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News@noon: Pazcki madness; Trump's speech

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, and if you're in Metro Detroit, you know that today is Paczki Day! In fact, there's a pretty good chance you are in line for Paczki now.

For many, it's a family tradition not to be missed. And for some, the magic has run its course.

These paczki are ready for the customer.

If you're new here, the manager of Hamtramck’s New Martha Washington Bakery shares things you didn’t know about the Fat Tuesday treat.

And if you're feeling brave, American Coney Island wants to offer you a little more meat with your baked good. After all, Mardi Gras is the one time of year people can get away with acting like fools.

Here's what else we're working on today:

Keeping up with Trump

  • President Donald Trump says he believes President Barack Obama is behind some of the protests against Republican lawmakers across the country. In an interview with Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” that aired Tuesday, Trump responded to a question about the protests, saying, “I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it.” (Maybe the President missed this?)

President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, on the couch.

  • White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is involved in a controversy of her own: Photos showing her kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.
  • Trump’s advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday, his first address to Congress, to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care, infrastructure, and military spending. Can he refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected? 

Governor on board

Betsy DeVos and 'intolerance'

  • Ingrid Jacques says the left has an intolerance problem when it comes to Besty DeVos. Read her column here

A place for all

  • The string of threats nationwide against the Jewish community hit Metro Detroit on Monday, putting local cemeteries, community centers and schools on high alert. A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Hebrew Day School in Ann Arbor and joined a list of abuses across the country. 

  • A University of Michigan student group demanding a campus space for students of color is under fire by some who are calling the request racist. However, the group, Students4Justice, says its intentions are being misinterpreted.

Dancing to beat cancer

Will Thomas leads a group of local dancers Monday in a flash mob for Tessa Prothero for her ninth birthday at her home in Royal Oak.

  • While Tessa Prothero was having a dance party in her bedroom with her family Monday evening, little did she know that 300 other dancers, including family and friends, were minutes from performing a flash mob dance in front of her home to celebrate her birthday. The hope was that it would cheer up Tessa, 9, who is battling brain cancer.

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