News@noon: Healthy hippo; Duggan's State of the City
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and Donald Trump might have another thing to worry about soon: A potential government shutdown.
Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request.
While a shutdown deadline has a few weeks to go, the huge measure looms as an unpleasant reality check for Trump and Republicans controlling Congress.
We'll keep you updated on this as it develops. For now, here's what else we're following today:
'Horrible and painful'
- President Trump is calling recent threats against Jewish community centers “horrible and painful.” Trump made the remarks this morning after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He said the museum was a “meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all forms.”
- The threats against JCCs are a “very sad reminder” of what still needs to be done, Trump said.
Russell Industrial Center closed
- Detroit officials on Monday ordered that the Russell Industrial Center close following a city inspection that claimed ordinance violations and other issues at the sprawling complex seen as a bustling artist hotspot amid urban decay.
- The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department claims the owners of the site at 1600 Clay, which is technically a factory, failed to follow guidelines when erecting several multiple commercial and residential tenant units, director David Bell said in a statement.
Kim's Garden closes
The owners of a Chinese restaurant have closed the business, a year after five immigrants who were employees died in a house fire. Kim’s Garden didn’t recover after the tragedy.
State of the City
- Mayor Mike Duggan is set to deliver his fourth State of the City address today, more than two weeks after formally announcing plans to run for a second term.
- The administration declined to provide advance details about Duggan’s annual address. But he’s made clear in recent weeks that he’s focused on ensuring Detroit is an attractive place to raise families, find a job and attend school as he fights against possible Detroit public school closures alongside the city’s new school board.
- We'll have more tonight from the 7 p.m. speech.
Your commute isn't that bad
- Detroit ranks 24th among the top 25 U.S. cities for time drivers spend in congestion, pairing with Pittsburgh for fewer peak hours spent in traffic, according to a recent traffic study.
- The Motor City tied with Pittsburgh for 33 peak hours stuck in traffic in 2016, according to research released by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm. Can you guess who has the worst traffic?
The 'perfect shot'
A half-century later, the memories of arguably the greatest high school basketball game in Michigan history remain divided by school loyalties. For fans on the losing side of Northwestern’s thrilling 63-61 triumph over Pershing for the 1967 Detroit Public School League championship — a milestone game played 50 years ago today — Curtis Jones’ winning basket, a buzzer-beating jump shot from the top of the key, was hardly a thing of beauty. But if you want to know the truth, it was a perfect shot.
- The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo is recovering from dehydration with the help of staff from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The zoo said Monday that the 4-week-old female hippo, named Fiona, had received fluids through an IV catheter since Friday.
- Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the zoo in 75 years. She was born Jan. 24 at 29 pounds, well-below the usual. She’s nearing 50 pounds now.
Riding the rails
- A never-ending labor of love, the Chi-Town Union Station and West Oakland Railroad Museum in Commerce Township claims to be America’s largest O-scale model railroad, and none of the gray-haired children working on their own layouts around the country have ever called to dispute it.
- More than two miles of track. More than 160 engines and 1,000 train cars. More than 13,000 pounds of plaster, with another half-ton coming. Two houses’ worth of lumber to hold it up. A computer system to run it all. But if you want to see this model train lover's dream come true, you better act fast.
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