News@noon: UM falls; coal ash trash
Today is Friday, March 24, 2017, and the end has come for Michigan's young and talented basketball team.
If it was going to end, this was how it would end, against an opponent just as good, just as lethal, in a thriller that left no room to breathe. When Derrick Walton Jr. rose and fired the final shot, the horn sounded, the crowd shrieked, and Michigan finally hit the clank of disappointment.
You won’t find a basketball game any tighter than this, or a loss any tougher for the Wolverines, who had it in their grasp and let it slip away. Oregon rallied in the final minute to beat Michigan 69-68 Thursday night and deny the Wolverines a spot in the Elite Eight.
Guess that means we might as well move on to football.
Here's what else is happening today:
Health care battle
Republicans have pushed the GOP health care overhaul past an initial procedural hurdle in the House. That moves the chamber toward a climactic final vote that’s a big gamble for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. Friday’s procedural vote was 230-194.
They've been found
Two young children have been found safe with a relative after police waded through conflicting stories provided by the parents. Zammer Cox, 3, and Marcia Cox, 1, have been in the custody of the relative in Detroit since their mother dropped them off earlier this week, police said.
London attacker details emerge
Police are combing through “massive amounts of computer data” and have contacted thousands of witnesses as they look for clues about why a British-born man became radicalized and launched a deadly attack on Parliament, a senior police official said Friday.
As the fast-moving investigation led to more arrests and searches, police revealed that the attacker, Khalid Masood, was born Adrian Russell Ajao in southern England in 1964.
A Waterford Township police officer who was charged this week with domestic violence and criminal sexual conduct charges has been fired, officials said. Officer Brendon Moquin had initially been placed on administrative leave after the department learned late Monday about an alleged incident, which officials did not detail.
Old House, new house
- When you’ve completely restored what was once an abandoned house in Detroit from top to bottom, it’s hard to pinpoint just one favorite new spot when the work is done. The results and the process will unfold on “This Old House” in early April as 10 episodes following the Polk family and another Detroit project begin to air on Detroit Public Television.
Coal ash trash or treasure
Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America’s utilities are struggling to dispose of.
Critics call it a missed opportunity. Coal ash is treasure as well as trash, useful for projects from roads to concrete to wallboard. They want Virginia to mandate more recycling of the ash that’s already here, threatening to contaminate water sources or create an environmental disaster.
Carrie Fishers' last stand
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death following a heart attack in December.
- Chicago restaurant Honey Butter Fried Chicken will land in Detroit for two pop-up events next month, one at Russell Street Deli and another at Grey Ghost.
Catch a flick
- New movies are out this weekend? Not sure what to watch? Here's was film critic Adam Graham has to say: Raucous ‘T2 Trainspotting’ has a lust for life | Lazy ‘CHiPs’ has all the excitement of a rerun | So-so ‘Power Rangers’ is cheesy, self-serious | Kristen Stewart shines in ‘Personal Shopper’ | Woody Harrelson’s a malcontent with heart in ‘Wilson’ | Few signs of ‘Life’ in schlocky sci-fi tale | ‘American Anarchist’ questions responsibility
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