News@noon: Pokemon NO; goodbye glass ceiling
Beyond that, Bill Clinton did something last night nobody has seemed to be able to do so far during this election: Humanize his wife Hillary Clinton. But beyond telling the stories of what made him fall in love with her when they were young students at Yale, the would-be First Gentleman offered a spirited defense of Clinton's work as Secretary of State, protecting American interests, combating terrorism and advancing human rights.
Tonight, things will get serious with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden throwing their support behind Clinton. It’s hard to overstate what Obama has at stake as he implores voters to elect her. Take Republican Donald Trump at his word, and if elected, he’d undo just about everything Obama has done, from climate change and immigration to trade and foreign relations.
But of course, not everyone is buying into this unity theme running at the convention: Bernie Sanders loyalists warned that the Democratic Party could rupture over the Clinton nomination after a volatile night that saw a large group of Sanders delegates and supporters exit the party’s national convention to stage a sit-in at a nearby media tent.
Here's what else we're following in the news today:
One bad idea after another
- A Rochester Hills man might want to shrink his social network after his Facebook post bragging about his success eluding Lake Orion police in a high-speed chase on July 2 put police on his trail, leading the man to turn himself in Tuesday. Moral of the story: don't go 140 mph in a 35-mph zone, don't evade police and don't brag about it on social media.
Porsche, for the win!
The Porsche brand ranked highest for the 12th straight year in a J.D. Power study that measures the appeal of owning and driving new vehicles. General Motors Co. received the most segment awards — six — followed by Hyundai Motor Company with five, and BMW AG and Volkswagen AG with four each, in the company’s 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study released Wednesday.
Charges dropped in Freddie Gray case
Prosecutors today dropped the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction. Gray was a black man whose neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015.
A comeback story
For the first time since 1985, Stroh’s beer will be brewed in Detroit. Pabst Brewing Company, which bought the Stroh’s Brewery Co. in 1999, announced Tuesday that Stroh’s Bohemian-style pilsner will be made at Brew Detroit, a 68,000-square-foot brewing facility in Corktown. The beer will be available only in Michigan stores, bars and restaurants starting Aug. 22.
Governor's race taking shape
- Michigan’s 2018 gubernatorial race is beginning to take shape more than 600 miles from the state Capitol, where U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer are boosting their profiles with potential supporters at the Democratic National Convention.
A dream come true
Ethan Dean has always dreamed of being a garbage man. He never tires of playing with toy garbage trucks and loves to watch the real ones drive past his house. On Tuesday, the 6-year-old with cystic fibrosis got his wish, riding shotgun in a booster seat through Sacramento as an honest-to-goodness garbage truck driver with a set of wheels labeled “Ethan’s Garbage Truck.”
Pokemon Go players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased. They have asked game developer Niantic Inc. to remove the “Pokestops” and other virtual sites that show up in the park for those playing the augmented reality game. The city wants them deleted by Aug. 6, the anniversary of the 1945 bombing and the date of an annual ceremony to remember the victims.
Celebrate Michigan's wildlife
- Susan Hughes of Brighton loves taking photos of the birds at nearby Kensington Metro Park. Hughes’ photo, “Waiting for Dinner,” earned her a spot in The Detroit News’ 10th annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest, which continues throughout the summer. The contest rewards photos that capture the people, animals, scenery, places and events that make Michigan special.
- Each Wednesday through Sept. 7, Detroit News judges will select four photos to become eligible for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 14. So check out this week's finalists and enter your own photos for a chance to win.
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