News@noon: Who cares when Detroit kids die?
Today is Thursday, April 21,2016, and three government workers, each charged with helping protect the drinking water in Flint, now face criminal charges for failing to do so. And as we get closer to the root of the problems in Flint, Attorney General Bill Schuette has said there will be even more charges coming.
The governor says he has not been questioned yet in the probe.
Here's what else is making news today:
Who cares when Detroit kids die?
- An important column from Nolan Finley: In the '90s, Hillary Clinton took a stance on her husband's tough-on-crime bill that sought to reduce violence by locking up criminals and throwing away the key. Clinton’s crime bill was overly harsh on low-level drug dealers. Still, its intent was noble, says Finley — to shield children like 3-year-old Anaiya Montgomery and 6-month-old Miracle Murray from the mindless violence that swirls around the narcotics trade. But the protesters who are shaping the crime agendas of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are more focused on how policies impact criminals than the victims of these crimes.
Wrestling world mourns
- Chyna, the tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired pro-wrestler who rocketed to popularity in the 1990s and later made the rounds on reality TV, has died, authorities said. She was the first and only woman to win the WWE's Intercontinental Championship. She was 46.
Happening in sports
- The Red Wings are on the brink of elimination and face the Lightning in Tampa Bay tonight. It might also be the final game for Pavel Datsyuk. Can they get their powerplay together before it's too late? These are the keys to the game.
- They poked the lion, then watched the King roar. And while the Pistons didn’t exactly flinch, they couldn’t stop the bleeding, either, as Game 2 of their first-round series with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned into another one of those NBA playoff maulings.
- “It’s just a number,” Jordan Zimmermann said after extending his scoreless innings streak to 19.1 innings Wednesday, pitching 6.1 scoreless in the Tigers' 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
- The NFL draft is a week away, and when it finally arrives, everyone will know which players their teams want. Until then, it's still fun to project what could happen.
A surprise helping hand
- LaVonte Dell could have gotten two tickets from the Westland police officer when he was pulled over and didn't have a car seat for his daughter. Instead, he had his faith in humanity restored.
Light a flame
- The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
A new $20 bill
- It took many, many years, but Alexander Hamilton has finally defeated the president. But the real winner: women's rights.
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