News@noon: Songz, UM accusation, pounds of pot
Today is Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, and we have a sad update to yesterday's News@noon: Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, died Wednesday -- just one day after her daughter's unexpected death. Reynolds was 84; Fisher was 60.
Here's what else we're following today:
Big arrest at Big Show
- Singer-songwriter Trey Songz was arrested around 11:30 p.m. last night after an alleged violent outburst when he was told his time on stage was up. He was performing at the Joe Louis Arena as part of the fourth annual Big Show at the Joe, co-hosted by Channel 95.5 and FM 98 WJLB.
Police report: UM's Perry groped woman
- A Michigan State student has accused Michigan receiver Grant Perry of groping her after she complained he tried to cut in line at an East Lansing bar in October, according to a police report obtained by The Detroit News through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Pain at the pump
- The state tax on unleaded gasoline will increase from 19 cents to 26.3 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day, putting Michigan among the nation's top give for gas tax rates. It's the first hike in 20 years and is part of a long-debated plan to patch crumbling roads and bridges.
Pounds of pot
- A traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Rockwood led to an arrest and the seizure of eight pounds marijuana believed to be destined for sale in Ohio, Michigan State Police said.
- Bikinis? What bikinis? University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was all business in Fort Lauderdale this morning at a news conference to discuss Friday night's Orange Bowl. He seemed a bit annoyed when a TV reporter repeatedly asked about his players allegedly wanting to hit the beach to "see some bikinis before they leave."
- Lions' wide receiver Marvin Jones had a promising start to the season but since then, big plays and production have dwindled. There could be multiple reasons for the decline, says beat writer Justin Rogers.
- Hopefully, Jones & Co. can pull it together in time for Sunday night's game against Green Bay, where a win would secure a playoff spot. The stakes are especially high for Detroit Police James Craig, who issued a friendly bet yesterday with the police chief in Green Bay, Andrew Smith.
- Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy took the blame last night after his team suffered another double-digit loss — this time scoring 94-119 against Milwaukee.
- After a busy 2016 in Detroit's restaurant scene, even more spots are set to open next year.
Photos of the year
- Before you go, check out this gallery of the year's best Detroit News pictures, chosen by our photographers.
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