News@noon: Calling out Donald Trump; Wings return home
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, and if you're in Dearborn anytime between now and the election, you might notice a curious billboard written mostly in Arabic but clearly naming Donald Trump.
The Chicago-based Nuisance Committee, which was founded by the creators of the Cards Against Humanity Game, recently placed the anti-Donald Trump billboard along westbound Interstate 94 near Dearborn. The sign reads: “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is scared of it anyway."
It's not the only tongue-in-cheek billboard these folks are putting up ahead of the election.
Here's what else is in the news today:
On the campaign trail
- Melania Trump, speaking publicly for the first time since the "Access Hollywood" tapes were released, dismissed her husband’s sexually aggressive language as “boy talk,” insisting his remarks do not reflect “the man I know.”
- Meanwhile, the GOP presidential nominee continues to insist the election is rigged against him and that he believes the media is ganging up against him.
- His running mate Mike Pence was here last night speaking at the Macomb County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner, and he did his best to avoid the sexual assault and rigged election talk and instead sought to give supporters a bigger picture of the election. “It’s not really a choice between two people. It’s a choice between two futures," he told attendees.
- The final presidential debate is Wednesday night and Republicans have seized on new developments in the Hillary Clinton email controversy as the issue that could help Donald Trump make up ground. Republican congressional leaders are alleging a cover-up following news that the State Department had asked FBI officials to lower the classification of a sensitive email.
- FBI notes released Monday revealed discussion of a “quid pro quo” in trying to get the email reclassified, though both State and FBI officials deny any bargaining took place.
- And finally, at home, a Michigan Republican Party official has been ousted from her post after refusing to back presidential candidate Donald Trump and declining to resign, calling her opposition to the bombastic businessman a “matter of conscience.”
Was it a set-up?
- Authorities say a police officer in Benton Harbor has fatally shot a man who opened fire on officers investigating a report of a man with a gun. The homeowners said there were no problems, but as officers began to leave the home, police say a man emerged from the street and fired multiple shots at them.
Flint lawsuits at a standstill
- More than 450 civil lawsuits related to Flint’s water crisis are in a holding pattern with dozens of attorneys jockeying to be lead counsel as they await an order from a judge on how the cases should proceed.
- The ACLU of Michigan on Tuesday announced the filing of a new lawsuit on behalf of Flint families affected by the water-contamination crisis.
'Dancing' ups the drama
Billed as the hottest episode of the season, Monday’s Latin Night on “Dancing with the Stars” mixed fiery tangos, sambas and cha-cha-cha with looming elimination drama. Three celebrities were flagged as “in jeopardy” of going home, and Detroit Lions player Calvin Johnson and actress and country music singer Jana Kramer of Rochester Hills were two of them.
The final season opener
- The feeling began before the game, with a red carpet walk through hundreds of cheering fans. And it lasted throughout the night at Joe Louis Arena. This was the Red Wings’ last home opener in the venerable building. The players certainly felt the vibe. And with the emotion riding high, the Red Wings won their first game of the season, 5-1, over the Ottawa Senators.
- Mike Green starred scoring three goals — his first career hat trick. Darren Helm added two goals, Thomas Vanek assisted on three goals, and Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots for the victory.
Rocking into the Hall
- The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time.
- And Detroit's getting some love, with hometown band MC5 also on the ballot. Top vote-getters will be announced in December.
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