News@noon: End of the line for Kwame
Today is Monday, June 27, 2016, and it's the end of the line for Kwame Kilpatrick. The former Detroit mayor was trying to get the Supreme Court to overturn his 28-year prison sentence, but the court refused to hear his case.
In case you need a reminder, Kilpatrick, 46, was convicted of using his position as mayor of Detroit and state House representative to execute a wide-ranging racketeering conspiracy involving extortion, bribery and fraud. He and Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and friend of Kilpatrick, were found guilty of running a criminal enterprise out of the mayoral office in a five-month trial in 2013.
The Supreme Court was busy today, striking down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation’s second-most populous state.
Here's what else is making news today:
- The state’s top doctor was among high-level Michigan health officials briefed about a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County nearly one year before it was publicly disclosed, state records show. Dr. Matthew Davis, who served on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Flint water task force, has previously denied having any knowledge of the Legionnaires’ outbreak prior to his April 2015 departure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as the state’s chief medical executive. But Davis was a recipient of a Jan. 28, 2015, email sent to top DHHS officials sounding alarms about the respiratory disease infection outbreak in the Flint area — an outbreak that ended up killing 12 people in a span of 18 months in 2014 and 2015.
- While some parts of the country are flooding with too much rain, Metro Detroit doesn't have enough. As Duncan Knorp of Go Green Lawn & Tree Care in Walled Lake says, it’s the “worst start to summer” in 15 years for many lawns around the region.
Red Wings results
- The NHL draft has wrapped up and the Wings seem to have done pretty well. It’s a long way off, and there’s no guarantee. But Red Wings fans might have a future fan favorite, a cult hero they’ll love — and opponents’ fans can’t stand in second-rounder Givani Smith.
- Detroit has found plenty of success in the draft in recent years.
- As far as trying to fill the massive hole left in the lineup by the exit of Pavel Datsyuk, the Wings will look to add Steven Stamkos. But then again. so will many other teams.
- And here's an interesting one: is former goalie Chris Osgood worthy of a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame? We'll find out this afternoon.
Fourth of July celebrations
- The annual Ford Fireworks will be held downtown tonight. If you plan to go, make sure you read this first. Also, remember that there will be a curfew in place for teens.
- As for this weekend, if you are one of the 1.4 million people in Michigan planning to travel, get ready for long lines and traffic.
- And if you were excited to spend Independence Day watching "Independence Day: Resurgence," don't expect to enjoy it much. To quote our film critic Adam Graham: "In the original 'Independence Day,' an alien ship hovered over Washington, D.C., and shot a laser beam into the White House, blowing America’s greatest symbol of democracy to smithereens. Watching 'Independence Day: Resurgence,' you hope someone would do the same thing to your brain."
What a Messi
Lionel Messi says he’s quitting Argentina’s national team. Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.
- The Viper's demise, rollaway Jeeps and drag racing at the Dream Cruise are just some of the topics Mike Martinez and Mike Wayland tackle in this week's podcast.
Can you spare $10 to elect a billionaire?
The billionaire running for president now seeks to convince millions of Americans to give him money. With the simple tap of the “send” button one day last week, Donald Trump collected $3 million in campaign contributions — as much as he did in the entire month of May. He had asked for donations of $10 or more, with the promise of chipping in $2 million of his own money to match those that arrived.
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