News@noon: Floods slow drivers, lead levels spike
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, and heavy overnight rain has left some metro Detroit roadways closed due to flooding. Other streets are open, but experts are warning commuters to avoid driving through standing water.
"You can't see what's underneath (the water)," Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross said. "Maybe the road is washed away under there, maybe there's a missing manhole cover, maybe a previous car dropped a bumper."
Here's what else is happening today:
Didn't get far
A 19-year-old inmate briefly escaped from a medium-security state prison in the Upper Peninsula early Tuesday, according to authorities. Alize Monague climbed a fence around 2 a.m. before he was spotted and captured two hours later, about a mile from the prison. The man was sentenced in January to up to 10 years for malicious destruction of personal property, assault by strangulation or suffocation, and assault and resisting arrest by a police officer.
Farms among blight
Savvy entrepreneurs are taking advantage of inexpensive former warehouses and factories in Detroit, transforming them into indoor farms to produce local foods.
More lead issues
Michigan children's lead levels are spiking this summer, officials say. This may be the result of more parents getting their kids tested during fallout from the Flint Water Crisis. Some people also are more susceptible to lead exposure during the summer months, when they come in contact with more soil and water outside as well as lead dust in the air from paint in homes built before 1978.
Guinea pig slaughter
A guinea pig was forced to "choose" its fate when Grosse Ile High School lacrosse players placed it on a table and encouraged it to walk toward one side marked for death or another marked for life, according to witnesses at a hearing for students Tanner Coolsaet and Michael Roth. The two were bound over for trial yesterday in the alleged slaughter of the animal after it wandered toward the "death" side of the table.
Dental visit or Hezbollah?
A Dearborn man pleaded guilty yesterday to lying about plans to travel to Lebanon last year. Mohammad Hassan Hamdan told federal agents he was going to the Middle East to "get his teeth fixed," when he actually had plans to join Hezbollah and fight in Syria. He faces up to eight years in prison when sentenced Nov. 14.
DeAndre Levy has been activated from the non-football injury list, after being plagued by injuries for most of last season. He started practicing at the beginning of the offseason program but was unexpectedly placed on the non-football injury list the day the team opened training camp. Team officials have kept mum on the nature of his injury.
The Tigers lost Miguel Cabrera on Monday night to a left biceps strain during a 3-1 loss to the Royals. They already were down three starting-position players and "are running out of bandages," beat writer Chris McCosky says.
Panda-monium in Vienna
A giant panda who gave birth at Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret — an extra cub. The zoo originally announced the birth of a one cub Aug. 7. On Tuesday it said mother Yang Yang actually bore twins, her fourth and fifth cubs. Cute video here.
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