News@noon: Justice for April, Trump violence, turning Dr Pepper into water

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, March 30, 2016, and it's almost time for the penguins at the Detroit Zoo to march to a new home. Donna Terek gives you the behind-the-scenes look at what the new $30 million penguinarium will offer the zoo's visitors and 83 adorable residents. Who is planning a visit soon?

King penguins are second in size only to the Emperors we know from the film "March of the Penguins." They are one of 17 penguin species. The zoo has members of four species: King, Gentoo, Macaroni and Rockhopper.

Here's what else is making news today:

More violence at Trump rally

Justice for April

James VanCallis listens as Jennifer Millsap reads a statement to him during his sentencing in the death of her daughter, Armada teen April Millsap.

Million-dollar facelift 

Highland Park's first homicide of the year 

Happening in sports

Reggie Jackson raises his arms to the crowd during the closing seconds of the Pistons' win Tuesday night.

DPS outrage

  • Detroit Public Schools’ new emergency manager announced sweeping policy changes Tuesday to combat fraud in the wake of felony bribery charges against 13 current and former DPS employees and one vendor. Fourteen people — including 12 current and former principals — were charged Tuesday in a nearly $1 million bribery and kickback scheme.
  • One of the seven current principals charged, Ronald Alexander, 60, of Detroit, principal of Spain Elementary, accepted a $500,000 donation from the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” in February for technology updates, campus renovations and additional staff funding.
  • A new, privately funded common enrollment system is set to launch Friday with the goal of helping Detroit parents navigate the educational choices available to their children, but Detroit Public Schools won’t be part of it, at least for now.

The lighter side

Diana Hussein

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