In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (June 14-18)

Detroiters could be voting on reparations for Black residents, Henry Ford III announces he’s stepping back from Ford Motor Co., Diana Ross releases a new single, and Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health plan to merge
Henry Ford III will step down from his role at Ford Motor Co. // Photograph courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Henry Ford III is stepping down from Ford Motor Co.

After 15 years, the great-great grandson of Henry Ford is leaving his investor relations position effective July 1. He will remain a member of the company’s board of directors.

Michigan is rolling back the remaining major COVID-19 orders ahead of schedule.

State-issued mask mandates, restrictions on gathering sizes, and capacity limits for restaurants, stores, and other venues will lift on June 22, days ahead of the original July 1 deadline.

Detroiters could be voting on reparations for Black residents.

Attorney Todd Perkins, who is part of the grassroots effort collecting signatures to support reparations, is submitting a ballot initiative for the November election. And on Tuesday, the Detroit City Council passed President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield’s reparations resolution without any objection.

Diana Ross
Diana Ross’ new single is called “Thank you.” // Video still: YouTube

Diana Ross is back with a new single and video.

“Thank You” is the first single from the Detroit native’s upcoming album. The video features footage of Ross throughout her post-Supremes career.

New legislation would withhold funds from cities like Detroit that use facial recognition.

The new act would ban the use of the technology on a federal level and retain money from police departments using it.

Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre permanently closes.  

The Best of Detroit-winning theater was kicked out by its landlord. Main Art Theatre operated for more than 80 years and was known for offering foreign and indie titles.

Huntington commits money to Michigan and Detroit in new $40 billion community plan.

The state will receive $11 billion, and Detroit and Wayne County will receive $1 billion. The plan follows the company’s merger with TCF Financial Corp.

beaumont health
Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health announced their plan to merge this week. // Photograph courtesy of Beaumont

Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health announce plan to merge.

Leaders from both systems believe creating a new health system will provide more accessible, affordable, and equitable coverage for Michiganders.

A Marvin Gaye biopic is heading to screens in 2023.

What’s Going On will be directed by Detroit native Allen Hughes and co-produced by Dr. Dre. The film will have full rights to use the Motown legend’s music.

Federal judge blocks Detroit from processing recreational marijuana license applications.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said the city’s marijuana ordinance gave “likely unconstitutional” advantages to long-time Detroit residents.

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