News@noon: Hometown hero; Zika in Mich.; Mayor Dog
Today is Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and yesterday we got to see a hometown hero return victorious.
Claressa Shields, the 21-year-old Flint native and two-time Olympic boxing champion, arrived back home at Bishop International Airport, and what a welcome it was.
Shields won her second Olympic gold medal on Sunday against Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the woman’s middleweight division. It came four years after she won in London at age 17, becoming the youngest American boxer since 1924 to win gold.
“I’m thankful that there was always someone saying something to motivate me along the way, someone was always there to push me harder.”
Acknowledging the road has also been hard for her hometown, which has endured a lead-tainted water crisis, Shields said: “It’s time to come together. Let’s beat this water crisis, and let’s beat everything else that this city has got to beat.”
And with that inspiration to kick us off, here's what else we're following in the news today:
Gunman in Detroit
- Detroit police officers are searching for a man who late Tuesday fired upon officers with an assault rifle on the city’s west side. No one was injured, officials said. We're following this story and will update it as we get more information.
The future of Northland Mall
- Officials previewed ambitious plans that include retail, residential, office space and a “Central Park” pond Tuesday night for the shuttered Northland Mall, which was bought by the city last year.
Earthquake in Italy
- A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors. The death toll is expected to rise.
Ford recalls cars
- Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 113,000 vehicles in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that have fuel pump control modules and injection pumps that could fail and cause cars to stall or not start or power window software that needs to be updated, company officials said Wednesday. Get the details and see if your car is affected.
Another Zika case in Michigan
- The Lenawee County Health Department reported its first confirmed case of travel-related Zika virus, officials announced Tuesday. The discovery comes a week after health officials confirmed the first case in Monroe County. So far, there have been 31 travel-related cases identified in Michigan, according to the state Health Department.
Congratulations Mayor Dog
- So this is for real: Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees, won a third one-year term as honorary mayor of Cormorant Township, Minnesota on Saturday. Not only that, but the big, shaggy white dog was overwhelmingly re-elected.
Celebrate the sun in Michigan
- There's pretty much nothing more beautiful than a Pure Michigan sunset over any of our lakes. These Celebrate Michigan photo contest finalists know that well.
- Be sure to enter your best photos for a chance to win some cool prizes. Time is running out. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 2.
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