News@noon: Pugh is through; bad teacher; that UM fan
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, and former Detroit City Council president and broadcast journalist Charles Pugh pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy as part of a plea deal this morning.
He will spend 5 1/2 years to 15 years behind bars for the crime. He also must register as a lifetime sex offender, get counseling and agree to have only supervised contact with children.
His victim spoke to reporters after the brief hearing saying justice was served and that Pugh will feel "the shame " he had felt for the rest of Pugh's life.
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Here's what else we are following today:
Land of opportunity (for some)
- Contractors building the new Red Wings arena have been fined a total of $675,000 for failing to hire enough Detroiters at the construction site.
- As part of the deal to allow $250 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to pay for construction of the venue, the arena’s developer, Olympia Development of Michigan, agreed to hire at least 51 percent of Detroiters to work at the site. But, as of July 2016, a total of 41 percent of workers at the site have been Detroit residents.
- The issue of getting more Detroiters to fill jobs as carpenters, electricians, pipe fitters, millwrights and other skilled trades is a political hot button. It’s one of the major demands of two separate ballot proposals this year.
Blame is on millennials
- Who millennials — anyone ages 18 to 35 — vote for in this election remains to be seen. U.S. Census Bureau data released in April shows that the number of millennials in the U.S. (75.4 million) surpassed baby boomers (74.9 million) ages 51 to 69. If the younger generation comes out to the polls Nov. 8, it could have a significant impact on the election. But “if” is the key word.
Bludgeon vs. stiletto
- Back in June, when Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, the Democrat’s campaign was quick to tweet back a chilly three-word response: “Delete your account."
- It was a telling exchange, and not just because it set the stage for what has become the country’s first nationwide Twitter election. It also highlighted the striking, and very different, ways both presidential hopefuls have used the service to hone their messages, hurl accusations at one another and speak directly to voters.
- With less than two weeks left before Election Day, Donald Trump is taking a break from full campaigning today to formally open his new hotel in Washington. Meanwhile, he is dispatching his running mate, Mike Pence, to play political defense in Utah — which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president in 52 years.
- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is headed back to Metro Detroit on Sunday to help shore up support for Hillary Clinton among union members in Macomb County. Kaine will speak at a Sunday evening rally at the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights union hall on Mound Road in Warren.
A far-off glass ceiling
- The global gap in earnings between men and women will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum.
- A 41-year-old Plymouth-Canton Community Schools middle school teacher’s aide was charged Tuesday with allegedly engaging in oral sex with her daughters’ 15-year-old male friends and supplying the boys with alcohol, police said.
- Bridget Caplin has been charged with criminal sexual conduct third degree involving a person 13-15 years old, distributing obscene matter to children and using a computer to commit a crime.
That UM fan
- You know who Chris Baldwin is even if you don’t know him. Right after Michigan State scored to win, 27-23, in those final seconds last year on Michigan’s fumbled punt, recovered and returned for a touchdown, the camera panned to Baldwin. He was wearing a maize Michigan sweatshirt and looked astonished, confused and miserable, his mouth agape.
- Now, Baldwin became the face of the Michigan loss and remains so. He's hoping for a new look when the teams play each other on Saturday.
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