News@noon: A messed-up system; Tigers edge closer

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Today is Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, and a cornerstone of the American automotive industry — franchised dealerships — is being challenged in Michigan as unconstitutional by electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. The automaker is suing several state officials for the right to sell cars here. 

What does this mean for the status quo? Probably not the nightmare dealers are imagining, as columnist Daniel Howes explains. 

Here's what else we're following today:

'The system (messed) up'

Faith Green
  • Faith Green’s friend stood outside the tidy house where Green’s four children were killed the day before and expressed frustration in blunt terms about the tragedy. She was angry that Green’s husband, Gregory Green, stands accused of killing again after serving 16 years in prison for fatally stabbing his then-wife and their unborn child in 1991.
  • “The system (messed) up,” Tonya Ryan said.“He took five kids out of this world. I’m pissed. The kids didn’t deserve that.”
  • Gregory Green allegedly bound and assaulted his wife before making her watch him fatally shoot her two older children, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. He also allegedly killed their two children by asphyxiation.  

College football prep

Tigers getting closer

  • The Tigers left the Twin Cities after a long, long day of baseball Thursday with a half-game lead over Baltimore for the second wild-card spot. Who saw that coming last weekend in Cleveland?
Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, left, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate as the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Minneapolis. Rodriguez picked up the save.
  • Regardless whether the Tigers get a playoff berth, there is something that needs to be discussed: Will Brad Ausmus return for a fourth season as the Tigers' manager? Here's what Lynn Henning thinks.

On the campaign trail

Catch a flick

Lots of movies are out this weekend, and some have quite the hype. So did they cut it? Check out our movie reviews before you head to the theater:

Denzel Washington, left, and Chris Pratt star in “The Magnificent Seven.”

A story worth reading

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