News@noon: Chasing 'Bad Girls;' tracking Trump

The Detroit News

Today is Friday, Feb. 24. 2017, and reporter Robert Snell has a story you won't want to miss.

Federal agents have captured a fugitive exotic dancer following an 11-year search stretching from Detroit to Mexico that solves a mystery surrounding the most lucrative drug case in Michigan history.

Law enforcement circulated a photo of Annette Sanchez as a 20-something, left. After years on the run, she was arrested last year, right.

The capture of Annette Sanchez and a second fugitive serves as an intriguing postscript to an international drug investigation that involved more than 30 people, 66,000 pounds of marijuana, $178 million in drug proceeds and former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor.

Here's what else we're covering today:

Duggan gets a boost

  • Detroit public safety unions endorsed Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for re-election Friday morning, uniting to support the candidate they called "solution-oriented."
  • Moving forward, the age-old debate over how much downtown prosperity can be spread to other Detroit neighborhoods is emerging as a key issue in Duggan’s battle for a second term.

Tracking Trump

In this Feb. 10, 2011, photo, Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. In 2011, as the “money, money, money, money” chorus of his reality TV show’s theme song blasted, Trump stepped out before the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists for the first time. The crowd was less than adoring, occasionally laughing at and booing the longtime former Democrat.

A bad time to be a department store

  • J.C. Penney said today that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.
  • Macy’s, the nation’s largest department store chain, said earlier this week its earnings for the quarter that includes the holiday period dropped nearly 13 percent as results were dragged down by store closures and other costs.

Who will head to the Hall?

  • Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, “Bad Boy” Dennis Rodman and “Fab Five” member Jalen Rose headline a list of 30 finalists for induction into the 2017 class of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. The ballot was released Friday. Here's how you can vote. 

Waymo vs Uber

  • It took Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that it was possible because a former employee stole the designs and technology and started a new company.

A feces swastika

  • One of the top art schools in the U.S. is investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti made out of human waste was found in a gender-neutral bathroom.

Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, the boyfriend of Rose (Allison Williams), who’s caught in a nightmare at her parents’ estate.

Catch a flick

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