In Case You Missed It: Top Stories From the Week (Jan. 3-7)

American Coney Island’s Chuck Keros dies at 88, COVID cases hit a record-high in Michigan, the Henry Ford announces new exhibits for 2022, and HopCat is coming back to Royal Oak
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Chuck Keros (right) was the owner of American Coney Island in Detroit. He passed away at the age of 88 last week. // Photograph courtesy of the Keros family

American Coney Island owner Chuck Keros dies at 88.

Chuck Keros was the second-generation owner of the iconic Detroit restaurant. He expanded the diner into a 24-hour restaurant and added Coney fries and the loose burger to its’ menu.

A Detroit native will be Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director.

Jamal Simmons, a Cass Technical High School alum, has worked in politics for two decades, contributing to political analysis on CNN, CBS News, NPR, and MSNBC.

A group of Detroit lawmakers plans to challenge redistricting maps.

The lawmakers say they will file suit in the Michigan Supreme Court, arguing the new congressional, state Senate, and state House maps disenfranchise Black candidates and voters.

Two upcoming Henry Ford exhibits will feature space, Disney, and more.

Apollo When We Went to the Moon will share items from the Apollo space program. Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume will explore the costumes of Disney characters.

Michigan sets its record for highest daily average COVID-19 case count this week.

The state averaged more than 13,600 cases per day over Tuesday and Wednesday. Health officials describe the situation as “critical” and continue urging vaccinations and boosters.

HopCat is returning to Royal Oak.

After closing its Royal Oak location nearly two years ago, the popular gastropub will open a new spot on Main Street in the city’s downtown.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is running for reelection in a newly created district.

Tlaib is seeking a third term in a new congressional district that merges west Detroit with Dearborn, western Wayne County, and Southfield.

Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley is heading to trial.

The teen waived his right to a preliminary exam and has been bound over for trial in Oakland County Circuit Court. He will be tried on terrorism and first-degree murder charges.

Supplies of home COVID-19 treatment pills arrive in Michigan.

Treatment courses of Merck’s Molnupiravir and Pfizer’s Paxlovid have arrived in the state. The pills require a prescription and have been shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths.

A new report finds saltier water is putting Lake Michigan wildlife at risk.

While experts say the rising salinity level of the lake is still relatively low, it could pose problems for the plants and animals in the smaller lakes and tributaries.

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