News@Noon: Spam on the menu, all-nighter in Lansing

The Detroit News

Good morning! It's Thursday, May 5, the sun is shining and Detroit restaurants are ready for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. And let's set the record straight: It is not Mexico's Independence Day (that's in September). Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

Question of the day: Are you ready for some Spam? The canned, processed meat product is the star of the menu at GoGo’s, a new Hawaiian-inspired restaurant that opened for just a few hours over the weekend inside Detroit’s Park Bar at 2040 Park.

Lawmakers pull all-nighter for DPS

  • While you were sleeping, Michigan House Republicans approved a $500 million Detroit Public Schools debt-relief plan, completing a 15-hour marathon session with a series of partisan votes on the controversial legislation.
  • But the cash-strapped school district can't start writing checks yet, as stark differences between House and Senate plans mean the Detroit schools legislation could end up in a conference committee, where members would settle on final language to put to an up or down vote in each chamber.

Pistons pursue free agents

  • In two seasons as president/coach, Stan Van Gundy’s preferred method for improving the Pistons roster has been mostly through trades. Rod Beard breaks down possible Pistons targets among the top NBA free agents.

Kings guard Rajon Rondo would give the Pistons a lift. He has been on three teams in the last two years.

Obama brings hope to Flint but fear remains

  • A presidential visit to Flint caused a flurry of excitement on Wednesday, but trust was in short supply among the crowd of 1,100 residents who packed a high school, booing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder when he appeared before the president in an impromptu attempt to apologize for the public health crisis. Fear of the lead lingering in their pipes remains on residents' minds this morning.
  • Catch up here on all things Flint.

How a doctor saved and changed a life

  • A Detroit gunshot victim survived five surgeries, 58 days in the hospital and more than a year of recovery, inspiring him to become a doctor and help others like the surgeon who saved his life nearly nine years ago. Kevin Morton Jr. graduates today from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the surgeon, Dr. Dharti Sheth-Zelmanski, will participate in the ceremony.

Putting the new Porsche 911 to the test

  • Autos critic Henry Payne proclaims the Porsche 911 is still the king. He drove the new 2017 911 and it dissolved the skepticism he carried when he got behind the wheel.