News@noon: Gold, golf and getting past tragedy
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, and what a time it is to be a proud American. Our athletes are destroying the competition at the Olympics: Michael Phelps made up for one of the rare losses in his brilliant career by winning the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday night, a victory that sent him climbing into the stands to kiss his 3-month-old son Boomer. An hour later, he returned to take what amounted to nothing more than a triumphant victory lap in anchoring the 4x200 freestyle relay, the crowd’s deafening roar growing louder with every stroke.
Women's swimming phenom Katie Ledecky picked up her second gold of the Rio Olympics on the way to what could be a historic run of her own in the pool.
And the women's gymnastics team. What can be said, but, "Wow!" With another dominant performance in women’s team final — posting the largest margin of victory at an Olympics since 1960 — the Americans won their second consecutive Olympic title. And after they’d made good on that promise, they let their retiring coach know just what she’d meant to them.
If you're planning to watch today, here's what you need to know. And be sure to keep an eye out for these Michigan athletes. One of them, Detroiter Bora Gulari, is ready to make waves in Rio with sailing. Reporter John Niyo has more about him and all our Olympic ties. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @JohnNiyo and with the hashtag #NiyoInRio.
Here's what else we are following today:
- A Hazel Park man was sentenced Wednesday to spend up to 25 years behind bars for trying to kill his wife and then dumping her badly-beaten body in Detroit. An undercover Grosse Pointe Park police officer found Radu Vasile Muntean's wife, Natalia Muntean, in his truck with him nearby in the area of Lyford and Gilbo near Van Dyke and French March 23 around 2:43 p.m. Natalia Muntean was handcuffed, shot in both legs, bleeding in the face and naked.
- A man who pulled up to a Shelby Township church at 1:45 a.m. Aug. 5 wasn’t there to worship. That visitor was caught on camera stealing from the church "under the watchful eye of Jesus," and police now are seeking tips leading to his arrest.
- State police arrested two men suspected in the carjacking of a Lyft driver in Detroit on Saturday and a strong-arm robbery at Soaring Eagle Casino on Tuesday after a roughly 50-mile chase through four counties Tuesday afternoon.
A life, redacted
- She changed her name and left Michigan in 1990, tired of answering questions about her husband’s murder, a tawdry case that made headlines. After years of keeping her past a secret, the woman formerly known as Jan Canty says she’s finally ready to publicly discuss her side of a story that shocked her Grosse Pointe neighbors and forced her into hiding.
- Her late husband, Alan Canty, was a respected psychologist. In July 1985, after his body parts were found in northern Michigan, police revealed he had been living a double life as the suitor of Dawn Spens, a Cass Corridor prostitute whose pimp bludgeoned Canty to death and dismembered him.
Tragedy in Kansas
- A 10-year-old boy who was killed at a Kansas water park while riding on a 17-story water slide was decapitated, a source told The Associated Press Wednesday. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas lawmaker, was in a raft with two adults who were not related to him when he was killed on the 168-foot tall ride, which is billed as the tallest in the world. The other two people were treated for facial injuries.
City planning officials are on the hunt for designs to revive Detroit’s neighborhood main streets while hoping to ease bureaucratic hurdles that often stand in the way. Detroit this week is putting out a call to urban planners, architects, preservationists and designers for “Pink Zoning Detroit,” an initiative that sets out to transform the city’s complex land use rules and speed new development in its commercial corridors by reducing red tape.
Lips with bite
When Detroiters Melissa Butler and Rosco Spears appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” last year, the sharks weren’t biting their bright purple, blue and green lipstick collection. The only bite was their sharp criticism. “I can see a massive market share in the clown market,” said investor Kevin O’Leary. Yeah, he was wrong.
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