News@noon: Endorsement, threats, comfort food
It's Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, and The Detroit News editorial board has weighed in on the presidential race with its endorsement for Libertarian Gary Johnson.
"Today this newspaper does something it has never done in its 143-year history: endorse someone other than the Republican candidate in a presidential contest," our editorial board wrote. "We abandon that long and estimable tradition this year for one reason: Donald J. Trump."
Speaking of that election ...
- Donald Trump is scheduled to make a Michigan stop tomorrow, first in Grand Rapids and later in Novi. He's coming to rally supporters and raise money from donors who are "optimistic the New York businessman can win Michigan — a state Republican presidential candidates have lost for five consecutive elections," reporter Chad Livengood wrote.
- High-profile Hillary Clinton supports also are flocking to Michigan, with visits scheduled from daughter Chelsea Clinton in Traverse City tomorrow and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley set to attend a voter registration event in West Bloomfield Saturday followed by a rally that day in Flint.
- Check out more election coverage here.
- Several Detroit expressways closed this morning amid heavy rain and flooding, which snarled morning rush hour. Watch out, because the headaches could return this afternoon as more rain redevelops, according to the National Weather Service.
- Jefferson Avenue will be closed in downtown Detroit today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as law enforcement conducts a "mock disaster scenario" at Cobo Center. Closures will stretch from Griswold to Washington. Involved departments include the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Fire Department & EMS Unit, Detroit Homeland Security, FBI, MSP and The Wayne County Sheriff, officials said.
- A "peeping Tom" made a critical error while installing a camera in a public, portable bathroom at Wiard’s Orchards in Ypsilanti Township, according to officials: He left selfies on the device's memory card. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has released the images, hoping to get help identifying the man.
- A Detroit man is accused of making a threatening post on a Facebook Live video from WXYZ (Channel 7) as the station covered Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil's funeral last week. Deshawn Maurice Lanton was in federal court yesterday on charges that he allegedly wrote: "Maybe I should drop a bomb on that building and get rid of the rest of y’all.”
- Sgt. Steil died earlier this month from complications after being shot while chasing a suspected shooter and carjacker.
- Meanwhile, Pontiac resident Anthony Jeffrey Brodie is expected to be arraigned today on charges that he allegedly threatened to blow up the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse and to kill Judge Lisa Gorcyca.
- And earlier this week, the FBI got involved after someone faxed a threat targeting the Detroit Public Community School District. Officials did not consider the threat to be credible and did not cancel classes, but security was boosted at the schools just in case.
Tigers hunt Orioles
- The Tigers are down to a four-game push for the second wild card spot, trailing one game behind the Baltimore Orioles. They need to win as many of those games as they can, and hope for some Orioles losses if they want a wild card playoff spot.
- They got off on the right foot yesterday — with help from Mother Nature — when Miguel Cabrera blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. It turned out to be the last inning, as rain moved in and officials called the game. The Tigers won, 6-3.
- Mudgie's Deli staff traded their Corktown restaurant yesterday for Cass Community Social Services, where they served up a hearty meal of pasta, salad and bread for more than 250 people. The effort was part of nonprofit Detroit Area Chefs Feed the Need, bringing local restaurants to Cass Community Social Services or the Baldwin Center in Pontiac to serve meals.
- “This is my first time doing this, and for me, it’s important to help raise awareness about homelessness,” owner Greg Mudge said. “My grandmother is Italian so when I think of serving a lot of people, I think of pasta and bread. I just wanted to be able to provide a good, hearty meal.”
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