News@noon: Justice for April, Trump violence, turning Dr Pepper into water
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?
Here's what else is making news today:
More violence at Trump rally
- Police are looking for a man who pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl as opponents and supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump clashed outside a Wisconsin rally.
- The 2016 presidential race may have descended on Wisconsin — but most of the campaign buzz surrounds an incident that happened nearly a month ago in Florida. Police there charged Trump’s campaign manager with simple battery Tuesday as a videotaped altercation with a reporter transformed what was another messy campaign sideshow into a criminal court summons. Trump decried the charges.
- Speaking of not getting along, the three remaining Republican presidential candidates aren’t committing to supporting whomever the party chooses as its standard-bearer in the fall campaign. That could make for a messy and fractured GOP nominating convention in July.
- And as for Trump, he continues to prove his win-at-any-cost plan has few limits.
Justice for April
James VanCallis, convicted last month of murdering 14-year-old April Millsap on a hiking trail near Armada, will be going to prison for life.
After two years under state control, Belle Isle has seen nearly $20 million in investments. This year, the Department of Natural Resources will invest $1.25 million more in capital projects on the 982-acre island in addition to $1.8 million in grants and investments by partners. What does that mean for visitors? Renovations of the athletic fields and courts, upgraded fishing piers, some fixed up picnic shelters and much more.
Highland Park's first homicide of the year
- Tiffany Cook was at a birthday party in Highland Park last weekend taking group photos with friends when shots rang out and she was struck in the head. Now police need the public's help finding the man they believe killed the 27-year-old mother of three.
Happening in sports
- On its own, it probably doesn’t constitute enough to be called a beef, but the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t take kindly to Reggie Jackson’s celebration in the final seconds of the Pistons’ 88-82 win on Tuesday at The Palace. But as the team moves into the 7th spot in the playoffs, there is obviously reason to celebrate.
- The results weren't as nice for the Red Wings, who fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3. The loss will make it even harder for the team as it struggles to salvage a playoff spot.
- For the moment, there’s no incumbent starter at quarterback for Michigan’s football team, ergo there’s no starting quarterback. Is it time to panic yet?
- 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
- When Diana Hussein selected her Twitter handle by glancing at a can of Diet Dr Pepper during a research class in 2009, she never imagined that fateful choice might one day help others in need in Flint.
- Feeling like you need a vacation? Here are some tips for how to save on summer airfare.
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