In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (July 26-30)

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin dies, Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood gets a historical marker, Jennifer Hudson is coming to town for a private screening of ‘Respect,’ and Halal Guys is opening a location in Dearborn Heights
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Carl Levin, who died yesterday at the age of 87, was Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator. // Photograph courtesy of U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87.

Levin was Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator. In an interview with Hour Detroit earlier this year, he discussed his memoir Getting to the Heart of the Matter and his 36 years in the Senate.

Jennifer Hudson will visit Detroit this weekend for the Respect promotional tour.

The star of Aretha Franklin’s upcoming biopic will attend a private screening. The same day, the Detroit Historical Museum’s exhibit featuring wardrobe from the film will debut.

DraftKings is planning sports and betting bars for the Motor City.

The online sportsbook company is partnering with venue company Sports & Social to bring upscale lounges to Detroit and Nashville.

The Halal Guys is opening its first Michigan location in Dearborn Heights.

The famed New York eatery and multimillion-dollar franchise is known for its chicken and rice dish smothered in garlicky white sauce.

Marble Bar will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry. 

The Detroit bar is one the first to implement these requirements, which will go into effect July 30.

Meet the designer who walked for hours in Wyoming to get Kanye West’s attention.

Quandell Wright, owner of Detroit fashion brand William Palmer Homme, traveled to West’s Cody, Wyoming, ranch for a chance to get his designs in the rapper’s hands.

Michiganders say farewell to the beloved Home Depot hot dog.

Local vendor William Pachota was preparing to reopen his stalls when he learned the chain will permanently close all hot dog stands in its Michigan locations.

Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood receives a state historical marker.

The area was once one of the most thriving Black communities in the city. The marker, located in Lafayette Central Park, highlights Black Bottom’s history and famous residents.

Legendary restaurant columnist Danny Raskin dies at 102.

Raskin wrote for the Detroit Jewish News for nearly 80 years. He profiled an eatery every week in his column “Best of Everything” — and never wrote a bad review.

A case of a deadly fungal infection has been confirmed in Oakland County.

A state laboratory in Lansing confirmed the fungus, Candida auris, in a culture collected in May. The spread of the medication-resistant infection is not related to the pandemic.

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