News@Noon: Dem debate, primary prep and spring, finally
Today is March 7, 2016, and it's all about politics right now. With the Michigan primary on Tuesday, candidates from both parties have been making the state their home base. Here's what you need to know about that and the other things making news right now.
- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled it out on CNN's debate stage last night in Flint, where they tackled topics like the water crisis, Detroit schools, whether Gov. Rick Snyder should resign (Snyder fought back on Twitter) and the auto bailout. If you watched it, let us know who you think won.
- Check out Nolan Finley's take on why taking a stance on Flint now could hurt Clinton.
- The two Democratic contenders will be back at it tonight (starting at 6 p.m.) during a town hall-style event hosted by Fox News Channel at Detroit’s Gem Theatre.
- Republican candidates are continuing to campaign around the state, and some, like Trump, are making sure their voice is standing out above the rest.
- Even the Miked Up guys are getting in on the action.
- Curious what other issues are on the ballot Tuesday aside from the presidential candidates? Click on your county to find out: Macomb County | Wayne County | Oakland County
- Find the latest news about Flint's water crisis here.
Saying goodbye to a first lady
- Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president — and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease — died Sunday of congestive heart failure. She was 94.The tributes are pouring in, including many from Michigan lawmakers. President Barack Obama has ordered flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings, embassies, military posts and naval vessels in Reagan's memory. Check out an interactive timeline of her life here.
- Get ready for shorts — Detroit is expected to see temperatures normally reserved for spring beginning today. But be prepared for some showers.
Terrorist or terrorized
- Khalil Abu-Rayyan allegedly gushed about his fondness for violent acts of terrorism in text message exchanges with an undercover agent. Once face to face with federal investigators in October, authorities say Abu-Rayyan admitted to hearing voices in his head that told him to do terrible things: burn people alive, tie them up, cut their tongues. Yet the Dearborn Heights man's defense lawyer says his client is no terrorist. Rather, he is a socially awkward pizzeria worker who lives with his parents, smokes marijuana and has no romantic experience with women. Is he a jihadist or an FBI victim? The debate is on.
Happening in sports
- It was, as coach Tom Izzo said afterward, a good time to be a Spartan on Saturday.
- The Lions can legally start trying to woo free agents to Detroit at noon today.
- It was a rough day for the Red Wings (and Petr Mrazek) and it showed in the team's 1-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
- Two days after the death of his father, Oakland University senior guard Max Hooper will make it home on time for the team's game tonight.
Drug use in Michigan
- New data released from the state's department of health shows drug overdose deaths in Michigan rose 14 percent in 2014 compared to 2013.
- A Novi police officer was dragged about 60 feet early this morning after going “above and beyond” to help a woman who was to be arrested during a minor traffic stop.
The lighter side
- Downton Abbey" is officially done and fans have been left wondering what they will do with their Sunday nights (at least until "Game of Thrones" returns). But, after years in the Grantham household, it can be hard for the actors playing the characters to move on too.
- The word “toy” is often associated with the term “kaleidoscope,” but John Hirtzel, an artist who’s been crafting the glass-filled tubular instruments for the past 20 years, refuses to believe that’s how most people view them.
- "I went to Detroit and ____." (fill in the blank). And read Neal Rubin's column on the subject.
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