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  • When can we finally buy recreational marijuana in Michigan?
    by Larry Gabriel on October 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Last year, after the vote to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in Michigan was certified, people lined up outside provisioning centers with the expectation that they would be allowed to buy some in those locations — only to find that a state medical certification was still required. Nearly a year later, folks are still wondering when they’ll be able to walk into a store and buy some weed.…

  • 3 top Duggan officials schemed to erase emails to hide city’s ties to a nonprofit, IG finds
    by Steve Neavling on October 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Mayor Mike Duggan’s chief of staff Alexis Wiley and two other top city officials ordered public employees to delete emails related to the nonprofit Make Your Date, according to a scathing report by the Detroit Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Intentionally destroying public records is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. The report also found that Duggan gave preferential treatment to Make Your Date (MYD), a prenatal care program whose director was seen with the mayor at her suburban home last year.…

  • Detroiters get the worst sleep in the US, report finds
    by Sonia Khaleel on October 21, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    A new report identified Detroit as the city where people get the worst sleep — and the poverty rate might be partly why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep a day — but the study, commissioned by Amerisleep, found that 50.1 percent of Detroiters sleep less than seven hours, and 48.8 percent of Flint residents sleep less than seven hours. (In comparison, the national average only clocks in at about 35.5 percent of people getting less than seven hours.) The study found that that the 25 worst-rested cities were also among those with the highest levels of poverty in America.…

  • Founders Brewing manager claims he didn’t know Black employee is Black
    by Tom Perkins on October 21, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Tracy Evans is Black. That’s a simple, indisputable fact.…

  • ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ sticks to its guns
    by Gabriel Silver on October 21, 2019 at 8:00 am

    The last time we visited Zombieland was in 2009. At the time, the movie captured pop culture attention with a fresh take on a genre we’d seen a thousand times before.…

  • All the freaky things we saw at Theatre Bizarre 2019 (updated)
    by Josh Justice on October 19, 2019 at 8:00 am
  • ‘Gemini Man’ is double trouble
    by George Elkind on October 18, 2019 at 8:00 am

    If I met my younger self, I’d want to slap him — a sentiment I assume to be relatable, but one that doesn’t play out in Gemini Man. Here, the dynamic’s inverted: Will Smith plays Henry Brogan, whose 23-year-old clone (usually called “Junior”) is dispatched to off Senior within days of the older’s retirement as a professional assassin. The gimmick, turning swiftly standard thanks to modern VFX — the script in some form has been circulating since 1997, contemporaneous with Face/Off’s release — is that both characters are played by Smith himself, de-aged with CGI for his younger iteration, with whom the older Smith often shares the frame.…

  • Expunging marijuana convictions would be easy under new Michigan bill
    by Steve Neavling on October 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Nearly a year after Michigan voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, residents with pot-related convictions still have no recourse to clear their criminal records.…

  • Michigan AG and WMU Cooley Law School receive $1M in federal grants to review 600 claims of innocence from convicts
    by Sonia Khaleel on October 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    The Michigan Department of Attorney General and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School are partnering to receive over $1 million in federal grants that will be used to help them review 600 claims of innocence from people after they are convicted. The Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence grant provided the Michigan Department of Attorney General with $734,930, while the Upholding the Rule of Law grant provided WMU-Cooley Law School with $274,960. The grants require the Attorney General’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) and the WMU-Cooley Law School Innocence Project to assess if unreliable forensic practices led to a conviction in cases of plausible innocence. “We have a responsibility to ensure those convicted of state crimes by county prosecutors and our office are in fact guilty of those crimes,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release.…

  • Michigan’s creepy Eloise asylum is now open for tours, could become a paranormal-themed hotel
    by Lee DeVito on October 17, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Once the nation’s largest psychiatric asylum and long an abandoned playground for urban explorers since it closed in 1981, Westland’s hulking Eloise Psychiatric Hospital is open to the public this Halloween season. Owner John Hambrick, whose development company acquired the building last year, says it was the path of least resistance. “I’ve a heck of a time keeping people out of here, especially the month of October,” he says.…

  • Glow up at Bevlove’s monthly dance party at Deluxx Fluxx
    by Lee DeVito on October 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Bevlove is the Detroit R&B singer so fabulous that she graced the cover of Metro Times twice in one year. And her fabulosity is also such that she holds down a monthly night at Deluxx Fluxx, where she performs between sets from a lineup of DJs curated by her.…

