News@Noon: Detroit debate, 'I went to Detroit and ..."
Today is Thursday, March 3, 2016, and the Republicans are coming! Actually, they've arrived ahead of tonight's Detroit debate, making campaign swings. Before you turn your attention to the jabs and stabs from the presidential candidates, catch up on the news you need to know.
- The Fox Theatre will host a performance of a different sort tonight as the GOP presidential candidates take the stage at 9 p.m. But if you don't have tickets, good luck getting into the debate. If you're feeling fortunate or particularly Republican, the Republican National Committee plans to hand out some set-aside tickets today. To follow along at home, read our five things to watch at tonight's debate.
- Donald Trump's name (and hair) is everywhere, but what do we really know about him? Melissa Nann Burke delves into the businessman's provocative persona.
- Michigan voters' interest in the election seems keen: Michigan is seeing a 30 percent increase in absentee ballots -- more than 500,000 have been issued -- for the 2016 general election.
Democrats up next
- Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate in Flint Sunday night. Sanders has been in Michigan trying to win over voters since Wednesday, drawing crowds at Michigan State University and rapping NAFTA in Lansing this morning.
- Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its denial of more funding and resources to help beleaguered Flint recover from its lead-water crisis. Catch up on the latest Flint water crisis news here.
- A part-time Uber driver charged with killing six people during a shooting spree will be examined to see if he’s mentally competent to stand trial.
Happening in sports
- The University of Michigan has a great chance to grab another extraordinary talent from Deerfield Beach -- last time they visited, they came back with Denard Robinson -- in defensive end Ge’Mon Eaford. However, they will have to wait a few years because Eaford is only a freshman.
- Now that the combine is over, take a look at Josh Katzenstein'smock NFL draft. What do you think of his picks?
- The baseball card find of a lifetime: A cache of century-old Ty Cobb cards turned up in a crumpled paper bag in a dilapidated house somewhere in the South. Seven cards have been verified, out of around 15 still known to exist.
The lighter side
- What happened when you went to Detroit? Two college students asked the question for a class project. And Neal Rubin tells us how people answered.
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