In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (June 13-17)

Digital license plates are available in Michigan, fires at Woodward Cocktail Bar and Somerset Collection, remembering Vincent Chin on the 40th anniversary of his killing, and more metro Detroit news
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RPlates are now available for purchase in Michigan. // Photograph courtesy of Reviver

You can now buy digital license plates in Michigan.

Battery-powered and wired RPlates can be driven through the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Drivers can renew their registration, report stolen vehicles, and more through an app.

Grand Rapids officer charged in fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya has been fired.

Christopher Schurr was terminated after waiving his right to a discharge hearing. The termination was effective June 10, a day after he was charged with second-degree murder.

Woodward Cocktail Bar “may be a total loss” after catching on fire.

A fire broke out at the Detroit bar on the morning of June 14. The fire department has yet to identify a cause and no injuries were reported.

Detroit honors Vincent Chin 40 years after he was killed.

The four-day Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication began yesterday. It aims to honor civil rights efforts and declare Detroit’s commitment against hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Dearborn chef Amanda Saab gets another shot on MasterChef.

The self-taught chef and baker was the first Muslim woman in a hijab to compete on the Fox show in 2015. Now she’s competing on a new show, MasterChef: Back to Win.

A local ice cream spot introduces Faygo flavors.

The soft drink company teamed up with Browndog Barlor & Restaurant to create six new flavors. The line includes Unicorn Swirl, Choc & Rye, Motown Jam, and others.

Detroit pastry chef Warda Bouguettaya wins a James Beard Award.

Bouguettaya, who owns Warda Pâtisserie, received her medal for Outstanding Pastry Chef at the June 13 ceremony in Chicago.

Detroit native Michael R. Jackson wins two Tony Awards.

The playwright won Best Musical and Best Book for Musical Awards for his play, A Strange Loop, during the ceremony on June 12.

Fire breaks out at Somerset Collection.

Officials say the blaze started in the kitchen of Capital Grille on the mall’s northside on the evening of June 13. It was extinguished a little after 6 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

A members-only art collectors club is coming to Detroit.

Commissioner will launch in the city soon. To join, members pay for a 10-month season that gives them access to limited-edition “mystery works” created by featured local artists.

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