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News@noon: Carrie Fisher, '97 champs, Fraser

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, and the year has taken another star: Carrie Fisher, known to the world as Princess Leia of “Star Wars,” died Tuesday at 60, four days after falling ill aboard an airline flight. Media reports said the actress had suffered a heart attack.

Fisher's name has been added to a lengthy list of notable 2016 deaths, from pop music giants David Bowie and Prince to sports legends Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe.

American actress Carrie Fisher, star of the movie "The Empire Strikes Back," sequel to the record-breaking "Star Wars" epic, cuddles up to a Stormtrooper in a London park, May 23, 1980.

Happier thoughts

Members of the 1997 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings, including coach Scotty Bowman (left of Cup) visited with construction crews at the new Little Caesars Arena.

Speaking of hockey...

  • The Red Wings fell to last place in their division after a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
  • Since he was in town, former coach Scotty Bowman weighed in on the Wings' woes: The team lacks key ingredients needed to win, he says.

Cold case

  •  Michigan State Police have released age-progression images of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, who vanished during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. Their father, John Skelton, is serving 10 to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to unlawful imprisonment, but he denies ever harming his sons.

Social worker Cierra Davis this month works through medical care questions with Donald Waldo, a prisoner in the Eaton County Jail.

Mentally ill, in jail

  • The number of mentally ill prisoners is growing in Michigan, prompting officials to pledge attention to the problem. The number of prisoners classified as having a mental illness has risen from 8,213 inmates in 2012 to 9,395 inmates this year — a 14 percent increase, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

What to do about Fraser

  • A massive sinkhole that emerged over the weekend as result of a leaky sewer line between Utica and Hayes has raised questions of whether the infrastructure in the area is being properly maintained.

No drivers needed

Rogue One

  • The standalone "Star Wars" film dominated the holiday box office, out-performing all competition including the animated animal musical “Sing,” the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt space tale “Passengers," and the R-rated comedy “Why Him?”

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