News@noon: DPD dances, the house that Eminem sold
Today is Tuesday May 24, 2016, and the Detroit Police Department is cracking us up. The department posted a video to its Facebook page where dozens of Detroit Police officers bring their best dance moves to several picturesque city locations. It already has more than 1 million views.
The point? Officials want to attract new talent to its dancing department. The video concludes with a recruiting flier detailing in-person application opportunities all week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some of the comments on this story have chastised the police for the video, while many others have praised them for trying to bring positive attention to Detroit. Where do you stand? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us @detroitnews.
Here's what else is making news today:
For the Eminem fan in your life
You can now own a piece of Eminem’s childhood home. To celebrate the 16th anniversary of Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” the rapper is selling pieces of his childhood home (bricks and other items), which was demolished in 2013, on his website.
Putting the pieces together
A man accused of kidnapping a teen in west Michigan has been named a person of interest in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk.
Come to play, then stay
- Detroit is getting an extended-stay hotel at the Metropolitan, a tall, narrow Gothic structure at 33 John R. It's been abandoned since the late '70s. It will be re-opened as Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building with 110 rooms.
- Speaking of fixing up old buildings, four Michigan communities are getting a share of grants for historic preservation efforts. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s State Historic Preservation Office says more than $120,000 is going to Detroit, Grand Rapids, Allegan and Washtenaw County’s Ann Arbor Township.
Look out for low-flying planes
- Fighter and refueling aircraft from Selfridge Air National Guard Base are expected to conduct flights today over the Detroit River, downtown Detroit and other areas in Michigan. So don't be worried if you see them out there.
Let's get political
- Hillary Clinton is closing in fast on the Democratic presidential nomination. Here's how she can get it in the bag by June 7. And since she is so close to the right number of delegates, she's declined an invitation to the California democratic debate.
- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says comedian Larry David shouldn’t worry about his role on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
- Sanders also says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get “messy."
- Closer to home, Bill Ford Jr., the executive chairman of the automaker, took time to defend the company against Donald Trump. Here's what he had to say.
Clawing to .500
Backlash at Biennale
- An elite architecture and design exhibit in Venice, Italy, that re-imagines some iconic Detroit sites may become fodder for the ongoing fight about gentrification in the Motor City. Follow Louis Aguilar over the next week for updates from Venice.
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