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News@noon: Gilbert's tale of two cities, adios Stamkos

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, June 30, 2016 (where did the month go?), and we bring you a tale of two cities.... two Gilbertvilles, if you will.

Detroit and Cleveland: Dan Gilbert has a fast answer when asked why someone who made billions in the mortgage business would take on the far less lucrative enterprise of rebuilding two of America’s most broken cities.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tosses glass beads into the crowd during a parade celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA Championship in downtown Cleveland Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

“We can, and it’s a good thing. And it’s challenging. And it’s extremely impactful in a positive way if we’re successful. And it’s fun.”

His plan is expanding. In Detroit, Dan Gilbert wants to see greater involvement by Detroit’s Big Three automakers in the revitalization of the city’s downtown, starting with the only one still headquartered there: General Motors Co.  And after a career with his head down focused on building the company, he's also getting more political.

Here's what else is making news today:

The end of sports on 105.1

  • It’s game over for Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC). Employees at the Greater Media compound in Ferndale were told at a staff meeting around 6 p.m. Wednesday the sports station is flipping formats this morning. Around 6 p.m., oldies started to play on WMGC and the station’s website, app and Facebook page were deactivated or replaced with other content.

Dog owner gets jail time

  • A Detroit man whose dogs fatally mauled a 4-year-old Detroit boy to death late last year will spend five years on probation. The first year of that will be spent in jail with a work release. 

A Detroit officer dies on duty

  • A 29-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department died while on duty Wednesday, officials said. Sgt. Kevin Miller was assigned to the 11th Precinct and had worked in several units, demonstrating “exemplary service,” department officials said in a statement. No word yet on a cause of death or the circumstances surrounding it. 

Fate or a fluke

Zurlon Tipton Sr. and Zurlon Tipton are seen in this undated family photo.

  • Zurlon Tipton Sr. called the gunshot that killed his son a fluke, an accident — even God’s will — but insisted his son was a “definitely safe” gun owner. But he can’t help thinking the former Central Michigan University and Indianapolis Colts running back, Zurlon Tipton Jr., would still be alive if he had never bought a gun in the first place.

Shakeup at De La Salle

  • De La Salle Collegiate High School’s principal and athletic director have left their positions, school President John Knight said in a Wednesday letter addressed to alumni and benefactors. The school’s assistant principal, Steve Stewart, will act as the interim principal for the 2016-2017 academic year. He did not indicate if the school will initiate a search for a new principal or who, if anyone, would take over for the athletic director. 

A young Tiger comes of age

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, right, appears to leave Nick Castellanos hanging a little bit on their celebratory jump after the win.

  • Nick Castellanos specializes in the unconventional. Or, perhaps, Tigers fans, many of whom weren’t on his bandwagon a year ago, have deduced as much as they watch him, at age 24, become one of the steadiest and most dangerous hitters in Detroit’s lineup and evolve into a more handy defender, all of which makes him a decent bet for this year’s American League All-Star team.

Slim pickings for the Wings

  • With the news that Steve Stamkos, the top free agent this off-season, will be staying in Tampa Bay, the Detroit Red Wings have been left with little to choose from when it comes to bolstering a struggling team. What will Ken Holland do now? Gregg Krupa discusses.  

Diversity at The Academy

  • Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. The academy says its invitees are 46 percent female, 41 percent minority and represent 59 countries.

Be careful this weekend

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