Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Families in western Michigan can follow the yellow brick road as a project brings “The Wizard of Oz” to a Holland park. The Holland Sentinel reports that yellow bricks have been laid in Centennial Park as part of the Holland Oz Project. It’ll direct visitors to a living mosaic book that’s been constructed out of plants and flowers in a tribute to the L. Frank Baum novel and classic 1939 film. The outdoor exhibit will also include bronze sculptures of characters from Dorothy’s journey.
DETROIT (AP) — A man who Detroit police call a “person of interest” in the deaths of three women remains in custody. A spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor said Saturday that the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Police say the homeless man was taken into custody Friday night, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house on Detroit’s east side. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year.
ONAWAY, Mich. (AP) — Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is having another vessel constructed to take passengers to and from one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations. The company says the $4 million ferry is being built by Moran Iron Works of Onaway. It’s scheduled to begin operating in summer 2020. Moran Iron Works previously built another ferry for Shepler’s, the 281-seat Miss Margy, which was launched in 2015.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is displaying nine recent acquisitions including a portrait of Aretha Franklin by photographer Anthony Barboza. The works including the photo of the late “Queen of Soul” are on display until Sept. 15 during the fourth rotation of “Out of the Crate: New Gifts and Purchases.” The rotating gallery displays some of the museum’s newest additions and offers a behind-the-scenes look at art acquisition. Franklin was 76 when she died last August of pancreatic cancer.