Southeast Michigan

Michigan Asian-American community celebrated in metro Detroit events next week

BY: - September 17, 2021

Metro Detroit next week will hold events showcasing artistic and cultural work that uplifts and celebrates the Michigan Asian-American community.  It’s being put on by Rising Voices, a progressive nonprofit that promotes the civic participation of Asian-American women and families in the electoral and public policy process. “Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing […]

Michigan medical marijuana caregivers gear up for fight against efforts to restrict grow rights

BY: - September 14, 2021

Medical marijuana caregiver Ryan Bringold has been involved in Michigan’s grassroots efforts to legalize cannabis for years.  But as larger licensed recreational and medical cannabis grow facilities and provisioning centers crop up across Michigan, caregivers like Bringold who helped legalize marijuana feel they are being pushed out. A small group of corporate activists want to […]

NEW: Despite safety warnings, a metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to COVID-19 patients

BY: - September 3, 2021

A metro Detroit doctor is prescribing ivermectin to patients with COVID-19, despite the state, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urging against it.  Ivermectin is usually used to treat head lice or parasitic worms in humans, horses and other livestock, but misinformation fueled by right-wing figures […]

On this day in 1964: Democratic titans Conyers and Austin square off for U.S. House seat 

BY: - September 1, 2021

On Sept. 1, 1964, John Conyers Jr. edged out Richard Austin in the Democratic Party primary contest for Michigan’s new 1st Congressional District seat. Conyers won the primary 108 votes. The race was so close that Austin requested a recount. After the ballots were tabulated again, Conyers’ margin of victory was a razor-thin 44 votes, […]

On this day in 1971: KKK bombs empty Pontiac buses set to racially integrate schools

BY: - August 30, 2021

On Aug. 30, 1971, 10 idled Pontiac School District buses were destroyed by Ku Klux Klan members. Dynamite was the weapon.   Black- and silver-haired Kevin Davidson, 61, remembers it like yesterday.  He was 11 when his African-American family moved to Pontiac from Detroit 50 years ago. They lived in the newly constructed and predominantly Black […]

Tennis instructor accused of flashing Nazi salute at Birmingham schools meeting loses his job

BY: - August 23, 2021

Paul Marcum, who witnesses say flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” at a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting last week, has lost his job as a tennis instructor at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Marcum worked at the health and fitness club every fall but he won’t be allowed to return this year, […]

Nazi salute, insults hurled at chaotic Birmingham schools meeting over mask mandate

BY: - August 20, 2021

Police are investigating a man who flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” during a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting over a mask mandate for students. Unruly anti-maskers booed and hurled insults at board members and speakers, including a high school student, who spoke in favor of face coverings during the meeting Wednesday […]

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]


Column: Faith leaders in Michigan are ready for climate action

BY: - July 29, 2021

Even as we turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, a feat that President Joe Biden himself came to Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate, many in our state still find our faith challenged by the ongoing climate crisis. Severe flooding trapped drivers in Detroit and prompted emergency rescues last month, while other parts […]

State reports surge in Legionnaires’ disease

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local health departments are investigating a recent spike in Legionnaires’ disease cases across the state. The DHHS announced Monday that in the 13 days between July 1 and Wednesday, 107 cases of the respiratory infection were reported in 25 counties — representing a 569% increase […]

Senate sends $385M in spending for flood damage, hospitals and childcare to Whitmer

BY: - July 15, 2021

Updated, 1:18 p.m. 7/15/21 with Biden’s action The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $385 million spending plan that would help Southeast Michigan recover from flooding, boost childcare reimbursement rates, aid hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and more. President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a national disaster declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The Senate […]

Hamtramck settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will provide Bengali language assistance

BY: - July 14, 2021

After the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) sued the city of Hamtramck for violating the federal Voting Rights Act, a court order and consent decree have been issued, calling for the metro Detroit city to provide a more ethnically diverse elections environment.    “I am really happy to hear that this agreement was reached,” […]