News@noon: Another attack, UM makes right, Old Yeller
Today is Friday, July 15, 2016, and we're going to start out with a feel-good story because there is enough bad going on in the world.
From 1973-91, female varsity letter-winners at Michigan weren’t awarded jackets with a maize block “M” and leather sleeves like their male counterparts. Rather, their jacket was all navy wool and featured a skinnier, orange block “M.”
Michigan officials made changes, and women began receiving the same jackets as the men in 1992, but it still didn’t make up for the fact roughly 700 women athletes were without one.
Here's what else is making news today:
Bastille Day Massacre
- A Tunisian living in France drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice’s beachfront yesterday, killing at least 84 people, many of them children, according to police and hospital officials. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.
- No group has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but French officials called it an undeniable act of terror. The assault on revelers rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris last year that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.
- In all of last year, there were only 22 days when someone wasn’t shot in Philadelphia. Nearly 1 in 5 victims died. Now, in a bold effort to stem the bloodshed, several Philadelphia hospitals are about to conduct a citywide experiment that will ask: When gunshot or stabbing victims are being rushed to the emergency room by ambulance, could paramedics do more to save them by doing less?
- After 10 months of hearings, Bob Bashara could find out Friday whether he’ll be granted a new trial. He's in court now so follow George Hunter for updates on Twitter.
Ford maps the road
- Ford Motor Co. is among five investors who contributed $6.6 million to Civil Maps, a California startup that makes 3-D maps that let autonomous cars “see” the road ahead. The company aggregates data from cameras, radar and LiDAR sensors and combines them into readable maps. Civil Maps uses less data than other companies, which lets them easily upload the maps to the cloud to share and update with vehicles over cellular networks.
A raise for firefighters
All Detroit firefighters licensed as medical first responders will receive a pay raise, officials announced Friday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, announced the 4 percent across-the-board wage increase they called overdue and much-needed.
Breaking down the Tigers
- They’ve been six games over .500. They’ve been six games under .500. They’ve led the American League Central by a game. They’ve trailed by as many as 8.5 games. They’ve been .500 12 times. So, just who are the Tigers? Tony Paul tries to figure it out.
- As for how they will do in the second half of the season? Everyone has their own opinion.
- Wojo in particular thinks the Tigers aren’t good enough to make anything out of this season without turning to trades.
Ghostbusters + more
- Lot's of things have been said - good and bad - about the casting of the new Ghostbusters film. But Adam Graham saw the movie and he thinks there's more to worry about with this "supernatural slip-up."
- This week, Adam also reviewed "Microbe and Gasoline," which he called "a minor key showstopper."
- Tom Long reviewed Taika Waititi's latest, the quirky and endearing "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," and "Neon Bull"
Old Yeller, turbo boosted
- This would get you some attention: Ford Motor Co. has created a bright yellow “Old Yeller” Shelby GT 350 Mustang that gets 526-horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, and will auction it off later this month.
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