Detroit News at noon: Political polls, Corktown all-stars, hockey flap
Today is Friday (yay!), February 19, 2016 and it's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend. Before you go off to embrace the spring-like weather, here's the news you need to know.
It's election season so we've got polls!
- Less than three weeks before the state’s primary, Republican voters say they are most likely to support Donald Trump.
- A narrow majority of likely Michigan Republican presidential primary voters said they support a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
UM rejected Flint partnership
- University of Michigan researchers declined opportunities last summer to work with the maverick Virginia Tech professor whose work exposed dangerous levels of lead in Flint’s water system, opting to try to work with the state. Marc Edwards, a world-renowned expert on lead corrosion, said he sought to collaborate with two groups of UM experts before he assembled a team of Virginia Tech researchers who demonstrated widespread elevated lead levels in Flint water.
- The governor says he is "looking forward" to testifying before Congress on his administration's role in the Flint water crisis.
- Curious to see where the high lead levels are a problem in Flint? Check out our interactive map of lead testing results.
- Complete coverage on the Flint water crisis can be found here.
Corktown is hopping
- When the Detroit Tigers moved downtown in 2000, many people thought Corktown would wither. Now, locally grown food, craft cocktails and restored historic buildings are the all-stars in the old neighborhood on Michigan Avenue.
- One of the eagerly anticipated additions to Corktown is the opening of chef Kate Williams’ Lady of the House restaurant in north Corktown. To keep the buzz going, Williams is hosting “Lady of the Market,” monthly pop-up dinners in Eastern Market.
- But, as editorial writer Kaitlyn Buss reminds us, don't assume the arc of optimism about Detroit will continue indefinitely.
- Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is exploring ways to link a change in governance of public education in Detroit with "financial relief" for the debt-ridden and cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools.
- Is bankruptcy the answer for DPS? Speaker Kevin Cotter said it “must remain on the table” if lawmakers are unwilling to impose “serious academic and financial reforms” on the troubled school district.
- Columnist Daniel Howes shares his take on whether a DPS bankruptcy is a viable solution.
Happening in sports
- The Red Wings continue to struggle on defense, as anyone who watched them lose 3-6 to the Penguins on Thursday would know. Gregg Krupa breaks the game down. Don't forget to join Krupa on Twitter for his weekly Wings chat, which has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m. You can send him questions and comments any time by tagging your tweets with #KrupaQs.
- Controversy abounds in Flint as the Ontario Hockey League has suspended Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen until further notice. It's the latest twist in the ongoing flap surrounding the junior hockey team, which has seen its coaching staff fired twice and a player walkout.
- The Lions made another cost-cutting move Thursday, informing linebacker Stephen Tulloch of their plan to release him.
Looking ahead to the weekend
- Movie critic Adam Graham has been busy this week reviewing the new movies. Heading to a theater this weekend? Curious if it will be worth it? Know before you go: Race | The Witch | Touched With Fire | Risen | In Jackson Heights
- Prefer to stay in for Netflix and chill? Judd Apatow's new series "Love" is now here.
- Looking for a more musical weekend? Check out Detroit X Detroit.
- Perhaps you'd prefer to spend your time trying some new recipes. We've got that, too: Chef Norm Fenton of Ale Mary's and Tom's Oyster Bar in Royal Oak shows you the secret to perfect kielbasa.
The lighter side
- Check out Jocelynn Brown's Handmade column this week where she writes about "Sit ‘n Knit," an organization in Metro Detroit that warms the homeless.
- Something to make your heart happy: Tigers' utility guy Mike Aviles says his 5-year-old daughter is cancer-free.
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