News@noon: Top tastes of 2016; celebrating Stevie

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, and when you work in the media in Detroit, at some point you end up covering someone related to Motown. When photographer Dan Mears met Stevie Wonder yesterday at his street naming in Detroit, he was a little starstruck. Then when Stevie started singing, it was over.

Motown legend Stevie Wonder walks down Milwaukee street, soon to be renamed Stevie Wonder Ave..   A portion of Milwaukee Street is renamed Stevie Wonder Ave. during a ceremony in Detroit, Michigan  on December 21, 2016.  (The Detroit News/ Daniel Mears)

Check out the cool video and photos, and learn what it means to Mr. Wonder to be honored in his hometown.

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Top tastes​

  • Food critic Molly Abraham and reporter Melody Baetens ate their fair share of delicious fare this year. 
  • Among the things Melody tried this year: a hamburger with a $55 price tag (Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille), spam sushi and literal ants on a figurative log.

Another new Rock City Eatery dish is Ants on a Log, made with pickled celery, peanut butter, roasted grapes, peanuts and real moss and real black ants.

Auto show heats up

  • Audi of America Inc. said Thursday it will showcase a Q8 concept SUV next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
  • The German luxury brand said the Q8 has the styling of a coupe but is spacious. The front of the SUV is “imposing,” Audi says, and the SUV is wider than Audi’s currently produced Q models.

It's (really) a family car

Camaro engineers estimate the ZL1 will lap Willow Springs within 1-2 seconds of Corvette's iconic Z06 - with which the ZL1 shares an engine.

A 'Jeopardy' inspiration

  • Faced with a terminal diagnosis in her battle against colon cancer, Cindy Stowell saw an appearance on “Jeopardy!” in her final months as a “good opportunity” to help others struggling against the disease by donating money she might win to cancer research.
  • She made the most of it by winning six nights in a row and more than $103,000 in a run that ended on Wednesday’s episode. Her winnings were donated to a cancer charity. 

Happy birthday Colo

  • She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well. She’s Colo, the nation’s oldest living gorilla, and she turns 60 today at the Columbus Zoo

Editorial: A big job ahead

  • Ronna Romney McDaniel’s political bloodline is longer than her political resume. President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise choice to lead the Republican National Committee has a relatively skimpy history as a GOP organizer and activist. She'll face some tough tests on the national political stage

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