In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (July 25-29)

Ford House unveils renovation of lagoon and pool, Pistons bring back the teal jersey, Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak is demolished, and more news
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Benson Ford stands on the diving board of the pool at Ford House. The historic estate recently completed its restoration of the lagoon and pool. // Photograph courtesy of Ford House Archives

Ford House completes restoration of its historic lagoon and pool.

The new area will open to visitors Aug. 1. The project restored the southeast corner of the estate to how it was originally imagined. Last year, Ford House revealed a new Visitor Center.

City of Detroit reaches a nearly $1.3 million settlement with Black Lives Matter protestors.

The money will go to members of Detroit Will Breathe, a protest group that demonstrated in 2020 in response to George Floyd’s murder.

An Oxford High School graduate performs on America’s Got Talent.

Singer Ava Swieczkowski, 18, appeared on this week’s audition round of the NBC show. She received “yes” votes from all four judges and will advance in the competition.

Main Art Theatre has been demolished.

The 80-year-old Royal Oak venue was torn down on July 25. “I’ve been coming here every 20-30 minutes just taking pictures; it’s just so sad,” a bystander said.

Pistons to bring back the teal jerseys for the 2022-23 season.

The design, worn from 1996-2001, will serve as the team’s Classic Edition uniforms for the upcoming season.

Gucci shuts down Twitter account claiming to be associated with Detroit store.

After a photo of a homeless person sleeping in front of the upcoming shop circulated on social media, an unverified Gucci account issued a statement on the matter.

A Birmingham jeweler pleads guilty to wire fraud scheme.

Joseph DuMouchelle was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for participating in a $12 million wire fraud scheme.

A musical about Frida Kahlo is coming to Broadway in 2024.

Personal stories and previously unshared details about Kahlo — who briefly lived in Detroit with her husband Diego Rivera — will be explored in Frida, The Musical.

“The Squad” visits Detroit.

Democratic U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Presley joined a rally supporting U.S. Rep Rashida Tlaib at Cass Technical High School on July 24.

Detroit City Council approves demolition of Packard Plant.

The city will pay $1.68 million to demolish the structure. The previous owner, a Peru-based real estate developer, was ordered to pay for the site’s deconstruction but missed the deadline.


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