News@noon: Trump pushes back; Apple store dreaming

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, and yesterday at the Detroit Homecoming event we might have gotten a glimpse into the future of the city. Spoiler alert: it might include an Apple store!

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spilled the beans publicly, saying he saw the plans for it, which were shown to him by Gilbert himself. Bedrock officials quickly pointed out that an Apple store has not committed to coming to Detroit, and what Ballmer saw were just renderings.

Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline, left, and Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and owner of LA Clippers, attend the opening night of Detroit Homecoming III Wednesday at the historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit.

But one thing is for certain, things are changing for Detroit.

On the day yet three more Detroit Public Schools principals were sentenced for their parts in a scheme to defraud the district and enrich themselves, Bedrock and Shinola confirmed plans to build a 130-room boutique hotel on the northeast corner of Grand River and Woodward.

As Daniel Howes points out, we are living in Detroit-in-transition.

So what else is going on around town? Here's what we're following today:

Rev. Timmons vs Trump

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was chastised Wednesday by a Flint minister about politicizing his visit to her church after he toured Flint’s water treatment plant. Trump began to harp on Hillary Clinton and the Rev. Faith Green Timmons, pastor of the Bethel United Methodist Church, shut him down.  
  • This morning Trump shot back, saying Timmons had planned to try to humiliate him all along
  • With Clinton returning to the campaign trail after taking some time off to deal with pneumonia, we'll be sure to keep you updated on developments on the campaign trail today. 

The Rev. Faith Green Timmons interrupts Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he spoke during a visit to Bethel United Methodist Church, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Flint.

A new deal for teachers

  • Teachers with the Detroit Public Schools Community District ratified a new contract last night, according to the Detroit Federation of Teachers. The contract provides salary increases “mostly in the form of bonuses” and includes the restoration of class size limits. 

Catching up on college football

The final score shows on the scoreboard in East Lansing at the end of the 1966 classic. The official attendance was announced at 80,011 (111 percent capacity) and was the most attended game in Michigan State football history at the time (the current record is 80,401 on Sept. 22, 1990 against Notre Dame).

Delayed launch for 'Star Trek'

  • The latest TV edition of “Star Trek” is launching a few months later than planned. Streaming service CBS All Access said Wednesday that “Star Trek: Discovery” will debut in May 2017 instead of January.

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