News@Noon: Big nights for Sanders, Trump, voters

The Detroit News

Today is March 9, 2016. It’s the day after the Michigan primary. Here’s what you need to know about that and anything else that’s making news right now.

Michigan feels The Bern, ‘trumps’ moderate Republicans

Michiganians aren’t afraid to vote for extreme politicians in presidential primaries.

In 1972, Michigan Democrats supported segregationist dixiecrat George Wallace for the presidential nomination. In 1988, they supported Jesse Jackson. And in 2016 they went for Bernie Sanders over front-runner and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

This year, Republicans joined in the fun, giving Donald Trump the nod over Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whom The News endorsed and was thought to be a voice of reason in the Republican field.

A record 2.5 million Michiganians, more than a fourth of the state’s population made it to the polls Tuesday. Did you? Were you satisfied with the results?

Globalization is good, edit board writes

Both Trump and Sanders won support in Michigan, in part, by offering protectionist platforms. In a state whose workers often feel they’ve become a victim of globalization, Trump’s anger at Ford building a plant in Mexico and Sanders’ attacks on Clinton for supporting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were appreciated by voters. Both also oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would liberalize trade with Asia.

“It has always been easy to whip up anti-trade fervor when voters are uneasy about their economic futures,” The News editorialized Wednesday. “But the protectionist policies being discussed on the campaign trail risk throwing America into recession.

“As a manufacturing state heavily dependent on the export of goods, Michigan can’t afford measures that choke off trade.”

A violent night in Detroit

Tuesday night and early Wednesday mornings were violent times in Detroit, on both the east and the west side.

On the east side, around midnight, a 28-year-old woman was killed in a drive-by when a man in a black GMC Yukon, a 2003 or 2004 model, shot into the car she was a back seat passenger in, hitting her multiple times before pulling off.

Later that morning, a 16-year-old walking down the street was shot after a silver car pulled up and someone opened fire. The teen was found near a party store on Mack Avenue before taken to the hospital, where he was in serious condition.

A Detroit EMT was suffered cuts and abrasions last night after a man threw a firefighter’s radio through the back window of an ambulance transporting his mother, police say. The man’s mother was also cut in the incident, and the suspect, a 39-year-old Detroit man, fled before police arrived. This is the second time in the last six months a Detroit EMT has suffered injuries in the line of duty.

On the west side, a family gathering in Southwest Detroit was cut short when a daughter allegedly hit her father with a hammer.

Meanwhile, an arrest has been made in the stabbing of a Grosse Pointe Farms man.

Happy Trails, Megatron

It’s official: all-world Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is retiring from football, much like Barry Sanders did in 1999: in his early 30s, with plenty left in the tank, leaving plenty of dollars on the table and Lions fans wondering “what it?”

News columnist John Niyo says Johnson owes Detroit no apology from walking away from the game on his terms.

“Some of Johnson’s best moments came in the worst of times for his team,” Niyo wrote, “from that 1,300-yard, 12-touchdown breakout in the winless 2008 season to the record-smashing 1,964 total in 2012 as the Lions followed up a playoff trip with a dismal 4-12 finish. On the night Johnson broke Rice’s NFL single-season mark, in a nationally-televised loss to Atlanta, ESPN analyst and former coach Jon Gruden openly wondered about all the “meaningless yards” Johnson was piling up in the fourth quarter.”

It’s been real, Megatron.