News@noon: Recount chaos, rowing the boat, plus cheer

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, and it's starting to feel a lot of like Christmas.

Today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette moved to halt the statewide hand recount of Michigan’s presidential election results requested by the Green Party's Jill Stein. His request for a Michigan Supreme Court hearing halted a hearing under way by the Board of State Canvassers. That turned out to be a temporary halt, however, and the board resumed hearing an objection to Stein’s recount by President-elect Donald Trump’s lawyers at a 9:30 a.m. hearing at the Lansing Center. Stay tuned to this neverending story.

Here's what's in the news today:

Feds: Detroit terror suspect planned to kill

Detroit terror suspect Sebastian Gregerson was indicted Thursday on a new charge alleging he bought explosives and planned to use them to kill people in an unspecified attack.

Rowing the boat at Ford Field

Friday night’s Mid-American Conference championship game against Ohio (8-4) at Ford Field is the next — and, easily, the most important — challenge for the Broncos, who are 12-0 and need one more win to likely secure a bid in the Cotton Bowl. The pressure on Western Michigan is incredible — but it’s been there pretty much all year. Follow live coverage of the game tonight at

Western Michigan University's Keion Adams gets ready to throw footballs into garbage cans during a walkthrough at Ford Field.

Betsy DeVos: Wrong direction or fresh perspective?

If you’ve formed your impression of Betsy DeVos from reading overwrought statements from teachers unions, you may imagine she has horns and carries a pitchfork, writes columnist Ingrid Jacques. But traditional public schools that are doing good work and making progress have nothing to fear from DeVos. She’s supportive of any school that offers strong results. What she won’t tolerate is telling families they don’t have a choice if their neighborhood school is failing.

Movie break

If you need a break between Thanksgiving and Christmas revelry, head to the theater to watch “Manchester by the Sea.” Film critic Adam Graham says to movie manages to find light inside the darkness of its almost unbearable sadness, calling it one of the year's best films. Sounds like the Oscar buffs will want to cross this off their list right away.

A cup of holiday cheer

And if that unbearable sadness is just too much for you, head to Midtown Detroit for its annual Noel Night celebration: This year, more than ever, the event will be packed with entertainment, dining and shopping venues. The 44th annual event in the city’s Midtown district will be held 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

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