News@noon: Rounding up immigrants; arson at Katoi

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, February 17, 2017, and the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

This would include millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more. Here's what else is happening today:

Arson at Katoi

The interior of the Katoi restaurant shows fire damage.

  • Fire investigators said they believe the blaze that tore through Katoi restaurant early Friday morning was intentionally set by burglars who wanted to steal alcohol.
  • The popular eatery caught fire just after 6 a.m. and by around 7:30 a.m., the blaze was extinguished.  Arson investigators remained at the site Friday morning after firefighters cleared the scene. 

In court 

  • Dr. Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor, appeared in court on Friday for a preliminary examination for three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a young girl. Follow along with Kim Kozlowski as she tweets from the proceedings. 

Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court with his attorney Friday, February 27, 2017.

  • Former Democratic Michigan Rep. Brian Banks, who won three terms to the state House despite eight prior felony convictions, was sentenced to a day in jail, time served. The sentenced comes after Banks pleaded guilty and resigned his office Feb. 6 in a plea agreement involving a $3,000 bank loan that cost him his seat and perhaps his political future.

MSU sex assaults

Lions look-ahead

  • Justin Rogers has been covering the Lions for a long time. And we miss football. So, in the interest of playing to your interest (whether you’re willing to admit it or not), he's throwing his hat into the prediction game with his first mock draft of the 2017 offseason.

Rally for education

  • Educators, parents and other community members plan to rally outside Cadillac Place Friday afternoon to protest the announced closure of 38 Michigan public schools. 
  • The state last month released school rankings that identified consistently failing schools in jeopardy of closing. Those schools have ranked in the bottom 5 percent for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Catch a flick

Dane DeHaan stars as a trapped stockbroker in “A Cure for Wellness.”

Harbaugh hits back

  • The gloves are off. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did not hold back in his dismissal of Paul Finebaum, the ESPN/SEC Network host, on Thursday night via Twitter. Here's what he had to say

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