News@noon: Labor Day holiday preview

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, and before we get to the holiday (which should be beautiful weather by the way), here's what you need to know in the news:

  • Developers of the state fairground met with the community Thursday to present revised versions of plans that were released in early 2015. At the time, the plans were criticized for being too generic and looking too much like a strip mall development. Plans call for more landscaping and park space. New conceptual renderings give the community street-level views throughout the site. There also are plans for a multiplex theater on the site. Check out the details here

Site plan of the State Fairgrounds redevelopment project.

  •  Brock Turner, whose six-month sentence for raping an unconscious woman at Stanford University sparked national outcry, has been released from jail after serving half his term. The one-time Olympic hopeful swimmer walked out the main entrance of the Santa Clara County jail Friday shortly after 6 a.m. PDT.

  •  Would you try doughnut-flavored beer? A northern Michigan brewery hopes so. It has partnered with iconic Clare bakery Cops & Doughnuts to create two new doughnut-infused beers.
  • Frank Polk of Detroit grew up watching PBS’s “This Old House” with his mother. Now, Polk is experiencing the show in a much more personal way: The vacant house he and his wife bought from the Detroit Land Bank Authority will be featured in the show's new season as they renovate it room by room. 

  • An ex-principal who stole money from Detroit Public Schools has filed a document in federal court alleging some funds were used on students. Clara Smith, who oversaw Thirkell Elementary School, will be sentenced Sept. 14 for her role in a $2.7 million scheme with school supplies vendor Norman Shy. Do you believe her?

  • It's going to be a busy Labor Day weekend in Detroit. If you stick around town, know that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Detroit to attend an 11 a.m. service at Bishop Wayne T. Jackson’s church, Great Faith Ministries International, on Saturday, and then will sit for a one-on-one interview. The Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein will make her first appearance of the election cycle in Detroit that same day. Stein’s Michigan campaign volunteers are organizing an event from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Bert’s Warehouse Theater, 2739 Russell St., near Eastern Market. Then on Monday, former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Detroit for his wife and participate in organized labor’s festivities, according to a Democratic source familiar with Clinton’s plans. 

  • In addition to recognizing Labor Day as a time to honor workers' rights, it's also the unofficial start of the fall season. So Adam Graham, our film and music critic, brings you his Fall Movie Preview and Fall Concert Preview

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender play a married, childless couple in the romantic period drama “The Light Between Oceans.”

Kerry Hyder

See you back here at noon on Tuesday. Have a good holiday weekend.

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