News@noon: Dancing with Megatron; a homegrown extremist

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Today is Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and Calvin Johnson surprised us all, even more so than when he retired from the Lions after nine seasons. This fall, instead of seeing him performing on a football field, Detroiters can see him performing on TV.

Matthew Stafford hugs Calvin Johnson after Johnson's final game, in Chicago, in January.

That's right, Megatron is taking his talents to "Dancing with the Stars."

Among the names competing against Johnson will be former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, rap star Vanilla Ice, Indy car driver James Hinchcliffe and Olympian Ryan Lochte.

How do you feel about Johnson's retirement plan? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @detroitnews.

Here's what else is making news today:

M-STEP problems 

  • The 2016 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results have been released, and the findings are pretty grim. With the exception of fifth-grade English and 11th-grade English, less than half of Michigan’s students reached proficiency in core subjects on the state’s M-STEP standardized exam, according to results released Tuesday.

A gambling problem

  • A father who went gambling Monday while his two young children sat locked in a hot car outside was arrested Monday after detectives at the scene “improperly” ticketed and released him, according to police. The 25-year-old Ypsilanti man, who is not being named by police, now faces possible charges of child neglect and abandonment

Drawing on Detroit's strength

  • Muralist Hubert Massey is busy transforming a huge piece of white paper, an outline of what will become a mural about Detroit, its landscape, its commerce, its history and its people. Once complete, the mural will stand 25 feet tall and 27 feet wide, and will be displayed on the water side of Cobo, outside the Grand Riverfront ballroom.

Flint artist Hubert Massey works on his mural at Cobo Center in Detroit

Carjacking and shooting

  • An 81-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot and carjacked at a liquor store on Detroit’s west side early Tuesday morning, police said. The man was found about 1:30 a.m. lying on the ground outside of Big Daddy’s Liquor Store on the 18500 block of Joy Road, complaining of pain in his stomach. 

A homegrown extremist

  • An American Muslim who allegedly bought illegal grenades from an undercover FBI agent is an Islamic State supporter who fantasized about killing local Muslim religious leaders and a park ranger, according to federal court records unsealed Monday. Robert Snell has the latest on these allegations, which were contained in an FBI search warrant affidavit.  

You'll have to be patient

  •  The cat-and-mouse game continues. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh knows who will start at quarterback for the seventh-ranked Wolverines when they open the season Saturday against Hawaii, and the quarterbacks have been informed. But Harbaugh would not share his decision Monday during his game-week news conference. Wilton Speight, John O’Korn and Shane Morris have been competing for the job.

DMC investigation update

Tigers claw back

  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had a flare for the dramatics this season. Last night, with one on and one out in the bottom of the eighth, Saltalamacchia unloaded on a 97-mph fastball from Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones and sent it soaring into the night air. The Tigers went on to win 4-3. 

Detroit Tigers' Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a two-run home run in the eighth against the  Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit on Aug. 29, 2016. The Tigers won 4-3.

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