News@noon: Finding Teddy; a blue Christmas
Today is Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 (Christmas Eve eve, for those who will be celebrating). We'll be back on Tuesday, so we wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and joyful holiday season.
Here's what we're covering today:
The Teddy chronicles
Teddy the stuffed animal went missing Wednesday evening when 8-year-old Eleanor Dewald's family arrived at Detroit Metro Airport from a holiday trip to Texas. A day later, airport worker Steve Laudeman went on a one-man mission to find him. Which he did! But before the bear returned to his friend, he had some adventures.
A warmer holiday
- We're still going to have a white Christmas and Hanukkah this weekend, but it will be a bit warmer than it's been. Temperatures will head upward beginning Saturday with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s. Christmas Day will bring fairly mild weather, along with some fog, and temperatures in the upper 30s.
Forced to strip, then shot
- Brazen: that's the best word to describe what happened to two people early this morning when they were ordered out of their car at gunpoint. The victims were forced to strip off their clothing and told to run. The suspects, police say, then shot the victims as they ran from the carjackers.
Bustling times in the city
- Office vacancy in downtown Detroit has dipped to a low not seen in at least a decade and signals the possibility that the next company needing significant office space would have to look to New Center, Corktown or the Eastern Market area, according to a report released Thursday.
Trump, Snyder and Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to get time to pitch President-elect Donald Trump on the nation’s need for a new shipping channel at the Soo Locks and a customs plaza for a new Detroit River bridge to Canada. Snyder said those major infrastructure projects are two big initiatives he hopes to work with Trump on after striking out for funding with President Barack Obama’s administration.
A blue Christmas
- Wednesday night's Pistons loss to the Grizzlies was called a "stepping stone in the right direction" by Reggie Jackson. But if this was a stepping stone — a game that saw the Pistons shoot 36 percent and finish with as many turnovers (17) as assists in another double-digit defeat — then this could be a much more difficult path than anybody imagined for a team many expected to emerge as legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC is planning to recall 43,000 SVUs that are at risk of stalling due to problems with their crankshaft or camshaft sensors. The company said Friday 43,071 vehicles are set to be called back because their crankshaft or camshaft sensors may only work intermittently, increasing the possibility of engine stalls. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 27, 2017.
At the movies
- If you're planning to head to a movie theater for Christmas Day, you've got some options (beyond the obvious choice of Rogue One or La La Land, if you haven't seen them).
- Here are the reviews for the movies out now: Assassin's Creed | Passengers | Fences | Lion | Why Him? | Sing
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