A protester carries his rifle during a rally against Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
A protester carries his rifle during a rally against Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The week’s stories taking top views and conversation at The ‘Gander. Catch the stories we can’t stop talking about.

MICHIGAN — From testing the power of the ballot by mail to virtual art festivities, these are the Michiganders making the news this week.  

We’ve rounded up the top seven stories you need to be an informed ‘Gander.  

1. Barber Gets Cut

Michigangers of all ages are struggling to acclimate to the social distancing and nonessential business closures. This Barber Defied the Stay-At-Home Order. He Just Had His License Pulled.

2. Flint Family Comforted

Last week, we brought you the story of a Flint man who was tragically murdered on the job. Nothing can ever replace the man known as “Super Duper,” but read Michigan Raises Over $400K For Slain Family Dollar Security Guard Calvin Munerlyn to see how the entire country has come together to comfort a grieving family.

3. An August Election

Secretary of State Jocelyn and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are already looking ahead to the fall while the rest of us are hoping to greet spring before the summer. We’re looking at Michigan’s August Election: The Next Big Test of Vote-By-Mail and how the state is positioned to be an example for a national model in November.

4. Viral Graduations In Pandemic Situations

Speaking of looking to the future, Michigan’s most recent graduating class is the first to graduate online and into an economic recession. If you’re Coming of Age in a Pandemic: What Do You Do When You Graduate College Into An Economic Freefall? Be sure to check out this three-part series that checks out different points of view. Coming of Age in a Pandemic: The Song That Keeps A Detroit High School Senior Going looks at younger Michiganders’ experiences, while Coming of Age in a Pandemic: ‘This Is My Generation’s WW1’ looks at some of the emotional and mental impacts of the times.

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5. Those Protestors Are At It Again 

Local interwebs were abuzz with news of another protest. Now, ‘Judgment Day’ In Lansing Is Here — And Authorities Are Prepared to Make Arrests.

6. Whitmer The Defender

Michigan’s governor didn’t shy away from the ladies’ hard-hitting questions about protests against her stay-at-home order. WATCH: Gov. Whitmer Calls Out Protesters on The View.

7. Art Festival Moves Online

And finally, the annual East Lansing Art Festival has gone virtual just in time to break the boredom. The festivities are all day tomorrow. But the Coronavirus Gave The East Lansing Art Festival Lemons. They Turned Lemons into This.