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News@noon: Peace for Earth; bowl time

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, and as we get ready to ring in the new year, let's take a moment to reflect.

For many, the holiday season represents a time for prayer and peace. But that’s something David Moffat concerns himself with all year long. Moffat has spent the last 15 years running Peace Pole Makers USA on his wooded property in Leelanau County.

Peace poles are available in various sizes, with up to eight sides for its message.

Spend a little time reading this feel-good story and then check out what other things we are covering today:

Bowl-ing for glory

  • It's Game Day!  In the Orange Bowl, No. 6 Michigan faces No. 10 Florida State on Friday (8 p.m. ESPN/WWJ). The Wolverines (10-2) desperately want that 11th win to help erase the memory of the devastating double-overtime loss to rival Ohio State, which knocked them out of the College Football Playoff. And even though they are in Florida, there's no time for beaches for fun
  • In the Cotton Bowl, No. 12 Western Michigan takes on No. 8 Wisconsin on Monday (1 p.m., ESPN). The Broncos (13-0) are undefeated while the Badgers (10-3) only only lost to top-six teams (Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State).
  • Get the latest updates in this week's edition of The College Football Show hosted by John Niyo and Tony Paul. 

Russian retaliation

  • President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election, but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for Washington’s moves in the wake of hacking attacks.

Missing plane

  •  U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching Lake Erie on Friday for a plane that disappeared overnight shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore. The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday night with three children and three adults aboard and vanished from radar about 2 miles over the lake. Why remains unclear.

Matthew Stafford is 3-9 against the Packers, with 23 TDs to 18 interceptions.

One last shot

  • It seems almost inexplicable that the Lions, who’ll play Green Bay for the NFC North title Sunday night at Ford Field, haven’t won a division title since 1993, beating those same Packers in the regular-season finale before a raucous crowd of 77,510 at the Silverdome on Jan. 2, 1994.
  • Now it’s down to this, a “one-game season,” as quarterback Matthew Stafford put it Monday night after a 42-21 loss at Dallas raised the stakes along with the anxiety.

A bump in pay

Trey Songz arrested

Trey Songz, 32, is accused of punching an officer and throwing speakers and a microphone during a Dec. 28 outburst at fourth annual Big Show at The Joe.

  • The Big Show at The Joe on Wednesday night turned into a big problem for singer-songwriter Trey Songz, who was arrested after an alleged violent outburst — which owed to his microphone being cut — ended with a Detroit police sergeant's concussion, police said. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges Thursday against Tremaine Neverson, 32: one count of assaulting a police officer causing injury, and one count of aggravated assault.

Year in review

  • It may seem that 2016 has been a terrible year, but for the state of Michigan, it's actually been pretty decent financially. Michigan ends 2016 in better shape than when the year began. That steady economic progress, ongoing since the end of the Great Recession, marks an encouraging reversal of fortunes from the state’s Lost Decade, when Michigan failed while the rest of the nation gained.
  • On the one hand, during the past 12 months, we’ve endured a painfully divisive presidential election, a water crisis in Flint, too many iconic stars’ deaths to count and much more. But as challenging as 2016 was, there were definite bright spots, especially in Detroit.
  • So the challenge now is, can we be optimistic for what is to come? 

Judging the cars

  • Tomorrow is your last chance to enter to become a judge for The Detroit News Readers' Choice Awards at the Detroit auto show. Winners must be 18 or older and available for judging on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 during regular business hours. If you are chosen, you will be able to bring a guest with you to tour the show that day and choose your favorite cars for awards. 

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