News@noon: Familiar speech, Harbaugh rap, 10,000 homes

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, July 19, 2016, and the Republican National Convention continues after a strange first day.

The two major story lines: a whole bunch of Dump Trump folks tried to take over the process and were shot down. Then Melania Trump gave a speech with a few passages that mirrored a speech first lady Michelle Obama gave in 2008.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, greets his wife Melania after introducing her during the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

What have we learned so far? As Nolan Finley puts it, a divided party cannot stand. Or get money from donors.

Oh, and that Iowa Rep. Steve King isn't sure if non-white people have made contributions to civilization.

So what's on tap today? Donald Trump hopes for a smoother convention experience. But that won't include a nomination nod from his former competitor and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who didn't even bring up Trump in a breakfast speech he gave to the Michigan delegation at the convention.

We've got reporters Chad Livengood and Jonathan Oosting, as well as editorial page editor Nolan Finley on site and reporting back all day. So be sure to stay with and follow them on Twitter.

Here's what else we're covering today:

Judging Charles Pugh

  • A 36th District Court Judge recused herself from the probable cause conference for former Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh Tuesday, saying she once worked with him and also has a relationship with the victim’s family. Judge Shannon Holmes said Tuesday said she knows the relationship “will not impede my ability to be fair and unbiased” but she was removing herself from the proceedings to avoid giving appearance of impropriety.

Honoring the fallen

Battling blight

  • One part of the $50 million plan to redevelop the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center in Brush Park is proceeding without the other. Detroit City Council will vote today on whether to sell the the recreation center property so developers can convert Joe Louis’ old boxing gym into a restaurant and community center. The other part of the project, which calls for housing and retail, has been moved to another location within Brush Park.
  • The City of Detroit's demolition program razed its 10,000th vacant building today since Mayor Mike Duggan took office in 2014.

Does Harbaugh have a rap name?

  • Love him or hate him, Jim Harbaugh isn't afraid to make a statement. Or rap a statement, as it were. 

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh recorded a music video with rapper Bailey.

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