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News@noon: Red Wings reset; flying the crowded skies

The Detroit News

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

Former Red Wing Stanley Cup champion and fan-favorite Darren McCarty skates beneath an inflated 'Al the Octopus' before game three of the Red Wings playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

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.”

John Oliver, the 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 in weighing in on the Flint water crisis.

Kalamazoo comeback 

Home court advantage

Flying the crowded skies

Mall revival

The retro sign at Macomb Mall in Roseville also is signaling the mall’s rebirth. It boasts a wave of new tenants.

  • 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.

Crime briefs

Time's up

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