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Detroit Interim Police Chief James White Lays Out Plans for Summer

Detroit Interim Police Chief James White Lays Out Plans for Summer

DETROIT, June 3, 2021 ~ Tuesday, Detroit Interim Police Chief James White is in charge of the department following James Craig’s June 1 retirement. White was quick to announce the problems he will be immediately addressing. “Particularly going into the summer, the state is opening up, there is a lot going on right now, so violent…

Consumers Energy Raises Afternoon Usage Rates 50%

Consumers Energy Raises Afternoon Usage Rates 50%

LANSING, June 2, 2021 ~ This week, Consumers Energy began charging their 1.6 million customers 50% more during peak afternoon usage hours. The company announced the increased rate is effective weekdays starting Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is set to remain through September. “We are trying to encourage customers to take charge of…

100 Year-Old Message Found in Bottle at Michigan Central Station

100 Year-Old Message Found in Bottle at Michigan Central Station

Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty DETROIT, May 28, 2021 ~ Restoration crews are finding a myriad of artifacts inside Detroit’s Michigan Central Station. Demolition Laborer Lukas Nielson came across a glass bottle while tearing down old plaster. Inside the pre-prohibition Stroh’s bottle was a 108 year handwritten note, still legible. May 28, 2021 ~ Ford…

GM and Lockheed Martin Partner to Develop Lunar Vehicles

GM and Lockheed Martin Partner to Develop Lunar Vehicles

Photo: Lockheed Martin DETROIT, May 27, 2021 ~ General Motors and Lockheed Martin are partnering to develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts on the surface of the Moon. “This alliance brings together powerhouse innovation from both companies to make a transformative class of vehicles,” said Lockheed Martin Space Executive Vice President…

Whitmer Administration Releases Official Updated Mask Mandates

Whitmer Administration Releases Official Updated Mask Mandates

Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP via Getty DETROIT, May 24, 2021 ~ Monday, Governor Whitmer’s administration announced official updates to COVID-19 restrictions as cases and positive tests continue to decline. “The reason we can take these steps is thanks to every Michigander who has stepped up and taken action to keep themselves, their families, and…

Ford Unveils New Fully-Electric F-150 Lightning

Ford Unveils New Fully-Electric F-150 Lightning

Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty DETROIT, May 21, 2021 ~ Wednesday, Ford and the United Auto Workers union unveiled the new fully-electric F-150 Lightning pickup in Dearborn. The Lightning can come with up to 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft of torque.  The base model can travel 230 miles on a full charge.  An upgraded model…

Governor Whitmer Announces Lessened COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Whitmer Announces Lessened COVID-19 Restrictions

Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty LANSING, May 20, 2021 ~ Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a conference informing Michiganders on COVID-19 restriction updates. Starting June 1, all outdoor capacity limits will be lifted, meaning venues like Comerica Park can allow full seating.  Indoor capacity limits will still be limited to 50%, though the 11 p.m.…

Ford Fireworks Prohibit In-Person Viewing Again for 2021

Ford Fireworks Prohibit In-Person Viewing Again for 2021

Photo: Paul Warner / Getty DETROIT, May 18, 2021 ~ The Ford Fireworks will be a TV-only event again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are proud to bring the Ford Fireworks to our community in a very special way,” The Parade Company CEO Tony Micheals said.  b“We have an unwavering commitment to this…

Ford Field Vaccination Clinic Closes Monday Evening

Ford Field Vaccination Clinic Closes Monday Evening

Photo: Matthew Hatcher / Getty DETROIT, May 17, 2021 ~ The federally run mass vaccination clinic at Ford Field will close at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening. “I’m really proud of what we accomplished in eight weeks here. … Our goal was to maximize efforts to reach as many people as possible. COVID cases were surging…

Construction Resumes on Detroit Riverwalk, Completion Expected by Fall 2022

Construction Resumes on Detroit Riverwalk, Completion Expected by Fall 2022

Photo:  Detroit Riverwalk Conservancy DETROIT, May 13, 2021 ~ The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has restarted the build of Detroit’s Riverwalk, a phase of the project that officially kicked-off through a groundbreaking ceremony held Wednesday. When work is completed in fall of 2022, the former Uniroyal site will complete the originally-planned 3.5 mile connection between Belle…

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