News@noon: A walk-off thriller; finally free

The Detroit News

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Here's the news we're following today:

67 to 90 years​

  • Kevin Andre Smith Jr., the 23-year-old Detroit man charged with and acquitted in the March 2015 shooting of U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg, but convicted on conspiracy to commit armed robbery and two felony firearms possession charges, was sentenced to 67 to 90 years in prison for his role on Wednesday.

Kevin Andre Smith Jr., the 23-year-old Detroit man charged with and acquitted in the March 2015 shooting of federal judge Terrence Berg, but convicted on conspiracy to commit armed robbery and two felony firearms possession charges, will be sentenced Wednesday morning in front of Judge Timothy Kenny at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

Motorcycle deaths

Finally free

  • While others his age were dating, attending proms and graduating from high school and college, Davontae Sanford spent his teen years and early 20s behind bars for murders authorities now say he didn’t commit.
  • Sanford is expected to walk out of prison a free man Wednesday, a day after the judge who presided over his 2008 trial vacated his sentence and prosecutors said they would not pursue further charges.

A joke or defamation?

  • A Georgia real estate agent is suing the producer of the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” claiming the comedian mispronounced her name to make a joke about breasts. Titi Pierce alleges in the lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. last week that DeGeneres displayed one of Pierce’s real estate signs during a show and included her cellphone number, prompting “ridiculing and harassing” phone calls.

Let's get political

A walk-off thriller

Tigers' Nick Castellanos, center, and Mike Aviles, right, celebrate with Ian Kinsler, left, after the walkoff win.

  • So last night's Tigers game wasn't great... until the bottom of the ninth. That's when things got incredible. 
  • The Tigers rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie the game at 2-2, then won it in the 10th on a walk-off single by Kinsler. The sudden 3-2 win Tuesday was the Tigers’ fifth straight.
  • They're back in action at 1:10 p.m. and can sweep the Blue Jays.

No spoilers, please!

Cash for Caliber

Smiles all around

  • The picture says it all. Soon after Waterford Township musician Dan Tillery adopted a 2-year-old dog he named Diggy, the pair couldn’t help but beam in a selfie snapped Monday. Those matching smiles — Diggy’s from ear to ear — are sparking many more, as well. In the 24 hours since it’s gone viral, the heartwarming photo has generated more than 21,000 reactions on Facebook and even interview requests from ABC News as well as other media outlets.

Fun stuff

Third-graders from Cranbrook Schools look up at the dome in “Capitol Tour from the Capitol Floor” by Keith Lublin of West Bloomfield.

  • Dish & Design is also back, and this time it comes with a "taste of Italy." Treat yourself to an evening of food, wine and home decor on June 22 from 6-9 p.m. in Bloomfield Hills. Join us as experts from Hillside Furniture, EuroAmerica Design and more show you how to bring a little bit of Italy to your home. Food and wine is included. You can enter to win tickets here. Or don't wait and get tickets here for $10 each. 

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