News@noon: A Tuesday for Trump; a Harbaugh for Tigers
Today is March 2, 2016, and it was a rough morning out there on the roads. Even worse, the snow isn't done with us yet. Before you up and move to Florida or some other (warmer) place, check out the news you should know.
Detroit history on the auction block
- Sotheby’s, the elite New York auction house, has removed two items from the auction block that two historic preservationists contend were likely stolen from a downtown Detroit building decades ago.
A Super Tuesday for Trump, Clinton
- One thing seems clear in the 2016 presidential race: The people are supporting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Check out how each of the states voted last night.
- Clinton and her allies have already shifted some attention to Trump, casting the Republican front-runner as divisive and unprepared to lead the country. For his part, Trump traded his typical rollicking rallies for a sober media conference where he pressed his case that Clinton is a proven failure as a longtime politician.
- The Super Tuesday results set up March 8 primary showdowns for both parties in Michigan, the next major state on the presidential calendar.
- GOP nominee John Kasich is beginning his Michigan push with a bus tour starting today in Ann Arbor, but his team has already lowered its expectations for Michigan after a poor showing Tuesday.
- The GOP debates move to Michigan tomorrow. The event hosted by Fox News will be tomorrow night at the Fox Theatre, but good luck getting in.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders arrived here Wednesday with four Super Tuesday victories under his belt, but faces a daunting obstacle of overcoming Hillary Clinton’s lead in delegates.Sanders may have picked up a few big endorsements here, but Clinton is definitely outspending him.
- Come back to www.detroitnews.com tomorrow for all the live coverage of the GOP debate and follow our reporters who will be there on Twitter: Chad Livengood | Jonathan Oosting | Jim Lynch | Leonard Fleming | Charlie Ramirez
Residents locked in to Flint water
- The Snyder administration blocked Flint from returning to the Detroit water system in April 2015 despite concerns with the city’s drinking water, according to the Michigan Democratic Party. A document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act includes a provision prohibiting the city of Flint from contracting with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department without written approval from the state treasurer.
- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the city’s lead levels are dropping as the municipal water system builds up a protective biofilm in the pipes.She said the pipes are recoated with a phosphate barrier that prevents lead from leaching into the drinking water.
- The state's heath department has agreed to provide startup funding for a panel of scientists, led by Wayne State University, to test the water system in Flint for possible links to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015. The News reported last week that Flint’s water had never been tested for Legionella despite being identified in fall 2014 as a likely source of the disease.
Faint warning signs in Kalamazoo killings
- Few family members and neighbors would have believed Jason Dalton could go out and shoot eight people, killing six of them. As Francis Donnelly writes, there are few clues to explain why a mild-mannered man allegedly exploded with rage.
Happening in sports:
- Michigan football's head coach Jim Harbaugh is coaching first base for the Tigers today in Lakeland. Follow Wojo and Lynn Henning for live updates on Twitter. Even without the Harbaugh factor, the Tigers are looking good.
- The Pistons have their work cut out for themselves tonight when they face San Antonio at home. The Spurs (along with the Golden State Warriors) are the only two NBA teams to remain undefeated at home. If they are going to win and keep their playoff hopes alive, Detroit is going to need another solid game from newcomer Tobias Harris, as John Niyo explains.
- It hasn’t taken long for Don Brown to become acclimated as Michigan’s new defensive coordinator. His first big move: to deploy 'dynamic' Jabrill Peppers at linebacker.
Farmington Schools on the chopping block
- Farmington Public Schools should close or repurpose three schools, including a high school, the superintendent said Tuesday night, unveiling his recommendations for downsizing the district. There's still time for the community to have its say.
The lighter side
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has been elected mayor for four terms. And he wants to keep being mayor. But in order to do that, he's going to need his residents to change the law.
- Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA. The first thing he said to doctors, scientists and onlookers after landing safely in barren and freezing Kazakhstan: “The air feels great out here. I have no idea why you guys are all bundled up.”
- She lost a beloved ring that she'd had for years. So when she went to go look for something to replace it, what are the odds she'd come across her old ring?
- Everybody's favorite weatherman Chuck Gaidica is about to become senior pastor of Detroit’s Metropolitan United Methodist Church.
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