News@noon: Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend is here

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, June 3, 2016, and the Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix is this weekend!

Our famously sports-obsessed city has a major automobile racing track that is finally officially finished. Our auto critic Henry Payne has already got an up-close-and-personal look at what the IndyCar drivers will be dealing with this weekend: behind the wheel of a two-seater driven by retired race car driver Gil de Ferran.

Retired race car driver Gil de Ferran gives the thumbs up before taking Detroit News columnist Henry Payne on the IndyCar Experience two-seater car ride.

Are you heading to Belle Isle this weekend? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us @detroitnews.

Here's what else is making news today:

Lifespan of the poor

Paris under water

  • The swollen Seine River kept rising Friday, spilling into Paris streets and forcing one landmark after another to shut on Friday. The latest: Curators at the Louvre museum, home of the "Mona Lisa," are scrambling to make sure the artwork is safe

Japanese boy found

  • Nearly a week after he was abandoned in the forest by his parents, the Japanese boy that went missing did not shed a tear when he was found safe Friday. The soldier who discovered him by chance in a military hut gave him two rice balls, which 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka ate ravenously.

Takayuki Tanooka, father of the 7-year-old Japanese boy who went missing nearly a week ago, bows in front of media after his son was found, in Hakodate, Hokkaido Friday, June 3, 2016. The boy, missing since Saturday, was found unharmed Friday, police said, in a case that had set off a nationwide debate about parental disciplining. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

Pit bull mauling

Political commentary

  • Hillary Clinton may have found her message. Wrapped in the guise of a foreign policy speech, Clinton delivered a political thrashing of Donald Trump on Thursday that was unquestionably a standout moment for a candidate who has often struggled to focus her White House campaign.
  • For his part, Donald Trump is preoccupied with other things, particularly that the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by former Trump University students has an “absolute conflict” in handling the case because he is “of Mexican heritage" Trump says. 
  • Then, Donald Trump supporters leaving the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose were pounced by protesters, some of whom threw punches and eggs.

Flint water woes

  • Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says her city needs “pipes and jobs,” influencing who City Hall is likely to hire to replace lead-contaminated water lines.

Weekend fun

“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” stars Andy Samberg, center, in a comedy that goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops.

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