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News@noon: EM law under fire; lost in space

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, and it's a sad day for the Detroit newspaper family. The Detroit Free Press lost its longtime food critic Sylvia Rector yesterday. She had colon cancer.

Sylvia spent 17 years as a food writer and food editor for our sister paper. She retired last year.

We wish her friends and family well.

Here are some of the stories we are covering today:

Execution-style slaying

  • Former NFL player Robert Eddins was one of two men found fatally shot in a Detroit basement in what police are calling an "execution-style" slaying on city's west side Tuesday evening. Police say each suffered a gunshot wound to the head. They say they believe the two men had been there for hours, at least.

Former NFL player Robert Eddins (top) was found dead Tuesday evening in Detroit.

Should Fouts go?

Teen killed in shooting

Flint and the emergency manager law

  •  Two former emergency financial managers — empowered by state law and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to run Flint — now face criminal charges for actions taken during their tenures that prosecutors say contributed to the city’s water crisis.
  • A yearlong Michigan Attorney General’s Office investigation into Flint’s water contamination issues has targeted the highest-ranking officials thus far. On Tuesday, investigators announced charges against former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, as well as a pair of former city officials.

Top row: Former emergency manager Darnell Early. Bottom row, from left: Former emergency manager Gerald Ambrose, former Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft and his subordinate, Daugherty Jones. All face criminal charges in the Flint water crisis.

  • In response to new criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint water crisis Tuesday, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee renewed his call for a subpoena for Gov. Rick Snyder’s records and blasted the panel’s chair for “prematurely” closing its probe. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking member, said it was “inconceivable” that the committee rushed to close its investigation just days earlier, while documents that the panel sought from Snyder’s administration remain outstanding.
  • At the same time, the Michigan Court of Appeals has canceled three confidential protective orders issued by a Genesee County judge that limited state agencies’ access to Flint health data. A three-judge panel issued its decision Tuesday, saying that 7th Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut had no authority to issue them and the scope of his orders constituted an abuse of the judge’s discretion.

Pro Bowl snub

Number 10!

  • New Census numbers have been released and Michigan remains the 10th most populous state in 2016. North Carolina bypassed Michigan in 2014 to become the nation's ninth largest by population. Utah was the fastest growing, with its population increasing 2 percent in 2016 to an estimated 3,051,217 million

Out this week

Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Chris Pratt in a scene from “Passengers.”

  • For a movie that sets out to celebrate the transformative power of pop music, “Sing” hits a bum note.  It falls into the trap of the latter seasons of “American Idol,” where hard luck stories and sentimentality overshadow the music. 

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