Detroit News at noon: Flint food, new Gibson, hot pursuit
Today is Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Brace yourself for long commutes and slippery, snow-filled roads. Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall between today and Thursday. We'll keep you updated with everything we know throughout the storm.
There's more going on out there than just the snow. Here's what you shouldn't miss today.
- A devoted dad. A teen brimming with potential. A free spirit who marched to her own drummer. A teacher who coaxed at-risk kids into becoming writers. A woman who used her retirement to work with babies. A woman who used her retirement to help the elderly figure out their finances. These are the victims of the Kalamazoo shooting and we're learning more about them.
Flint water crisis
- Sixteen months after it was identified as a likely source of a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak, Flint’s water supply still hasn’t been tested for the Legionella bacteria. Why? Because none of five government agencies aware of the outbreak in Genesee County investigated the water system for the bacteria despite concerns raised by the county’s Health Department over the water as early as October 2014.
- A big part of overcoming lead exposure, officials have said, is making sure the people of Flint have good food. So the state of Michigan is partnering with a food bank to send better food to Flint families. The federal government is putting together a team to investigate rashes that might be connected to the water.
- In the meantime, Michigan Democrats and Republicans are sparring on the role of their new Flint water committee.
- Click here for complete coverage of the Flint water crisis.
The status of Detroit
- Mayor Mike Duggan offered a mix of good and bad in his third State of the City address Tuesday night. He led off with the $491 million deficit that’s looming in the city’s pension funds. See what else he had to say here.
U-haul hot pursuit
- Three law enforcement officers suffered minor injuries in an early Wednesday morning police chase involving a U-Haul truck. Police twice laid down stop sticks, which shredded some of the truck’s tires, but it still couldn't stop the driver.
The most reliable cars
- General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are leaders in vehicle dependability, as the auto industry as a whole continues to battle problems with infotainment systems and other in-vehicle technologies, according to J.D. Power.
- But in Consumer Reports' results that were released Tuesday, Detroit's automakers struggled to perform well.
- Buick was the only U.S. brand to rank in the top 15 of Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey.
Happening in sports
- Lots of developments today: The Tigers are getting a glimpse at prospect Cam Gibson, who is a chip off old block. They're also looking forward to the arrival of closer Francisco Rodriguez. Miguel Cabrera is feeling good as new and Ian Kinsler is determined to chase away the butterflies and bad taste of last season.
- The Pistons, already limited because of a recent spate of injuries, got another big blow Tuesday when the team found out rookie Stanley Johnson will be out for some time as he recovers from a shoulder sprain. They're adding Justin Harper from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League to fill in.
- Byrn Forbes lifted the Spartans in a lackluster 81-62 victory over Ohio State.
- Shootouts haven’t been all that kind to the Red Wings this season. But using a bit of a different lineup and a hunch, the Red Wings won the shootout and won the game, 2-1, Tuesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets. But the team still needs to find scoring from somewhere, and that might be from a trade, says columnist Bob Wojnowski.
The lighter side
- Don't get too emotional, but Facebook’s ‘like’ button is expanding to include several other feelings like "angry," "sad" and "love." How does that make you feel?
- If you are a longtime Red Wings fan, here's something that will make you smile.
- In case you didn't hear, Greektown Casino is now going to be named Jack. Yes, there's a new Jack in town. So it got us thinking about some other famous Jacks. See if you can guess them all.
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