A Trump MAGA Boat Parade Is Coming To Detroit, And Ferndale Hosts Its Own Protest

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Donald Trump turns 74 on Sunday, and local supporters of the president plan a boat parade in celebration. No, that’s not a joke. Meanwhile, I report on a big Black Lives Matter march that took place in Ferndale over the weekend.

The Michigan MAGA Boat Parade is planned to kick off Saturday afternoon at a marina in Harrison Township on Lake St. Clair and wrap up at 4 p.m. near the Ambassador Bridge on the Detroit River. It comes as public opinion polls reflect dismal views of the job the president is doing handling the now-multiple crises roiling America. That was also the backdrop of the protest in Ferndale Saturday, which police estimated drew between 1,500 and 2,000 people.

On today’s show, we discuss the daily coronavirus figures. There were just 129 new cases in Michigan and 17 fatalities. That brings the confirmed case total to nearly 59,000 and the death total over 5,600.

There’s new guidance for reopening Detroit’s three gambling casinos, but not an opening date.

A new poll from the Michigan Education Association suggests nearly a third of teachers could opt to retire, partly out of concern over their health and safety amid the coronavirus outbreak. What does that mean for districts that are already facing a looming fiscal crisis?

Here’s something to look forward to: Detroit City FC and the National Independent Soccer Association have announced the details of the fall season, set to begin Aug. 8. No word yet on whether it will involve allowing fans inside stadiums, but even live-streamed action at this point is a plus.

Lastly, we give a shout to Buena Fe, a Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant in Oak Park that deserves your business.

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