New name for Greektown Casino, friendly fire during police training exercise Taylor, new US ambassador

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One of the largest casinos in Michigan and one of the big three located in Detroit is changing its name.

The Greektown Casino-Hotel will be renamed Hollywood Casino at Greektown. Assuming all regulatory hurdles are approved, the name change will go into effect May 1.

The rebranding, which is being overseen by casino owner Penn National Gaming, Inc., brings the establishment under its Hollywood Casino banner.

“Becoming Hollywood Casino in Greektown will provide our customers with the best of both worlds: we retain all of the unique charm of the neighborhood that has defined Greektown since we opened our doors, while adding several new amenities that come with being a part of Penn National’s family of flagship brands,” said John Drake, General Manager of Hollywood Casino in Greektown. “Whether you’re a regular and loyal guest or a first-time visitor, we’ll have something new and improved. to discover and enjoy.”

It is not only a new name that the casino gets, but also equipment improvements.

A statement about the name change included details of the hotel’s $30 million lobby renovation, which will include a cocktail bar. There’s also a redesign of each of its 400 rooms and suites. These changes are expected in the coming months.

Hollywood Casino in Greektown will also have new beverage lounges, a Detroit Taco Company location and a new menu overseen by steakhouse chef Petro Drakopoulos.

The casino tune-up also comes with new payment options that don’t require cash or credit cards, as well as improvements to the casnio’s self-service and VIP parking lots.

The casino will celebrate its new name with private VIP and community red carpet-themed events on Thursday, May 19 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 6-11 p.m.

Trump-endorsed candidates win party support at state convention

Two candidates supported by former President Donald Trump won support from Republicans in Michigan for the attorney general and secretary of state at a convention on Saturday, paving the way to take on the Democratic incumbents in the fall. The gathering of thousands of delegates was a test of Trump’s influence in the party.

His allies — Attorney General candidate Matthew DePerno, a lawyer, and Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo, a community college teacher — emerged victorious from the three-person fields at the 10 a.m. “endorsement” convention at the downtown Grand Rapids. Political newcomers back Trump’s false claims about his 2020 loss in the swing state.

They will be officially nominated at a second convention in August and will challenge Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in November. Karamo won hands down with two-thirds of the vote. DePerno was just short of the necessary majority in an initial vote. But he won a run-off against former legislative leader Tom Leonard which was halted and then restarted after the balloting order of the races did not match what was shown on the screens flanking the stage.

Trump has said his favorite candidates won’t let Michigan be “robbed” in the next presidential election. He lost the state by 154,000 votes to Joe Biden. Trump’s list, however, drew criticism from within a wing of the GOP that sees the candidates as ineligible in the fall and was frustrated that party leaders openly supported them rather than being neutral.

— Courtesy of The Associated Press

Friendly fire leaves one injured during Taylor Police training exercise

Michigan State Police said an auxiliary officer is providing training with the Taylor Police Department accidentally shot a civilian role player during an exercise this weekend. The incident happened at Heritage Park in Taylor.

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, police responded to reports of an accidental shooting during a police auxiliary training session in Taylor. State police said officers were conducting a dismantling vehicle training exercise when a police officer fired a bullet from his duty weapon.

The shot hit a civilian actor in the stomach during the scenario, according to investigators. The injured person was transported to a nearby Trenton hospital and was last listed in stable condition.

MSP detectives said they were interviewing all witnesses present to conclude how the accidental discharge occurred.

Solidarity rally for Patrick Lyoya organized in Detroit

Detroit heals Detroit in solidarity with the family of Patrick Lyoya at The Spirit of Detroit on Sunday. “We really just want justice. We don’t trust the police to investigate the police, so we want a separate investigation beyond that,” said Sirrita Darby of Detroit Heals Detroit. Lyoya was killed by a Grand Rapids police officer on April 4. The officer pulled him over for what was said to be inappropriate plates.

“My son is here today. I don’t want him to have to walk into a space and feel like he doesn’t belong there, or he feels like he’s going to be killed just to be in this space or be killed just for being,” Sirrita said.

Lyoya was unarmed and face down when he was shot. The officer was above him and could be heard in the video demanding that he remove his hand from the officer’s taser. The name of the officer has not been released. The group’s organizers are calling for his name to be released, for him to be prosecuted and for an independent investigation to be carried out.

“These are our demands, we stand together and we are ready to demand justice for Patrick today,” Sirrita said. “When you don’t heal from your trauma, it carries on for generations and generations,” said Perriel Pace of Detroit Heals Detroit. Michigan State Police are investigating and providing updates to the Kent County District Attorney who will make the decision on the charges.

Michigan native chosen as ambassador to Ukraine

As expected, President Joe Biden on Monday announced the appointment of Bridget Brink as US Ambassador to Ukraine. Brink, a career foreign service officer, has been ambassador to Slovakia since 2019. She previously held positions in Serbia, Cyprus, Georgia and Uzbekistan as well as on the White House National Security Council. The position must be confirmed by the United States Senate.

The announcement comes as US diplomats prepare to return to Ukraine next week, although the US Embassy in Kyiv will remain closed for the time being.

Austin and Blinken announced a total of $713 million in foreign military funding for Ukraine and 15 allies and partners; some $322 million is earmarked for Kyiv. The rest will be split among NATO members and other countries that have provided Ukraine with critical military supplies since the war with Russia began, officials said.

Such funding is different from previous US military assistance to Ukraine. This is not a donation of depleted stocks from the US Department of Defense, but rather money that countries can use to purchase supplies they may need.

What else are we looking at

  1. The Detroit Police Athletic League is hosting its “Step Up to the Plate” radiothon on Monday, a 1 p.m. event from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help raise funds for the organization, which helps connect young people to sports in Detroit.
  2. You may have seen the house making the rounds on social media: A Haunted House in the Pontiac, located at 666 Westbrook. The local house, says an estate agent, the controversial listing has an international following.
  3. Although gas prices are already so high, they have actually increased 2 cents since last week in Michigan. AAA indicates that the crude oil market was volatile at the start of the last week of April. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to impact prices.
  4. The vice principal of Ecorse School, who was arrested for criminal sexual conduct and whose case was linked, will be arraigned in circuit court on Monday. Melvin Conway, 45, was arrested in February.
  5. And in this week of crazy lottery news, Iowa man says ticket misprinted paved the way for his $1 million win.

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Daily forecast

After a beautiful sunny and warm weekend, Michigan’s spring will return to center stage on Monday as temperatures drop throughout the day and rain moves into the late afternoon and evening.

Shipping and manufacturing delays are disrupting the board game industry

Global shipping prices and transit times are at record highs. And that’s prompting companies across America to raise prices. Some gaming industry companies pay five times what they did just two years ago to ship the same product.

Nadine Sehnert lives with her husband in Minneapolis, where they have board game get-togethers. They have over 4,000 board games and enjoy sharing their collection with other enthusiasts.

“I have board games, word games,” Sehnert said. “Gambling is where you can take risks, you can learn to take risks without ever having to risk anything in your life. It’s just a game.”

Sehnert uses Kickstarter to support new board game designers. People like her can donate money to a board game idea and wait for a designer to make enough money to produce the game.

“I backed 536 games. Fifty-three failed, so we’re not counting them, and I’m still waiting for 57 projects,” Sehnert said. “There are only 12 that are over six months old. There is one that is two and a half years late.”

Kickstarter-funded games usually take a while to arrive, but wait times have been getting longer.

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