Axios Detroit

Newsletter branding image

ğŸŽ Happy Thursday! There's still time for you procrastinators to get Mother's Day gifts or make a brunch reservation.

🌂 Today's weather: Cloudy, with a high near 60. Showers are likely after 8am.

ğŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Detroit member Dan DiCosmo!

Today's newsletter is 923 words — a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Delano Massey and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: Detroit shelter making big move

Two adoptable dogs from Detroit Animal Care and Control: Terrace Tidbits (left, A164583) and Nibble Nomad (A164532). Photos: Courtesy of Friends of DACC via Facebook

The Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC) shelter is ramping up a dog adoption campaign as it starts its move to a bigger facility.

The big picture: The new building is expected to help alleviate challenges, like lack of space, at the current facility.

  • Intakes at shelters nationwide reached new heights last year, including at DACC, which was over capacity and seeing higher euthanasia rates, Axios Detroit reported in August.
  • As of last July, DACC had 171 dogs, over its approximately 84-dog capacity. As of last week, it had 104 and a goal of adopting out 80.

State of play: DACC is always looking to adopt out pets, but "we're taking this opportunity to beef up those efforts" with additional advertising and events, Crystal Perkins, director of the General Services Department over DACC, tells Axios.

  • The Bissell Pet Foundation is covering adoption fees through May 15.

The latest: The moving process is expected to be complete by the end of May, Perkins says.

  • During the transition, DACC will operate out of both facilities.

What they're saying: "That's why we're trying to also push out [adoption events] … We want to make sure we have the least amount of dogs in the facility as possible, so we can start moving equipment over to the new location," Perkins says. "If that medical equipment is not there, we don't want to run into a situation where a dog is in need and we're not able to provide for them."

How it works: Those interested can check out the Friends of DACC's website, arrange meet-and-greets with dogs in foster homes or visit the shelter daily 11am-3pm.

Catch up quick: The new DACC campus near the I-75/I-94 interchange is nearly twice as big as its current headquarters, with 30,000 square feet, a more than 200-animal capacity, a modern vet clinic and larger outdoor exercise areas.

  • It was supposed to open a year ago but got delayed by contractor and design changes.

Share this story

2. Flint water prosecution challenged

The Flint Water Plant tower in 2020. Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rich Baird, who was prosecuted for his role in the Flint water crisis, is trying to clear his name through a new lawsuit against his former prosecutors.

The big picture: Baird's counterattack highlights the state's failures to hold public officials accountable for the contamination of Flint's drinking water.

  • The 10th anniversary of the city's ill-fated switch to the Flint River as its drinking water source was last month.

Flashback: Prosecutors had accused Baird — who helped lead the state's Flint response — in 2021 of perjury, threatening or intimidating scientists who studied lead pipe corrosion and other charges.

  • But charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder, Baird and others were effectively wiped out by a state Supreme Court decision last year.

State of play: Baird filed his own federal lawsuit Monday.

  • He alleges the state violated his due process rights by using a one-person grand jury to charge him.
  • Baird says he wasn't able to mount a proper defense because exculpatory evidence and other information about his case was kept secret.
  • He is seeking relief including $800,000 in attorney fees and punitive and reputational damages.

The other side: Attorney General Dana Nessel's office declined to comment, because it has not properly reviewed the suit.

Read the full story

3. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🌪️ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Branch and Cass counties after reports of 10 tornadoes in Michigan, three in Ohio and two in Indiana as of Tuesday night. (Axios)

🚗 General Motors will end production of the Chevrolet Malibu this fall and pivot to the new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. (Detroit News)

✅ Detroit City Council approved a tenants rights' commission to advocate for residential renters, reduce evictions and enforce landlord compliance with city codes. (BridgeDetroit)

4. Things to do

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Make sure to celebrate the mother figures in your life this weekend.

🌷 Volunteer with nonprofit Cadillac Urban Gardens for its 13th annual planting day.

  • Saturday, 10am-2pm.

🍲 Snag a reservation for a Mother's Day meal through OpenTable or Resy.

  • As of this morning, there were still spots at Cadieux Cafe on the east side and Bar Pigalle in Brush Park on Resy.

ğŸŽ¥ Take someone special out for a Mother's Day brunch and movie at Emagine's Royal Oak theater.

  • The buffet brunch is 11am-1pm, with movies starting at 1:15pm including "Mamma Mia," "The Fall Guy" and "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes."
  • Select the "brunch and a movie package" when buying movie tickets. It includes the buffet, popcorn and coffee or another drink.

🏺 Stop by Pewabic Pottery for a Mother's Day celebration with snacks and drinks, plus a free flower arrangement if you buy a vase.

  • Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free!

A DIA concert and other happenings

5. Where in Detroit?

Mystery location. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

👋 Annalise here. I don't think any hints should be needed for this edition of our "Where in Detroit" quiz — though I'll confess I tried some creative selfie angling to make it a little tougher.

📬 As usual, reply to this email with your answer and we will draw names for who wins some Axios Detroit swag!

1 Detroit City FC celebration to go

Detroit City FC celebrates its win Tuesday against Houston Dynamo FC. Photo: Kyle Clayton/Detroit City FC

For the first time in club history, Detroit City FC advanced to the round of 16 for U.S. Soccer's national championship.

What's next: DCFC's next U.S. Open Cup match is May 21 or 22 against the winner of Indy Eleven and San Antonio FC.

Our picks:

💸 Joe is temporarily retiring from gambling on NBA or NHL playoff games.

👺 Annalise is feeling extraordinarily grumpy about Spotify Premium's audiobook limit of 15 hours per month.

🗓️ Sam is off.