Morning 4: New owner of Oakland Mall has plans; Ukraine-Russia peace talks resume

Here are the top stories for the morning of March 29, 2022

In this photo provided by Turkish Presidency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, gives a speech to welcome the Russian and Ukrainian delegations ahead of their talks, in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The first face-to-face talks in two weeks between Russia and Ukraine were due to start Tuesday, raising flickering hopes of an end to a war that has ground into a bloody campaign of attrition. (Turkish Presidency via AP) (Uncredited)

Morning 4 is a quick roundup of stories we think you should know about to start your day. So, let’s get to the news.


Mother, 9-month-old baby found dead from carbon monoxide in Harper Hospital parking garage

Kellye Canty and her nine-month-old baby Kanaan had just dropped her mother off for a doctor’s appointment at Harper Hospital. Canty and her baby remained in the car in the parking garage with the car running.

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Kellye Canty and her nine-month-old baby Kanaan had just dropped her mother off for a doctor’s appointment at Harper Hospital. Canty and her baby remained in the car in the parking garage with the car running. When her mother was ready to leave the doctor’s office, she called Canty and got no answer. She then called Canty’s husband, DeMarray Canty. He, too, called Kellye Canty and got no answer.

New owner of Oakland Mall in Troy announces plans for revitalization, name change

The parking lot at Oakland Mall may never be as full as it once was, but the mall’s new owner said he has plans to improve.

In recent years, when long-standing malls have come under new ownership the plans have often involved demolition. Oakland Mall’s new owner, Mario Kiezi, 31, said he is more interested in a renovation. He plans to bring foot traffic back to the mall. (Read more)

The parking lot at Oakland Mall may never be as full as it once was, but the mall’s new owner said he has plans to improve. In recent years, when long-standing malls have come under new ownership the plans have often involved demolition. Oakland Mall’s new owner, Mario Kiezi, said he is more interested in a renovation. He plans to bring back foot traffic. Kiezi wants to transform the shopping plaza into a family destination. He said there’s the potential to have farmer’s markets in the parking lot, new anchor restaurants, and attract national entertainers.

Ukraine, Russia hold new talks aimed at ending the fighting

The first face-to-face talks in two weeks between Russia and Ukraine began Tuesday in Turkey, raising flickering hopes there could be progress toward ending a war that has ground into a bloody campaign of attrition.

An adviser to the Ukrainian president said the meeting in Istanbul was focused on securing a cease-fire and guarantees for Ukraine’s security — issues that have been the focus of previous unsuccessful negotiations.

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Will Smith apologizes for Oscars slap

The day after slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage and upending the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith issued an apology to the comedian, to the academy and to viewers at home, saying he was “out of line” and that his actions are “not indicative of the man I want to be.”

The fallout from Smith’s actions during Sunday’s ceremony continued Monday as Hollywood and the public continued to wrestle with a moment that stunned the Dolby Theatre crowd and viewers at home. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences condemned Smith striking Rock, who had made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and said it would launch an inquiry.

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Weather forecast: Winter weather advisory tonight in SE Michigan

All of Metro Detroit will be in a Winter Weather Advisory starting at 10pm lasting overnight and expiring at noon Wednesday. The main concern is the snow and ice on the roads overnight making for miserable travel conditions in many spots. Look for a wintry mix to move in just before midnight and this could very well be snow, sleet, and a little bit of freezing rain, or ice.



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