News@noon: National Theatre's fate; DMC update
Today is August 31, 2016, and there is so much going on in Detroit development!
A Metro Detroit billionaire’s plan to build a new blocks-long residential development near the old Tiger Stadium site has taken the first steps to gain city permission to begin construction.
It’s one of two major developments planned near the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, which could bring at least 220 new residential units to the neighborhood in the next few years.
At the same time, one of Detroit's landmarks, the National Theatre, is getting the city's attention. The 105-year-old Albert Kahn-designed landmark sits at 118 Monroe in the middle of a forlorn stretch that officials hope to develop in the next few years. As for what exactly will happen to the building? It's not entirely clear.
Oh, and if you've ever dreamed of owning a restaurant, El Zocalo in Southwest Detroit is up for sale and needs a buyer.
Here's what else is making news today:
The investigation continues
- We've been looking into hospital cleanliness records at Midtown-area Detroit Medical Center hospitals. Last week, we released our report on dirty medical instruments complicating or delaying surgeries. That report led to a state investigation of the hospitals.
- Today, we're looking at infection rates at area hospitals. Three DMC hospitals were among 20 in Michigan that lost part of their Medicare funding this year due to high infection rates. Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving and Sinai Grace were among those docked 1 percent of Medicare payments for their score in a federal ranking.
- You can check out the results for hospitals across the state by using this database.
Flash mobbing for Trump
- “Flash mobs” popped up across the state Tuesday to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Bearing signs and banners, demonstrators gathered at 25 sites around the state for nearly two hours. About 10 of the flash mobs were in Metro Detroit.
- A July 30-Aug. 1 Detroit News-WDIV-TV poll of 600 likely voters showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a 9-percentage point lead over Trump.
After the spotlight
- A Wayne County judge increased the bond for former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling in two of three gun-related cases during an emergency bond hearing Wednesday. Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon increased Appling's bond for each gun case to $50,000, 10 percent, with a tether.
- Appling was arrested May 1 in Dearborn and June 18 in Detroit, both on weapons charges. He also was taken into custody Sunday night and arraigned Tuesday before a Detroit magistrate who warned him to stay away from guns. Appling, who appeared by video, was given a $50,000, 10 percent bond in that case.
Being a Big Ten coach
- By appearance and by plain fact, Big Ten football has gotten bigger (thanks, expansion) and better (check head-to-head performances, nationally). It has also become a less merciful place to coach. Here's Lynn Henning's take.
Welcome, JaCoby Jones
- Baseball-wise, JaCoby Jones was prepared for his big-league debut Tuesday night. Heck, he’s dreamt about it since he was a little kid. But the huge ovation from crowd at Comerica Park, before he even stepped into the box for his first at-bat — that unnerved him a bit. Then, he pulled it together and delivered in a big way.
Last chance to celebrate
- If you want to enter our Celebrate Michigan photo contest, you have until Friday at noon to get your submissions in. We're choosing one last batch of finalists next week. In the meantime, check out this week's finalists for some inspiration.
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