Nightside Report Oct. 14, 2021: Metro Detroit restaurant featured as one of the best in the country by ‘New York Times’; Suspect arrested in abduction, sexual assault of 9-year-old girl in Detroit

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Metro Detroit restaurant featured as one of the best in the country by ‘New York Times’

DETROIT – AlTayeb in Dearborn and Garden City is celebrating national attention even as so many businesses struggle in the age of COVID.

“The New York Times” released a list of the 50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants across the country Tuesday. The only restaurant that’s from Michigan is AlTayeb.

Making that list was a surprise to the family who owns and runs the restaurant.

Mirna Hamade described the moment they got the news. “They just said we came in a few times. We tried your food, we really like it and we want to feature you.”

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Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Oct. 14, 2021

Metro Detroit weather: Showers, thunderstorms arrive Thursday, stay for Friday

A cold front with a line of showers and thunderstorms is arriving Thursday afternoon and evening. It remains warm and mild before midnight, then cools down afterward. More rain is likely Friday and straggles into Saturday morning. It will be drier and cooler for the rest of the Motor City’s weekend.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Officials with the Farmington Hills Police Department confirmed Thursday they have arrested a suspected child predator. Click here to read more.
  • Authorities said the owner of a African caracal has received multiple citations due to the repeated escapes. Click here to read more.
  • Sterling Heights police seized six kilograms of cocaine -- with a street value of $650,000 -- during a traffic stop earlier this week. Click here to read more.
  • Four security guards have been charged in connection with the 2014 death of a man after an altercation at Northland Mall in Southfield. Click here to read more.

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FDA advisory committee votes to approve Moderna vaccine booster shots for vulnerable groups

The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory voted in favor of recommending booster doses of the Moderna vaccine Thursday for people age 65 and older, people ages 18-64 at high risk for severe COVID-19 and people ages 18-64 with frequent institutional or occupational exposures.

The outside panel of experts voted unanimously in favor of offering Moderna boosters to those specific groups of people, at least six months after their second dose.

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Michigan lawmakers advance measure to end ‘tampon tax’

The Michigan House advanced legislation Thursday that would eliminate sales taxes on menstrual products, bringing the state one step closer to abolishing the so-called “tampon tax.”

The legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, would eliminate the 6% sales tax on menstrual products as “luxury items.” The proposal passed with bipartisan support 94-13.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.