News@noon: Heat advisory, Adele heats up the Palace

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, and we're back after a brief break for the holiday. Today, all we can think about is how lucky those people are who get to head to Day 2 of Adele at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Last night, the powerhouse turned the Palace into her living room, chatting up the sold-out audience of 15,000-plus like she was entertaining pals during a luncheon rather than performing an arena concert.

Adele says she turned down an offer to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.

And all those break-up ballads? They could have been sad, but her energy made sure to keep the concert upbeat. So if you're going tonight, check out Adam Graham's review and have fun.

That said, here's what we're covering in the news today:

Back-to-school crime

Don't fall for it

  • After a Mega Millions scam cost a Holly Township man mega thousands, Michigan State Police are warning the public of the dangers of fake lotteries. The man’s troubles started in early August, when someone claiming to be with the Mega Millions Lottery called him and said he had won second-place in a recent drawing, a prize worth some $450,000, according to a statement from state police. You can guess what happened next... 

Keeping a lid on things

The retractable roof Detroit’s Rossetti Inc. designed for Arthur Ashe Stadium passed its first test when it closed in just over five minutes during U.S. Open play last week. It had to close again on Tuesday, above.

  • What happens when it rains at the U.S. Open? Thanks to Rossetti Inc. the game can go on, with a retractable roof atop the Arthur Ashe Stadium. It's a cool piece of technology that Popular Mechanics last week called “fantastically engineered” and involved “engineering that stands on its own.”

Driverless tech gets a seeing eye

  • Ford Motor Co. could make its next autonomous car breakthrough with the help of a New York neuroscientist who’s attempting to restore sight to the blind. The Dearborn automaker last month announced a licensing agreement with Nirenberg Neuroscience to help it bring a fully autonomous car to market in 2021. The New York company was founded by Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, who four years ago cracked the code to how the brain receives and processes visual images through electrical impulses.

Sports talk

  • The Lions are getting ready for the start of the season, and they're going to lay it all out on the line. The Lions spent the offseason seeking answers, and near as Bob Wojnowski can tell, they found two: They discovered linebacker DeAndre Levy is indeed healthy and could be a force again in the middle. And they discovered they have lots of good defensive linemen, although not lots of stars.

DeAndre Levy passed a preseason physical and was 100 percent healthy when he signed a four-year, $33.8 million extension, Lions GM Martin Mayhew said.

Hotter and hotter

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