Detroit News at noon: Bernie Sanders, Zika and snow
Today is Thursday, February 25, 2016, and it's snowing. Some areas in northern Oakland County reported as much as a foot of snowfall. Maybe you're dealing with power outages. Maybe your kids are home from school today (lucky; there are no snow days in a newsroom). Maybe you drove to work through the snow and now you are wondering how much longer you are going to have to deal with this. Well, we've got all the up-to-date information you want about this winter storm.
There's plenty more happening in and around Detroit. Here's your roundup:
Where gunfire happens most in Detroit
Zika virus in Michigan
State health officials on Wednesday confirmed the first case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident. An Ingham County woman is believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to a foreign country, and began experiencing symptoms when she returned.
The political machine moves into Michigan
- Bernie Sanders is headed to Flint today for a campaign event with the city's residents. The Democratic presidential candidate is following in competitor Hillary Clinton's footsteps and will highlight the water crisis. Get the details here.
- If you ask Nolan Finley, though, all these political machinations are just exploiting the city. And it's particularly true for Clinton's campaign.
- Under normal circumstances, with Michigan's presidential primary looming on March 8, the governor of Michigan would be making his endorsement for president by now. But since he is in the thick of it with the Flint water crisis, things are anything but normal for Gov. Rick Snyder.
- In the meantime, Clinton is angering some local companies in the auto industry with a new commercial she filmed bashing Johnson Controls for moving overseas after getting a taxpayer bailout in 2009 (It didn't).
A new parking garage may be coming downtown
- Owners of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers are seeking to build a five-story parking garage next to Comerica Park. The potential $28.7 million structure would be called Tiger Garage 2 and would have 900 parking spaces and possible ground-floor retail. The goal would be to alleviate parking problems brought about by the new hockey arena.
- Speaking of hockey, the Detroit Red Wings players are giving their annual address at the Detroit Economic Club today and columnist Gregg Krupa will live tweet the whole thing. Follow him on Twitter or check out the action here.
Happening in sports
- Hang out with sports reporter Matt Charboneau, who is your host for a live chat on Michigan State football and basketball at 12:30 p.m.
- Lions GM Bob Quinn is at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and he offered an update on the Calvin Johnson retirement situation.
- When national radio host Paul Finebaum recently called Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh the Donald Trump of college football, headline writers across the country rejoiced. But what did Finebaum actually mean by that? He explains.
- It was the type of performance the Pistons desperately needed. After slipping below .500 and out of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, the Pistons maintained their momentum to beat the 76ers 111-91.
And then there was one
- It’s about halfway through the season of reality cooking show “Hell’s Kitchen,” and only one of two Metro Detroit chefs is still in the game. Who went home? Melody Baetens has the latest.
The lighter side
- Flint didn't start off as a city contaminated with lead, struggling with poverty and festering with industrial rot. As columnist Neal Rubin points out, there was genius there, and money, and thriving neighborhoods (and a GM president named Harlow Curtice who commuted to work in Detroit every day by airplane).
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