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Tlaib vows to display altered American flag with 51 stars in support of DC statehood

Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Thursday she wants to display an altered American flag with 51 – instead of 50 – stars outside her congressional office to demonstrate support for making the District of Columbia a state.

The comments came during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a longshot Democratic bill–which faces resistance from Republicans–to make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state. Ahead of the hearing, the city of D.C. ordered and displayed 140 American flags with the extra star.

Tlaib told Mayor Muriel Bowser during the hearing, “I would love one. I would love to hang it outside of my office.”

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Bowser replied, “Yes, got it.”

The mayor explained the reasoning for the flag.

“We revere our flag,” she said. “And we think it’s more perfect when every taxpaying American is represented on that flag.”

The D.C. statehood bill has more than 200 co-sponsors and the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, both Democrats. No Republicans in Congress have signed on to the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring a D.C. statehood bill for a vote.

51-STAR AMERICAN FLAGS LINE PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AS WASHINGTON, D.C. SEEKS STATEHOOD

The bill calls for districtwide elections of two senators and one House representative. It says all district territory would be included in the new state, save for specific exclusions of federal buildings and monuments, such as the White House and the Capitol.

Democrats argued statehood is needed because D.C. residents lack adequate representation in Congress.

Republicans said the framers of the Constitution intended for the nation’s capital to be a federal district.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan man went from ‘perfectly healthy to brain dead’ in 9 days after contracting rare mosquito-borne disease, report says

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A man from Michigan went from “perfectly healthy to brain dead” in nine days after contracting a rare-mosquito-borne disease, according to a local report.

Gregg McChesney, 64, died last month after a “nine-day illness,” according to his obituary. McChesney, of Kalamazoo County, reportedly died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The disease is sometimes called Triple E, or sleeping sickness.

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“Late July, he was here at the farm helping me put docks in at the pond,” WOOD-TV reported McChesney’s brother Mark as saying on Tuesday. “He was perfectly healthy, happy human being and within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead.”

He told the station that his brother had a seizure and “next thing you know, he’s in the ER and he just never came out of it.”

RHODE ISLAND SEES FIRST EEE DEATH SINCE 2007, OFFICIALS SAY

Several days after Gregg McChesney had died, doctors reportedly confirmed that he had the mosquito-borne illness EEE.

“Right off the bat, we were like: ‘How could this happen? What did happen?’” Mark McChesney reportedly said. “We just didn’t know and the doctors were just doing everything they could to try to say it was this or that, and they just couldn’t figure it out.”

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) tweeted on Tuesday that four additional cases of EEE have been confirmed in southwest Michigan, including two that were fatal.

“The mosquito-borne disease remains a threat that has now resulted in seven confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with onset dates in July,” the department said in a news release.

MASSACHUSETTS GIRL, 5, CONTRACTS DEADLY EEE VIRUS, IN CRITICAL CONDITION: REPORT

“Michigan is currently experiencing its worst Eastern equine encephalitis outbreak in more than a decade,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The ongoing cases reported in humans and animals and the severity of this disease illustrate the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the country, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who contract it, the news release said.

Symptoms include a sudden fever, chills and body and joint aches, which can progress to severe inflammation of the brain, resulting in headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

In some cases permanent brain damage, coma and death are the trafic outcome, according to MDHHS.

Nine cases of EEE in horses had been confirmed as well and all the animals have died, the health department said.

McChesney is survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.

Officials in Rhode Island have confirmed three human cases of EEE this season.

The state health and environmental management departments said Tuesday that two people, a child younger than 10 years old from Coventry and an adult over 50 from Charlestown, have been discharged from the hospital and are recovering. A West Warwick resident died last week.

Communities at critical risk in Rhode Island were aerially sprayed with pesticide last week.

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In neighboring Massachusetts, officials confirmed the state’s eighth human case of the virus on Friday, one of which was fatal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty Thursday after the school settled with the department to resolve two investigations. DeVos said that Nassar’s actions were “disgusting and unimaginable” but that so too was the university’s response.

“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said in a call with reporters. “This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”

The fine is the largest levied under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to collect data on campus crime and notify students of threats. The previous largest fine, $2.4 million, was imposed in 2016 against Pennsylvania State University over its handling of sexual misconduct involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

SURVIVORS OF LARRY NASSAR’S SEXUAL ABUSE SPEAK OUT IN NEW DOC ON GYMNASTICS SCANDAL

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Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics. (Getty)

The department’s investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education.

Michigan State did not immediately provide comment.

