News@noon: Wings wobble, political polls, water woes
Today is Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, and the Red Wings started their season the way last season ended: with a loss last night to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat the Wings, 6-4.
“Too many self-inflicted wounds,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the game. “When you have that many self-inflicted wounds, it’s hard to win a hockey game, especially against a real good team. We have to be better than that.”
We know the season has just begun, but do you think the Wings have what it takes to extend their playoff streak this spring? Our sports writers don't have much faith, with only Gregg Krupa predicting a 26th straight postseason appearance.
Here's what else is in The News today.
Final countdown: Election edition
- With election night fast approaching, GOP nominee Donald Trump is losing support among Michigan voters who frequently attend church, according to two polls of likely Michigan voters. The polls were conducted as questions swirled about Trump's character and treatment of women.
- Speaking of Trump's alleged conduct: The business man claims he doesn't know and has never met some of the women accusing him of sexual assault.
- Many of those church-going voters are turning toward Hillary Clinton, whose use of a private email server is making news today after the Democratic nominee submitted answers to a questionnaire by conservative legal group Judicial Watch. Under oath, Clinton used some variation of "does not recall" at least 21 times.
- WikiLeaks also has kept Clinton in the papers, revealing the former Secretary of State privately indicated she would "ring China with missile defense" if that country's government failed to curb North Korea's nuclear program.
- Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, you probably agree with people on both sides of the aisle on one issue: The election is driving us nuts, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association.
Bozo on clown sightings
- Art Cervi, who played iconic Bozo the Clown for decades, made a rare appearance yesterday at the Hockeytown Cafe to promote his appearance later this month at the RetroRama Classic Collectibles Con in Windsor. The 82-year-old Novi resident mimicked the high-pitched voice he once used on television and sat beside his old costume and gigantic shoes.
- During the press conference, Cervi/Bozo addressed the nationwide spate of creepy clown sightings, including one recently involving a 17-year-old teen who said he was chased by a knife-wielding clown.
- “Isn’t it sad?" Cervi asked. “I think it’s hurting people who make a living as clowns. I’m really sorry to hear about it. It hurts people who are clowns to bring joy to others, and it makes no sense.”
- The contract to disconnect water to Detroit homes has ballooned to $12.7 million in three years, all without City Council approval, according to documents obtained by the Detroit News.
- Highland Township resident Ryan Krych, 44, has been arrested more than 90 times in 20 years, including his most recent run-in with Bloomfield Township officers near a Rite Aid on Tuesday evening. Store associates called police after watching him "wandering in and out of the store throughout the night," police said. Krych was arrested at a nearby gas station after officers allegedly found him in possession of $59 worth of stolen Rite-Aid merchandise.
- Michigan State fans are living their worst nightmares, as Michigan fans are seeing their dreams come true, Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski said in his weekly Pigskin Picks.
- "Apparently, according to a little-known statute, Michigan and Michigan State are not permitted to be good at the same time," Wojo joked. "I did the research and it has something to do with the state’s farming history, ensuring at least one set of apathetic fans was available for the fall harvest."
- Meanwhile, the Tigers are bracing for major off-season changes after missing out on the playoffs this year, Lynn Henning says.
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