News@noon: Remembering Pearl Harbor; Pixar at NAIAS

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, and it's the day that will live in infamy.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and even after all these years, the veterans who survived are keeping the memories alive.

John Lavrakas, 101, of Bloomfield Hills, preaches constant vigilance after his experiences at Pearl Harbor. “We lost so many people,” he said. “It was a terrible mess.”

A few dozen survivors have returned to Pearl Harbor today to mark the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

Here's what else we're following today:

Who killed Officer Rose?

  • DeAngelo Davis “is no longer a suspect at this time” in the fatal shooting of a Wayne State University police officer, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday morning.

  • In a 4-minute press conference where she and police chiefs from Detroit and WSU took no questions from the media, Worthy said charges will be dismissed Wednesday and Davis will be released.

The recount

  • A statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election results could stop following a hearing happening right now. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith is considering requests from the Michigan Republican Party and state officials that effectively would halt the recount in light of a lower-court ruling Tuesday. Follow along here for updates.
  • The Board of State Canvassers met this morning, but they've recessed until Judge Goldsmith makes his decision. 
  • In the meantime, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office is assembling election workers from across Metro Detroit to go to Cobo Center today to help Wayne County recount nearly 800,000 ballots. State Elections Director Chris Thomas said he’s sending workers from his office and recruiting volunteers from Detroit and municipalities in the three counties to help Wayne County’s election department “accelerate” its recount after a slow start Tuesday.

Pixar at NAIAS

  • There will be some Walt Disney Co. magic next month at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Show officials today announced Disney’s wholly owned subsidiary Pixar Animation Studios is hosting a press conference Jan. 8 during press days of the show to unveil a life-size version of one of the film’s stars from the upcoming animated film “Cars 3.”

Peppers impresses

Corruption continues

  • The outgoing emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools Community District said Tuesday an investigation by the district’s inspector general could produce more criminal charges in the district
  • Retired Judge Steven Rhodes declined Tuesday to go into specifics about what potential wrongdoing there might be after testifying before a House committee on the district’s progress since lawmakers passed a $617 million financial rescue of the school system in June.

'White Boy Rick' 

  • Convicted Detroit drug dealer Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. again is requesting his life sentence imposed in 1988 be reconsidered. It is the latest attempt Wershe, 46, has made for resentencing. His petition to federal court calls his mandatory life sentence without parole unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment’s and the Michigan Constitution’s prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Grammy snubs and surprises

Adele has five Grammy nominations, including album, song and record of the year.

  • Anyone who follows contemporary music might have predicted that superstars Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West and Drake would earn a lot of Grammy nominations. And they did — to the tune of 30 of them. But as with every year, the rest of the field is pretty much wide open.

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