In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Aug. 23-27)

The final phase of restoration begins on the Michigan Central Station, the James Beard Foundation is honoring Saffron de Twah, a new STEAM attraction opens at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the FBI raids Detroit City Hall
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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s new STEAM Park will include 23 exhibits. // Photograph courtesy of Toyota

STEAM Park debuts this month in Ann Arbor.

The two-story gallery at The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum consists of 23 exhibits displaying various engineering concepts.

The final phase of the Michigan Central Station restoration is underway. 

Finishing and restoring the historic train depot’s interior is the focus of this last stage. Work is expected to be finished in late 2022 or early 2023.

Wayne County imposes a school mask mandate.

The order takes effect immediately and requires K-12 students and staff to wear masks while in school and during school-sponsored indoor events, regardless of vaccination status.

Aug. 25 marked the 20th anniversary of singer and Detroit native Aaliyah’s death.

The cover story of this week’s Metro Times reflects on how Aaliyah’s career was cut short, her roots in the city, and the upcoming rereleases of her music catalog.

James Beard Foundation to recognize Detroit restaurant Saffron de Twah.

Chef-owner Omar Anani and other industry leaders who made a difference during the pandemic will be honored during the organization’s celebration tonight.

Malcolm X’s former Inkster home will be a museum.

The group Project We Hope, Dream and Believe worked for years to make the civil rights icon’s one-time address a landmark. In addition to displays, the attraction will also have a community center and garden.

The FBI raided Detroit City Hall and homes of City Council members and employees.

During the searches, FBI agents focused on municipal towing operations and accusations that city officials received bribes.

Detroit’s Fisher Building is listed for sale.

The ownership group, led by The Platform, purchased the building in 2015 for $12 million and has since completed a six-year, $30 million restoration on it.

Mayor Mike Duggan selects James White as Detroit police chief.

White has served as the interim police chief since James Craig retired in June. Duggan’s choice will have to be approved by the Detroit City Council when they return from recess.

Michigan groups prepare to help Afghan refugees.

Organizations like Bethany Christian Services and Samaritas are increasing staffing and attempting to secure housing for refugees following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.


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