A department investigation found that Michigan State violated the Clery Act by failing to disclose crime statistics, failing to issue campus warnings about security threats and failing to establish a system to collect crime statistics. As a remedy, the school says it will hire a “Clery compliance officer” and create measures to protect athletes and children who participate in youth programs on campus.

A separate Title IX investigation found that Michigan State failed to respond to reports of sexual misconduct against Nassar and his supervisor William Strampel, failed to take interim measures to protect students while complaints against both men were pending, and failed to take steps to end any harassment and prevent it from recurring.

51 VICTIMS OF LARRY’S NASSAR’S SEXUAL ASSAULT SUE USOC OVER ABUSE CLAIMS

As part of its settlement agreement with the department, Michigan State says it will make “substantial” changes to its Title IX procedures and will provide a process to help victims of Nassar, including offering counseling services, grade changes, tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to retake classes at no cost.

The school is also being ordered to “consider appropriate sanctions” against current and former employees who failed to take action after being notified of sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel.

Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said the agreement represents an “extensive and robust” resolution. Unlike most Title IX investigations, which are usually triggered by complaints submitted to the department, Marcus’ office launched an investigation into Michigan State in 2018 based on the severity of the allegations, he said.

“This message should be heard loudly and clearly by all universities so that the tragedy at Michigan State University is not repeated elsewhere,” Marcus said.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar’s accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation, but dozens remain.

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Strampel last month was sentenced to a year in jail for neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was accused of failing to monitor Nassar and using his job as a medical school dean to sexually harass students.

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Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty Thursday after the school settled with the department to resolve two investigations. DeVos said that Nassar’s actions were “disgusting and unimaginable” but that so too was the university’s response.

“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said in a call with reporters. “This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”

The fine is the largest levied under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to collect data on campus crime and notify students of threats. The previous largest fine, $2.4 million, was imposed in 2016 against Pennsylvania State University over its handling of sexual misconduct involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

SURVIVORS OF LARRY NASSAR’S SEXUAL ABUSE SPEAK OUT IN NEW DOC ON GYMNASTICS SCANDAL

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Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics. (Getty)

The department’s investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education.

Michigan State did not immediately provide comment.

A department investigation found that Michigan State violated the Clery Act by failing to disclose crime statistics, failing to issue campus warnings about security threats and failing to establish a system to collect crime statistics. As a remedy, the school says it will hire a “Clery compliance officer” and create measures to protect athletes and children who participate in youth programs on campus.

A separate Title IX investigation found that Michigan State failed to respond to reports of sexual misconduct against Nassar and his supervisor William Strampel, failed to take interim measures to protect students while complaints against both men were pending, and failed to take steps to end any harassment and prevent it from recurring.

51 VICTIMS OF LARRY’S NASSAR’S SEXUAL ASSAULT SUE USOC OVER ABUSE CLAIMS

As part of its settlement agreement with the department, Michigan State says it will make “substantial” changes to its Title IX procedures and will provide a process to help victims of Nassar, including offering counseling services, grade changes, tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to retake classes at no cost.

The school is also being ordered to “consider appropriate sanctions” against current and former employees who failed to take action after being notified of sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel.

Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said the agreement represents an “extensive and robust” resolution. Unlike most Title IX investigations, which are usually triggered by complaints submitted to the department, Marcus’ office launched an investigation into Michigan State in 2018 based on the severity of the allegations, he said.

“This message should be heard loudly and clearly by all universities so that the tragedy at Michigan State University is not repeated elsewhere,” Marcus said.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar’s accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation, but dozens remain.

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Strampel last month was sentenced to a year in jail for neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was accused of failing to monitor Nassar and using his job as a medical school dean to sexually harass students.

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Ex-Obama official Joel Rubin on Tlaib, Omar: ‘No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic’

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin said “there’s a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic” as he defended Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in the wake of Israel blocking them from entering the country.

In an interview with Fox News, the former Obama administration official argued that while Omar and Tlaib are both vocal opponents of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement, their opinions do not make them anti-Semitic.

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“No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic,” Rubin said. “Omar has said things about Israel supporters that she has apologized for, but that does not mean that she hates Jews. She hasn’t gone on a tirade attacking Jews, like real anti-Semites do. There’s a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic.”

Republicans, particularly President Trump, have repeatedly accused Tlaib and Omar – who are both Muslim — of making anti-Semitic comments. Omar, for instance, has been called out for tweeting “Israel has hypnotized the world.” (The congresswoman did acknowledge and apologize for it later on Twitter.) Tlaib defended BDS and told an interviewer it is “criticizing the racist policies of Israel.”

Last month, as he ripped Tlaib and Omar, Trump went as far as to say that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.”

