4 things to watch for -- Thursday, July 11th

Kim DeGiulio WDIV-TV Local 4
Kim DeGiulio WDIV-TV Local 4

Kim DeGiulio: To say my body is sore today would be an understatement. I’ve been training for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon and yesterday I ran 6.5 miles! I’m hoping to at least get to 10 miles for my training before the race in October. I’m not that competitive when it comes to running half marathons. I’m more of the “if I finish without dying then I’ll be proud of myself” type of person. I ran this same half marathon back in 2016 and I didn’t die then but I sure did feel like I was going to toward the end. Shortly after the race though, I felt amazing and was so proud of myself. That’s why I decided I wanted to run it again.


This warm weather has been perfect for my training. Not everybody likes running in hot weather but it’s what I prefer. I usually try to do it later in the evening when the sun isn’t too strong. Of course I’m still drinking tons of water to hydrate! With Brandon’s future forecast it looks like there’s going to be plenty of hot days for me to continue my training. I’ll just have to pay close attention so I don’t get caught in the rain! See you in the morning! 

Watch beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Here's what's coming up Thursday, July 11th, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- Weather and Traffic on the 4s

We will slowly lower the humidity levels over the next 24 hours, but it is still warm and muggy this morning. A few showers along a cool front early this morning and then mostly dry all day. We will see some sunshine mixing with a little cloud cover today with highs in the mid 80s after morning lows in the low to mid 70s. The humidity may not break until later this afternoon so mid 80s still feel like upper 80s in the early afternoon. The winds WNW 5-15 mph gusting 20-25 mph at times will drag a few lake enhanced clouds our way this afternoon but we shouldn’t see more than a few drips.

  • You can get the full forecast here.

Our Kim DeGiulio will also help you get around any potential trouble on the roads all morning.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here.

All Morning -- Weekend Events

Another nice summer weekend on tap with plenty of family-friendly events happening around town. We'll help you plan your weekend with a rundown of weekend events.

5:55 -- Back to Basics: Camping 

Camping and bugs go hand-in-hand, but there are ways to make the experience a little less buggy. From your body to your gear, the camping pros reveal the best way to avoid the bugs. 

6:40 a.m. -- Help Me Hank: Smartphone Lawn Care

Did you know you can use your smartphone or computer to have someone else cut your lawn? A local company is making it easy for you. Consumer investigator Hank Winchester shows us how it works.


Today's Trivia Retake 

Every morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Wednesday Question: Who founded Metro Detroit Youth Day?
  • Answer: Ed Deeb
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

Today's Quiz 

National Days: July 11th

  • National Cheer Up The Lonely Day
  • National Rainier Cherry Day
  • National Blueberry Muffin Day
  • All American Pet Photo Day
  • National Mojito Day
  • National 7-Eleven Day

A Look Back at History: July 11th

  • In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts.
  • In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.
  • In 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.
  • In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
  • In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy swore in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
  • In 1960, the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.
  • In 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.)
  • In 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was presented to polio vaccine pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk and (posthumously) to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by President Jimmy Carter.

Celebrity Birthdays: July 11th 

Celebrating a birthday Thursday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 5 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with -- 

  • Singer Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 72. 
  • Ventriloquist Jay Johnson (“Soap”) is 70.
  •  Actor Bruce McGill (“Animal House”) is 69. 
  • Singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 69. 
  • Actor Stephen Lang is 67. 
  • Actress Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”) is 66.
  • Actress Sela Ward is 63. 
  • Actor Mark Lester (“Oliver”) is 61.
  • Guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 60. 
  • Singer Suzanne Vega is 60. 
  • Actress Lisa Rinna is 56. 
  • Actress Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”) is 53. 
  • Actor Greg Grunberg (“Heroes,” ″Alias,” ″Felicity”) is 53. 
  • Rapper Lil’ Kim is 44. 
  • Actor Jon Wellner (“CSI”) is 44. 
  • Singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie is 43. 
  • Rapper Lil’ Zane is 37. 

Get to know the Local 4 News Today team better

Local 4 News Today links

About the Authors: