News@noon: On air with Todd and Cindy; summer sizzlers
Today is Friday, April 29, 2016, and the Lions took their first pick in the draft last night. Bob Quinn went for Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, all 6-foot-7, 310 pounds of him, with the 16th overall pick. The Lions desperately needed a tackle, and while they didn’t get the best one – he was the fourth taken – they grabbed him quickly, not using their full 10 minutes to decide.
Here's what else is making news today:
On the air with...
- While defrocked state Rep. Todd Courser prepares for his first radio show on WFDF-AM (910), the station will be interviewing another prospective host Friday: Cindy Gamrat.
- Courser resigned from the Legislature in September and former Rep. Gamrat was expelled after they used taxpayer resources in an unsuccessful attempt to cover up their extramarital affair.
Putting a price tag on 'Gilbertville'
- Entities linked to Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert have spent $451 million to buy 62 properties in downtown Detroit since 2011, according to a Detroit News analysis of public records.
- Through Bedrock Detroit real estate unit and other affiliates, Gilbert has a stake in landmark skyscrapers, blocks of Woodward and at least 17,000 parking spaces. Gilbert is so closely identified with the downtown business district that the phrase “Gilbertville” has been used by both admirers and critics.
A new reality
- Something to think about: Just about every company, no matter its scale, is becoming a tech company. Not necessarily because of the products they make or the services they provide, but because of how they use technology to work and to engage employees to maintain a competitive edge. Daniel Howes explains.
Did race play a role?
- The Michigan Civil Rights Commission held its first of three public hearings Thursday to determine whether racial discrimination and bias contributed to the Flint water crisis.
- Speaking of Flint, take a minute to meet the girl who got President Obama to come to Flint. She's hoping he'll be able to get the pipes fixed.
- Click here for all our coverage of the Flint water crisis.
A win for Coach Jim
- After considerable hand-wringing and sometimes angry national debate, satellite camps are back on. The NCAA Board of Governors, meeting Thursday in Indianapolis, rescinded the decision to ban Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at satellite camps.
- Curtis Blackwell, co-founder of the Detroit-based Sound Mind Sound Body Academy, was overjoyed by the decision to allow satellite camps and called it a victory for high school student athletes.
Real-life 'Homeward Bound'
Tracy Dove assumed the worst after her 1-year-old dog named Charlie disappeared in 2006. Days without the animal turned into years, and Dove figured the brown-and-white pointer was dead. Then, last week, her phone rang.
- It's almost that time! Big movies are set to take over theaters. Here's Adam Graham's guide to 25 sizzling blockbusters for 2016.
- In the meantime, he says don't take your mother to "Mother's Day." She deserves better. Some other films coming out this weekend: Green Room | Papa Hemingway in Cuba | Sunset Song | Ratchet & Clank
Dish and Design is back
The Detroit News Homestyle staff’s popular Dish & Design – a series of evening events for our readers that combines great food and design tips – returns to EuroAmerica Design in Troy from 5 to 9 p.m. May 11. Get tickets here or enter to win them here.
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