Most-read stories of the week | Weekend events around town 🌟

"To protect and serve." -- Detroit Police Department boat on the river. Photo: @airborne_alex313

Weather: High 75°, Low 54° ⛅

We will see a blend of sun and clouds Saturday with highs in the mid 70s. Can you really ask for anything better in September?

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🚧 Traffic: Weekend closures to know

  • SB M-10 (EB I-696) ramp to NB US-24 closed for maintenance.
  • SB US-24 (Telegraph Rd) from Pennsylvania Road to West Road closed for construction.
  • WB M-59 (Hall Rd) from Elizabeth Rd to Romeo Plank Rd left two lanes closed for construction.

🚧 Always check the live Traffic Map here.

It was another busy news week in Metro Detroit -- let's look back at the top stories: 

Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan has become the first state in the country to ban flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday. The ban is for retail of vaping products that use sweet and fruity flavors as well as mint and menthol ones. This ban does not include tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

8 additional Michigan Kmart stores to close

Eight of the 11 Kmart stores left in Michigan will close, the company announced this week.

Kelly Stafford shares story of brain tumor diagnosis, 12-hour surgery

Kelly Stafford is slowly returning to her normal life after a life changing diagnosis earlier this year. Stafford underwent surgery that went from six hours to 12 hours. For the first time, she opened up about the diagnosis, surgery and recovery with Local 4.

Catcher in Detroit Tigers minor league system dies after skateboarding crash

A Detroit Tigers minor league catcher died Monday after a skateboarding crash last week left him hospitalized.

✨ Local events happening today: 

✨ Here's what's on the extended calendar:

  • Sept. 14 -- 18th Annual Tour de Troit 🚴
  • Sept. 15 -- Detroit Lions home opener against Chargers 🏈
  • Sept. 17 --  Detroit Red Wings begin preseason 🏒
  • Sept. 19 -- Eastern Market After Dark 🎉
  • Sept. 20 -- Funky Ferndale Art Fair 🎭
  • Sept. 28 -- Avril Lavigne at Fox Theatre 🎤
  • Oct. 1 -- Phil Collins at LCA 🎤
  • Oct. 5 -- The Black Keys at LCA 🎤

Check the Live Guide calendar for more local events, and post your own. 


$5 off tickets to Renaissance Festival ⚔️♞

Hear ye, hear ye! We are now offering $5 off tickets to the Renaissance Festival! This year's festival runs weekends and Labor Day, Aug. 17 to Sept. 29. The fun all happens at 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442.

Adventure awaits! Purchase your discounted tickets here!

📷 Today's Featured Photo: "To protect and serve." -- Detroit Police Department boat on the river. Photo: @airborne_alex313

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About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.