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

Jennifer Hudson shares details about her conversations with Aretha Franklin, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan disputes the U.S. Census report results, two more local music venues will require proof of vaccination, and the Malice at the Palace brawl is revisited in a new Netflix series
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Jennifer Hudson (left) stars as Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington in Respect. Hudson spoke with the Detroit Free Press about filming the biopic and preparing for the role. // Photograph courtesy of MGM, Quantrell D. Colbert

Jennifer Hudson shares what Aretha Franklin said about the film Respect.

Hudson spoke with the Detroit Free Press about playing the Queen of Soul, the scenes that resonated with her, and her final conversations with Franklin.

Mayor Duggan disputes the U.S. Census report of a population drop in Detroit. 

2020 U.S. Census data indicates a 10 percent drop in Detroit’s population from the previous decade. Duggan plans to pursue legal remedies to what he claims was an undercounting.

Look inside new Detroit restaurant Union Assembly before it opens.

The two-story eatery overlooks Woodward Avenue and Comerica Park, and features vintage wallpaper, a private dining room, and a red-and-white striped DJ booth.

Royal Oak Music Theatre and the Masonic Theatre will require proof of vaccination.  

The new policy from AEG Presents goes into effect Oct. 1 for the global concert promotor’s affiliated locations, which includes the two local venues.

Former Lions receiver Nate Burleson is the new co-host of CBS This Morning.

Burleson will start the position next month, replacing co-host Anthony Mason.

The Malice at the Palace NBA brawl is revisited in a new Netflix docuseries.  

Untold explores the infamous 2004 fight involving spectators as well as players from the Pistons and Indiana Pacers.

The Detroit Tigers are on track to make a shocking comeback.

As of May, Detroit was home to the worst team in baseball. But the Tigers have since gone 48-36, with yesterday’s win against the Baltimore Orioles tying them with the Cleveland Indians for second place in the division.

A robot server joins the staff at Noodle Topia.

Bella, a robotic cat with trays, a touchscreen, and an infrared camera for navigating the room, can be found at the Madison Heights restaurant.

University of Michigan will require face masks in all campus facilities.

The policy went into effect Aug. 11 and applies to all three campuses. In late July, U-M announced it would require vaccinations for the fall semester.

Chef Guy Fieri creates an Apple Pie Hot Dog based on an old Chevrolet jingle.

A 1970s commercial jingle — “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet” — inspired this hot dog between two pie crusts. It debuted at the MLB’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa.


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