News@noon: Welcoming Pistons; setting the rivalry aside
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, and the Pistons will make their move to Detroit official today.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, all four of Detroit’s professional sports teams will play in the city they represent.
The Pistons will be leaving the Palace of Auburn Hills to join the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit for the 2017-18 season, a source familiar with the negotiations told The Detroit News on Monday. The development arm of the Ilitch family, Olympia Development of Michigan, announced Monday that the Pistons and Ilitch Holdings will hold a 3 p.m. news conference Tuesday at Cass Technical High School.
Be sure to follow Ian Thibodeau on Twitter for live updates from the press conference.
Here's what else we are following today:
Flint woes continue
- Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services reported a new case of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County — the 15th recorded this year. The case centers on an unidentified male resident who was identified by McLaren Hospital in Flint.
- As far as getting water to Flint residents who still need it? The state filed its notice of appeal on Monday of a federal court order requiring Michigan and Flint to deliver bottled water to all Flint city residents without verified filters at their homes. Last last week, state attorneys said the order is unnecessary and places an “insurmountable” burden on state government.
- The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday despite the progress made in remedying the lead-contamination crisis in Flint, “it continues to be a very challenging situation.” Last week, the EPA told Flint that it must treat and test drinking water from a new Lake Huron pipeline for at least three months before providing it to residents, revising a previous enforcement order issued by the federal agency in January.
A championship for Megatron?
- That 'curse of the Fords' business? It's seeming more likely these days as former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is on the cusp of winning a championship trophy. Of course, it's for dance, not football.
- Johnson will compete against Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale tonight. Follow Stephanie Steinberg for updates.
Campus Martius dining
- The beach bar might be long gone, but finer dining has returned to Campus Martius with the opening of Parc this week.
- The upscale restaurant replaces Fountain Bistro, which closed in February after the Detroit 300 Conservancy passed the space to new owners Zaid Elia (of 220 Merrill in Birmingham) and Matthew Shiffman. Get the details here.
Setting the rivalry aside
- As the tempestuous Michigan versus Ohio State football game approaches, school rivalries intensify. But University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is perhaps the one place on campus where school allegiances are set aside.
- For the first time this year, pediatric doctors from Mott in Ann Arbor and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, are using the fire that comes with the rivalry for a cause that benefits both hospitals.
Kim Mathers avoids jail
- Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of Detroit rapper Eminem, was sentenced to a fine and probation and will avoid jail time after a drunken-driving suicide attempt in October 2015. Mathers' sentencing was handled by Judge Douglas Shepherd in 41A District Court in Shelby Township.
- Mathers's defense attorney, Michael Smith, said the Oct. 7, 2015, incident, during which she drove a Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole and ultimately into a ditch, was a suicide attempt — something Mathers admitted to in a radio interview in May on WKQI-FM's "Mojo in the Morning" show.
Music in Midtown
Need guitar strings or a new pair of maracas? A musical equipment retail shop is opening this week in the North Cass Corridor. Third Wave Music is a full-service music shop that offers music lessons, repair services, and new and vintage gear. The business, at 4625 Second in the newly renovated Forest Arms Apartment building, is led by musicians Jen David and Jeffrey Thomas.
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