A struggling ex-Detroit Tiger, Grande Ballroom for sale, and what comes next for reparations

The top 10 headlines of the week

click to enlarge Left behind: Former Detroit Tiger Ike Blessitt stands in his backyard next to a batting cage. - STEVE NEAVLING
Steve Neavling
Left behind: Former Detroit Tiger Ike Blessitt stands in his backyard next to a batting cage.

Opening Day is, in fact, a holiday — or at least that’s the case for Detroit, and baseball was on a lot of people's minds. This week, our readers were most interested in a story about the struggles of an ex-Detroit Tiger who has faced hardship since leaving the team.

Two Michigan cannabis companies have teamed together to give away $70,000 in free gas cards to their customers, and our readers were interested in knowing how to get one. We also found a real estate listing for the historic Grande Ballroom, and shared the news that a new Twin Peaks restaurant is coming to Auburn Hills.

And this week's cover story about what happens next with Proposal R, which establishes a committee to pursue reparations for Black Detroiters, was also widely read.

All of that and a little bit more. Here are the top stories of the week:

10. "Local social worker might be Detroit's next big social media influencer"

9. "Cookies cannabis dispensary opens in Ann Arbor"

8. "‘The Return of the Legends’ concert brings hip-hop heroes to Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center"

7. "Black-owned Detroit Pizza Bar opens in long-abandoned building"

6. "Detroit finally passes new adult-use cannabis ordinance"

5. "Detroiters overwhelmingly voted for reparations. What happens next?"

4. "Twin Peaks restaurant is coming to Auburn Hills"

3. "Two Michigan cannabis companies to give away a total of $70k in free gas cards"

2. "Detroit’s historic rock venue the Grande Ballroom is up for sale"

1. "Ex-Detroit Tiger struggles to get by after giving life to baseball"

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Alex Washington

Born and raised on Detroit's Westside, Alex Washington is about as Detroit as they come. She judges your coney island order and serves a mean side-eye when anything across Eight Mile is called "Detroit." Her writing has been published in Real Detroit Weekly, The Detroit Free Press, Model D, BLAC magazine, and...
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