News@noon: New Flint charges; baby danger
Today is Friday, July 29, 2016, and Bill Schuette has delivered on his promise of filing additional charges in the Flint water crisis.
The attorney general filed charges today against six state employees for misconduct in office related to their alleged roles in the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water. Genesee County Judge Nathaniel C. Perry III authorized the charges against three employees in the Department of Health and Human Services and three employees in the Department of Environmental Quality, including fired municipal water chief Liane Shekter Smith.
Stay with us as we learn more. Here's what else is going on today:
Sky's the limit
- Last night, Hillary Clinton became the nation’s first female candidate to accept a major political party’s presidential nomination. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she said in a nod to the historic moment.
- Of course, Clinton knows there is much work to do, which is why she opened her address to the convention with a sobering description of a country threatened by powerful forces intent on tearing it apart and suggested that longstanding bonds of trust and respect are beginning to fray. But in a clear attempt to provide a contrast with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has cited his business acumen as evidence of a personal ability to solve difficult problems, Clinton touted the nation’s collective ability to overcome.
- In fact, some of her strongest moments of the night came when she was fighting back against Trump.
- Aside from a few misfires, Clinton came out strong. But was it strong enough? Nolan Finley, who was at the convention, says she didn't do enough to have her "mic drop" moment. What do you think? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.
Saying goodbye to a king of football
Longtime Detroit King coach Dale Harvel will be remembered for his commitment to preparation — preparing his assistants to become better coaches, and preparing his players for the real world — when he is laid to rest in what’s expected to be a well-attended funeral Saturday morning. Harvel collapsed at a 7-on-7 scrimmage last Friday and died at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was 57, more than half his life spent on the football staff at King. Here are the details about visitation and the service.
Harry Potter and the obsession of the fans
Nine years after J.K. Rowling’s final novel about the boy wizard, Harry has returned, on the stage and the page — and he’s still producing commercial alchemy. The play has its gala opening tomorrow at London’s Palace Theatre.
Combi USA is recalling more than 39,000 car seats because they can transmit too much force to a child’s chest in a crash. The recall covers certain Coccoro Convertible Child Restraints with a model number of 8220. They were manufactured from Jan. 1, 2009, to June 29, 2016. Here are more details.
- You should probably avoid I-696 this weekend if you can help it. A several-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 696 will be closed this weekend west of Telegraph as part of an ongoing concrete replacement project, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Swedish cop + bikini + cellphone thief
She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn’t stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief. A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week.
This weekend in movies
- There are plenty of new films to check out this weekend, including the latest "Jason Bourne" thriller, which sees Matt Damon back at the title character. It's definitely action-packed, but film critic Adam Graham says there's not much there below the surface.
- The big winners though are "Bad Moms," which should win the hilarious Kathryn Hahn some awards, and "Cafe Society," a Woody Allen film with a luminous performance by Kristen Stewart.
- Also out this weekend are two extremely timely films: the nutty "Nuts!" and the virtual reality thriller "Nerve."
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