthly pop-up dinners in Eastern Market. Check out what she's planning.
The lighter side
- Election year is prime time for workplace disagreements. Here's what can you do about it.
- The strip mall may become an endangered species in big parts of Detroit’s Midtown with new plans afoot.
- And finally, because everyone needs to look at a cute dog, meet Uno, a Westminster favorite.
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