  • Detroit’s Paint Thinner release second record of the year at Outer Limits Lounge
    by Lee DeVito on October 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Detroit punk band Paint Thinner has been putting in the work. The band only released its first LP, The Sea of Pulp, in February, and is already dropping follow-up Hagioscope to the Heart this week, with a record release show on Saturday.…

  • A new fried chicken restaurant is coming to Detroit’s Fort Street Galley
    by Lee DeVito on October 17, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Things are switching up again at Detroit’s Fort Street Galley, when a new fried-chicken concept called Which Came First (as in the chicken or the egg) opens on Friday, Oct. 25. It’s the latest from chef Phill Milton, who also helms Fort Street Galley’s American comfort food concept Table.…

  • Art on Tap: Beer, Bourbon, BBQ returns to Flint Institute of Arts
    by Lee DeVito on October 17, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    How about art, booze, and barbecue? The 12th Annual Art on Tap: Beer, Bourbon, BBQ event offers a selection of craft beers and bourbons under two large enclosed tents with blues performed by the Reichlin Small Group.…

  • A Detroit Symphony Orchestra ensemble will perform music inspired by Scott Hocking’s ‘Barnboat’
    by Lee DeVito on October 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Curated by Steve Panton, who helms Essay’d, a publication of essays about contemporary Detroit artists, Art @ the Max VI brings those works to life with an art exhibition and a musical performance. Thursday’s opening reception features work by Ash Arder, Rose DeSloover, Megan Heeres, Scott Hocking, Mel Rosas, David Rubello, Robert Sestok, and Graem Whyte, and a DSO ensemble will perform an original piece inspired by Hocking’s “Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark) aka The Barnboat,” featuring musicians Joe Becker, Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal, and David LeDoux.Starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (William Davidson Atrium); 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org.…

  • State Senate finalizes plan to raise the age of legal adulthood in court system
    by Sonia Khaleel on October 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    A new bipartisan plan to raise the legal age of adulthood in the Michigan court system was finalized by the Senate on Wednesday. The “Raise the Age” plan would formally recognize 17-year-olds as minors in most cases — specifically in cases of adjudication and prosecution of criminal offenses.…

  • The Morrie in Birmingham has a new brunch menu
    by Sonia Khaleel on October 16, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Birmingham brunchers have something new to be excited about. The Morrie, which opened a downtown Birmingham location just this past summer, now has an extensive brunch menu that is up and running. The menu includes starters, sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, classic brunch items, and sides, as well as specialty brunch cocktails.…

  • Gov. Whitmer delivers Trumpian response after judge halts nicotine vaping ban
    by Steve Neavling on October 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral ban on flavored nicotine vaping products would still be in effect if not for that pesky judicial branch. A Michigan Court of Claims judge temporarily halted the ban on Tuesday after vape shops filed lawsuits arguing the governor overstepped her authority last month by bypassing public hearings and legislative approval.…

  • Don Giovanni, the original fuccboi, kicks off Michigan Opera Theatre’s season
    by Lee DeVito on October 16, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Think of Don Giovanni as the original fuccboi — a womanizer whose pursuit of sex eventually lands him in trouble. Though the tale of Giovanni exists in many forms (it was adapted to the modern day in the 2013 film Don Jon starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also served as writer and director), arguably the most famous version is an 18th-century opera with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.…

  • Detroit jazz royalty Joan Belgrave heads to Ann Arbor’s Blue LLama Jazz Club
    by Lee DeVito on October 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Joan Belgrave was pretty much born to do this. The soulful jazz vocalist from Detroit began her music career at just 3 years old, soon receiving vocal training from University of Michigan professor Dr. Willis Patterson.…

  • Detroit’s Electric 6 celebrate 20 years of high-voltage jams at Small’s
    by Lee DeVito on October 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This is a 20-year milestone double-whammy. Hamtramck bar Small’s and heavy-hitting rock band Electric Six were both founded in 1999, and both are now institutions in their own rights.…

  • Horoscopes (Oct. 16-22)
    by Cal Garrison on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

    ARIES: March 21 – April 20: Having too many options, or being plagued by too many expectations, and even more on your plate, it would be wise to tone things down.…

  • Friends in MAGA places
    by Clay Jones on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 am
  • Arguments against impeachment
    by Tom Tomorrow on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 am
  • Savage Love: My boyfriend is still attracted to other people — should I end the relationship?
    by Dan Savage on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I’m a Seattle local who basically grew up reading your column. I think you’ve always given really sound advice, so I’m reaching out.…

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