News@noon: America rattled by violence, Trump's wall
Today is Monday, July 11, 2016, and President Barack Obama plans to travel to Dallas on Tuesday where he will face a huge challenge: Comforting an America rattled by violence involving police officers and black men.
Obama is due to deliver remarks at an interfaith memorial service and is expected to meet with victims’ families and with local law enforcement officials mourning their own. Former President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and Vice President Joe Biden will also attend, and the ex-president will deliver brief remarks.
In the meantime. we're learning more about the gunman in the deadly attack on Dallas police, including that he had plans for a larger assault and possessed enough explosive material to inflict far greater harm.
Here at home, Detroit police arrested four men for allegedly threatening on Facebook to kill police officers, police Chief James Craig said Sunday. One of the men reportedly posted: “All lives can’t matter until black lives matter. Kill all white cops.”
Here's more news stories we are following today:
Donald Trump's wall
Should Trump’s Mexico wall be part of the GOP’s platform? It depends on who in the party you ask.
End of an era
- After 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances, San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is finally calling it a career. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA.
Let the games begin
This week, hundreds of veterans, their family members and about 1,000 volunteers will descend on downtown Detroit for the 30th annual National Veterans Golden Age Games. The veterans will compete in events such as table tennis, cycling and racquetball at Cobo Center and other venues in Detroit. Pride and medals are on the line, they say.
- It appears that the Pistons are moving ahead, making a splash in free agency. But the Wings... not so much.
- But up at prospect camp in Traverse City, some of the young Wings are grabbing attention.
- And then there's the Tigers, who limped into the All-Star break. Mathematically, they can still cobble together a playoff run, but realistically, there's much that needs to change.
Coke breeze on the river
A company’s battle over a permit to store the coal-based byproduct coke breeze on the west Jefferson waterfront is set to resume Tuesday. Waterfront Terminal Holdings LLC is scheduled to renew its request before the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals to store dry bulk materials at the former Revere Copper site. Examples of what Waterfront wants to store at the site are coal-based byproduct coke breeze, aluminum, ash, gravel and slag. Right now, construction aggregate is being kept on the site under the company’s special use permit.
- In this week's episode, Mike Martinez and Mike Wayland question whether billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert was right to call out Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler for not investing more in downtown Detroit. Valid point? Or unfair criticism? Listen in and let us know what you think.
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