News@noon: Uninviting the press; Eating your beer
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, and Mateen Cleaves is back in court after an intense day yesterday.
According to one witness who testified, the woman who authorities say was raped by the former Michigan State University basketball star was begging "Help me. Help me," when she saw her at the Knights Inn on Grand Blanc Road on Sept. 15, 2015.
What will happen next in the trial? Oralandar Brand-Williams is in Grand Blanc for court today. Follow her on Twitter for updates.
Here's what else we're following today:
Uninviting the press
- Once again in the short time since he was elected the next president, Donald Trump ditched the press. After issuing a "lid," which means he will not be venturing out anymore for the day, the president-elect left Trump Tower and spent about two hours dining with family at the 21 Club. Journalists were only aware that Trump was leaving home when they spotted a large motorcade pulling away from the building, including an ambulance with lights flashing.
- Advisers have provided few specific details of Trump’s schedule, leaving journalists gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower to piece together clues based on who is seen entering and exiting the building.
- The press's job is to follow the president-elect, a practice that's meant to ensure that journalists are on hand to witness, on behalf of the public, the activities of the president or president-elect, rather than relying on secondhand accounts. Trump also left the press pool behind when he refused to let a group of journalists travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama.
- Another thing the press doesn't know, or anyone else for that matter, is who Trump will be choosing for his cabinet.
Sun, fun and cars
- The Los Angeles Auto Show is underway and there have been some pretty fantastic reveals: Ford's small SUV the Ecosport; the plug-in 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid; the Chevrolet Bolt, which won Motor Trend's Car of the Year award; the $76,000 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid sedan and the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, which is looking to take on the Tesla Model X.
- Other head-turners: the 2017 Sentra NISMO, Nissan’s first-ever mainstream model to wear the NISMO high-performance badge; the Mazda CX-5 crossover, which is billed as the “next generation” of design for its vehicle lineup; Chevrolet's off-road animal Colorado ZR2 and FCA's latest shot at climbing the luxury SUV ranks, the stylish and curvy midsize Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
- Much more will be coming out of the show today, so follow Mike Wayland and Henry Payne on Twitter for updates from LA.
Hipster-eyes your vision
New York City-based eyewear company Warby Parker will open a store in downtown Detroit as the holiday shopping season starts after Thanksgiving. The hipster brand will open a small store inside the original site of the Vernor’s Pharmacy at 1449 Woodward Ave. at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, right on the continually growing shopping drag downtown.
Be careful, hunters
- Hunting season is fun, but it is also rife with danger. Authorities say an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his 13-year-old sister in the face when he tripped while carrying a shotgun in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula.
Life mimics Star Wars
Carrie Fisher has revealed that Princess Leia’s romance with Han Solo in “Star Wars” extended off-screen, as well. Fisher tells People magazine that she enjoyed an “intense” affair with co-star Harrison Ford during the filming of the 1977 blockbuster.
Eating your beer
Sometimes you want to eat your beer instead of drinking it. When that happens, you now can go to Hardee's. The fast food chain has launched the Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger, now available at participating locations throughout the metro Detroit area.
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