In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (April 4-8)

Detroit Tigers unveil new merchandise and events for the 2022 season, Gov. Whitmer and Planned Parenthood seek to overturn Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, the historic Grande Ballroom is up for sale, and a judge orders the demolition of the Packard auto plant.
Detroit Tigers
The Tigers will offer new apparel and merchandise, do giveaways, and more throughout the season. // Photo: IStock

Detroit Tigers unveil new food, apparel, merchandise, and events.

Throughout the 2022 season, folks can enjoy new items from The D Shop, fan giveaway items, theme nights and special events, and more.

Detroit City Council approves recreational marijuana ordinance.

The ordinance goes into effect April 20, when processing of applications for unlimited licenses can begin.

Funk Brothers guitarist Joe Messina dies at 93.

Messina passed away Monday after a 12-year battle with kidney disease. As one of the original bandmates, Messina is considered a cornerstone of Motown sound.

New report says enrollment is down at 80 percent of Michigan’s 15 public universities. 

The Michigan Association of State Universities’ report found that only three universities have seen an increase in enrollment in the last decade.

Detroit’s historic Grande Ballroom is up for sale.

The long-abandoned rock venue, which hosted performances by MC5 and Pink Floyd, is on the market for $5 million.

A judge orders the demolition of the Packard plant.

Owner Fernando Palazuelo must remove all debris from the site and demolish all buildings and structures on the property. It must be completed within 90 days of the order.

A Black-owned pizzeria opens in Detroit.

Detroit Pizza Bar, located on McNichols Road, hosted its soft opening last Friday and will officially open for business on April 8.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Planned Parenthood seek to overturn Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban.

Whitmer has filed a lawsuit in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s potential overturn of Roe v. Wade. She said she could use her executive authority to seek immediate intervention from the state’s Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood has filed a separate suit in the Michigan Court of Claims.

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