But Rubin argued that when critics call out Tlaib, who is from Michigan, and Omar, who is from Minnesota, and the Democratic Party as a whole, they miss the point when it comes to anti-Semitism in the United States.

“The American Jewish community here at home is on the receiving end of many direct anti-Semitic attacks, verbal and physical, and that has nothing to do with Israel policy,” Rubin said.

Rubin said anti-Semitism had previously been primarily tied to anti-Israel rhetoric regarding the BDS movement. In the past couple of years, however, Rubin noted that there’s been a rise in domestic terrorism against Jewish institutions in the U.S., the second category of anti-Semitism.

“My hometown synagogue, Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, was the scene of the worst anti-Semitic incident in the history of the United States,” Rubin said. “So these two competing anti-Semitism arguments are what’s playing out, and politically the pro-Israel community has really committed itself to fighting BDS and has not totally committed itself to fighting anti-Semitism here at home.”

Rubin also said he does not see the congresswomen’s views as detrimental to U.S. foreign policy, arguing they could strengthen both the United States’ and Israel’s long-term goals.

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“American relations with Israel haven’t been damaged at all. American legislators have a duty to ask tough questions in support of American interests, and having that discussion ultimately strengthens our country’s foreign policy,” Rubin said.

He added: “While it’s true that these lawmakers are asking harder, more aggressive questions than is traditionally seen from Congress, the bilateral relationship still stands strong and American support for Israel is firm, and hopefully their views will foster a more comprehensive policy on the Middle East that leads to peace between Israel and the Palestinians – something that is firmly in the interest of the United States.”

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin.

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Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes, becoming the first state to do so, governor says

In a move to discourage teens and other young people from vaping, Michigan will become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, the state’s governor said.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told The Washington Post the state on Wednesday will become the first to ban the flavored devices.

The ban goes into effect immediately and applies to both retail and online sales, though businesses have 30 days to comply. Mint, menthol, sweet and fruity flavors will be affected, but tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will not, she said.

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The ban will last six months but can be renewed for another six months as state officials “develop permanent regulations banning flavored e-cigarettes,” The Washington Post reported.

“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan,” Whitmer told the newspaper, adding the ban will also restrict the use of “misleading” words such as “safe” and “healthy” on vaping advertisements.

The move comes after San Francisco in June took a step to curb teen vaping addiction by banning the sales of the devices.

“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan.”

— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March issued a proposal to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes which has not been finalized. The restrictions would affect sweet and fruity flavors, but not mint and menthol, which also attract teens, according to The Washington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday there were 215 potential cases of respiratory illnesses linked to vaping across 25 states. Teens primarily have been affected. The first vaping-related death was reported last month in Illinois.

Both the CDC and the FDA are investigating what may be behind the illnesses, though a specific product has not yet been identified. An unnamed source reportedly told The Washington Post last week both state and federal health officials are looking at “contaminants or counterfeit substances,” specifically in THC-containing vaping products, as a possible source.

“More information is needed to better understand whether there’s a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses,” the CDC told Fox News in a statement. “At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

“We continue to gather information about the names of the products used, where they were purchased, and how the products were used. That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action.”

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The short and long-term health issues associated with vaping are not well understood. (iStock)

The negative health effects associated with cigarettes and cigars have long been documented, leading to a decline in use among teens in the U.S. in recent years.

But the same isn’t true for e-cigarette use. In 2018, nearly one in every 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days. That’s an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011.

Last year, the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome Adams, declared vaping among American teens an “epidemic.”

“This is an unprecedented challenge,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the time.

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Though e-cigarettes are often touted as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, a recent study found that may not be true.

The study, led by University of Pennsylvania researchers, claimed there are damaging effects on a user’s blood vessels after just one use.

A spokesperson for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday.

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Detroit girl, 9, killed by dogs, owner in custody: police

The owner of three dogs is in custody after they viciously attacked and killed a 9-year-old girl who had been playing in an alley near her home in Detroit, police said on Tuesday.

Emma Hernandez was riding her bike Monday afternoon when the three dogs – described as pit bulls or pit bull mixes – escaped from a yard and attacked her, police told Fox 2.

She died at a hospital and the dog’s owner was arrested. No charges have been filed.

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The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by three dogs on Monday has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. 

“I tried my best. I tried CPR. I tried helping her. I did everything I could in my power,” Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, told WWJ-AM on Tuesday. “She was gone when I reached her.”

Deborah Golden, a neighbor who tried to help Emma, told WXYZ-TV she heard the girl screaming and “was aware something bad had happened.”

“I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off,” Golden said. “I started CPR and I had the dad grab the neck and hold it.”

I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.

