News@noon: What a hit; Flint is KWA-bound
Today is Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and if Tigers fan Cory Kinney hadn't run after Miguel Cabrera's incredible home run ball when he did, we'd probably be still searching for it somewhere on Adams Street.
Officially, the home run was measured at 461 feet by ESPN, not even Cabrera's longest homer this season. But by the time it was done moving, it had to have traveled at least 500 or more. While unconfirmed by the Tigers, it might've been the first ball ever to leave Comerica Park, even on a bounce.
Oh, and it was made even better when it was followed up by Justin Upton's walk-off home run.
Ok, enough about that awesome win. Here's what's making news today:
Flint moves ahead with KWA
- Mayor Karen Weaver and Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday an agreement that will allow the city to move forward with a plan to join the new Karegnondi Water Authority. As an incorporating member of the KWA, Flint cannot walk away without a major financial hit. So, as reporter Jim Lynch explains, the city is recommitting to the project rather than trying to return to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
End of the road for Viper
- The 2017 model year will be the last for the Dodge Viper SRT sports car and five special models will be available to commemorate the iconic car’s final production year. The Viper, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is ending its production run. Since 1992, about 30,000 Vipers have been built.
School's out forever
- After students at Southfield-Lathrup finish their final exams today, the 49-year-old high school will cease to exist. Starting this fall, it will merge with Southfield High to become a new school, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology. It's yet another mark of declining enrollment, shrinking revenue and right-sizing affecting schools all over the state.
- At the same time, a new report says Michigan lags the rest of the nation in math and reading proficiency for young children. The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 71 percent of Michigan fourth-graders aren’t proficient in reading and 71 percent of eighth-graders aren’t proficient in math. More than half of young children aren’t in preschool.
A big win for Dan Gilbert, too
- The also-ran status of Detroit, marked by bankruptcy and massive job losses, is only recently undergoing revival. Cleveland’s culture of losing home teams weighs on at least two generations — so much so that cynics could be forgiven for believing the Cavaliers, owned by Detroit mogul Dan Gilbert, couldn’t possibly, finally, end the city’s 52-year championship drought. Except they did, writes Daniel Howes.
- As the Cavaliers bask in their NBA championship, as LeBron James climbs higher up the legacy ladder, as Gilbert builds in Cleveland and in his hometown, let this be a lesson for success. Winning is fine, as James showed with his two titles in Miami. Renovation is rewarding, as Gilbert has shown with his unrelenting development in downtown Detroit. But success doesn’t guarantee fulfillment, and that’s what both finally got. And it's a lesson for anyone in forgiveness and teamwork, writes Bob Wojnowski.
'This Old (Detroit) House'
PBS’s “This Old House,” one of the longest-running home renovation shows on television, is coming to Detroit. The series, now in its 37th season, will feature the renovation of a two-story 1939 brick house in the city’s Russell Woods neighborhood that was purchased through the Detroit Land Bank Authority by a retired firefighter and his family. Ten episodes will follow the restoration, beginning in March.
Apple books settlement
- Did you buy e-books on an Apple device anytime between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012? You might have an account credit or receive a check. Michigan consumers are expected to get as much as $10.1 million as part of a settlement with Apple stemming from a 2012 electronic books price-fixing lawsuit.
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