News@noon: Flint gone awry, DPS perspective
Today is Thursday, May 19, 2016, and Detroit City FC is ready to reveal their "new" stadium. Last year the soccer club had to change its home field from Detroit Cass Tech High to Keyworth stadium in Hamtramck because of surging attendance each year since the club’s inception in 2012.
The team's season opener is Friday. Are you excited for DCFC to return to action?
Here's what else is making news today:
Terror attack or technical issues
- An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early Thursday morning, Egyptian and Greek officials said. Egypt’s aviation minister said the crash was more likely caused by a terror attack than technical problems.
Detroit's population plummets
- For the first time since before the Civil War, Detroit is not among the nation’s 20 most populous cities. Detroit’s population was 677,116 as of last summer, a loss of 3,107 residents from the previous year, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the smallest decline in decades, but it was enough to drop the city to 21st in the nation, surpassed by Seattle, Denver and El Paso, Texas.
- Another thing that's dropping: For the first time since GOP Gov. Rick Snyder spearheaded a major tax code rewrite in 2011, the state Treasury in 2016 is expected to pay out more in refunds under the old Michigan Business Tax than it will pull in under the new Corporate Income Tax. Officials are projecting a net loss of $99 million in revenue from the state’s principal business taxes.
Perspective on DPS
- Are you having a hard time understanding exactly what is going on with the Detroit Public Schools bribery scandal? Columnist Neal Rubin breaks down the court-speak in favor of the human side of things.
- Norman Shy, the alleged mastermind behind a $2.7 million bribery and kickback scheme at Detroit Public Schools, pleaded guilty last week to two felony charges: conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, a five-year felony, and income tax invasion, also a five-year felony.
Let's get political
- If we all do end up saying "President Trump," two judges from Michigan would be up for a Supreme Court nod. Donald Trump’s list of 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia includes Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge.
- If the Clintons return for a second stint in the White House, all the skeletons they left behind 16 years ago will still be in the closets to welcome them back, says Nolan Finley. He points out that the latest Clinton controversy has a local connection.
- Are you ready to vote? Something interesting: A new analysis of census data shows millennials are now tied with baby boomers for the largest percentage share of eligible voters.
Flint plans went awry
- The Karegnondi Water Authority was billed as Flint’s best chance to get quality water at a reasonable price in the coming decades. Wednesday made clear, however, that some Flint residents not only oppose the city’s pending move to the new water source, but some see the decision to join KWA as the first domino to fall in their long-running water crisis.
- Also yesterday, the NAACP announced it filed a federal class action lawsuit against the state and others on behalf of residents and businesses affected by the water crisis in Flint.
- In more positive news, rapper Snoop Dogg and former Toronto Raptors player and Michigan State star Morris Peterson are hosting a celebrity basketball game to help Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.
Sweet sounds of summer
A good deed rewarded
- Eighteen-year-old Rasheeda Smith found a Boston Terrier puppy at a Metro station in Washington, D.C. After seeing on the news that her owners were looking for her, Smith tracked them down and returned the dog. And in a true D.C. twist, the pup's owners have government ties. She also couldn't have expected the reward she got.
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