— Armando Hernandez

A bystander shot and killed one of the dogs while a medical crew tried to save the girl. The other dogs were captured. Neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack, police said.

“They were not stopping,” Edward Cruz, who said he hurled a brick after hearing screams, told The Detroit News. “I had to step in.”

Hernandez said the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had argued with the neighbor about them last week. Hernandez said the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

“I knew the dogs were there. I knew the neighbor,” he said. “We had an argument about it just last week and he just didn’t take care of his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.”

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Hernandez said he kept replaying the tragedy and felt “empty.”

“I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it,” he said. “Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.”

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Animal Control took possession of the remaining dogs, WXYZ reported.

City officials said the dogs will likely be euthanized. Prosecutors are now determining what charges, if any, their owner may face.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan cop put on leave after KKK application allegedly found in home

A Michigan police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a would-be homebuyer allegedly found a framed application to the Ku Klux Klan along with Confederate flags while touring the cop’s home.

Rob Mathis, who is black, and his wife were touring the Muskegon home with the prospect of purchasing it when they allegedly found the racist paraphernalia hanging on the wall.

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A Michigan man said he found an application to the KKK while touring a cop’s home that was for sale. (Rob Mathis/Fox 17)

Had it been only for the Confederate flags, Rob said he would’ve considered purchasing the home anyway. But the additional find of a KKK application completely dissuaded him, he said.

“In the bedroom, right across … there was a plaque up there, all by itself,” Mathis told Fox 17. “So being nosy, I walked over there, and it was an application for the KKK. I said ‘oh no.’ I told my son, ‘don’t touch nothing.’”

Rob said he walked outside to try and calm down while he waited for his wife.

“I’m outside. I’m trying to calm myself down because I was touching those doorknobs,” Mathis said. “I’m just sickened by even being in this house.”

Mathis posted the ordeal on Facebook. Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson identified the officer as Charles Anderson, who has been on the force for 20 years.

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“We do take this sort of issue, seriously, and we are working hard to understand if/how this may impact his ability to safely and fairly police our community,” Peterson told Fox 17 in an email.

Mathis said Anderson should lose his job because there “is no way a person who is racist should police the public. Muskegon is a very diverse community.”

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Anderson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

In 2009, Anderson shot and killed parolee Julius Johnson following a struggle. Johnson, who was black, had fled a traffic stop on foot before Anderson caught up with him in a residential backyard. A report by then-Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague found that Johnson hit Anderson in the head with a police radio and “another blunt object” and noted that Anderson was forced to get a metal plate installed in his head.

The prosecutor found that Anderson was “justified in using deadly force.”

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Naked couple caught in vehicle outside Michigan police department

A Michigan couple was issued with a summons after they were found naked in the back seat of a vehicle outside a suburban Detroit police department.

The incident happened shortly after midnight Aug. 1 in Birmingham, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Their vehicle aroused the suspicion of an officer who was parking his own vehicle, according to WDIV-TV.

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The rear windows were fogged up and the vehicle was parked in a spot reserved for “municipal vehicles only,” the station reported.

After approaching the vehicle the officer found a man and a woman who were both naked. He was a 24-year-old man from Clinton Township; she was a 25-year-old woman from Sterling Heights, according to the station.

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The summonses were for disorderly conduct.

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Michigan Dem backs Trump on China, blasts 2020 candidates’ debate performance

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Rep. Debbie Dingle, D-Mich., expressed her disappointment with the way 2020 Democrats handled major economic and urban issues at the second round of Democratic primary debates.

“I was very disappointed when they left Detroit,” the Michigan congresswoman said while appearing on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday. She said that the debate focused too much on “one-line practiced jabs” rather than issues that affected cities and the heartland.

Trade, in particular, was missing from the debates, Dingel argued. Dingel, who predicted President Trump had a shot at winning in 2016, said she backed his tough talk on China and thought the trade issue helped him win the White House.

“Some of the things he’s doing are tools in the box to try to help American workers play on a level playing field,” she said.

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While Dingle shared Trump’s concerns about NAFTA, she also wasn’t satisfied with the president’s new trade deal with Mexico. “I’m hopeful that we’re going to keep talking and we can get there,” she said.

Democrats, on Tuesday and Wednesday, spent a good amount of time discussing health care but not in a helpful way, according to Dingel. She told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that the 2020 field created more confusion around the issue and “got more people worried” about the issue.

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Trump won the swing-state of Michigan in 2016 and, according to Dingel, could win the state again in 2020. “I think that this state could go either way … if we don’t talk about issues that working men and women care about, and go home every night and worry about — like trade,” she said, Democrats could face another 2016.

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