News@noon: Trump in Mexico; college football preview

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, and this is a friendly reminder that autumn doesn't actually start today. So put down the pumpkin spice whatever. It's not the time to buy Halloween candy. And for goodness sake, don't start with the holiday shopping season.

In fact, summer continues for another 20 days. And it's been a seriously hot one. Metro Detroit just wrapped up its warmest summer on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Nik Kvamme, right, 9, grimaces as his grandmother, Lori Porter, 55, puts sunscreen on his face as his sister, Ava Kvamme, 7, waits her turn. The family enjoyed a day last month at the Walter & Mary Burke Park beach in New Baltimore.

But whether you travel this Labor Day weekend or stick around town, you should be able to enjoy some cooler temperatures and, overall, beautiful weather.

That said, let's talk about what's making news today:

College Football preview 

Do the Spartans have what it takes to overcome the loss of several players to draft? Is UM all talk and no action? And what about that school from Ohio? Wojo, Niyo, Angelique and Charboneau get the answers to these and more questions in our College Football Preview show.

Auto sales

  • Even though the temperatures are blazing, it hasn't been all that hot of a month for automakers
  • General Motors Co. said its sales fell 5.2 percent as the Detroit automaker continues to cut back on fleet sales. 
  • Ford Motor Co. on Thursday said its August sales fell 8.4 percent as the Dearborn automaker sold 214,482 new cars and trucks last month.
  • The only uptick in sales was at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which posted a 3 percent August sales gain compared to the same month a year ago.

Mr. Trump goes to Mexico

  • Yesterday, Donald Trump had a busy day. He took a trip down to Mexico to meet with the president there, and then came back to the U.S. to deliver his immigration policy speech in Arizona.
  • The Republican nominee for president promised Wednesday to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if elected president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the “well-being of the American people.”
  • And about that wall, Trump said he and President Enrique Pena Nieto discussed it, but not payment for it
  • Mexicans responded angrily to what they saw as a weak performance by Pena Nieto, who appeared to let Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump emerge unscathed from a meeting Wednesday.

TOPSHOT - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US presidential candidate Donald Trump shake hands after a meeting in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. Donald Trump was expected in Mexico Wednesday to meet its president, in a move aimed at showing that despite the Republican White House hopeful's hardline opposition to illegal immigration he is no close-minded xenophobe. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic. / AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZYURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Consumer alert

Latest on the DMC

  • Contract negotiations between the Detroit Medical Center and the Wayne State University Physician Group have broken off, which will have “cascading implications,” according to an email sent Wednesday by the dean of the university’s medical school. But DMC officials say they thought negotiations to replace a pact that expires Sept. 30 were merely at an impasse — not over.

Lions last preseason game

  • In many ways, the Lions' fourth exhibition game feels meaningless. Around the NFL, starters will sit as backups, and the backups to the backups, battle it out in front of sparse crowds. But for many of the players participating in the contest, it's an invaluable experience. It's a developmental opportunity for the rookie, it's a final opportunity to impress for those on the roster bubble, and for more than a handful, it will be the last time they step on an NFL field.
  • Here are five things to watch when the Detroit Lions host the Buffalo Bills in the preseason finale Thursday night at Ford Field.

Detroit on the offensive

  • The city has sued more than 500 financial institutions and for-profit corporations in an attempt to recoup $12.2 million it believes is owed in unpaid property taxes. The lawsuits fulfill a threat by Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration to force banks, investment companies and others to pay delinquent taxes — money that could improve police, fire and other services.

Making groceries accessible

  • Southeast Michigan residents soon will have another option to get their groceries without leaving home. Starting Sept. 15, smartphone app Shipt and Grand Rapids-based Meijer will partner to offer delivery grocery services of 55,000 items seven days a week. Deliveries from 24-hour Meijer locations will be made available to shoppers around the clock and orders can be delivered in as little as one hour.

Looking ahead to the holiday weekend

Bassist Ron Carter will perform several times during the fest.

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