News@noon: Kwame's judge speaks out, IKEA recall
Today is Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and the federal judge who gave Kwame Kilpatrick his 28-year sentence says she has no regrets.
In her first interview since the Kilpatrick trial, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds reflected on the high-profile case Monday hours after the Supreme Court rejected the former mayor’s attempt to secure a new trial and overturn the 2013 racketeering conspiracy conviction.
“It contributed to the shredding of the fabric that was holding the city together,” Edmunds said. “I’m not saying any of the activity that he was convicted of led to the bankruptcy. I think it was more a demoralization engendered by the pay-to-play system."
Here's what else we're following today:
Fascinated by fireworks
- Hundreds of thousands of spectators marveled Monday night as downtown Detroit echoed with explosions of sound and light during the city’s 58th annual fireworks show. Check out the photos here. And of course, we've got video, if you missed it the first time.
- The Detroit fireworks mark the start of the holiday week, which will see an estimated 1.4 million people in Michigan traveling.
- If you find yourself at Lake Michigan this weekend, you should be careful of rip currents.
Smoke across the water
- For Detroiters who are tired of waiting for the legislature to make up their minds about legalizing marijuana, a trip to Windsor could be all it takes. Canada is moving to legalize recreational marijuana use next year and authorities here say it could mean an influx of Metro Detroiters craving cannabis.
- The cost of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation of Flint’s water contamination crisis is set to more than triple as he seeks approval from a state board for an extra $3.4 million to pay private attorneys and investigators.
- Meanwhile, a state lawmaker says Flint is making a mistake by not taking up an offer from a California-based company for free plastic pipes to replace the lead lines in the city.
Mateen Cleaves' case
The woman who accused former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of raping her in a suburban Flint motel last September is expected to take the witness stand today in a preliminary examination for the former athlete. A videotape of the alleged incident might also be shown during the court proceedings scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in 67th District Court in Flint.
A single-engine plane that crashed Monday night near Coleman A. Young International Airport on Detroit’s east side ran out of fuel, forcing the emergency landing near Interstate 94 and Gratiot, according to police. The plane struck a utility pole at about 9 p.m. at Shoemaker and Cooper, bringing down power lines which struck one woman on the ground.
Do you own this dresser?
- IKEA is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the furniture toppled over and fell on them. Get more information here.
Do you know this dog?
- Woodhaven police say tips are coming in about a dog found in a box in a garbage bag outside the local animal shelter. “Someone left this little pup wrapped in a black plastic bag outside of the Woodhaven/Trenton Shelter Sunday on a very hot day,” the Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page. It was near 90 degrees that day. If you know anything about the woman who left this dog, please let police know.
Is it racist?
The American Red Cross issued an apology Monday for a water safety poster that some suggested had a racist message. The cartoon poster showed children playing in a swimming pool. Nearly all of the white children’s activities were labeled as “cool,” while the children of color were depicted acting in unsafe ways and were labeled “not cool.”
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