News@noon: a coney island shoutout; fire-proof boxes

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, and the contractors responsible for the work on the new Red Wings arena have been fined about half a million dollars because the firms haven't hired enough Detroit residents.

The arena developer, Olympia Development of Michigan, is required to ensure that at least 51 percent of arena workers live in Detroit. That goal hasn’t been met during certain periods of the construction, which began last year and is still ongoing, officials say.

A recent report indicates about 40 percent of the 750 workers at the Little Caesars Arena site are Detroiters. Olympia Development had agreed to a 51 percent goal as part of a deal for $250 million in taxpayer-backed bonds.

Little Caesars Arena is on track to open in September 2017.

Here's what else we're following today:

Snyder under fire

  • A Flint resident is requesting a one-person grand jury to investigate whether Gov. Rick Snyder committed misconduct in office by using public funds to hire private attorneys representing him in criminal probes of the city’s water contamination crisis. 
  • Snyder’s office says his use of private attorneys is “legally sound” because the governor is facing numerous lawsuits in his official capacity, but the complaint targets Snyder’s “unilateral hiring” of Warner Norcross & Judd “to represent him in criminal proceedings arising out of Flint.

Clinton's email nightmare

  •  Hacked emails show that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was slow to grasp the seriousness of the controversy over her use of a homebrew email server and believed it might blow over after one weekend. 
  • WikiLeaks began releasing on Friday what it said were years of messages from accounts used by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. He has acknowledged his emails were hacked. Podesta warned that messages may have been altered or edited to inflict political damage but has not pointed to any specific case of this.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill offered his take on Lafayette Coney Island.

DMC investigation results

  • Federal regulators have issued a report faulting the Detroit Medical Center for numerous problems sterilizing surgical instruments and given the system until mid-December to fix them or lose Medicare and Medicaid funding.
  • A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigation prompted by our own investigation concluded the DMC’s Midtown campus “failed to implement aseptic cleaning procedures in operating rooms” and “failed to develop and/or implement infection control policies and procedures.”

Fire-proof returns

  • Samsung Electronics said it's sending fire-resistant packages to its customers in the U.S. as a precaution against possible fires or explosions from Galaxy Note 7s they return to retailers. 

Kardashian costume pulled

What do they drive?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is chauffeured in SUVs these days, but he has a collection of more than 110 vehicles.

  • Americans are defined by their wheels, and in a presidential campaign that has defied tradition and split America, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s different automotive tastes are suitably unusual.

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