News@noon: Mom testifies in mauling, remembrances
Today is Monday, June 6, 2016, and with Zika virus raging in Brazil, some Michigan athletes are questioning the dangers of participating in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the opening ceremony just two months away and the country also dealing with political strife, pollution problems and construction delays, do you think it would be wise for athletes to skip the Olympics? Let us know your opinion in the comments or by tweeting us @detroitnews.
Here's what else is making news today:
Shooting in Detroit
- Three males were fatally shot at a suspected drug house on Detroit’s west side Monday morning. One of the victims is believed to be a teenager.
Pit bull mauling
- The mother of a 4-year-old boy killed by a pack of pit bulls last December is the first witness to take the stand Monday in the criminal trial of the dogs’ owner. Lucillie Strickland was walking with her 4-year-old son, Xavier Strickland, when he was pulled from her hands by three of the dogs and dragged to the animals’ backyard where a fourth dog joined in the fatal mauling.
Mourning the Champ
- Muhammad Ali's body was returned to his grieving hometown of Louisville for the final time Sunday where family and community members gathered to mourn him at his father's church. Ali will have a Jenazah, a traditional Muslim funeral service, which will be held in Louisville.
Remembering the landing
- Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, where veterans and families are holding small ceremonies along the beaches and cliffs.
Searching for truth
- The Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school is raising questions about a Detroit murder conviction back in 1992.
- Lawyers last week asked a judge to order an examination of the bullets that were removed from the victim, Gerry Bennett. They believe the bullets could not have been fired from a gun linked to Desmond Ricks, and they have experts on their side.
Soccer for all
- Every child should be able to experience the joys of playing on a team and TOPSoccer is doing just that. It's a community-based program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers in Clawson. Organizers say the program, which has a handful of teams statewide, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability.
Kanye causes chaos
- All it took was a tweet from Kanye West about a surprise pop-up show at 2 a.m. and chaos broke lose. More than 4,000 fans swarmed the hall where the concert was supposed to take place (it only holds 1,500 people). They climbed on top of cars, Dumpsters and scaffolding and hung out of windows hoping to get a better view. But they were all sorely disappointed.
It happens to the best of us
- So Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is on Twitter and over the weekend his account was hacked.
Tigers bounce back
- So just like that, the tigers are back in the middle of the Central jumble after sweeping the White Sox. Now bring on the Blue Jays.
RIP to a friend
- We need to take a moment to tell you about David Gilkey. He was a former Detroit Free Press photographer who was killed Sunday while working in Afghanistan for NPR. Also killed in the ambush was Afghan journalist Zabihullah Tamanna. Today, many of us here are remembering our colleague.
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