News@noon: Let it snow; political foes; election woes

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, and this week's deep freeze is set to be replaced by more snow.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The region is expected to get between 3 to 6 inches of snow by Friday evening, with more accumulation up toward the Thumb region. The Detroit area should see about 3 to 4 inches.

Roads became snow covered quickly during the first snowstorm of the season.

Important question: Is it spring yet?

Macomb County duel

  • The ongoing dispute between Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and County Executive Mark Hackel escalated today with the release of a recording that allegedly captured comments the mayor made disparaging those with special needs. Fouts took to Facebook to respond, saying he questions the validity of the tape.
  • It all started after a contractor dumped excavated dirt at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, a former landfill in Sterling Heights. Fouts has asked for a state investigation into the situation.

The never-ending election

  • Newly released records show that 95 poll books were missing for several days following the Nov. 8 election, including five which presumably remain missing. The poll books contain the names of voters and ensure the integrity of elections.
  • Meanwhile, voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office.

Ben Carson, the Detroiter

  • Columnist Neal Rubin gives us a deep dive into Ben Carson's Motown childhood, growing up near Fort and Schaefer surrounded by friends and classmates who knew he was destined for success. "Everything he did was precise. It was accurate,” said former classmate and retired U.S. Marshal Gregory Vartanian, 66. “It was almost like it was a slow movement. Even the way he carried himself ... When you found out later he was a surgeon, it fit.”

Dr. Ben Carson

Recruits, wins and losses

  • Detroit Cass Tech star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, the No. 1 player in the state, said Michigan’s academics and coach Jim Harbaugh were among the main reasons he will be joining the Wolverines.
  • The often overlooked defense has breathed life into the Lions, according to columnist John Niyo.
  • The Red Wings lost their fourth consecutive game last night, this time against the Los Angeles Kings. "The way things are going, the faster the Red Wings can leave Joe Louis Arena, the better," beat writer Ted Kulfan writes. "This farewell season is slowly but surely turning ugly."

Island wolves

Managers are leaning toward relocating as many as 30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park from the mainland to restore an iconic predator species on the verge of disappearing from the Lake Superior island chain, according to a federal report released Friday.

  • Officials may relocate as many as 30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park from the mainland to restore the dwindling population, according to a federal report released today.

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