In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Sept. 20-24)

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun steps down as Michigan’s chief medical executive, a dance drama set in Detroit premieres on Fox, Eminem is opening a Mom’s Spaghetti diner, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a new plan to wirelessly charge moving vehicles
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, pictured above at Motor Bella, announced a plan on Tuesday that would charge moving vehicles. // Photograph courtesy of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan could have the nation’s first road that wirelessly charges electric vehicles. 

A partnership called the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot plans to develop the infrastructure on a one-mile stretch of road within Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County.

An abandoned asylum is turned into a Halloween attraction.

The Eloise Asylum property, which is already said to be haunted, has been transformed into two immersive, horror-themed walk-throughs. The attraction opens Oct. 1.

Michigan reaches 1 million COVID-19 cases.

The state’s infection numbers have been trending upward for 11 weeks. Around 56.5 percent or 5.1 million residents 12 years and older are fully vaccinated.

Detroit natives took the stage at New York Fashion Week.

Designers Kevan Hall and Anna Sui, and independent fashion network Indie Fashion presented collections.

Gene Timmer, the owner of Dutch Girl Donuts, dies at age 75.

Timmer passed away last Friday from cancer. The popular Detroit doughnut shop had recently closed temporarily due to staffing shortages.

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The Big Leap premiered on Fox earlier this week. // Photograph courtesy of George Burns/FOX

A new Fox dance drama set in Detroit premiered this week. 

The Big Leap is a scripted series about a reality show that gives amateur dancers a shot at learning choreography to Swan Lake to perform on TV.

Eminem is launching a diner in Detroit.

Mom’s Spaghetti opens Sept. 29 next to the new Union Assembly. The menu will feature spaghetti dishes and a “s’ghetti” sandwich, and the diner will also sell merch.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun steps down as Michigan’s chief medical executive.

Khaldun is leaving her role for a job outside of state government. Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, an epidemiologist, will serve as interim chief medical executive starting Oct. 1.

A new shop celebrating Mexican culture opens in Eastern Market.

Viva La Vida Imports is owned by Mexico City natives Paola Portillo and Diana Miranda. The products are made by Indigenous communities in Mexico.

A Michigan park is named a top skinny-dipping location. ranked Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the U.P. as No. 31 out of 100. But as a disclaimer, skinny dipping is illegal in the state.

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