News@noon: Clowns caught; Hurricane hits; 'Berning'
Today is Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, and we've got our first case of clowns getting caught.
Calling them “morons” and “idiots,” Roseville police say they arrested two women who dressed up as clowns and terrorized two teenage girls. The incident reportedly happened around 9 p.m. Thursday when two 14-year-old girls were walking down the 18000 block of Minnesota Street. The 18-year-olds allegedly jumped out of a car and chased them.
Oh, by the way, these are the actual costumes they were wearing:
Here's what else we are following today:
In the eye of the storm
- Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. But the danger is far from over.
- One couple, however, was determined to have their beach wedding as planned.
- If you're planning to fly anywhere today, you might want to check to see if your flight has been delayed or canceled.
- As the water recedes in Haiti, the death toll continues to rise.
- And at home, the monster storm might be the only thing that can derail presidential campaigning efforts. The candidates, their aides, their surrogates, even some of their ads, have been quiet today.
- And because weird things happen during hurricanes like this, here's a stork in a bathroom.
Feeling the Bern for Hillary
- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders barnstormed Michigan on Thursday to urge his loyal supporters to rally behind Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, but he wouldn’t say marking the ballot for a third-party candidate would be a wasted vote.
- In an interview before his fourth speech of the day, the self-described democratic socialist from Vermont declined to adopt the emerging talking point of some Democratic Party leaders that a vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson would effectively help elect Republican Donald Trump.
MSU doc under fire
- Attorney General Bill Schuette opened a review on allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team physician and Michigan State University faculty member who is accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen gymnasts. Nassar faces accusations from at least 18 people, including 16 MSU students, according to reports.
'What Hell is like'
- During six months as a prisoner in Yemen, Sam Farran was handcuffed, blindfolded and beaten until he lost consciousness. But that was just part of an ordeal that would draw headlines from around the world. Also harrowing were the people he shared a cell with — members of al-Qaida, who openly discussed how they would destroy U.S. government facilities, he said.
- “If anyone wants to know what hell is like, I do,” he said last week, back home in Michigan.
A believer of second chances
It comes as no shock to some who know him that Fred Harris, the grandfather of four slain Dearborn Heights children, would vouch for a killer seeking a second chance. They say Harris, now 78, was practicing his religious convictions when he decided to pen a letter in 2005 asking for the release of Gregory Green, the man who — in a tragic twist — would stand accused of killing Harris’ grandchildren 11 years later.
New releases this week
- Some big movies are out this weekend and our film critic Adam Graham had a few he recommends. "The Girl on the Train” is a juicy cinematic page-turner, a captivating yarn that unfolds as a torrid, can’t-put-it-down whodunnit.
- Writer-director-star Nate Parker takes on a lot in “The Birth of a Nation,” his story of Nat Turner and the bloody slave rebellion he led in Virginia in 1831.
- “Generation Startup” is a look at a handful of young entrepreneurs in Detroit and deals with the struggles of starting a business, along with the difficulties of reinventing oneself in a city in the process of reinventing itself. But its focus is fractured and some of its storylines have a low return on investment.
- “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” has it pretty good, as far as tweenage comedies go. The film has a witty script and a bold comic spirit, spurring unexpected laughs from a standard tale of suburban middle school rebellion.
- And Tom Long took a look at “American Housewife,” saying, in many ways, it's a predictable, sitcommy, broadcast network sitcom — except that it has one element of timeliness going for it. It’s about fat-shaming.
- He liked “A Man Called Ove” even more. The film starts out gruff and unlikable and more than a bit stereotypical. Then it opens up and becomes something of an epic about ordinary life, touching, funny and engrossing.
Jack White’s Third Man Records isn’t mincing any words about feelings toward presidential candidate Donald Trump. The record label — which has locations in Nashville and Detroit – is selling “Icky Trump” T-shirts on its website. The phrase is a play on “Icky Thump,” the name of a 2007 White Stripes song and album, their last.
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