News@noon: Deontae Mitchell and Mackinac
Today is Thursday, June 2, 2016, and it's a tough day. The body of Deontae Mitchell, the 13-year-old boy who popped up on your phones as an Amber Alert, is believed to have been found by police less than five miles from where he was kidnapped.
Detroiter Gregory Walker, the suspected kidnapper who was seen in surveillance video grabbing Mitchell, was arrested in Ohio. There are two other suspects that police are searching for.
Here is the news for today:
Mackinac Policy Conference
- The alliance of the state’s three largest universities - Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan - has played a major role in the revitalization of Detroit, in collaboration with city officials, educators and members of the local business, arts and other communities, according to a report unveiled Thursday at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
- Up on Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing to repair his image as the Flint water crisis and Legionnaires' disease crisis continue to fester. The Republican governor also took time to not endorse Donald Trump.
- Snyder kicked off the annual three-day conference on the heels of a new statewide poll showing his disapproval rating at 52 percent of likely general election voters — a reversal of fortune from his 55 percent approval rating a year ago.
- Also on the island is Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who is fighting against a $617 million compromise for a Detroit Public Schools bailout that doesn’t include a citywide commission to regulate where schools can open in the city.
- Curious to see what else is going on at the conference? Watch live video of it here.
Racism in Grosse Pointe
School officials are dealing with the second incident since March of racially offensive material circulated by Grosse Pointe South High students. A handful of Grosse Pointe teens, including three students from the school, recorded a video that circulated on social media that included “offensive, racist statements regarding African-Americans.”
Dog mauling case
- Jurors are expected to be shown graphic images of a 4-year-old’s mauling by a pack of pit bulls as testimony begins today in the trial of the dogs’ owner. A video expected to be shown in Wayne Circuit Court is from a security camera on the home of Geneke Antonio Lyons, who is being charged in the boy’s death after police say his four dogs pulled Xavier Strickland from his mom’s clutches, under a fence and into a backyard.
Wings tickets price hike
- Thousands of Detroit Red Wings season ticket holders are beginning to discover how much more it will cost to move into Little Caesars Arena, scheduled to open for the 2017-18 NHL season.
A secret society of violence
- Eighty years ago this spring, the murder of Detroiter Charley Poole led to the exposure of the Black Legion, a Klan-like organization that flourished in southeast Michigan. The revelation that tens of thousands of men, including police and elected officials, belonged to a violent, hooded secret society spawned hysteria, demands for a federal investigation and, too, a Humphrey Bogart movie. Here's how it went down.
Are you on Snapchat?
- Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the 4-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users.
- And just so you know, we're on both Snapchat and Twitter. So follow us.
Dining outdoors in Metro Detroit
After months of cool weather, Michigan diners can’t be faulted for wanting to enjoy a meal in the sun. The recent holiday weekend marked the opening of many local patio, terrace, garden and other outdoor dining areas. Here are 10 restaurants in the area that have recently started offering al fresco dining.
Celebrating an icon
- Vernors turns 150 this month. So show your Detroit pride and check out these ways to celebrate it.
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