News@noon: Kalamazoo recovery; serial predator
Today is Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, and today marks the first anniversary of the Kalamazoo shooting spree that killed six people and injured two.
Abbie Kopf, is still struggling every day. The 15-year-old underwent yet another operation earlier this month, this time to reinsert a plastic plate in her head. Last month, her blood pressure fell dangerously low and she had difficulty speaking and remembering things, her parents said on Facebook.
Tiana Carruthers, 26, the other survivor, is faring better. Meanwhile, Jason Dalton, charged with inflicting the carnage, moves ever so slowly toward a possible trial.
Here's what else we're following today:
- Police say they arrested a former Detroit Lions player after he tried to force his way into an Oregon home and then took his clothes off. It's the third such incident involving the former cornerback.
What happened in Sweden?
- Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump’s remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. The American president now says he was referring to something he saw on television.
- The United States is marking Presidents Day today, a holiday that’s taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office.
Not a good distinction
A new analysis of results of a national educational test shows Michigan students have continually made the least improvement nationally of scores since 2003. The study, by University of Michigan professor Brian A. Jacob, of scores of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also found that Michigan students were at the bottom of the list when it comes to proficiency growth in the four measures of the exam.
Three former female gymnasts, including a 2000 Olympian, said former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them as young girls. The accusations came during a “60 Minutes” segment Sunday night, when the attorney, John Manly, and three of Nassar’s alleged victims were interviewed by Dr. Jonathan LaPook. Manly called Nassar a “serial predator” who likely has abused hundreds more.
Sweeping up crime
The Detroit Police Department served warrants Thursday on the city’s east side in Operation Warrant Sweep, the latest in the department’s ongoing “Operation Restore Order.” Up to 100 police personnel took part in the sweep to target those with outstanding warrants for violent crimes, including homicides.
- If you're not a fan of the cold, then this past weekend was a glorious time. If you're more of a February traditionalist, you're in luck. Because those record temperatures we set won't be back after this week for a while.
- A diner in Miami, a house in Pittsburgh and a pier in Los Angeles: All of them are real places where Oscar-nominated movies were filmed. Here are some places used as film locations you can check out yourself.
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