News@noon: Auto show outlook; saying hi to 'greenery'

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, and we're following on a major crash on I-96 in Fowlerville. Come back to detroitnews.com for more information.

Here's the other news we're covering today:

Auto show first look

  • Yesterday, the autos team got a first look at the schedule and floor plan for the Detroit auto show, coming up the second week in January. One thing stood out: Fiat Chrysler is not planning a reveal at the show, deciding instead to reveal a new vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 3. 

Some automakers at Detroit auto show will focus on technology rather than bodywork

  • Mini, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Tesla and Maserati — which did not have a presence at the 2016 show — are expected to skip the 2017 show, too.
  • But the biggest change to the show this year will be the inclusion of AutoMobili-D, where nearly 50 global tech start-ups will showcase mobility technologies and platforms such as artificial intelligence, security applications and autonomous and connected-vehicle platforms to the media and industry leaders.
  • Oh and there's also the big Pixar reveal. Yes, you read that right. 

WSU cop shooting suspect released

  • Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, along with Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt, announced yesterday that DeAngelo Davis has been “eliminated as a suspect in the case” of Collin Rose’s shooting death. Judge Deborah Nance Adams dismissed the charges, according to Worthy’s office, and Davis was released from jail Wednesday evening, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Hard times in Highland Park

  • A Detroit police officer fatally struck a bicyclist late Wednesday while responding to an unrelated call in Highland Park, according the department. The collision occurred around 11 p.m. at Oakland and Davison, department spokeswoman Jennifer Watson said. The officer was traveling northbound, through a green light on Oakland, when he struck a bicyclist attempting to cross the road against the red light at Davison.

  • A broad-daylight shootout between at least two men in Highland Park on Wednesday afternoon left one of the men dead and the other in critical condition, police said. The shootout took place on the 60 block of Church at about 2 p.m., said Marli Blackman, a spokeswoman for the city.

A holiday splurge

  • What better way to mark the holidays than by treating one’s significant other to a luxurious dinner at an upscale restaurant? For those thinking about it as the clock clicks closer to Dec. 25, the only question is: Which restaurant?

Steven Lelli's Inn on the Green serves up house specialties like spaghetti Bolognese, which is made with 100 percent ground filet.

Hudson site plans

  • Long-delayed plans for what will be built on the site of the former J.L. Hudson Department store in downtown Detroit may be pushed back again after a proposed bill quietly died in the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday.
  • The bill would have given tax breaks to developers working on urban “transformational” redevelopment projects around the state — projects like the empty, block-long Hudson site on Woodward Avenue. The proposed legislation was being promoted by billionaire developer and entrepreneur Dan Gilbert, along with a statewide coalition of economic development officials and businesses.
  • House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said the legislation ran afoul of the state’s new system that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs and higher incomes by letting the best businesses compete “on a level playing field, instead of relying on the state to pick winners and losers.”

Nuclear plant to close

  • The controversial Palisades Nuclear Plant, located along Lake Michigan near Covert, will close in October 2018. Consumers Energy announced today it will bring an early end to its 15-year contract signed in 2007 to purchase power from the plant. That spells an end for Palisades — owned and operated by Louisiana-based Entergy — in less than two years from now.

Say hello to 'greenery'

The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to bruising 2016, signaling a yearning to rejuvenate, and to reconnect to both nature and something larger than oneself, said Laurie Pressman, the institute’s vice president.

  • Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty “greenery” as the color of the year for 2017. The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to a bruising 2016, signaling a yearning to rejuvenate, and to reconnect to both nature and something larger than oneself, said Laurie Pressman, the institute’s vice president.

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