News@noon: The trouble with guns; one last martini
Today is Thursday, May 12, 2016, and those behind a long-running scheme to defraud Detroit Public Schools are finally facing justice. However, we've learned that 13 former and current Detroit Public School principals involved still remain eligible for their state pension.
This begs the question: Should the U.S. Attorney’s Office revoke the pensions? Let us know what you think in the comments or by tweeting us at @detroitnews.
Here's what else is making news today:
What to do about guns?
- Five-year-old Mariah Davis was the fourth child shot in Detroit's 8th Precinct since Easter, the second victim of a self-inflicted shooting, and the third to die from the injuries. Not all were the result of crime, but that doesn’t calm the nerves of those on the city’s northwest side.
- Gracie Hughes couldn’t abandon her childhood home. That home, once proudly owned by her parents, Leonard and Oralee Hughes, is where police say Gracie was stabbed to death before her body was burned inside Thursday morning.
- For weeks, Marie Elizabeth Colburn’s family has been weighed with worry knowing the man police say is a suspect in her death remained on the run. The 30-year-old was found stuffed in a closet at her Pontiac home last month. On Wednesday, relatives learned federal authorities had arrested Kevin Jermaine Wiley after a lengthy search.
Have you seen them?
- A missing Hamburg Township mother and daughter whose unoccupied vehicle was found Wednesday evening may be traveling with an older male acquaintance, according to police. Amanda Elizabeth Hayward, 30, and 7-year-old daughter Sapphire Palmer are believed to be traveling “in a red 2001 Ford Escape bearing Michigan License Plate ‘2HVA18’ along with a 64-year old white male acquaintance,” police said in a statement.
- Hayward’s purse with her credit cards, cash and other belongings was found on the side of the road several miles away at about 6:30 a.m., investigators said.
- The FBI confirmed it’s investigating the city’s demolitions, adding to further scrutiny of the blight removal program. The FBI’s Detroit Office on Wednesday confirmed its probe of the program amid several other ongoing audits and investigations. Detroit’s federally funded demolition program has been under review since last fall when questions were raised about its costs and bidding practices.
Tesla vs. Michigan
Michigan has given Tesla Motors Inc. an ultimatum: Sell its electric cars through franchised dealers or don’t sell them at all. The standoff between Tesla and the state marks the highest tension yet in the automaker’s multi-year battle to sell cars in Michigan. Tesla says if it cannot influence a change in the state’s laws, it has one alternative: Take Michigan to court.
Cheering against the Tigers?
- Many Detroit Tigers fans found themselves cheering against their team last night as former pitcher Max Scherzer had a game for the ages. He became the third pitcher in major league history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game and he outdueled his former teammate in Washington, Jordan Zimmermann, beating the Tigers, 3-2.
- And since we do want the Tigers to win one of these days, the team recalled outfielder and left-handed hitting Steven Moya from Triple-A Toledo this morning.
Time for one last martini
- The Corner, the award-winning bar attached to the Townsend Hotel will close this weekend after 16 years. The closing of the 2,000-square-foot hotel bar will bring to mind one question from the lounge’s regulars: “what will happen to Dean the bartender?”
Drinking + blindfolded lawn mowing = success
It probably isn’t a good idea to mix drinking and blindfolded mowing. But leave it to the Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group that helps take care of city parks and playgrounds. When they get together, there will be mowing, there will be drinking (after the mowing is finished) and, most happily, there will be cutting of long-overgrown lots.
Emojis for all?
- Google wants professional women to be better represented in emoji form. Check out this story and see if you feel :)
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