In Case You Missed It: Top Stories From the Week (June 21-25)

Michigan drops most of its COVID restrictions, the Woodward Dream Cruise is back for its 26th year, Big Sean rereleases his debut album, and a new campaign backed by Michelle Obama will feed local families
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (left) and Mayor Mike Duggan discuss the state’s COVID restrictions at a press conference at Belle Isle. // Photograph courtesy of Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Michigan drops most of its COVID restrictions as it reopens to full capacity.

Effective today, our pure Michigan summer is back,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a press conference at Belle Isle in Detroit on June 22. She was joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is back.

The 26th annual celebration is scheduled for Aug. 21. Ford’s original 1966 Bronco is among the noteworthy vehicles that will be on display.

The Michigan House approves a $65 billion plan to boost funding for schools.

The plan would increase funding by 8 percent for K-12 schools. Foundation allowance funding for schools would also increase $683 million, providing at least $8,700 per student.

A new campaign backed by Michelle Obama will feed families in Detroit.

The Pass the Love campaign by Partnership for a Healthier America will deliver meal kits to 5,500 food-insecure families in the city.

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Big Sean // Photograph courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Big Sean rereleased his debut album for its 10th anniversary.

The rapper and Detroit native released a remastered version of his 2011 record Finally Famous with an unreleased track on Friday.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed pens an essay on the pandemic’s end.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, which has plagued our lives for the last 14 months, won’t end in a singular moment,” says the epidemiologist and activist for Metro Times. “And that forces us to ask: How will this end?

Catch a free screening of the Detroit-made movie No Sudden Move.

The film, starring Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro, will show at Ford-Wyoming Drive-In on July 1. Concessions from American Coney Island and other local favorites will be served.

The Senate Oversight Committee’s report debunks 2020 Michigan election conspiracies.

The GOP-led panel released a report Wednesday, concluding there was no evidence of fraud. Following that, Donald Trump lashed out at two Michigan state senate leaders.

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