News@noon: Time to cruise; Trump's back; Rio ruckus
Today is Friday, August 19, 2016, and Donald Trump is back in Michigan. Hoping to counter his recent slide in the polls, he's rallying supporters late Friday afternoon at a 6,000-seat mid-Michigan sports complex as his campaign refocuses on building a populist movement with big events.
Trump’s 5 p.m. rally in the Lansing bedroom community of Dimondale marks his second campaign trip to Michigan in as many weeks. It signals to political observers in both parties that the race for the Great Lakes State’s 16 electoral votes remains in play after Democrat Hillary Clinton last week visited blue-collar Warren in the Trump territory of Macomb County.
It should be an interesting evening because, in a highly uncharacteristic move, Donald Trump has said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he’s made that may have caused people pain.
Be sure to come back to detroitnews.com for more on Trump's speech tonight. In the meantime, here's what else we're following today:
A tragic accident
- A mother accidentally ran over her 10-month-old child in Detroit. Authorities still are investigating, but a preliminary investigation found that the baby had been in the backyard with other children and at least one adult when she somehow ran to the front, said Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department. Her mother was preparing to wash the 2002 Ford Explorer at about 6:30 p.m. but “when she moved the vehicle forward, she struck the child,” Kirkwood said.
Bad behavior in Rio
- While many athletes are still going for gold, U.S. swimmer James Feigen was giving up some serious coin. Two American Olympic swimmers were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made up. A lawyer for Feigen, who was also involved in the incident, said his client would make a $10,800 payment and leave Brazil later in the day. Ryan Lochte, who told the press about the alleged robbery in the first place, had already left the country.
Flint costs adding up
- Gov. Rick Snyder’s office has racked up $3.4 million in legal bills from private laws firms representing the governor and his staff in the Flint water crisis — almost tripling the original $1.2 million budget.
- Also, the state of Michigan has restored pay for six employees who remain suspended while they face criminal charges over the Flint water crisis.
Violence against sweets
- A woman convicted of disorderly conduct after she drop-kicked a cake at a Kroger in June was arraigned Thursday for an incident at a Royal Oak ice cream parlor last year, officials said. Basically, police say she slapped the manager of an ice cream parlor after they ran out of the ice cream she wanted.
Taming the cats
- It was a step in the right direction for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line in the team’s second exhibition game, an otherwise lackluster 30-14 loss the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field Thursday night. Under the microscope, following a shaky performance in the exhibition opener, the first-unit blockers did some positive things against the Bengals during their four offensive series, particularly when it came to protecting the quarterback.
Time to cruise
- The Dream Cruise is upon us! While Saturday is the official day, Friday offers some even better cruising on Woodward. Get all the coverage you could want here.
- Roadkill Nights is also back, because who hasn't dreamed of drag racing down Woodward? Mike Martinez and Mike Wayland will be out in Pontiac this afternoon trying it out and meeting with some special guests.
- And be sure to look for our Detroit News-branded vehicles out at the Dream Cruise tomorrow. We'd love to hang out and talk with you.
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