News@noon: Bolt-ing to victory, sexiest 'Rock' alive

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, and we're getting a look at what's to come in Detroit in January.

The Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, and compact SUVs are the stars of the show, particularly Ford's imported EcoSport, which is due to arrive in early 2018.

Buyers will be able to customize their Ford EcoSport, choosing from 10 exterior colors, seven ambient lighting options and four trims: S, SE, SES and Titanium. The EcoSport will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 18-27.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV took home Motor Trend magazine’s coveted Car of the Year honors last night. The highly anticipated Bolt, which is due in showrooms by the end of the year, offers an estimated 238 miles of all-electric range with a price tag of less than $30,000, minus a federal income tax rebate.

Motor Trend also named the Mercedes-Benz GLC as its 2017 SUV of the Year, and the 2017 Ford Super Duty as its Truck of the Year.

Here's what else we're covering today:

Cleaves in court

  • The preliminary examination for former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves on rape charges is underway this morning in a Flint courtroom. The rape charges are in connection with an allegation by a 24-year-old Mount Morris woman that the 39-year-old Cleaves sexually assaulted her in a Mundy Township hotel in September 2015 after she rode with him following a charity golf outing.

Pleading guilty

  • A 41-year-old Plymouth-Canton Community Schools middle school teacher’s aide pleaded guilty Monday to remaining criminal charges in connection with allegations she engaged in oral sex with teenage male students, some of whom are believed to be her daughters’ 15-year-old friends.

War crimes

Dancing with Megatron

Calvin Johnson Jr. tangoed to “Seven Nation Army” by the Detroit-based band The White Stripes on Monday night.

  • Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. tangoed his way to the “Dancing with the Stars” finals on the ABC reality television show Monday night. Johnson and professional dancer Lindsay Arnold are among four remaining couples who will compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy in the show’s finals next week. The three other celebrities left in the the competition include singer Jana Kramer of Rochester Hills, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe.

Implications of a Trump presidency

  • Among the things that could change under President Donald Trump: automaker regulations (minus those for cars made in Mexico), deportation policy, school lunches (Trump is a fan of fast food), and legal abortions (Roe v. Wade could be in peril, experts say). 
  • President Barack Obama is visiting Greece right now, his first international trip since the election. He's making assurances that the U.S. will remain with NATO, even after Trump said during his campaign that the U.S. might pull out of the NATO alliance if other countries don’t pay more.
  • The protests against Trump continue as thousands of students left high school classrooms in California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington and other states, many declaring concerns over the president-elect’s comments about minorities and the effect he will have on their communities.

Revival in New Center

  • Seventeen months after the Fisher and Albert Kahn buildings were sold in a $12.2 million deal, owners of the New Center properties say they plan to invest up to an estimated $100 million to revive the architectural jewels.

Sexiest "Rock" alive

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine on Nov. 15, 2016.

  • Former WWE champ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can add People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title to his list of accomplishments. The wrestler-turned-actor was crowned this year’s winner Tuesday morning. 

Happy hunting

  • Honoring a tradition that reaches back for generations, Michigan hunters will head to the woods today for the opening of deer season. It is a special time of the year for those who love the outdoors and enjoy hunting, a chance to renew acquaintances and bond with friends and family (not to mention the huge economic impact it has on our state). So go out, have fun and be safe

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