In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (April 12-16)

Michigan extends its COVID restrictions as Beaumont reaches critical capacity and the CDC director advises the state to “shut things down,” Democrats work to get ahead of Republicans’ effort to limit voting rights, and Frankenmuth’s Greta Van Fleet releases a new album
Beaumont hospitals have reached critical capacity as COVID numbers continue to rise in the state. // Photograph courtesy of Beaumont

Beaumont hospitals are at critical capacity.

The number of Beaumont patients infected with the virus has reached more than 800, exceeding the numbers seen during Michigan’s last virus surge in the fall.

Detroit native Shaun Robinson executive produces two new Lifetime movies.

The former Access Hollywood anchor executive produced Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Story and Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story. Both films premiere this month.

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Robert Williams is suing the Detroit police. // Photograph courtesy of ACLU Michigan

A Black man who was wrongfully arrested is suing the Detroit police.

Robert Williams of Farmington Hills was arrested in January 2020 following a false facial recognition match. Williams filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday.

The state extends COVID restrictions.

Rules from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office require workers to continue working remotely except when it’s not feasible. Additionally, on Friday, the state extended its current COVID restrictions. The order — which includes testing for youth athletics and operating indoor dining at no more than 50 percent capacity — requires children as young as 2 to start wearing masks.

A new video gaming lounge and event space is heading to Detroit.

The hip hop- and comic book-themed Playa Vs. Playa Gaming Lounge will have game counsels for all generations from the original Atari system to the PS5.

Watch Frankenmuth’s Greta Van Fleet perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Grammy-winning rock group performed the single “Heat Wave.” The song is on the band’s second album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, which debuts today.

Flint native Clarissa Shields has her first mixed martial arts match this summer.

The two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist is joining the Profession Fighters League. Her debut match is set for June 10 with opponent Brittney Elkin.

Detroit’s new Meijer will feature a Mudgie’s and Great Lakes Coffee. // Rendering courtesy of Meijer

Mudgie’s and Great Lakes Coffee to open locations in Detroit’s new Meijer.

The grocery store will open later this year on East Jefferson Avenue and feature local products as well as a flower shop, prepared foods section, and extensive alcohol section.

A loophole in Michigan’s Constitution could let Republicans limit voting rights.

A voter-driven petition could bypass Gov. Whitmer’s veto to impose new voting restrictions. Michigan Democrats and activists are working to get ahead of Republicans’ plan.

CDC director says Michigan needs to “shut things down.” 

Dr. Rochelle Walensky warns that vaccines aren’t a quick answer to the COVID surge and that the state should close things down as it did last year.

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