News@noon: Prepping for the bunny, KWA woes
Today is Friday March 24, 2016, (Good Friday, for many) and that's a sure sign that Easter is hopping along. Get ready for the weekend by catching up on the news now.
KWA woes in Flint
- The long-awaited Karegnondi Water Authority will go online this summer, but Flint residents likely won’t see a drop from it this year.
- KWA is, in the most basic terms, an 80-mile system of pipes (60-66 inches in diameter) and two pumping stations that will send water to Flint and Genesee County for treatment and sale to other communities. But its history is rooted in frustration.
- As the system is being sorted out, a group of Flint residents, pastors and national advocacy organizations are asking a federal court to order water delivery to every household in the Flint water system amid ongoing issues with lead-contaminated water.
- A new detail emerged from Gov. Rick Snyder's Flint water task force report: the governor's health and welfare director knew about a Flint-area deadly outbreak in Legionnaires’ disease a full year before he informed Snyder. It's the first confirmation that information about the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Genesee County between June 2014 and October 2015 reached the highest level of the state health agency.
- Complete coverage of the Flint water crisis.
2 Americans dead in Brussels attacks
- At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, a U.S. official said Friday, as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium’s counterterrorism efforts against critics.
- Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, Dutch nationals who lived in the U.S., were headed home to the states when a bomb exploded at the airport Tuesday. Alexander, 29, was on the phone with his mother in Holland when the line went dead, said James Cain, whose daughter was engaged to Alexander. It's not clear if the siblings are the two Americans that the U.S. official was referring to.
- In the meantime, Belgian authorities are conducting raids in an attempt to root out those connected to the bombings.
- As Europe still struggles in the aftermath of the attacks, U.S. officials announced that a senior Islamic State leader has been killed, marking a further erosion of top leadership in the militant group in Syria and Iraq.
- A teacher at Howell High School has been arrested and charged after he allegedly was found to have child pornography on his computer.
- The 20-year-old woman charged in a bizarre gas station shooting caught on camera now faces additional charges connected to a separate crime hours before the shooting, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
- Authorities say a man is suspected of shining a laser pointer at a Michigan State Police helicopter as it patrolled over Saginaw.
Happening in sports
- Every game is dangerous now, every point is precious. The Red Wings know it, and this is the time to show it. Last night they did just that, hanging on for a 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
- Speaking of precious points, the Detroit Pistons need to keep the momentum going tonight against the Hornets as the team also seeks a playoff berth.
- The two most reliable pitchers in the Tigers bullpen last season, will likely no longer be with the team when they break camp.
- More than a year after U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg was shot outside his Detroit home, he’s preparing to participate in a peace rally Friday and, in coming weeks, possibly testify against his alleged assailant.
Prepping for the bunny
- Easter goodwill: Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees Thursday, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks.
- Still planning your menu? Here are some tasty options: Seared Salmon with Angel Hair Pasta and Special Tomato Sauce | Butter roasted radishes with tarragon and lemon | Five kinds of Easter bread | Lemon Panna Cotta with Basil Mint Strawberries
- If you'd prefer someone else to cook, here are some Easter brunch options.
- If you don't celebrate Easter, or if you prefer to spend Sunday in a "very flirtatious relationship," Tyrese Gibson is coming to town for a concert.
- And there's always time to catch a movie! Here are this week's reviews, including one of the biggest films of the year (although you might be disappointed with the grade film critic Adam Graham gave it). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Eye in the Sky | My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 | Only the Dead | Aferim!
- If you do go to see the Batman v Superman film, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of the Detroit locations in the movie, including the old train station, the former county building, the Russel Industrial Center and our own building.
The lighter side
- If you're looking for some "Detroit Hustle," these two have got it down. And they've even written a book about it. Maureen Feighan introduces you to two Detroit homeowners who took a risk because of a fascination and a big, white cat. Get more from Homestyle here and like the Facebook page.
- Dearborn resident Kathy Connor had been working as an instructor of quilt-making and embroidery machine applique when she realized there was a void that needed to be filled. So, she decided to start her own business. This is her story.
- This restaurant's secrets have been imported directly from Vietnam. Check out the latest and last piece in a 6-part series on ethnic adventures along Dequindre Road.
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