News@noon: Clinton clinches; DPS at odds; last 9/11 dog
Today is Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and it looks like it's official: Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party. Clinton captured commitments yesterday from the right number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign said it was a “rush to judgment” to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee given that superdelegates can switch their support before the Democratic convention in late July.
Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle, House Speaker Paul Ryan has proposed an overhaul of the nation’s poverty programs, the first of several policy plans aimed at uniting Republicans fractured by a contentious election and Donald Trump’s personality-driven politics.
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Here's what else is making news today:
Trouble on I-94
- An semi-clothed man running through traffic on eastbound Interstate 94 near the airport in Romulus was struck and critically injured early this morning. Michigan State Police have told us.
The rise of autonomous vehicles
- There will be nearly 21 million autonomous vehicles sold globally by 2035, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive. The automotive advisory services and consulting firm said the new forecast is also based on a wave of recent developments and investments in this sector of the market, as well as activity within various regulatory environments.
- Speaking about these developments, General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said today that the company believes the steering wheel, brake and accelerator should remain in autonomous vehicles as the technology and safety is proven.
DPS at odds
- Detroit Public Schools’ emergency manager is open to most of the provisions in a House-passed plan to rescue the financially troubled district and return some power to an elected school board, but other district stakeholders remain fiercely opposed to the $617 million package, which could face a Senate vote this week.
Should he stay or should he go?
- Red Wings general manager Ken Holland expects to meet with Pavel Datsyuk early next week, and hopes to have a decision on the center’s future shortly after that.
RIP Kimbo Slice
- Kimbo Slice, a street-fighting sensation from Miami whose fisticuffs went viral on YouTube, has died, according to the president of Bellator, his mixed martial arts fighting organization. Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was hospitalized Monday for undisclosed causes near his home in Coral Springs, Florida, according to reports. He was 42.
Is this parrot repeating owner's last words?
- The ex-wife of a west Michigan man believes a parrot is repeating something said just before his fatal shooting, but a prosecutor is downplaying whether that could be used in court.
- Martin Duram, 45, was shot five times in his home in Ensley Township in May 2015. Then-wife Glenna Duram had a head wound, but survived. Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, now owns Bud, an African grey parrot that has repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin Duram’s voice, she says.
The last 9/11 dog
The last known living 9/11 search dog has died in a Houston suburb at age 16. Bretagne, a golden retriever, was euthanized Monday. She was 2 years old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack brought down the buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.
Where Twinkies meet Playboy
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion is about to acquire a new owner — the wealthy businessman who lives next door. Representatives for Playboy Enterprises and Daren Metropoulos, a co-owner of Hostess brands, confirmed Monday that Metropoulos’ bid to buy Hefner’s man cave is in escrow.
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