News@noon: Red Wings reset; flying the crowded skies
Today is Monday, April 18, 2016, and it's going to be the kind of day where you wish you could work outside (read: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73). Before you go sneak outside for an extended lunch, get caught up on what's making news today:
Red Wings reset
- The change of scenery certainly helped. But a few lineup changes did even more as the Red Wings marked a milestone and then marked their territory to give themselves a fighting chance in this first-round playoff series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Do you think the Wings can turn this thing around and take the series? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us @detroitnews.
- Things didn't go as well for the Pistons, who lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-101, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Coach Stan Van Gundy was kicking himself for some of the decisions he made. But the good news is, they can try again on Wednesday.
Laughs for lead
Satirist John Oliver this weekend weighed in on Flint’s water crisis and the dangers of lead in American homes. The bespectacled British host of the HBO weekly TV show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” got some help from Elmo and the other puppets who live on Sesame Street. “Lead — the most dangerous thing in Led Zeppelin’s name, and I will remind you the other thing was zeppelin,” Oliver said to laughs. “We’ve heard a lot about lead in the last year due to the horrific events in Flint, Michigan. Flint has become a city whose very name evokes disaster, like Benghazi or Waco or Smurf Village.”
A survivor of the series of shootings in southwestern Michigan that killed six people was honored at church with prayer, praise and $19,200. Tiana Carruthers cried as she appeared in a wheelchair Sunday at Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. WOOD-TV says she called them “tears of joy.
Home court advantage
For the two front-runners in the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination races, there's no place like home. Polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump with double-digit leads heading into the New York primary on Tuesday, and both candidates are hoping that strong victories on their home court will reset their respective races and catapult them toward the finish line.
Flying the crowded skies
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport is on course to reach near-peak levels of passenger traffic this year — growth that pleases airport officials but also causes longer lines during busy hours.
The original Macomb Mall tower sign on a Gratiot corner might remind Metro Detroit of the 1960s and suburban shopping centers that pulled generations of consumers from traditional downtowns to single buildings anchored by Sears, Crowley’s and Kresge. But now the retro sign also is signaling a rebirth for the mall in Roseville.
- On Easter Sunday, a deadly shooting of a 3-year-old girl stunned a neighborhood in the city. On Saturday, another drive-by fatal shooting of a 6-month-old girl left another family reeling. Now police are investigating a link between the two deaths three weeks apart: a possible gang-related retaliation for the Easter death.
- Two men were shot, one fatally, early Monday morning near a liquor store on Detroit’s west side.
- Today is Tax Day. So if you haven't done your taxes yet, that's bad. If you do need more time, there is one thing you can do. Wouldn't it be great if filing your taxes could be easier? Well, it can be. Just not in the U.S.
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