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๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ What a weekend in the city!

  • It's Monday and we're back with the news.

โ›… Today's weather: Partly sunny and windy, with a high near 78. Showers likely after 2pm.

Today's newsletter is 906 words โ€” a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Delano Massey and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: So many power outages

Share of major power outages attributed to extreme weather
Data: Climate Central via U.S. Department of Energy; Note: Major power outages affect at least 50K customers or interrupt service of 300 megawatts or more; Outage events can cross state lines; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Michigan is a national outlier for its number of major power outages since 2000, a new report from nonprofit research and communications group Climate Central found.

Why it matters: Electricity outages will become more common as extreme weather events โ€” many driven by climate change โ€” wreak havoc on the country's aging power infrastructure.

  • Outages and lengthy restoration times can cost the economy billions of dollars.

The big picture: While the South and Southeast have experienced the most extreme weather-related power outages during the past two decades, Michigan (174) has experienced more major power outages than any state other than Texas (264).

  • 90.2% of the local outages were attributed to extreme weather, while southern states like Alabama and Georgia blame outages on extreme weather nearly 99% of the time.

The intrigue: The states with the most reported weather-related significant power outages during the 23-year time frame were Texas, Michigan, California, North Carolina and Ohio, according to the report.

  • Researchers found that long-duration outages, which most frequently affected socially and medically vulnerable populations, tended to occur in Arkansas, Louisiana and Michigan.

What they're saying: "Climate Central sees the increase in power outages as being related to the increase in extreme weather," said Jen Brady, a researcher at Climate Central and the report's main author.

Between the lines: There's pressure on lawmakers to increase accountability for utility companies like DTE and Consumers Energy after power outages and to stop taking their money despite poor performance โ€” among the worst in the country.

  • DTE says its latest $456 million rate hike request, which would mean an increase of around $11 to customers' bills, will fund infrastructure spending to improve reliability and decrease outages.
  • The utility company wants to install devices to pinpoint where power outages occur. DTE says these could reduce power outages by 30% and cut outage time in half. The cost of each pinpoint device is $100,000, and the utility plans to install 10,000 across its grid.

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2. Detroit's record-breaking NFL Draft

Campus Martius, filled with fans on Friday for the NFL Draft. Photo: Ryan Kang/Getty Images

Detroit broke the NFL Draft's attendance record with 775,000 people, and the Lions made a flurry of trades over the weekend to stock their roster with young talent.

The big picture: Detroit shined throughout the three-day draft, setting a new standard for hosting the NFL's annual fan festival.

State of play: The Lions' bevy of draft picks should help them defend the NFC North division title and compete for a Super Bowl next year.

The players general manager Brad Holmes drafted:

Between the lines: The Lions took risks to land the players they wanted, trading away future draft picks to move up for Arnold, Manu, Vaki and Wingo.

What they're saying: Holmes woke up on Saturday with a determination to draft Manu, a 6-foot-7, 351-pound developmental prospect, and Vaki, a versatile safety who has also played running back, the Free Press reported.

  • "And I was like, 'Let's go get them. Let's not mess around.' And again, you always get the answers to the test after you pick them, and if we would have waited around, then they weren't going to make it," Holmes said.

The bottom line: Holmes knows what he wants and has an exceptional record of taking chances in the draft.

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3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

๐Ÿ• Materials from the NFL Draft set are being donated to help Detroit Dog Rescue build a spay-and-neuter clinic. (Detroit News)

๐Ÿ’จ Air quality in Wayne County got an "F" in a new report that ranked the Metro Detroit area 13th among the 25 most-polluted cities by annual particulate matter. (Planet Detroit)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Eminem previewed his new album due this summer, "The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Graฬ‚ce)," in an ad Thursday that coincided with his appearance on the NFL Draft stage. (Detroit News)

๐Ÿšจ A 21-year-old Detroit police officer was charged with felonious assault and second-degree child abuse after allegedly firing his department-issued Taser in an attempt to threaten his 10-year-old nephew. (Free Press)

4. โ˜• Coffee drinking hits Midwestern high

Data: National Coffee Association; Note: Polling was conducted in January; Chart: Axios Visuals

Midwesterners really, really love their coffee.

The big picture: Nationally, daily coffee drinking among U.S. adults is at a high of more than 20 years, according to a recent National Coffee Association survey.

Zoom in: 65% of adults in the Midwest drank coffee in the past day, per NCA polling.

Between the lines: Although drip coffee is the most popular way to prepare coffee, consumption of espresso-based beverages has grown nationally.

  • Lattes are the most popular โ€” 18% of American adults drank one in the past week โ€” followed by espresso shots and cappuccinos, the NCA says.

๐Ÿ’ญ Joe's thought bubble: I'm one of those people who can't imagine starting their day without a hot cup of coffee. Water first, of course.

  • My top five coffee drinks (in order): Black coffee, iced coffee with milk and simple syrup, flat white, cortado and cappuccino.

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1 mural to go

Ashley McFadden's mural at 9301 French Road in Detroit. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

The east-side mural "Detroit Summer" by artist Ashley McFadden is about Detroit's farmers.

  • The background is meant to represent a produce garden and the bee represents "its economical benefits to the community," BridgeDetroit wrote.
  • The mural was completed in fall 2023 through the City Walls program.

Our picks:

๐Ÿ” Joe is excited for grilling season.

๐Ÿ“† Annalise is off.

๐Ÿ™‚โ€ Sam is taking it easy.