In Case You Missed It: Top Stories From the Week (Jan. 24-28)

Marrow’s executive chef is competing on ‘Top Chef,’ GM announces a more than $7 billion investment in manufacturing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers State of the State address, and more news
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Detroit chef Sarah Welch, pictured above, is competing on the new season of Top Chef. // Photograph by David Moir/Bravo

Marrow’s executive chef will compete on the new season of Top Chef.

Sarah Welch is one of 15 chefs competing on the 19th season of the cooking reality show, which premieres March 3.

Here is a recap of this year’s State of the State address.

During her speech, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue major funding for Michigan schools, support legislation capping insulin costs, and enhance access to mental health care.

Check out this new gelato and coffee shop in Detroit’s Corktown.

Located within the Elton Park mixed-use development, Momento Gelato offers an array of the Italian dessert along with espresso drinks and small breakfast and lunch plates. 

The Oxford High shooting suspect will pursue an insanity defense.

The teenager will undergo mental health exams. Additionally, the parents of Tate Myre, who was killed in the shooting, have filed a lawsuit against school officials and the suspect’s parents.

A public farewell vigil was held for the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Detroit City Councilmember Angela Calloway hosted the vigil to honor the nearly century-old structure. It will soon be demolished to make way for a new transit center.

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The Ultium Cells facility will be located in Lansing. The plant is scheduled to open in late 2024. // Image courtesy of GM

GM is investing more than $7 billion in four Michigan manufacturing sites.

The investment will create 4,000 new jobs and includes the development of a new $2.6 billion Ultium Cells battery manufacturing facility in Lansing.

Michigan’s health department is distributing 10 million free KN95 masks.

In a statement, Gov. Whitmer encouraged Michiganders to pick up their mask at their local MDHHS office, public health department, or community organization.

A Detroit activist takes a mail-order abortion pill on live TV.

Jex Blackmore was discussing abortion rights on Fox 2 when she paused to take a mifepristone pill. Blackmore told Metro Times she did it to destigmatize the medication.

A Detroit-born actor stars in The Gilded Age on HBO.

Douglas Sills plays French chef Monsieur Baudin in the series, which premiered this week. Sills splits his time between acting and working at his family’s West Bloomfield company.

Oakland University mistakenly tells students they’ve received full rides.

Nearly 5,500 students were accidentally notified of the award. This comes days after Central Michigan University admitted to mistakenly sending out scholarship notifications.

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