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News@noon: Rescue on the water; futbol Americano

The Detroit News

Today is Monday, April 24, 2017, and here's the story of how, in its 143rd year on the Detroit River, the J.W. Westcott Co. once again went beyond its normal mail-delivery duties and helped save lives.

Senior Captain Ryan Gazdecki pilots the J.W. Westcott II along the Detroit River during a launch delivery.

This time, Senior Capt. Ryan Gazdecki helped rescue a pregnant woman, two Detroit police officers and a medic who had jumped into the water to help the woman on April 17. It’s the third time Gazdecki has been part of life-saving efforts in his 13 seasons at the marine-based mail delivery ship — the only mail ship remaining with its own floating ZIP code.

Here's what else is in the news today:

  • Democrat candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed wants to make Michigan a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, pushing back against Republican President Donald Trump’s call to increase enforcement and deportations. Check out his other plans
  • Mel Pearson has been named the new head hockey coach at Michigan, replacing Red Berenson, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 33 years and a pair of national championships. Learn more about him and his previous Michigan ties. 
  • Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson is in custody, two days after he was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. In making its decision, the court upheld a previous federal appeals court ruling from last year that determined GM remains responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred pre-bankruptcy because the company knew about the problem for more than a decade, but kept it secret from the bankruptcy court.
  • If the Palace of Auburn Hills is being set aside in favor of a new arena for the Pistons, it's not going to go quietly. Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.” tour is heading there July 26. Get the details.

US hip hop singer Kendrick Lamar performs in Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 16, 2017, in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

  • Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100% false and a complete fabrication.” Southfield native Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his radio show in Detroit.
  • Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast Monday evening.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh takes a selfie near the Spanish Steps on Monday in Rome.

  • The Wolverines are bringing futbol Americano to Rome this week. The team will be in Italy until Sunday as part of an educational trip to, as coach Jim Harbaugh says, put the “college back into college football.” They will conclude with three spring practices, but their time will be spent touring Rome, taking in an opera, attending a cooking school, going to the Vatican and visiting gladiator school, among other stops.

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