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Oakland County is under new leadership — and Democratic control — after former Ferndale Mayor David Coulter was sworn in Friday as new county executive. Coulter will serve out the remainder of the term of longtime boss and Republican, L. Brooks Patterson, who died Aug. 4.

Coulter is a former member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners who had been mayor of Ferndale for almost nine years. On this episode, Jer and I talk about Coulter’s track record in Ferndale and what it suggests about how he might govern from the County administrative building on Telegraph. (Hint: No more comments about blankets and corn, for starters.)

Other things you’ll be delighted to hear about:

The Hemingway Project Sculpture on Beaver Island.
  • The QLine will now accept a universal fare card called the DART that also covers bus far on DDOT and SMART, yay! But what else does Detroit’s underwhelming streetcar need to really get rolling?
  • Ford and Lincoln plan to launch two electric crossover utility vehicles based on a common EV platform that will be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. That means the end of production — locally, at least — for the very handsome Lincoln Continental sedan. [Automotive News]
  • is holding a pair of job expos in Southfield, on Aug. 24, and Sterling Heights, on Aug. 28.
  • And the Beaver Island Public Library, way up in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, will hold a rededication for the Ernest Hemingway sculpture, which was mysteriously returned after being stolen. The sculpture, shown above, was done by local sculptor John Sauve, famous for his “Man in the city” pieces.

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