In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (April 11-15)

Michiganders react to the fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya. Plus, the Pistons’ Cade Cunningham is named a top NBA rookie, the Main Art Theatre is being demolished, and a local poet is recognized by Oprah.
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump (left) calls for justice for Patrick Lyoya at an April 10 community forum at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. // Still: Renaissance Church of God in Christ Facebook 

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump demands justice for Patrick Lyoya, a Black man fatally shot by police in Grand Rapids, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan State Police will conduct a “transparent, independent” probe of the shooting.

Patrick Lyoya was killed by a white police officer during a traffic stop on April 4. Ben Crump — who has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Trayvon Martin — was one of the speakers at a community forum over the weekend at a Grand Rapids church. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist made public statements shortly after the City of Grand Rapids released video of the incident on April 13, and Peter and Dorcas Lyoya, Patrick’s parents, spoke at a press conference on April 14. “My heart is broken,” says Peter. “My life was Patrick.”

ESPN ranks Cade Cunningham as top NBA rookie.

The Pistons player topped all rookies included in the 25 best NBA players under 25 years old, while finishing No. 6 overall.

A TikTok video exposes a massive illegal dumping site in Detroit.

Andy Didorosi, founder of Detroit Bus Co., posted a 60-second video of the mess. Thirty minutes later, an officer contacted him and said they were coming to check it out.

Main Art Theatre will be demolished.

The Royal Oak Planning Commission backed plans to tear down the theater in favor of a five-story, mixed-use building.

Longtime Detroit creatives are honored in an inaugural awards ceremony.

Shirley Woodson, Gretchen Valade, and the late Charles McGee were among the 16 recipients honored in the first ACE Honors ceremony on Tuesday.

The Ford Fireworks will return to the Detroit Riverfront this year.

After two years as a televised display over Lake St. Clair, the event will take place on June 27. This year’s theme is “Hey Detroit, The Sky Shines for You!”

Local poet jessica Care moore gets a shoutout from Oprah Winfrey. 

The Detroit native wrote a poem, “Her Crown Shines,” in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Winfrey shared the piece on her website on Tuesday.

Jack White marries his girlfriend onstage during his Detroit homecoming show.

White proposed to musician Olivia Jean during his concert at Masonic Temple on April 8. Minutes later, they tied the knot.

Matthew Stafford buys two Los Angeles homes from rapper Drake.

The former Lions quarterback paid $11 million for two ranch-style homes owned by the Grammy Award-winning artist.

A fundraiser aims to raise $50,000 to help a struggling ex-Detroit Tiger.

Ike Blessitt is one of an estimated 179 former professional baseball players who weren’t on a major league roster long enough to qualify for a pension or health care.

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