In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Oct. 10-14)

Key takeaways from the Michigan gubernatorial debate. Plus, the Detroit Zoo welcomes king penguin chick, world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge opens at Michigan resort and more.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon photographs courtesy of the State of Michigan and Tudor Dixon campaign.

Key takeaways from last night’s Michigan gubernatorial debate. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon debated Thursday night in Grand Rapids. Among the evening’s takeaways are the candidates’ stark differences on abortion and gun rights. Other topics discussed include Whitmer’s COVID-19 policies and Dixon’s previous comments on the 2020 election. If you missed the debate, stream the replay here.

Detroit Zoo welcomes a king penguin chick. 

The chick, which arrived at the zoo as an egg from the Cincinnati Zoo in August, hatched last Friday. Officials say the chick is doing well.

World’s Longest Timber-towered Suspension Bridge to Open in Michigan

Boyne Mountain Resort becomes home to yet another record-breaking attraction as it welcomes SkyBridge Michigan, the world’s largest timber-towered suspension bridge, on Oct. 15.

An alternative school transportation solution launches in metro Detroit.

HopSkipDrive, a Los Angeles-based company, is now offering its rideshare services in local school districts, including in Detroit, Ferndale, and Farmington.

New public art projects are coming to Detroit’s east riverfront. 

Bedrock has announced that more than 40 acres of the area will be upgraded with public art and green beautification projects, including a new mural by the Gilda Snowden Estate, an event lawn nearby Atwater Brewery, and more.

A 300-foot shipwreck is discovered in Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society identified a 292-foot Whaleback ship that sank nearly 120 years ago.

A new initiative in Detroit will bring jobs and tree canopy to the city.  

Under the Detroit Tree Equity Partnership, more than 75,000 trees will be planted in sparsely green areas in the city, more than 300 Detroit residents will be employed for tree care and maintenance jobs, and $30 million will be invested in the city’s neighborhoods.

Detroit launches a program to help the unemployed reenter the workforce.  

Mayor Mike Duggan is seeking community organizations to partner with the city for its JumpStart program, to help residents gain employment and training opportunities.

A worker-owned thrift store is coming to Hamtramck. 

Detroit Public Thrift, a co-op that started off as a pop-up shop in 2019, will host a soft opening in its permanent locale on Friday followed by a bigger grand opening planned for Oct. 28.

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