News@noon: 2 shootings and a battle brewing
Today is Monday. March 28, 2016, and parents Jeffrey and Laurene Sikorski faced an unimaginably tough situation today: Watching their teen daughter, Roksana, head off to prison for 10-20 years for trying to kill her family, but also defending her to the judge. Read the story and then let us know in the comments what you think: If you were in this situation, would you ask the judge for leniency?
Here's what else is making news today:
A battle is brewing
- As the prospect grows for a contested Republican National Convention, a post-presidential primary battle in Michigan’s GOP is brewing over the 59 delegates to represent the state this summer in Cleveland.
- Even though Donald Trump won Michigan’s March 8 primary, he divided the state’s delegates with Ted Cruz and John Kasich proportionally based on the statewide vote. Trump picked up 25 of Michigan’s 59 delegates, while Ted Cruz and John Kasich split 17 apiece despite Cruz winning their close battle for second place.
- Keep track of the delegates with this tool.
- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is no longer working with one of two public relations firms hired to help his office during the ongoing Flint water contamination crisis.
- The governor has cut ties with Mercury Public Affairs of Washington, D.C., which was being paid for by Moving Michigan Forward, Snyder’s 501(c)4 “social welfare” fund.
- Get complete coverage of the Flint water crisis here.
Brussels and beyond
- Two more Americans have been identified as killed in the attacks on Brussels, the State Department confirmed Sunday, bringing to four the total number of U.S. citizens confirmed as victims.
- In the meantime, Belgian federal prosecutors say three more people have been ordered held on charges of participating in terrorist activities.
- The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has risen to 70.
- A 3-year-old died and her father and another man were injured during an early morning shooting Sunday in Detroit's Old Redford neighborhood.
- Family members of Tiana Carruthers, who was the first wounded during the Kalamazoo-area shootings, say it could be six months to a year before she’s fully recovered.
Happening in sports
- The Red Wings are fighting for a playoff spot tonight when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Joe. At stake: a streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances and plenty of pride built up over the years.
- Fans wonder if the Tigers will have remembered to bring a bullpen when they meet the Marlins on Opening Day, April 5. It’s a scary thought that approached panic Sunday when things didn’t go well in an 8-3 loss to the Astros at Marchant Stadium. But now is not the time to give up, says Lynn Henning.
- While he can easily take the background behind more talkative teammates Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope doesn’t take a back seat to anyone when it comes to playing defense. And this season, he has shone as the Pistons' quiet star.
Man vs train
- A man escaped with a broken arm Sunday after he walked into the path of an oncoming train, according to Taylor police.
The lighter side
- In this week's episode of the Miked Up podcast, Mike Wayland calls in from the New York International Auto Show to offer an inside look at the show's biggest hits, misses and surprises (Matthew McConaughey shows up). Check out all the stories he and Henry Payne did from the show on our autos page.
- Saluting local sailors — and Girl Scout cookies... Neal Rubin explains.
- It’s almost time to get “Decked Out.” The deadline to enter your deck in our contest is 5 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will get, among other prizes, a $250 gift card to Great Lakes Ace Hardware. Click here for contest entry information and rules.
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