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News@noon: Michigan is beautiful; the rivalry continues

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, and it's the most beautiful time of the year in Michigan, especially in the UP. Photographer Bryan Mitchell, who frequently freelances for us, proves this.

Watching the Northern Lights in solitude is a wondrous experience, just one of many during an unforgettable visit to Pictured Rocks.

This year, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is celebrating two anniversaries: Its 50th as the nation’s first designated lakeshore, and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. As part of those observances, the park service chose Bryan as the Pictured Rocks’ 2016 Artist in Residence. He spent 18 days there making beautiful images.

Check out more of his photographs here.

Here's what else we're following today:

Automaker earnings

MadDog in Pontiac 

Technology company MadDog on Friday will relocate three of its businesses to the historic Riker Building in downtown Pontiac, according to an announcement Thursday by chairman and co-founder Pete Karmanos Jr. (pictured) and co-founder Mark Hillman.

  • Technology company MadDog on Friday will relocate three of its businesses to the historic Riker Building in downtown Pontiac, according to an announcement Thursday by chairman and co-founder Pete Karmanos Jr. and co-founder Mark Hillman.

What's next for the Ilitchs?

  • Starting next week, entities connected to the powerful Ilitch family will own yet another swath of empty Detroit land. But plans about what happens to the property next are wrapped in mystery.
  • The Ilitches are also in talks with the owners of the Detroit Pistons to move the NBA team from Auburn Hills to downtown. And there’s the possibility of the Pistons placing a new practice facility somewhere near Little Caesars Arena, presumably on land controlled by the Ilitches.

Demolition disaster

  • Inadequate records, bid tabulation mistakes and about $1 million in ineligible reimbursements are among the issues uncovered in a review that led the U.S. Treasury Department to shut down the city’s controversial demolition program this summer. The independent audit, commissioned in June by the Detroit Land Bank Authority, uncovered expenses billed to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that were potentially ineligible for reimbursement, nearly all of which were incurred over a nine-month period between June 2015 and February. 

The rivalry continues

An illustration depicting the classic rivalry of Michigan State and UM.

(If you like this illustration, check out the whole collection on our Facebook page)

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