News@noon: Opening act; a lot of pot
Today is Jan. 19, 2017, and Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen an investigation of the Detroit Medical Center after a filthy surgical tool interrupted an operation. It comes just one day after the state ended its probe of dirty instruments at the system, The Detroit News has learned.
Officials with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs notified the DMC on Dec. 22 it was no longer in violation of eight health codes, concluding a three-month investigation prompted by a series of articles in The News exposing a decade of complaints about dirty instruments at the five hospitals of the DMC’s Midtown Detroit campus.
The next day, a laparoscopic grasper caked with old blood and brown ooze was marked as sterile and delivered to a Children’s Hospital of Michigan operating room for pediatric surgeon Dr. Scott Langenburg.
We'll be following up on this story as we learn more.
Here's what else we're following today:
A Detroit party
The first act to perform at Little Caesars Arena will be none other than Detroit native Kid Rock. He'll perform four concerts to open the arena: Sept. 12, 13, 15 and 16. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan 27.
A Demon is born
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is promising to be leaner and meaner than its Hellcat counterpart, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
The company on Thursday said the recently announced Demon — set to debut in April — will be more than 200 pounds lighter than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which tips the scales at nearly 4,500 pounds.
It was a shocking sight for the late-night crowd at the American Coney Island in downtown Detroit this month: a large brawl followed by gunfire. City police say a man opened fire at the popular eatery early Jan. 8, wounding a worker. In the aftermath of the incident, owner Grace Keros hired secondary police officers to work shifts there.
To generate tips from the public, investigators this week released surveillance footage of the alleged gunman and his companions, who “are also wanted for questioning in this case,” police said Wednesday. “They are to be considered persons of interest.”
A lot of pot
- A 42-year-old man is under arrest and 200 marijuana plants — and a gun — were seized during a raid Wednesday afternoon at a marijuana grow warehouse on Detroit’s east side, police said.
Best of the year
- Auto Critic Henry Payne tested 55 new cars last year, from the frugal Mitsubishi Mirage to the if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it Audi R8 — and he can recommend every single one. Henry sits on the North American Car of the Year jury and that panel was limited to nominees that are new-to-2017 vehicles. Henry's favorites of the year are a little more expansive. The envelope please...
He was a superstar whose arrival in Detroit 13 years ago was as astonishing as it was fundamental to a baseball renaissance at Comerica Park. And now Pudge Rodriguez’s amazing skills and baseball majesty, which Detroit’s faithful marveled at during the catcher’s five-year stint at Comerica Park, have earned him a plaque in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Welcoming Ronna Romney McDaniel
Members of the Republican National Committee are expected today to officially elect Ronna Romney McDaniel, the outgoing head of the Michigan GOP, as chair during the RNC’s winter meeting here.
President-elect Donald Trump endorsed McDaniel for the post in mid-December, and her election is uncontested. She succeeds Reince Priebus, who is leaving the helm of the RNC to serve as Trump’s chief of staff.
Can you help?
- The Michigan Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to the person or persons responsible for maiming a dog found with his ears and nose cut off on Detroit’s southwest side this week. Besides “viciously” removing the Rottweiler’s nose and ears, someone also apparently lacerated his tail and back legs, humane society officials said Wednesday.
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