News@noon: Security starts at home; the future of Flint
Today is Friday, June 17, 2016, and a beautiful weekend is on tap for Metro Detroit.
From the column: "The Orlando terrorist attack was not America’s fault, nor was it triggered by bigotry or other flaws in the American culture. This was a product of the radical Islamic group ISIS and reflects wholly the mission and twisted ideology of that outfit."
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Here's what else is making news today:
Fighting radicalization from the inside
- In a region with one of the largest Arab populations outside the Middle East, Metro Detroit Muslims say they are sensitive to concerns their children, friends or relatives may become radicalized. A former FBI director of the Detroit office says families have to pay attention to warning signs and report them to law enforcement. He added that radicalization isn’t coming from mosques but rather when people are alone and tuning into internet websites that spew hatred.
'Significant challenges' for Flint
- Flint’s water distribution system is too large and its treatment plant is not adequately staffed, operated or administered, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said in a Thursday letter to Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
Pipelines under Mackinac
- Enbridge Energy is about to start a massive PR campaign in northern Michigan next week, touting the findings of a study that says there are no signs of eternal or internal corrosion in its aging underwater pipelines. But there's just one problem: The study relied solely on data from Enbridge and its contractors. Now many are calling for a truly independent study to be done.
- We're all busy thinking about Pavel Datsyuk and whether he'll leave the team (the announcement should come Saturday at noon, by the way), but we've forgotten about another cornerstone of the Detroit Red Wings team: Jimmy Howard. As the Red Wings prepare for next week’s draft, and what is expected to a trading frenzy around the NHL, Howard’s future in the organization is a key question.
- One Martinez had a very good night for the Tigers last night and the other had a pretty awful one. it was a home run hat trick for Victor Martinez in the team's 10-4 rout of the Royals. J.D. Martinez, on the other hand, came away with a broken elbow and a 4-6 week recovery.
- Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said football coach Jim Harbaugh’s ambitious summer satellite camp tour that will cover much of the country and stops in Australia and American Samoa, will cost the athletic department roughly $350,000.
Meat Loaf collapses
- Rock singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday night and was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. He was singing “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)" when he dropped his microphone and fell to the floor.
Drop kicking cake
- In what might be the strangest crime news of the year, a woman unhappy with how her son's Kroger birthday cake turned out has been accused of drop-kicking it in the store and screaming expletives at the employees.
It's dad's day
- Father's Day is Sunday, and we have some ideas for what to do for him. If you are into making presents, check out these cool coasters. Or you could go the grilling route and try out these delicious recipes. Dads love tools, right? If you're planning to buy him something for your handyman dad, read this first. And of course, you're going to need a card.
A good weekend for movies
- If you don't plan to spend every waking moment outside in the sunshine this weekend, you should catch a movie. It's a great weekend for it, with Pixar's "Finding Dory" finally coming out 13 years after Nemo went missing.
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson brings a loopy comic sensibility to action comedy "Central Intelligence" with Kevin Hart as his co-pilot.
- In the movie "Genius," Colin Firth stars as book editor Maxwell Perkins, who helped shape some of America’s finest literary works.
- If you're looking for something (much more) dense, “Francofonia” presents a meditation on the importance of museums. Persevering past the film’s jumble of opening scenes, it also turns out to be a history of two men who helped preserve the Louvre’s treasures after the Nazis occupied Paris in World War II.
- But the best movie out this weekend is “Dheepan," a breathtaking examination of the modern immigrant experience, the psychological damage of war and man’s instinct to protect his family.
Have some fun with us
- Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win tickets for Dish & Design. This time around, you'll get 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. Enter to win tickets here. Or get tickets here for $10 each.
- Also, don't forget to enter the Celebrate Michigan photo contest by sending us your best photos from around the state. We pick four finalists every Wednesday (here are last week's). Winners will get some pretty great prizes (including a first-place prize of a two-night stay for two at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island). If you need some more inspiration, here are last year's winners and finalists.
- Finally, if you're a talented gardener, we want to reward you with the 2016 Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. Send in your photos here and you could win a $100 gift certificate to English Gardens.
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