Tiger’s First Combined No-Hitter, Drake Breaks LCA Curfew & More Top Metro Detroit News

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Detroit Tigers threw their first combined no-hitter

Matt Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange combined forces during the game on July 8 against the Toronto Blue Jays to earn the Tigers’ ninth no-hitter and the team’s first combined no-hitter. Matt Manning pitched the first 6 2/3 innings, reliever Jason Foley got four straight outs after Manning was pulled, and Alex Lange closed the game out in the 9th inning. The Tigers were error-free in the game, which they won 2-0.

Drake unfazed by $230,000 fine for Little Caesar’s Arena performance

Drake broke curfew at Little Caesar’s Arena during his show on Saturday, July 8. The chart-topping rapper told the crowd, “It’s $10,000 a minute to stay in this building past curfew, I don’t give a f—-. We’re doing this whole song; let’s go.” The show allegedly went 23 minutes past curfew, which amounts to a $230,000 fine. He performed again at LCA the following evening.

Child marriage is officially illegal in Michigan

New legislation signed by Gov. Whitmer last Tuesday raised the minimum age to marry in the state to 18 and eliminates the “authority of guardians and parents to consent to a minor’s marriage.” It also removes a provision that minors are emancipated if they are married. Previously, Michigan allowed for 16- and 17-year-olds to marry, with written consent of a parent or guardian.

Actor Hill Harper to run for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat

Hill Harper, who is best known for his roles on CSI: NY and The Good Doctor, announced a week ago that he will challenge U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin for the Democratic nomination for the vacant seat left by Debbie Stabenow, who is retiring this year. Harper, who owns a home in Detroit, served on former President Barack Obama’s cancer panel in 2012 and describes himself as a “small-business owner, a union member and an activist.”

Detroit police commissioner busted with a sex worker resigns

Detroit Police Commissioner Bryan Ferguson resigned last Thursday afternoon in the wake of an incident the day before that he called “a big misunderstanding.” Ferguson was cited last Wednesday morning for a misdemeanor after a squad of undercover officers saw a known sex worker allegedly performing a sex act with him in his parked truck on Detroit’s northwest side.

Worker survives fall off the Ambassador Bridge; saved by mail boat captain

A man working on the Ambassador Bridge fell about 150 feet into the Detroit River last Wednesday. Fortunately, Capt. Sam Buchanan, who helms the J.W. Westcott, the world’s only floating post office, spotted him from shore. With two other crew members, he was able to rescue Spencer Baker, a Canadian bridge contractor who was hospitalized and released from the Detroit Receiving Hospital last Thursday morning.

Co-founder and matriarch of Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn dies at 101

Dorothy Zehnder died surrounded by family at her home in Frankenmuth on Sunday, July 9. Zehnder was born in 1921 in Reese, Michigan, and began working in Frankenmuth in the 1930s, before co-founding Bavarian Inn with her husband in 1950. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, remembers Zehnder as an “absolute legend and an amazing woman,” saying “Dorothy passionately cared about her community. Through her work, she helped to put Frankenmuth on the map. And through her philanthropy, Dorothy helped many Frankenmuth and mid-Michigan residents.”

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