News@noon: Snyder under fire, faster Internet in Detroit, Dingell on Twitter
Today is Thursday, March 17, 2016 (St. Patrick's Day!) and we might officially be living in Back to the Future: Nike has unveiled its first self-lacing shoes prompting the question of the day: Would you buy these new shoes?
Today is also an extremely important day in the Flint water crisis saga. So let's get into the news:
- Gov. Rick Snyder described state responsibility for the Flint water contamination crisis and urged the federal Environmental Protection Agency to do the same on Thursday as he testified before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped bring the lead poisioning to light in Flint, all appeared before the committee on Tuesday.
- About 150 Flint residents traveled to D.C. to hear Snyder’s congressional testimony on the water contamination crisis in their city, and five families have requested a meeting with the governor.
- Daniel Howes shares his take on the testimony. But basically, he says, the governor can't play the blame game anymore.
- Get complete coverage of the Flint water crisis here.
Faster internet in Detroit
- The high-speed Internet battle is heating up in Metro Detroit, which has lagged behind other metropolitan areas when it comes to fast service. For the first time, downtown Detroit is one of the leaders in ultra-fast Internet. Learn more about two Michigan startups that have already have launched fiber-optic services in parts of downtown that are 1,000 times faster than the average connection around here.
Fire at apartment
- Five people were rescued early Thursday after a fire erupted in a three-story apartment complex on the city’s west side.
Scion gets a new ID
- Toyota is renaming its enthusiast-favorite Scion FR-S the Toyota 86, a name used currently for the sports car in countries outside of North America. The name change was announced Thursday, six weeks after the Japanese automaker announced it was killing its youth-oriented Scion brand and absorbing most of its vehicles into the Toyota brand.
- Talk about madness! Michigan basketball is still in and growing stronger. Zak Irvin, who doesn't make a lot of shots but seems to make the biggest shots, hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left to help send Michigan past Tulsa, 67-62. It wasn't a pretty game, but Michigan is headed to Brooklyn anyway.
- Confused by these developments? Wojo's here to answer all of your NCAA Tournament questions.
The lighter side
- Scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, Egypt’s antiquities minister said Thursday. Could they be the chambers that contain the remains of the famed Queen Nefertiti?
- Anyone scouring the airwaves for a cherished sports game on a high-end channel can relate to John Dingell’s plight Wednesday night. The retired U.S. representative wanted to watch the University of Michigan basketball team open its NCAA tournament play against Tulsa on truTV. What resulted was a hilarious Twitter exchange that is classic Dingell.
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