News@noon: Clinton punches back; Hep A; Wahlburgers

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, and Hillary Clinton is punching back at Donald Trump.

The Democratic candidate will stump for votes in the presidential battleground of Macomb County, where Trump’s campaign has generated its most enthusiasm in Michigan. Clinton’s early afternoon speech on jobs and economic policies at an automotive and defense industry manufacturing facility in Warren is seen as going on offense against Trump in a county that last sided with a Republican presidential candidate in 2004 for then-President George W. Bush’s re-election.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

If you're interested, check out a live stream and follow reporters Chad Livengood, Jonathan Oosting and Breana Noble on Twitter.

Here's what else is happening today:

Bust the Ball

  • A group of local African-American business professionals is threatening to boycott the Detroit Pistons and NBA unless its concerns about what members are calling “the economic exclusion of people of color beyond the court” are addressed. The Detroit Association of Black Organizations Inc. is calling for a “Bust the Ball” campaign aimed at urging fans not to spend money on tickets and merchandise as well as to put pressure on the league and team officials.

Perpetuating pot as a dangerous drug

  •  The Obama administration will keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization, but will allow more research into its possible medical benefits, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday. The DEA said the agency opted not to reclassify marijuana after a lengthy review and consultation with the Health and Human Services Department, which said marijuana “has a high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use.”

EAA vs DPS, take 2

  • Officials at the Education Achievement Authority believe they’ll be relieved of $12 million in debt owed to Detroit Public Schools as a result of a $617 million state bailout of the city school system. EAA officials said this week Gov. Rick Snyder approved a deal to relieve the authority of $12 million in lease payments it owed the Detroit schools for the past two school years for operating its beleaguered 15-school reform district inside former DPS buildings. 

Olympics with #NiyoinRio

Allison Schmitt (second from left) celebrates with her U.S. teammates after winning the women's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay.

Public health concern

  • An employee at an upscale Birmingham restaurant has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A and may have exposed diners to the disease, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The unnamed Wayne County resident works at Social Kitchen and Bar at 225 East Maple in Birmingham, officials said. Patrons who consumed food or drinks at the restaurant between July 16 and Aug. 6 may have been exposed. Here's what the state recommends you do

Greektown goes Hollywood

  • While not officially open yet, the Greektown Wahlburgers got a visit from Mark and Paul Wahlberg on Wednesday with A&E cameras rolling. Wahlberg is in Detroit filming “Transformers 5,” and while filming ran long Wednesday, he was less than an hour late for his scheduled 7 p.m. red-carpet appearance. “I get out of work when Michael Bay says I get out of work,” he joked.

Actor/producer Mark Wahlberg waves to the crowd Wednesday evening Aug. 10, 2016, outside the new Wahlburgers in Detroit’s Historic Greektown.

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