News@noon: Bo's legacy; was JV robbed?
Today is Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, and we're wishing the Conyers family the best.
The 21-year-old son of U.S. Rep. John Conyers has been reported missing from his apartment near the University of Houston, according to a Houston Chronicle report. Carl Conyers, a junior, was last seen by his roommate Tuesday afternoon on the 3700 block of Southmore in Houston, the outlet reported.
We'll be sure to bring you updates as we learn them. Here's what else we're following today:
CPA Building is doomed
The CPA Building on Michigan Avenue is scheduled to be razed next month at the expense of its New York-based owners but apparently against their wishes. Though the owners’ local spokesman says the demolition comes at the urging of neighboring merchants, the most prominent businessman on the block says the universal sentiment was to keep the quirky, six-story triangle upright.
- WDIV-TV reporter Lauren Podell has resigned from the station, officials there announced Wednesday, a day after a news conference in which Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle and the Rev. W.J. Rideout called for an apology from the station, saying Podell allegedly using a racial slur while off-air this year.
- Riddle and others plan to demonstrate Thursday at WDIV offices in downtown Detroit to denounce what he calls “systematic racism that flourishes in mainstream media” in Metro Detroit.
Was JV robbed?
- Former Tiger Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award last night. And, by a slim margin of five points, former Tiger Rick Porcello edged current Tiger Justin Verlander for the American League Cy Young Award. What came after was surprising.
- Two of the 30 baseball-writer voters left Verlander completely off their five-man ballot. Had they both voted him third or better, Verlander, 33, would've won. Verlander's fiance supermodel Kate Upton went off on Twitter moments after the announcement.
- "Hey @MLB I thought I was the only person allowed to (bleep) @JustinVerlander ?! What 2 writers didn't have him on their ballot?" Upton tweeted moments after the announcement was made.
- So did JV get robbed? Chris McCosky says the problem isn't with the Baseball Writers Association of America, it's with the point system being used.
College Football Show
Much of the talk swirling around Ann Arbor this week is the health of Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight, who injured his shoulder in last weekend's loss to Iowa. So the spotlight switches to junior backup John O'Korn, who played at Houston before transferring to UM. Panelists John Niyo, Bob Wojnowski and Angelique S. Chengelis discuss whether O'Korn is more than a capable replacement if called upon this Saturday as the No. 4 Wolverines (9-1) host Indiana (5-5) at The Big House.
Threats to Trump voters
- Michael Banerian wants to show that young adults still have faith in the political system, but he said his selection as one of Michigan’s 16 Electoral College voters has prompted emails urging him to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton and even threatening death.
- On Dec. 19, the 22-year-old Banerian is scheduled to join 15 other Michiganians to cast their electoral votes for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. But Trump’s opponents have deluged Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the Michigan Republican Party.
Corruption in Macomb
Another Macomb County official has been arrested in a corruption case that already has snared two other political figures and led to the resignation of the founder of a major trash hauling company. Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock was taken into custody Thursday and charged with demanding and accepting money in exchange for his support of a municipal contract, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
McQuade’s office does not name the company, however Rizzo Environmental Services is at the center of a long-running investigation into systemic corruption in southeast Michigan and primarily in Macomb County.
He was tough, demanding, charming and hilarious. Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, who died 10 years ago today, was a magnetic personality admired nationally and beloved by his players, and those who knew and worked with him. Here is how he is remembered.
Coach Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback for the Schembechler-coached Wolverines, is now running the team and wears the skinny Block M hat that Bo always wore. He knows Schembechler is very much a part of who he is, how he works, how he thinks, and how he coaches.
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