In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Aug. 8-12)

The Detroit Zoo reopens its Butterfly Garden, Motown’s Lamont Dozier dies at 81, the house for sale next to Little Caesars Arena burns down, and more metro Detroit headlines
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Butterfly Garden reopens at the Detroit Zoo.

After months of being closed due to repairs and upgrades, visitors can now return to the Butterfly Garden to see dozens of butterfly species as well as a new living plant wall.

Detroit Tigers fire general manager Al Avila after seven seasons.

Avila spent more than two decades with the Tigers, also serving as executive vice president. During his tenure, the team finished in last place in the American League Central Division four times.

A house for sale next to Little Caesars Arena burns down.

The house was listed for more than $2 million and known for its hold-out position around major developments in the Ilitch’s District Detroit plan. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19.

In a statement issued Monday night, Whitmer said she was experiencing mild symptoms and plans to follow proper protocols while maintaining a remote schedule.

Book Beat is celebrating 40 years this month.

The Oak Park store will host a celebration on Aug. 28 that features the launch of photographer Bruce Harkness’ book and a book signing by author Beverly Jenkins.

Motown songwriter-producer Lamont Dozier dies at 81.

As one-third of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, Dozier wrote chart-topping hits for dozens of acts including Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, and the Supremes.

Ford and DTE reach deal that will help automaker’s plants go carbon-free.

The deal ensures all Ford vehicles manufactured in Michigan will be assembled with 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2025.

Barry Sanders opens a restaurant in downtown Detroit.

The former Lions running back was at the grand opening of Barry Sanders’ Lefty’s Cheesesteak earlier this week. The space is decorated with memorabilia from his football career.

A highly invasive species spotted in Michigan could threaten the grape industry.

The spotted lanternfly was detected Wednesday in Oakland County. The insect feeds on grapevines and trees and produces a sticky liquid that discolors or kills plants.

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