In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (March 1-5)

The Pistons prepare to welcome fans back and part ways with Blake Griffin, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces updated COVID-19 restrictions, Mayor Mike Duggan draws criticism for declining Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and a new bar opens in a former bank valut in Detroit
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The Pistons are welcoming fans back to Little Caesars Arena this month. // Photograph by Brian Sevald, courtesy of IStock

The Pistons welcome fans back to Little Caesars Arena on March 17.

A limited number of tickets will be available for games this season. Other COVID-19 protocols include mask requirements and completion of a health survey screening.

Fiat Chrysler pleads guilty to a labor corruption scandal.

An FCA executive admitted that the automaker conspired to break federal labor laws by paying more than $3.5 million in bribes to union leaders.

Michigan is easing up on COVID-19 restrictions.

Gov. Whitmer announced that indoor dining and retail capacity will increase to 50 percent and gathering sizes can increase under a new state order taking effect today.

Michiganders 50 or older with underlying conditions are next up for the vaccine.

This expansion will begin Monday. Those eligible will also include caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special healthcare needs.

Shelby, a new bar located inside a former bank vault, opens.

The “classy but unassuming” cocktail bar and restaurant located in Detroit’s Financial District offers an à la carte menu and classic cocktails with a twist.

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Get your skate on a little longer. The Ice Rink at Campus Martius is open through March 21. // Photograph courtesy of IStock

The Ice Rink at Campus Martius is extending its season.

The rink will remain open through March 21 due to popular demand and favorable weather conditions. Starting March 12, it will be open on weekends only.

Clean Eatz is opening its first Michigan location.

The wellness-inspired café opens in Troy on March 11. Clean Eatz offers a full dine-in menu as well as weekly meal plans, catering, and grab-and-go options.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan initially declined an allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

White House and Detroit officials said his decision was at odds with the recommendation that Americans should take whichever vaccine they have access to.

Blake Griffin is now a free agent.

The Pistons and Griffin settled on a buyout, marking an end to the basketball player’s three-year relationship with the team. He is free to pick his next destination.

A new Ann Arbor restaurant offers pizza, pastries, and fine dining.

The Dixboro Project features an old barn renovated into a casual eatery specializing in Neapolitan-style pizzas and a second barn that serves fine-dining food.

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