News@Noon: A new nominee,'fake outrage,' testing the Camaro
Today is Wednesday, March 16, 2016 and President Obama has nominated a new Supreme Court justice. Which has made us wonder: should Merrick Garland be confirmed (or at least get a hearing)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or by tweeting us @detroinews.
Here's what else is making news today:
A super Tuesday for Clinton, Trump
- With math and momentum on his side, an emboldened Donald Trump offered himself Wednesday as the inevitable Republican presidential nominee and called on balky GOP leaders to embrace the voters’ “tremendous fervor” for his candidacy.
- Marco Rubio responded to the loss of his home state by dropping out of the race.
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich scored his first win of the presidential nomination contest, grabbing all 66 delegates in the Ohio primary. But at best, it might be a temporary speed bump for Trump.
- Sweeping to victory in four key primary contests, Hillary Clinton has solidified her hold on the Democratic nomination, allowing her to begin the work of unifying her party against GOP front-runner Trump.
Mateen Cleaves charged in sexual assault
- The hero of MSU's 2000 championship has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges, which were filed in connection with an alleged sexual assault last year, carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
Baker's gets a boost
- Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, which bills itself as the world’s oldest jazz club, is officially one of Detroit’s historic landmarks.
Take it to the limit
- Auto critic Henry Payne met up with GM's President Dan Amman and put the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 through its paces. There's video too.
Farewell Farmington schools
- Three Farmington Public schools have been identified for repurposing or closing as officials work to downsize the district amid declining enrollment and a funding shortfall.
- Democrats on a Congressional committee examining the Flint water crisis are preparing to question Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday. Stay with us for all the action when the hearing begins. Catch up with all the news about the Flint water crisis here.
- At the same time that the new state Reps. from Allegan and Lapeer counties were sworn in, across the street their predecessors Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser sat in Lansing’s 54A District Court for a hearing related to the felony charges they now face for misconduct during their nine months in office.
- A victory for Michigan's transgender residents and allies: After being sued by six transgender Michigan residents, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has changed her department’s policy on requiring an amended birth certificate to change an individual’s gender on a state driver’s license or state ID.
- Eight candidates are vying to become the interim Wayne County treasurer following the surprise resignation this month of Richard Hathaway three months into his term. Learn more about them here.
Happening in sports
- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh thinks the reaction from the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference commissioners on his decision to take the Wolverines to Florida for spring practice during spring break is “fake outrage." And he wasn't afraid to say so on a prominent radio show.
- Is this the end? To start what could be a season-defining, four-game trip Tuesday, the Red Wings produced a dud for most of the night, losing 4-3 to the Flyers and taking another step back from making the playoffs.
- John Beilein called it validation. He also called it “Magic,” though, and while one play won’t magically make a season — or a career — there’s still a chance yet it could make a difference for UM as the team prepares for the NCAA tournament.
The lighter side
- Some disappointing news for local chefs Andy Hollyday, Nick Janutol and Garrett Lipar, as well as restaurant Mabel Gray. None of Metro Detroit's James Beard Award semifinalists were chosen as finalists.
- Looks like Dr. Jones will get a new adventure! “Indiana Jones” is swinging back into theaters with Harrison Ford reprising the iconic role and Steven Spielberg directing. There were some mixed feelings about this in the office. What do you think?
- A wedding expo where men actually show up? Neal Rubin writes about the Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo, coming Sunday to MotorCity Casino Hotel, where everyone is welcome.
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