News@noon: Convention's last day, Harbaugh's no dummy

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, July 21, 2016, and it's the last day of the Republican National Convention.

The biggest story right now, strangely enough, isn't Donald Trump's speech (or his ego) that he will be giving tonight to the delegates in Cleveland. It's actually Ted Cruz. Love him or hate him, he stood up for what he believed in yesterday and refused to endorse Trump, even though the backlash was swift. And today, he was back in his home state of Texas and went so far as to say he's not going to "come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much" for being asked to be a part of the convention.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and wife Heidi wave from the podium during a sound check before the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 20, 2016.

Trump's goal with his speech tonight has to be to allay the fears of voters who still aren't sure about his nomination. Many conservative grassroots activists are thrilled to have a candidate they finally like, after years of begrudgingly accepting presidential nominees favored by the GOP’s established leaders.

And for the politicians hopeful of finding a place at Trump's table, and his cabinet, the convention has been like an audition process.

What does our editorial board have to say about all this: Be presidential. Donald Trump!

Be sure to follow reporters Chad Livengood and Jonathan Oosting, as well as editorial page editor Nolan Finley on Twitter as they report back updates from Cleveland all day. And stay with for the latest.

Here's what else we're following today:

This is not really news, but...

  • It's seriously hot. So be careful out there. Heat advisories are in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday for many of the counties around here. Here are some tips for how to handle it. 

Alan Mulally speaks out

  • On the eve of his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame, former Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally credits his “wonderful” relationship with Executive Chairman Bill Ford for his ability to save the Dearborn automaker from financial collapse. Check out Mulally on the Miked Up podcast reflecting about his time with Ford and what he thinks of the company now. 

Another game, another loss

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander waves to the cheering crowd when he exits the game after the top of the eighth inning.

Harbaugh's no dummy

  • It’s no coincidence Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s month-long satellite camp tour included 21 stops throughout the South and California, and that Michigan held four of its spring practices at IMG Academy in Florida. According to Detroit News research, resulting in a database of 2015 season-ending rosters for all NFL teams, Harbaugh was in the most fertile recruiting grounds for top football players.

Long live the Magic Stick

  • After the demise of the nightclub that moved in there last year, Detroit’s legendary Magic Stick venue is returning to its Midtown location, officials announced Wednesday. The Magic Stick is scheduled to reopen in September where it once held court: the second floor of the Majestic Theatre Center and Complex on Woodward.

Good luck getting this gear

  • Nike Madness has hit Michigan and Ann Arbor, and very appropriately the M Den, the official merchandise retailer for Michigan gear, is going for a midnight madness launch. The M Den will host a four-hour party to kick off sales of new Nike product with doors opening on State Street at 11:59 p.m. July 31. Get a sneak peek of the goods here

M Den unveiled Michigan's new Nike gear Wednesday.

What a lineup

  • When Mo Pop returns to West Riverfront Park on Saturday and Sunday, the flooding issues that plagued the site last year will be a thing of the past. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, which owns the park, has re-graded the site to address drainage issues, and the organizers are otherwise thrilled with the new festival site. Here's what you can expect if you are going

Robots in disguise take Detroit

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