Today is Friday, March 17, 2017, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. The celebrations at area bars and pubs have been underway for hours. Missing it? Get in the spirit.

Today is also the start of March Madness! If you're stuck at work and worried you won't be able to watch, fortunately for you — but not your bosses — all NCAA Tournament games will be available online. Many of the early round games, though, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. You can also follow the games here.

Michigan is playing Oklahoma State at 12:15 p.m. and MSU is playing Miami at 9:20 p.m.

UM fans, here's what you need to know: Finding the edge  | Keeping the heat on | Putting the past behind | Wilson and Wagner | Beilein gets the message

Spartans fans, here's what you need: Finding the edgeSeason of experience | Old ties | Testing Miles Bridges | The streak

Here's what else we're following today:

A cop killer?

  • Detroit police are investigating whether a man they say shot and wounded two officers was involved in the killing of a Wayne State University policeman last fall. Police Chief James Craig will be making a major announcement at 12:30 p.m. after a Detroit Police Academy graduation. We'll bring you the news as soon as we get it. 

  • Yesterday, Craig held a news conference to say investigators are looking into “similar characteristics” between the Wednesday night gunfire that injured the two Detroit officers near Ash and Tillman and the fatal shooting Nov. 22 of WSU officer Collin Rose.

Pushing back on pot

  •  It’s been a year since Detroit put laws in place to regulate medical marijuana shops and as of today, only two have been approved to operate out of more than 260 applications received.  The strict set of zoning and licensing requirements adopted in 2015 by the City Council went into effect last March. That’s when all shops — existing and new — seeking to operate lawfully were required to apply online, submit plans, meet rules and obtain licensing, or face closure.

Red Wing shoes

  • The Detroit Red Wings have entered their home stretch at Joe Louis Arena, and Royal Oak sneaker boutique Burn Rubber is giving fans something to wear to the final games. Burn Rubber has partnered with Reebok to create the red, black and white sneaker, which honors the Wings and the team’s history in a number of ways. Check em out!

Border issues

Under surveillance 

Selling the slammer

  • Perched atop an Adirondack mountain, the 325-acre site for sale seems to have everything a developer could want: spectacular views, a man-made lake and close proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs. Oh, and former President Ulysses S. Grant lived out his final days in a home next door. But the property on Mount McGregor was also a former New York state prison, and if history is any guide, it will be a tough sell.

Meeting Merkel

  • If President Donald Trump wanted a close working relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he had a funny way of showing it during his presidential campaign. Trump, who will welcome Merkel to the White House on Friday, spent much of 2016 bashing the chancellor, accusing her of “ruining” Germany for allowing an influx of refugees from Syria.

New pieces for a classic

  • The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game Monopoly. In their place will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky.

Catch a flick

  • If you're looking to head to the movies this weekend, our film critics have some suggestions. This week they reviewed: Live action stunner Beauty and the Beast,  Kedi, a look at the street cats of Istanbul, a disappointing The Last Word and the thorny little film The Sense of an Ending

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