News@noon: Trump pushes back; Apple store dreaming
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.
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.
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
- Jim Harbaugh has been known for his unusual methods for motivating players. Now, the imaginary character he created to do just that, Freddy P. Soft, has a theme song, thanks to former college coach Rick Neuheisel.
- Harbaugh also made it clear this morning that he was not amused by Colorado's fake depth chart that featured Elmer Fudd at quarterback and James Bond at defensive tackle.
- UM will face Colorado (chat with Angelique about the game at 1 p.m.) and MSU will face Notre Dame this weekend. Check out our college football show with John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski for a preview of the match ups.
- As for Michigan State, it's a special game Saturday: the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century. After all this time, the game has taken on a kind of hardened, classic luster. Lynn Henning explains.
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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