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Friday March 17th, 2023 morning edition

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Gov. Whitmer signs bill expanding Michigan civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday expanded the state's civil rights law to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, a change long sought by LGBTQ advocates.

Whitmer called it a "new day in Michigan" that's "been a long time coming" during a signing ceremony Thursday.

State Sen. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, who introduced the bill — Senate Bill 4 — has described the effort to expand Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) as a 50-year journey after previous efforts to include LGBTQ individuals in the 1976 law languished in Lansing.

Since her first term in office, Whitmer has called for lawmakers to expand the state's civil rights law to include protections for Michigan's LGBTQ community.

SB 4 would essentially codify Michigan court rulings that found that the state's civil rights law offers protections for LGBTQ individuals.

But she said that until Thursday, Michigan has never passed a law to enshrine the legal rights of the LGBTQ community. »

Sam Bankman-Fried transferred $2.2bn in FTX customer funds for personal use, filings show

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FTX collapsed last November after a wave of withdrawals and consequently declared bankruptcy on November 11, wiping out Mr Bankman-Fried’s fortune.

Expand Autoplay Former FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried arrives on the day of his hearing at Manhattan federal court in New York.

Three FTX insiders who have pleaded guilty and are co-operating with prosecutors — Nishad Singh, Gary Wang and Caroline Ellison — were transferred about $839 million in total, according to FTX. »

‘Hunting rifles’ — really? China ships assault weapons and body armor to Russia

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Russian entities also received 12 shipments of drone parts by Chinese companies and over 12 tons of Chinese body armor, routed via Turkey, in late 2022, according to the data.

Russia managed to import almost 80 tons of body armor worth around $10 million in December last year, according to the customs data from ImportGenius.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the amount of body armor the data shows Russia imported in December. »

Sloth bites teen during visit to Michigan pet store, ruining lifelong dream

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SAGINAW TWP, MI — Last month, a Saginaw Township teen girl was about to have a dream realized by interacting with a sloth at a local exotic pet store.

Every Sunday, the business hosts a Sloth Encounter Experience, wherein visitors can interact with and take photos with a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Sid.

Amarianna did not initially recognize the bite’s damage, only discovering it when she and her mom returned to their vehicle. »

Florida Republican's Bill Would Ban Young Girls From Discussing Their Periods In School

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A Florida Republican seeking to restrict sex education for students confirmed in a committee hearing on Wednesday that his bill would also ban young girls from discussing their menstrual cycles with school officials.

During a Wednesday House Education Quality Subcommittee, Rep. Ashley Viola Gantt (D) asked McClain if this bill would prohibit girls younger than 6th grade from discussing their periods in school.

Watch Florida State Rep. @StanMcClain tell Rep. @Gantt4Florida that his bill prohibits young people from talking about their period…. »