News@noon: The Trump effect; Michigan's best

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, and we're honoring an amazing group of people as part of our Michiganians of the Year. Meet them and read about what makes them the best of the best:

Honoring our 2016 Michiganians of the Year:  Ten who are making a difference in our state.

Here's what else we are following today:

Son found safe

U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ youngest son, who was reported missing earlier this week, has been found safe by police in Houston.

Trump tweet trumps Ford announcement

  • Ford Motor Co. said late Thursday that it plans to keep Lincoln MKC production in Kentucky, confirming news that President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Thursday evening. While Trump boasted that the decision would save U.S. jobs, Ford already had indicated moving the MKC out of Louisville was not expected to lead to any job losses.

Finding justice for Deontae Mitchell

Toward football glory

Western Michigan University football coach P. J. Fleck guides his players through practice.

  • The mid-major Western Michigan University Broncos have become one of college football's most poignant stories, and sit at 10-0 as one of just two FBS teams in the nation that remain unbeaten, joining some school called Alabama — which has won 16 national championships, to WMU's three MAC titles.
  • With a photogenic coach in P.J. Fleck, 35, who promotes the university like nobody before him, and a very possible berth in the prestigious New Year's Six Cotton Bowl looming, ESPN made the rare decision Sunday to send its ratings-giant "College GameDay" show to WMU for the first time, and to a MAC school for the second time.

Big movie weekend

  • Some of the biggest films of the year are out this weekend and there are some you simply shouldn't miss:
    • "Edge of Seventeen" is so real it hurts. Film critic Adam Graham says it’s the best teenage film of the decade.
    • "Loving" is a quiet, unassuming film about the 1967 Supreme Court decision that wiped out laws prohibiting interracial marriage. And it's this low-key approach to a march larger issue that gives this film its weight.

2. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”: Much like “Rogue One” spins off of the “Star Wars” universe, “Fantastic Beasts” is an offshoot of the “Harry Potter” franchise, but isn’t a “Harry Potter” movie per se. This film stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and deals with the the wizards who walk among us. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay, which is based on her 2001 book of the same name. (Nov. 18)

    • And while most Potterheads won't care, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" wasn't that fantastic. The cornerstone of the “Harry Potter” universe is magic. The magic has gone missing in this film, Graham says. It's a lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.
    • Also out is “Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk," which Graham calls a long walk that goes nowhere in particular.

The Trump effect

  • Automotive executives at the Los Angeles Auto Show shared a common concern this week that had nothing to do with the new cars being unveiled: the Trump effect.
  • Executives in corner offices from Germany to Detroit are cautiously monitoring President-elect Donald Trump’s emerging administration to see whether it carries through with the Republican’s campaign promises of renegotiating trade deals, imposing hefty tariffs and rolling back government regulations on business and industry.

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