News@noon: Snyder after Flint, meet the real Tigers
Today is a rainy Thursday, March 31, 2016, and it's Media Open House at Comerica Park. Stick with us on Twitter, Instagram (@detroitnews) and Snapchat (Add "Detroitnews") for updates from the ballpark on all the new foods, new merchandise and new giveaways.
Here's what's making news today:
Snyder, after Flint
- A year ago, he was flirting with a presidential run. Now Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for political relevance in the midst of fallout and finger-pointing over the Flint water contamination catastrophe.
- Fortune Magazine has even placed Snyder in its list of the 19 most “disappointing” world leaders because of his administration's role in the crisis.
- Get complete coverage of the Flint water crisis here.
- Police need your help identifying a man who shot up a TGI Fridays in Southfield early Thursday morning.
- A man who is “well known to law enforcement” was found shot dead in Inkster early Thursday morning, Michigan State Police said in a statement. This is the fourth homicide of the year in Inkster, a town of about 25,000 people.
Smith to resign
- State Sen. Virgil Smith, serving a 10-month jail sentence after shooting up his ex-wife’s car, is expected to tender his resignation by Friday, according to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s office.
Boater found dead
- Authorities have identified the body of a boater who was briefly reported as missing Wednesday night. The boat was located when searchers saw its bow sticking out of the water in Anchor Bay. Another man on the boat was saved.
Happening in sports
- In a wide-ranging interview Thursday morning on “The Michigan Insider,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discussed specifics about the leadership on this team as the Wolverines prepare to conclude spring practice. Harbaugh also discussed NCAA rule makers who will vote in April on satellite-camp proposals from the SEC and ACC, which don’t allow their coaches to work camps outside a 50-mile radius.
- It was nearly two years ago when Stan Van Gundy was named Pistons coach and president of basketball operations. And it's his bold moves that have positioned the Pistons for the playoffs.
- Tony Granato started out giving advice to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about the men’s hockey coaching vacancy at the school and ended up getting the job. The chance to return to his alma mater was too enticing to Granato, even worth leaving his gig as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings.
Bringing life to Detroit
- Live, work, play. That's the kind of Detroit Dan Gilbert's companies want to create, and his own employees have led the way. The Quicken Loans Inc.founder said 3,100 of his workers live in Detroit, up from the 77 who lived in the Motor City when he first moved his online mortgage firm downtown in August 2010.
The lighter side
- Neal Rubin shares the story of one daughter who gave up her dreams of Hollywood to take care of her mother, and what she's doing now. You might say she's a familiar face.
- Looking for a new beer to try? Head on over to the First Draft blog to learn more about Jolly Pumpkin's limited edition Clementina.
- And because we could all use a little cheer on this dreary day: The first convertible V-8 of spring.
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