In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from The Week (June 28 – July 2)

A new film about a Detroit woman’s viral Twitter thread is in theaters, Gov. Whitmer and Mayor Duggan are meeting with President Biden this weekend, vaccinated Michiganders will have the chance to win millions, and a Ypsilanti native qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics and makes history
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Riley Keough (left) stars as “Stefani” and Taylour Paige stars as “Zola” in Zola. // Photograph courtesy of Anna Kooris / A24 Films

How a Detroit woman’s viral Twitter thread became the highly anticipated film Zola.

In 2015, A’Ziah “Zola” King posted a 148-tweet thread about a chance meeting at a Hooters leading to a life-changing road trip. That story birthed the movie, Zola, in theaters now.

Ypsilanti native Tiffany Porter makes history, advancing to her third Olympics.

Porter, a 100-meter hurdler and former University of Michigan athlete, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a stadium-record time of 12.78

Two Michigan judges are nominated to federal bench by President Biden.

One of those judges is Oakland County Circuit Chief Judge Shalina D. Kumar, who would be the first federal judge of South Asian descent in the state if confirmed.

A 200-foot chunk of Pictured Rocks cliff broke off into Lake Superior. 

Onlooker Jahn Martin was on a pontoon with friends when they heard the cliff wall popping. He captured the entire incident on video.

Vaccinated Michiganders have a shot at $5 million in cash prizes.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes. The raffle features a single drawing of $50,000 each day for 30 days along with other ways to win.

 

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 El Club announces its reopening-week lineup.

Shows will kick off the week of Aug. 1 with performances by Danny Brown, Sada Baby, Curtis Roach, and other acts at the southwest Detroit music venue.

Michigan lawmakers pass bills requiring the return of walk-ins at the SOS Office.

This comes following Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s decision to shift to an appointment-only system, a choice that critics say forced residents to wait weeks for service.

Faygo’s limited-edition Firework sparks bidding wars.

The flavor is now sold out in stores, so folks are posting them on eBay and Facebook Marketplace. On eBay, a case of 24 is going for more than $250.

Mayor Duggan and Gov. Whitmer to discuss flooding with President Biden.

Duggan and Whitmer will meet with Biden on Saturday in Traverse City. Biden is visiting the Michigan city as part of the administration’s goal to celebrate the progress made in the fight against COVID-19.

Consumer’s Energy aims to end coal use by 2025.

The proposed plan would make the Jackson-based company one of the first in the nation to go coal-free and provide a 20-year blueprint to meet Michigan’s energy needs.


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