In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (June 27-July 1)

Al Roker visits Detroit, Michigan Supreme Court drops Flint water crisis charges against former Gov. Synder, a ballot initiative aims to protect abortion rights, and metro Detroit gets its first case of monkeypox
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Al Roker, pictured above on The Today Show, visited Detroit on June 28. // Photograph by Nathan Congleton/NBC

Al Roker visits Detroit to sample Coney dogs.

Roker, who was in the city on June 28 to film Family Style with Al Roker, kicked off his day at the Detroit Riverfront. He was in town to try Coneys at American Coney Island and Chili, Mustard, Onion.

The first case of monkeypox is reported in metro Detroit.

The case was detected in Oakland County. According to the CDC, there are now 306 confirmed cases in 27 states and Washington D.C.

Red Wings name Tampa Bay Lightning’s Derek Lalonde as new head coach.

Lalonde, who has garnered two Stanley Cup wins as an assistant coach, has spent the past four years with the Florida team. “There’s a very bright future ahead in Detroit,” he says.

Charges in Flint water crisis dropped against former Gov. Synder and other officials.

The Michigan Supreme Court threw out the charges  on June 27. In a 6-0 opinion, the court said that a judge sitting as a one-person grand jury is not authorized to issue indictments.

Chef Max Hardy earns top prize at this year’s Detroit Burger Battle.

Hardy — owner of Coop Carribean Fusion and Jed’s Detroit, and Hour Detroit’s 2021 Restaurateur of the Year — won Best Burger for his Caribbean burger.

Meteorologist Kim Adams to return to WDIV.

Adams, who was featured in our 2020 Health Guide, will rejoin the TV station as a meteorologist on Aug. 8. She previously worked with WDIV off and on from 2002 to 2009 and briefly in 2013.

A Michigan ballot initiative aims to protect abortion rights in the state.

The Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All coalition must collect just over 425,000 signatures by July 11 to get the proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2022 ballot.

Cold Truth responds to backlash after saying it won’t serve police in body armor.

The Detroit ice cream shop will continue to serve police, but it will not do so when they’re in “heavy tactical gear” as the owner believes it can be intimidating. Detroit Police Department Chief James White says they’ve reached out to the owner to have a conversation.

Parents of accused Oxford High shooter plan to call him as a witness.

Jennifer and James Crumbley, who are represented by attorney Shannon Smith, are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. One legal expert says calling their son to testify could backfire for the defense.

Tony Hawk attends grand opening of his foundation’s new Detroit skate park.

The Chandler Park Skatepark opened on June 26. It was developed by Hawk’s foundation, The Skatepark Project, with support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

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