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News@noon: Clown attacks; phone snooping; local recall

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, October 6, 2016, and this clown nonsense needs to stop.

Clown incidents have been reported this week at schools around the United States, and Metro Detroit is not being left out.

The clown-masked man appeared at the Walgreens on Telegraph at about 9:30 p.m., wearing a black hoodie, and brandishing a handgun, according to photos taken by cameras in the store.

On Tuesday night, an armed man in a clown mask robbed a Brownstown Township Walgreens outlet. About an hour later, a man in a clown mask robbed a BP gas station and Dominos Pizza store in Ann Arbor. Police believe the incidents were related. Also Tuesday, Sterling Heights police investigated reports that people dressed up as clowns attacked a 7-year-old boy and scared two women.

And this morning, an armed man wearing a clown and/or pumpkin mask struck two Livonia hotels, according to police. Officials aren't sure if witnesses have described the mask differently or if the suspect switched masks between incidents.

Where does it end? We'll keep you updated on any more sightings. Here's what else we are following today:

Godbee quits on air

Privacy vs safety

Daiven Hollinshed

How the wealthy get aid

  • Albion College is one of the most expensive private schools in Michigan and many of its students come from families of means. But 63 percent of in-state students receive college aid funded almost entirely with federal anti-poverty money. This at a college in which the median family income of students receiving financial aid is nearly $76,000. But this is a practice that is quite widespread at private schools across the state. Here's how it happens

College football show

  • Michigan tries to maintain its status as a Top 4 team as Michigan State works on turning its season around as Week 6 in the college football season kicks off. Join the College Football Show cast — Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau — as they break down Saturday’s games at Rutgers and East Lansing, and the upcoming weekend in college football.

On the campaign trail

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged hundreds of supporters at a union hall to focus not as much on the presidential battle between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump but on the survival of the American middle class.

Where's grandma?

A local recall

  • A Northville dairy has announced a voluntary recall of products that were not checked for proper pasteurization, according to the company. Guernsey Farms Dairy is recalling five products, including milk, egg nog and ice cream, “out of an abundance of caution” after the failure of a piece of equipment normally used to verify pasteurization, officials said. Here are the details

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