News@noon: Mich. turns red, Caldwell is comeback king

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, and Michigan officially turned red yesterday as the Board of State Canvassers certified Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s 10,704-vote victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan. The move started a 48-hour clock for Green Party candidate Jill Stein to request a recount of 4.8 million votes. Michigan election officials are braced for a statewide hand recount that could start as soon as Friday.

The comeback king

You’d think seven fourth-quarter comebacks in a season would be new territory for Lions coach Jim Caldwell. After all, it’s only happened twice in NFL history. The other team to accomplish that goal? The 2009 Colts. Also coached by Caldwell. But the even-keeled coach downplays his role, saying a lot of it comes down to the quarterback. “You’re also talking about two quarterbacks that are really, really good in the clutch,” he said.

Jim Caldwell

Cop awaits parole decision in motorist beating

Convicted former Inkster police Officer William Melendez suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and “has no idea why he assaulted and seriously injured a citizen that posed no meaningful threat to him or his partner,” according to a parole report. The 13-page document offers a first glimpse into Melendez’s thoughts about his beating of Floyd Dent, an African-American motorist, on a dark Inkster street in January 2015.

Trump's Twitter musings

President-elect Donald Trump isn't shying away from social media use despite a weekend flurry caused by a tweet about voter fraud. Trump said Tuesday in an early-morning tweet he wants to impose punishment on people who burn American flags, warning that those who do should face “perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The Supreme Court has ruled that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment.

  • In other transition news this morning, Trump’s hunt for a secretary of state is veering into dramatic terrain, with the president-elect summoning Mitt Romney back for a second look as a top aide leads a public pressure campaign against the pick. 
  • President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will nominate Lansing native Dr. Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Emails reveal DMC probe head is iffy on staff’s expertise

The leader of the state and federal probe of the Detroit Medical Center questioned the capability of his staff to investigate dirty instruments, acknowledging their “expertise is limited,” emails acquired by The Detroit News show.

Brazilian soccer team’s plane crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian first division soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed near Medellin into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday.

Remembering Raynoma 

Raynoma Gordy Singleton, a Detroit songwriter, arranger, producer and the second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., died in California Nov. 11. Along with Gordy’s formidable sisters, Singleton was one of the strong women who helped the failed record store owner build his empire and create a musical genre.

Still shopping?

If Black Friday and Cyber Monday didn't help you finish off your Christmas list, check out our roundup of cool tech toys. There’s no shortage of fun and fairly educational items these days. New toys for the holidays include little robot friends full of personality and magnetic blocks that snap together to teach the basics of computer programming.

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