Our show for today…
A ritual of regional togetherness is no more. The annual “Big Four” gathering of the Detroit Mayor and the three county executives from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb will not happen this year around the North American International Auto Show. (Oakland Press)
The Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation, founded by Detroit native and Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller and his partner Josh Lehrer, has given the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit a $1 million grant. It’ll fund their Summer Camp and Mosaic Experience Empowerment Program.
Yesterday we brought you the bizarre tale of a 48-year-old Novi resident arrested in Russia on accusations of spying. Today there’s word that Paul Whelan has been indicted on espionage charges.
A couple bits of news from General Motors. On Thursday, the automaker named Mark Reuss its new president to oversee autonomous and electric vehicle development. Also, GM has hit a milestone of 200,000 cumulative electric vehicles sold. That’s the threshold where a 75-hundred-dollar federal tax credit for purchasing EVs starts to phase out. The credit will drop to $3,750 starting in April, to $1,875 in October and then disappear completely by April 2020.
Embattled Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland may face a recall effort.
And… Legendary counterculture figure and marijuana advocate John Sinclair has opened a new coffee shop in Detroit. In case you were wondering, here’s a link to his weekly online radio show.