In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (May 17-21)

Ford unveils its first electric pickup and President Joe Biden gives a speech at the automaker’s Dearborn plant, Detroit breaks ground on Joe Louis Greenway, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces outdoor capacity limits will lift June 1, and the trailer for the new Aretha Franklin movie is released
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The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning revealed at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn on May 19. // Photograph courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

President Joe Biden gave a speech at Ford and the auto company unveiled its first electric pickup truck.

While Biden spoke at Ford Motor Co.’s electric vehicle plant in Dearborn on May 18, crowds gathered nearby to protest the president’s support of Israel. Freep shared live updates of the president’s visit on its website. The following day, the auto company unveiled the F-150 Lightning. Arriving next spring, the truck starts at less than 40,000 and has enough energy to power an entire home.

Mayor Mike Duggan names Detroit’s new interim police chief.

James White, the executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, will step into the role following chief James Craig’s retirement on June 1.

Watch the new trailer for an upcoming Aretha Franklin movie.

Jennifer Hudson will play the Queen of Soul in Respect, scheduled to premiere Aug. 13. The movie comes only months after the National Geographic series Genius: Aretha.

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An artist’s rendering of the Joe Louis Greenway. // Image courtesy of City of Detroit

Detroit breaks ground on the Joe Louis Greenway

Officials broke ground on the $200 million project today. The nearly 28-mile loop of pedestrian and bike paths is named after the late boxing legend.

Nicole Curtis has won her fight against Detroit’s land bank.

After a years-long dispute, a judge has awarded the HGTV star — who recently chatted with us about her show Rehab Addict Rescue — the Islandview home she’s been trying to save.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shares Michigan’s plan to ease capacity restrictions during a press conference in Midland. // Photograph courtesy of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Outdoor capacity limits will lift on June 1.

The news comes after the CDC announced its revised mask guidelines last week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the majority of the state’s remaining restrictions will be lifted on July 1.

An Albanian immigrant who spent three years in a Detroit church is freed.  

Ded Rranxburgaj took sanctuary inside Central United Methodist Church in 2018. Following a deal with the Department of Justice, he can now travel and live freely.

Glenn Close and Mila Kunis play metro Detroiters in a new film.

Four Good Days tells the true story of a daughter’s battle with drug addiction and a mother’s struggle to trust her again. The movie is available starting Friday.


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Rachael Thomas is an editorial assistant at Hour Detroit magazine. Thomas primarily covers the fashion and lifestyle content in the magazine’s 24/Seven section, and contributes to feature stories and web pieces. She also writes up the Hour Daily newsletter. (Make sure to subscribe!) A budding writer, Thomas has been published in Model D, The Morning Sun, and publications at her alma mater, Central Michigan University. Thomas can be reached at rthomas@hour-media.com.