Michigan Chronicle’s Top Stories of the Week: Mary Sheffield , Detroit Jazz Festival Returns, No funerals for 910 AM, and More…

Here are the top stories from the Michigan Chronicle for the Week of Aug. 26 -Sep. 1:

City Council President Mary Sheffield for Mayor of Detroit?
City Council President Mary Sheffield has formed a campaign committee called Mary Sheffield for Detroit’s Future, indicating her interest in potentially running for mayor of Detroit in 2025. While she has not made a final decision, this move allows her to start raising funds for a potential mayoral campaign, as current Mayor Mike Duggan has not yet announced whether he will seek a fourth term.
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It’s the Final Weekend Ever for the Summer Edition of the Monroe Street Midway
After three years of bringing joy and fun to Detroiters, the Monroe Street Midway will bid farewell this weekend. Known for its outdoor skating rink, activities, and being a popular downtown hangout, the Midway will permanently close to make way for the 2024 NFL Draft and future construction projects.
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Detroit Jazz Festival Returns Labor Day Weekend
The Detroit Jazz Festival, known as the world’s largest free jazz festival, is set to return over the Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. With approximately 60 performances scheduled on three stages, including the JPMorgan Chase Main Stage, the Carhartt Amphitheater Stage, and the Absopure Waterfront Stage, jazz enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend filled with exceptional music from jazz singers, musicians, bands, and orchestras.
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No funerals for 910 AM
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans has disputed the notion that there is no more Black radio in Southeast Michigan following 910 AM’s recent format change from an urban-talk to sports, stating that hardly anyone was listening to the station. Evans pointed out that WHPR, a wholly Black-owned radio station based in Highland Park and been an owned and operated station by R.J. Watkins for nearly three decades, and WDFN-AM, a news station that focuses on Black issues, were still available for listeners.
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Only One Detroit High School Ranked in Michigan’s Top 100
According to the recently released 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report, only one Detroit high school, Renaissance High School, made it into Michigan’s top 100. While other schools like Cass Tech, Ceasar Chavez High School, Bates Academy, and Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center Academy also showcased their excellence, Renaissance High School emerged as a standout, solidifying its reputation as a powerhouse of education with an impressive statewide rank of 60.
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