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Stateside: Upton GOP censure; John Geddert suicide; COVID vaccine supply chain; RoboCop statue

Feb 26, 2021

It all started with a 2011 tweet to then Detroit Mayor Dave Bing: Shouldn’t the city have a statue of one of its great heroes? Someone who represents the strength, fortitude, and resilience of Detroit? Someone like… Robocop? What seemed like a quick joke about the 1987 cult movie favorite online soon evolved into a real-world undertaking, with Detroiters Jerry Paffendorf and Brandon Walley taking up the mantle.
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Today, on Stateside, an update on the dramatic turn of events on Thursday as gymnastics coach John Geddert died by suicide rather than face charges of human trafficking. In other news, some in the state Legislature want to change the rules around which communities get more COVID-19 vaccines.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Censured again by Cass County GOP, Upton has no regrets

  • Fred Upton is the Congressional Representative of Michigan’s 4th District. 

Ex-Olympic coach, Nassar associate John Geddert dead after human trafficking, sexual assault charges

  • Dan Murphy is a staff writer with ESPN. He’s also the co-author of "Start by Believing," a book about how the governing body, USA Gymnastics, covered up what Larry Nassar was doing. 

Republicans challenge vaccine plan weighted by social vulnerability

  • Sarah Cwiek is a reporter and producer for Michigan Radio.

The decade long saga of the crowd-funded Detroit RoboCop statue

  • Michael Jackman was the former managing editor of the Metro Times. He has followed the RoboCop statute story from its inception. 
  • You can find his latest reporting here.