News@noon: Do svidaniya Datsyuk, one last game at Tiger Stadium
Today is Monday, April 11, 2016, and the Red Wings have made the playoffs for the 25th consecutive year, even though they had to rely on a Boston loss to squeak in. But with the series opener against the Lightning coming on Wednesday, news that Pavel Datsyuk might leave the team at the end of the season has left no time for any good feelings.
The question of the day: If Datsyuk does decide to leave, what should the Wings do about his $7.5 million cap hit for next season?
Here's what else is making news today:
M-1 rail woes
- The M-1 Rail offers the promise of more customers to businesses along its path — if they can survive until it opens. For several businesses on a block of Woodward Avenue between Milwaukee to Grand Boulevard, their survival is in question because the construction has eliminated off-street parking and reduced foot traffic. For others, they’ve turned the seeming hardship into a business strategy, offering curbside service to those who can’t make it into their shops.
Land bank funds at limit
- The land bank’s portfolio has ballooned to about 97,000 over the last few years as Wayne County foreclosures and Detroit-owned residential parcels have been transferred to its inventory for various programs. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee if more funds will come available or where they could come from. And in the meantime, community groups working in the neighborhoods where these properties are located says they are often forced to use their own funds to cut grass, remove blight and board up run-down properties.
Lead beyond Flint
- An Associated Press analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data found that nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded the federal lead standard at least once between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2015.
- Responding to the crisis in Flint, school officials across the country are testing classroom sinks and cafeteria faucets for lead, trying to uncover any concealed problems and to reassure anxious parents. Among schools and day care centers operating their own water systems, Environmental Protection Agency data analyzed by The Associated Press showed that 278 violated federal lead levels at some point during the past three years. Roughly a third of those had lead levels that were at least double the federal limit.
- Back in Flint, as college recruitment season gets underway, Flint’s higher education institutions are stepping up efforts to let prospective students know the water on campus is safe.
- Get complete coverage of the Flint water crisis here.
Saying goodbye to Pastor Hood
- The Rev. Nicholas Hood Sr., a former Detroit City Councilman and pastor in the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. On Sept. 1, 1958, Hood took over as pastor of the Plymouth United Church of Christ on Warren Avenue, a post he would hold until July 1, 1984.
One last game
Volunteers, players and die-hard baseball fans braved the rain and cold Sunday for what may be the last baseball game played on real grass at the former home field of the Detroit Tigers. A project is set to break ground Wednesday that will turn the former Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull into a youth athletic complex.
The electric showdown begins
- Is the Tesla Model 3 a Chevrolet Volt/Bolt killer? In this week's Miked Up podcast, Mike Martinez and Mike Wayland chat with the product manager for the Chevy vehicles to get his take on the expanding EV competition.