News@Noon: Violence erupts; Tigers' turnaround

The Detroit News

Today is May 23, 2016, and here's what's happening in the news:

Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias, left, greets designated hitter Victor Martinez after they scored on the two-run home run by Martinez during the eighth inning.

Question of the Day

This weekend, five teens were shot in Detroit in three incidents — including two girls. As summer warms up and school lets out, the question becomes: How will you keep your child safe this summer?

The recent violence in Detroit — at least 12 people shot between Saturday and Sunday, one fatality — fell within 24 hours of May 22; ex-Mayor Dave Bing, in 2012, declared the 22nd of every month a non-violence day in Detroit.

On Sunday, a motorcade of hundreds drove slowly down Grand River to protest the violence that has bloodied Detroit of late.

“You’ve got kids killing kids, adults killing adults over dumb stuff,” said Derrick Austin, a supporter of United Communities of America, a sponsor of the event, told News reporter Nicquel Terry.

A contender speaks in the Comeback City

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be speaking in Detroit at 1 p.m. today at the Service Employees International Union convention at Cobo Center.

The SEIU formally endorsed Clinton in November, and according to a news release Clinton will “discuss her plans to raise incomes for working families and break down all the barriers holding Americans back."

The Detroit News will carry a live stream of Clinton's speech. Check back at an hour from now.

Tigers roar back from abyss

After a brutal stretch when the Detroit Tigers went 1-11 and manager Brad Ausmus was openly questioning his job security, the Tigers have steadied the ship, winning six of their last seven games. At 21-22, they're just one game below .500, 4.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central.

But columnist Bob Wojnowski sees cause for concern in the team's recent success. While the Tigers' bats have come alive, "the Tigers have only two consistently good starting pitchers, and one of them departed Sunday with a groan and an aching groin," Wojo wrote.

Even when the Tigers were winning four consecutive division titles, pitching issues, especially as relates to relievers and closers, dogged the team. These days, starting pitching is the primary concern, but relief pitching isn't consistently strong either.

"The Tigers could slug their way to contention, but nobody slugs their way to consistency," Wojo wrote. "That comes from starting pitching and a solid bullpen, and outside of Francisco Rodriguez, the bullpen has leakage, too."

The Metropolitan building at 1509 Broadway in Detroit.

Take an extended stay in Detroit...

Years ago, vacationers in Detroit were relatively rare. Today, Detroit is a tourist destination for people looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, and more hotel units are being brought on line to meet demand, Louis Aguilar reports.

The Metropolitan Building, at 33 John R, has sat empty since the 1970s. That will change come July 2018, when the building will reopen as an extended-stay hotel with 110 rooms and ground-floor retail space, all in the heart of downtown. At that point, the 100,000 square foot building will be known as Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building.

The building is about a half block east of Woodward and John R, the intersection where the John Varvatos store is located. The Metropolitan is less than a block away from the Detroit Opera House, the Boll YMCA and the People Mover stop on Broadway.

As seen from the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge, a column of smoke billows into the sky from a fire Monday morning at a mixed-use building in the 800 block of Wyandotte in Windsor, directly across the Detroit River from downtown Detroit. The building houses a restaurant and an auto shop.

...but if you drive, it'll cost you

Average gas prices in Michigan are up $.13 a gallon over the last week, according to AAA Michigan. That average price, $2.39/gallon statewide, is still about $.35 cents less a gallon than it was this time last year.

With Memorial Day a week away, do rising gas prices affect your commute, or are they still low enough to not matter?

Crime and emergencies, in brief

That fire you saw on your commute this morning? It was at a building in Windsor which houses both a restaurant and an auto shop. The fire started just after 8 a.m. Monday morning and Windsor firefighters have been fighting it ever since.

A man was fatally struck while walking on train tracks in Westland on Sunday.

A man in Inkster was shot in the buttocks while walking late Sunday night.

A Baltimore cop charged with assault in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, which happened while Gray was in police custody, was acquitted of all charges.