News@noon: Bringing back the power; end of an era

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, March 9, 2017, and if you have power in your home, count yourself lucky.

Around 1 million Michiganians lost power in the worst weather event in DTE Energy history and it is expected to be days before power is fully restored throughout the state.

A tree fell onto this house on Cherrylawn,  trapping a car in the driveway.

More than 857,000 statewide still don't have power. That's down from the 700,000 DTE customers and 300,000 Consumers Energy Consumers who initially went dark following Wednesday's wind storms.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day. Here's what else we are following today:

School changes

  • The State Board of Education should either be abolished or its members appointed by the governor, according to a panel commissioned by Gov. Rick Snyder to overhaul Michigan’s lagging performance. Tackling this would require voter approval of a constitutional amendment, but reformers view it as a much-needed and overdue approach to creating a cohesive education vision in Michigan.

Lead pipes

  • Detroit’s water chief says there are at least 125,000 lead service lines snaking beneath the city and carrying water into homes and businesses, a potentially dangerous threat that could take decades to remove and cost up to $500 million.

The future of Healthy Michigan

Coney Island robbed

  • Detroit police are working to find three people caught on camera robbing a man last week at west-side restaurant. Surveillance footage shows the three standing inside the Universal Coney Island on the 15900 block of Grand River about 6 p.m. Friday. See if you can help the cops identify them

UM safe on the ground

  • The Michigan men’s basketball team faced a harrowing ordeal Wednesday afternoon after its charter flight was involved in an accident at Willow Run Airport. No serious injuries were reported, but the photos of the incident are pretty terrifying. 

A plane carrying the Michigan men's basketball team slid off the runway Wednesday afternoon at Willow Run Airport. There were no injuries.

Good eating

End of an era

Throwback Thursday

Northville schoolchildren gather in the school's air raid shelter but brought along books to read. The girl on the far right is holding "Sinfi and the Little Gypsy Goat," a 1940 book about a young gypsy girl who receives a long-wished-for pet when a mischievous white goat wanders into her family's camp.

  • More than 100,000 Detroiters volunteered to serve as air wardens and auxiliary fire fighters during World War II. They practiced wearing gas masks, rescuing injured people, learning first aid and putting out fires in an effort to prepare for air attacks from Germany or Japan that fortunately never came. Here's what it looked like at that time

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