In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (May 9-13)

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy breaks ground on Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, former MSU basketball star Adreian Payer dies, Nike is suing StockX, and a wallaby is missing from the zoo
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy broke ground on the new Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park this week. // Photograph courtesy of Lt. Governor Gilchrist II

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy breaks ground on new park.

Set to open in 2024, the 22-acre Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park will feature a playground, a sports house, giant bear and otter-shaped slides, and more.

Former Michigan State Spartans basketball star Adreian Payne dies.

Payne was shot and killed May 9 in Orlando, Florida. He was 31. A suspect has been arrested for the shooting on a first-degree murder warrant.

Gov. Whitmer weighs in on Roe v. Wade for The New York Times.

“As a woman born and raised in Michigan, I have a moral obligation to stand up for the rights of the nearly 2.2 million Michigan women who will lose their right to make decisions about their own bodies if Roe falls,” Whitmer writes in her essay.

An individual attempted to climb the side of the Renaissance Center.

Video footage that surfaced on social media shows a person scaling the 727-foot landmark. The suspect has since been arrested.

A 5-month-old wallaby is missing from the Detroit Zoo.

The joey was discovered missing on May 8. The zoo said it’s unlikely a joey his age would survive an “extended amount of time away from the mother.”

Nike is suing StockX for selling counterfeit versions of its shoes.

The company wants a federal judge to force the Detroit-based online marketplace to remove the alleged knockoffs from its website.

Pistons legend Bob Lanier dies at 73.

The eight-time All Star and Hall of Famer died after a short illness, the NBA says. Lanier was the Pistons’ No. 1 overall pick in the 1970 draft and played parts of 10 seasons with the team.

Michiganders will vote on term limits and financial disclosures.

The proposed reforms include term limits for members of the state House and Senate and require state-level office holders to submit annual financial disclosures.

James Craig’s campaign acknowledges possible fraud in signature gathering.

Complaints previously filed by Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer and Michigan Strong PAC allege Craig forged names and collected signatures from unregistered voters.

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