News at Noon: Tale of a temple; undone by nuggets

The Detroit News

Today is Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and here's what's making news today:

Pastor Aramis Hinds of Breakers Covenant Church International is leading an interfaith effort to restore the former Temple Beth El synagogue in Bloomfield Hills back to its full magnificence, but as a multiuse facility.

Temple Beth El looking for new life

Jews, Christians, whites and blacks are joining forces to restore the historic 1922 Temple Beth El building in Detroit. They also want to renovate it into a community center with a performing arts theater, fitness center and co-working space. All faiths will be welcome for worshiping.

Pizza Pizza! Pistons

Sales of new season tickets for the Detroit Pistons’ return to the city are so brisk the team currently ranks as the second highest seller among National Basketball Association teams.

Courtside seats — 402 folding chairs that range from $70,400 to $13,200 for 41 home games plus the preseason — sold out within a few weeks last month. Beyond new season ticket holders, the Pistons are on track to retain more than 80 percent of those who had full season tickets for the 2016-17 season, according to team officials. Half season and partial season tickets, along with single game tickets, go on sale later this summer.

NFL star commits suicide

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself today in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, taking his life on the same day his ex-teammates on the New England Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory. Hernandez’s death means his murder conviction is likely to disappear. He was 27 years old.

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Undone by nuggets

Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries.

The man who police say shot a Cleveland retiree at random and posted video of the killing on Facebook pulled up to the drive-thru window of a McDonald’s restaurant outside Erie, Pennsylvania, and waited for his order. It was day three of the multi-state manhunt for him, and an employee recognized him and called police.

We've got to keep Stafford

Matthew Stafford has a lot to handle these days as a quarterback, husband, father and face of a franchise. He has two new bundles of responsibility in recently born twin daughters Sawyer and Chandler. And he soon might add another big bundle of responsibility as, potentially, the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Wojo says there’s plenty of time to seal the deal and he thinks they’ll get it done, as they should. To him, it’s not even a debate.

A baby named Harbaugh

Gregg Fettig always has been a Michigan football fan, and when he and wife, Lani, needed to find a name for their fourth son, they did not have to cast a wide net.

Harbaugh Lee Fettig entered the world Sept. 1, and the family sent out birth announcements, complete with baby Harbaugh posed with a Michigan football. And of course, the announcement made its way to his namesake.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh shows off the birth announcement for Harbaugh Lee Fettig.

Not a game anymore

The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year.

More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s lobbying arm.

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