Mark Hackel Opposes Big Gretch On COVID, A New Jeep SUV & A New Series Tackles Food Waste

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Gym rats, rejoice? In a much-anticipated announcement, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says gyms and fitness facilities can now officially reopen, if they require everyone to wear face masks. So, yay?

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Speaking of Big Gretch, one fellow Democrat who isn’t likely to end up on her Christmas card list this year is Mark Hackel, the Macomb County executive. Crain’s reports he’s backing “Unlock Michigan,” the petition drive aimed at stripping the guv of her powers to declare a statewide emergency, a la the stay-at-home order and other orders keeping certain classes of businesses closed. Macomb County is the only county listed as having accelerated spread over the last seven days in the tri-county or 10-county southeast Michigan region, according to globalepidemics.org from the Harvard Global Health Institute.

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In other news, we discuss the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer three-row SUV revealed on Thursday. (tl;dr version: IT’S BIG.)

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Quicken Loans made eleventy-bajillion dollars in its first quarterly earnings report to Wall Street since going public. The Detroit Police Department has unfurled a slew of new guidelines addressing the use of force, a hot topic during this horrible, nightmarish year, with a new phone number to report feedback and complaints about police encounters: 313-596-2499.

Finally, I interview Danielle Todd, from Make Food Not Waste, about this month’s series of virtual events with local chefs exploring the issue of how to avoid food waste.

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