News@noon: A raid, a rebuild and Adele

The Detroit News

Today is Monday, March 27, 2017, and the Michigan State Police and FBI are conducting a joint investigation involving Sen. Bert Johnson, according to police. Search warrants were served Monday morning at his residence in Highland Park and office in Lansing, state police spokeswoman Shannon Banner said in an email.

The Highland Park raid was taking place on McLean off of Woodward at the home of the senator, who has served since 2010.

Here's what we know so far. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

Buying Detroit

  • At first, the Home Team Detroit development group considered buying every property in the city headed for this year’s annual county tax foreclosure auction. Instead, the real estate group is settling for a swath of the northwest side that covers 25 square miles and 24 neighborhoods. That’s an area larger than Manhattan.

A Corvette SUV?

  • What if Chevrolet made a Corvette SUV? Maybe that’s not so far-fetched. Corvette is a singular car within Chevrolet, and in many ways is a performance brand unto itself. Almost every performance brand now has its own crossover; the most prominent of which is Porsche’s money-machine, the Cayenne.

The Detroit News’ Corvette SUV concept reflects a stretched version of the sports car’s seventh-generation architecture.

  • If Corvette did make an SUV, what would it look like? Detroit News presentation editor Jamie Hollar drew his own concept car, shown here. And The Detroit News talked to ex-GM big wigs, auto analysts and car enthusiasts for their ideas on what the high-performance SUV should be.

Rebuilding the Wings

  • The NHL playoffs begin April 12, but for the first time in a long time, the Red Wings aren’t going to be there. And the streak of 25 consecutive seasons of the Red Wings reaching the playoffs will come to an end. So what’s the plan to fix it? How do the Red Wings, and Holland, make sure it doesn’t happen again next spring, once the team is in Little Caesars Arena? It's already begun

Getting ready for Opening Day

Bankole on Detroit demolitions

  • "Detroit’s demolition program continues to be a scandal that raises questions about the fiscal knowledge and the management skills of those designated to run it.

  • Unless Mayor Mike Duggan overhauls the administrative structure of the program jointly run by the Detroit Land Bank Authority and the Detroit Building Authority, it will continue to generate embarrassing headlines for the city."

Honoring Rich Fisher

  • Funeral arrangements for longtime Detroit news anchor Rich Fisher have been announced. Fisher died Friday, March 24, 2017, of cancer of the esophagus, his family said. He was 67.

  • A visitation is set for 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks in Clawson. A memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Beaten to death 

  • The Wayne County Prosecutor has charged a 36-year-old Detroit man in the Friday fatal beating of his mother, officials said. Raymond Mealy has been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear Monday in 36th District Court in Detroit for a hearing on the case.

Kushner and Russia

  • President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday.

  • Jared Kushner has agreed to speak to the committee, which is conducting an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including whether there are any ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin, the White House said.

Adele performs "Hello" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Adele's last tour?

  • Adele fans who didn’t catch her on her world tour that’s winding down may be out of luck in the future. The New Zealand Herald reports Adele told the audience during Sunday night’s show in Auckland that “touring isn’t something I’m good at” and she doesn’t know if she “will ever tour again.” 

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