News@noon: Searching for answers in Orlando

The Detroit News

Today is Monday, June 13, 2016, and police are still searching for answers in the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The last of the bodies were removed late last night although not all of the survivors have been identified. Authorities say suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

The reaction was swift around the world. Here in Metro Detroit, hundreds gathered in Ferndale to honor those who were killed and injured in the attack.

Mourners in Ferndale participate in a candlelight vigil, Sunday, June 12, to honor the shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL.

It didn't take long for things to get political: For Donald Trump, the mass shooting in Florida was a moment to redouble his call for banning Muslims and to take credit for “being right” about the threat. For Hillary Clinton, it was a time to choose words carefully and reiterate her call for keeping “weapons of war” off America’s streets.

Here's what else we're following today:

Goodbye Gordie

Sanford lawyer under fire


A philanthropist gone

  • Marjorie Switow Fisher, co-founder of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, based her philanthropy around a simple phrase: “All giving starts with your heart ... and then you use your head.” Fisher died at 92 in her Palm Beach home. 

A historic run

  • Rookie Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer  has now gone four straight starts without giving up a run in at least six innings of work. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he and the Cubs Jake Arrieta are the only pitchers since 1893 when the mound was moved to 60 feet, six inches, to post four straight scoreless starts of at least six innings with three hits or less.
  • Fulmer hung another row of zeros Sunday, blanking the Yankees on two hits over six innings in the Tigers 4-1 win. It was the third straight series win for the Tigers.

Aviation fascination

At City Airport, Instructor/ demo pilot Steve Tupper helps strap Da'Mon Askew, 12, Detroit, into a Schweizer SGM 2-37 glider before the duo take to the skies for a free ride courtesy of the Detroit Tuskegee Airmen EAA Chapter 1351 and the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit on June 12, 2016.

  • The pilots donated their time, their money and their planes. The kids brought their enthusiasm and smiles. That meant a new experience for dozens of Metro Detroit youths on Sunday, when the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program came to Detroit City Airport.

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Miked Up

  • In this week's podcast, the Mikes dream up what they'd put in our own car condos, and discuss the latest battle in the Chevy vs. Ford truck rivalry.

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