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FOIA Friday: Olympia parking maze

Illustration of an unlocked padlock made out of a manila folder.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸ‘‹ We're back with our regularly scheduled public records feature. This week, we're seeking city emails to shed light on mysterious parking tickets issued by one of Detroit's biggest developers.

How it started: Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer wrote in March about a theatergoer who paid $20 for a spot in Olympia Development's parking lot, only to find a $50 ticket on his truck after the show.

Apple academy graduates its inaugural class

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives and Mario Crippen, a graduate.
"I was so excited to hear my favorite tech company was investing in Detroit," says graduate Mario Crippen (right) pictured beside Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives. Photo courtesy of Apple

The Detroit Apple Developer Academy celebrated 100 area residents who graduated from its inaugural cohort yesterday.

Why it matters: The free program aims to turn interested individuals into entrepreneurs and app developers by having experienced developers and industry professionals teach the fundamentals of coding, design, marketing and project management.

Local guide to Detroit's favorite coney dog

Detroit coney dogs
Are these coneys from American or Lafayette? You tell us. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

We recently shared our go-to coney spots and asked you to send your favorites.

  • After reading your responses, a clear favorite emerged.
Samuel Robinson
Jun 30, 2022 - News

Visitors open wallets for Michigan's national parks

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo: William Frank for Axios

More than 3 million visitors to Michigan's national park lands spent $294 million in 2021.

  • That's more than what visitors spent at national parks, historic sites, historic trails and other units of the National Park Service in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana combined, NPS data shows.
Annalise Frank
Jun 30, 2022 - News

Don't expect easy air travel from DTW this summer

Illustration of a travel postcard with an airplane appearing in the text of a scream.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Detroit Metro Airport is having a chaotic summer β€” and it's likely to get worse.

Driving the news: Delta, which has a major hub at DTW, delayed 19% of flights going through DTW on Monday and 14% on Tuesday, according to

Samuel Robinson
Jun 29, 2022 - News

Ballot initiative moves to forefront of Michigan's abortion fight

Abortion advocates march through downtown with chants calling for the end to the 1931 abortion ban.
Abortion advocates marching through downtown over the weekend. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Abortion rights in Michigan may come down to the ballot.

Why it matters: Uncertainty remains about the impending legality of abortion care in Michigan following the reversal of Roe v. Wade and an injunction against the state's long-dormant 1931 abortion ban.

Joe Guillen
Jun 29, 2022 - News

Gilbert struggles to win support for tax break

Rendering of Hudson's site development downtown
Hudson's site. Rendering courtesy of Bedrock

Billionaire Dan Gilbert doesn't have enough City Council support to pass a $60 million tax break for his Hudson's site development downtown.

  • A vote was expected yesterday, but Bedrock, Gilbert's development company, asked for the tax break to be taken off the council's agenda.
  • There is no timeline for a future vote, and Bedrock will continue lobbying for votes in the meantime.

Michigan Supreme Court voids indictments in Flint water probe

Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, April 30, 2018.
Rick Snyder speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 30. Photo: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in the Flint water probe, ruling that the lower court judge lacked the legal authority to issue the indictments.

Driving the news: "[State laws] authorize a judge to investigate, subpoena witnesses and issue arrest warrants," the Supreme Court said. "But they do not authorize the judge to issue indictments."