News@noon: Happy Halloween; Cher + Joumana + Hillary
Today is Oct. 31, 2016 (Halloween!), and here's what's going on in Metro Detroit and the rest of the nation:
In the News
- The trial of a white former police officer captured on dramatic cellphone video shooting an unarmed black motorist began today at the county courthouse in Charleston’s historic district.
- Gage Carter lost his life trying to save his best friend. The 10-year-old chased his dog, who had gotten loose, into traffic near the intersection of Wayne Road and Melton Street on Saturday evening when they both were fatally struck by a truck, family members say.
- Ford Motor Co.’s world headquarters in Dearborn was evacuated this morning due to the smell of smoke in the lower portion of the building. Officials have confirmed there was a fire, but it has been contained.
On the campaign trail
- Cher is hitting the campaign trail today in Michigan to help Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton win the state eight days before Election Day. The pop music icon will make stops for Clinton at Western Michigan University, Michigan State University and Flint. She'll end her day of campaigning with a Halloween night fundraiser for a fund that benefits Clinton and the Democratic Party at the Bloomfield Hills home of attorney Joumana Kayrouz.
- Donald Trump is making a couple Michigan stops on the west side of the state today: A noon speech in Walker, near Grand Rapids, and a 3 p.m. rally in Macomb County.
- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was in town on Sunday, highlighting Donald Trump’s use of overseas labor to manufacture his clothing and goods as a warning to unionized skilled trades workers not to be “tricked” by the Republican’s blue-collar appeal.
- The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin reviewing newly discovered emails that may be relevant to the Clinton email server investigation. FBI investigators want to review emails of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on a device seized during an unrelated sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, a former New York congressman and Abedin’s estranged husband.
- Locally, one of Macomb County’s nastiest political battles is focused on an unlikely prize — the public works office.
- The Lions lost to the Texans on Sunday 20-13, and if you watched the game, you might be wondering about that late onside kick. It wasn’t so much a questionable decision to try an onside kick that cost his team the game. It was that the Lions' coaches felt they needed to do it, really. And the fact that they probably did, as misguided as it seems. Flat offense and the inability to slow Houston's tight ends were also big factors in the loss.
- The rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State wasn't the big blowout many people were expecting. The game Saturday ended with a 32-23 win for Michigan, which now moves on to bigger fish while still ranking No. 2 in the nation. As for Michigan State, the team is grasping for positives after coming off its sixth straight loss.
- With the World Series on the line, the Cubs held on to force a Game 6 against the Indians at Wrigley Field (oh, yeah, and Jim Harbaugh was there). A white flag with a blue “W’’ was raised atop Wrigley Field after a Series win for the first time since Oct. 8, 1945. Now, the team that led the majors in wins this year will try to extend its season again Tuesday night when Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta faces Josh Tomlin at Cleveland in Game 6.
- In this week's episode on the Miked Up podcast, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters joins the guys to discuss how he's convincing Washington lawmakers to accept and understand autonomous driving technology.
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