Bill Clinton Touts Hillary’s Debate Prowess in Ohio

     TOLEDO, Ohio (CN) — Touring Ohio on Tuesday after Hillary Clinton emerged a clear winner at her first debate with Donald Trump, a raspy-voiced President Bill Clinton greeted supporters in Toledo as part of a National Voter Registration Day event.     “Did she have a good debate or what?” Clinton asked the crowd of boisterous Hillary supporters. They agreed. (Click the link to see video of the speech.)     The rally was held in an older gymnasium at Waite High School with two upper levels surrounding the basketball court.     Packing the antique gym were members of the general public along with several high school students hoisting campaign signs as well as homemade versions on the higher levels. The students chanted “Love Trumps Hate!” and “We Want Bill!” between the opening speakers and implored the other supporters to join in.      The former president was quick to paint a picture of how the first debate Monday demonstrated stark differences between his wife Hillary and her Republican “opponent.”     Clinton did not mention Trump by name but frequently distinguished his wife from the reality-television star with regard to philosophy and temperament, a buzz word at Monday night’s debate.     “This election should be about issues, not insults,” Clinton said to the approving crowd.     Clinton put on his bifocals before wading into the subject of the country’s trade deals.     Trump had argued at the debate that his opponent had a poor track record in this arena, but President Clinton told the Toledo crowd on Tuesday that the United States needed global partners to grow the economy.     Clinton acknowledged that the deals have not always been perfect but chalked any failures up to poor enforcement and outside factors.     Jobs had been a big debate topic too, and the Democratic candidate’s husband mentioned that Indiana-based manufacturer Carrier Corp. had decided recently to shift production to Mexico at the cost of 2,100 American jobs.     Clinton said they did so to chase profits for “activist shareholders” and executives, and to break the local union.     “That needs to change,” he said.     Clinton said tax cuts should be given to businesses that invest in their workforce, and that smaller businesses should have an easier time obtaining loans and credit.     He also talked about unity with the nation’s police departments. He said his wife met with police officials in Dallas, Texas, who wholeheartedly recommended more training for officers with extra attention on mental health.     The packed auditorium became stuffy after time, in spite of the cool, fall air outside. Some people were overwhelmed enough to leave and cool down in the school hallways. Paramedics were on stand-by.      Donald Trump supporters and Clinton protesters were limited to a few people driving around the school in a rusty Dodge Ram pickup truck with a snow plow attached to the front. Some curious neighbors watched from their yards as cars lined the streets and supporters converged on the school.     Bobbie Davis of Toledo drove to the school to show support for Mrs. Clinton. She watched the debate the night before and was disappointed in Trump’s lack of substance.     “He didn’t say nothing,” Davis said.      Ohio Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, introduced the candidate’s husband Tuesday and admonished Trump for empty statements.     “Your sacrifices don’t even come close,” Fedor growled.     After the Toledo rally, Mr. Clinton headed to Cleveland to address Ginn Academy. The Clintons’ daughter Chelsea spoke at the University of Toledo last week.

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Judge Releases Kids She ‘Jailed’ in Divorce Case

     PONTIAC, Mich. (CN) – After her decision to jail three children for being rude to their father ignited a media frenzy, a Michigan judge presiding over a bitter custody battle switched their punishment to summer camp Friday.     Insisting that she had the best interests of the Tsimhoni children, ages 14, 10 and 9, at heart, Judge Lisa Gorcyca said at a hearing Friday that her earlier order sentencing them to juvenile detention did not endanger them, the Detroit Free Press reported.     Gorcyca reportedly said the children were not housed with criminal offenders and that every alternative avenue presented to the court had been exhausted.     The Oakland County, Mich., judge had issued the headline-making sentence against the children just minutes into a June 25 contempt hearing she convened when the children defied her orders to spend quality time with their father.     “You are a defiant, contemptuous young man and I’m ordering you to spend the rest of the summer … [in] Children’s Village,” Judge Lisa Gorcyca had told the 14-year-old.     A transcript of the hearing shows that the boy thought he was justified in ignoring Gorcyca’s order because he thinks his father, General Motors engineer Omer Tsimhoni, is abusive.     “I saw him hit my mom and I’m not gonna talk to him,” said the boy, who told the court he is 15 but is actually 14, according to court records.     That remark apparently enraged the judge.     “Your father has never been charged with anything, your father’s never been convicted of anything,” Gorcyca said, according to the transcript. “Your father doesn’t have a personal protection order against him. … You, young man, have got it wrong. I think your father is a great man who has gone through hoops for you to have a relationship with him.”     Gorcyca held the Friday hearing after attorneys moved for her to reconsider the decision and release the children. Crediting the father’s request, Gorcyca reportedly switched the children’s punishment Friday from a detention center to summer camp.     At the June 25 hearing, an attorney for the mother emphasized that his client had encouraged her son to meet with the father. Gorcyca called this too little, too late, however, and implied that Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni has brainwashed the children.     “You need to do a research program on Charlie Manson and the cult that he has,” the judge said. “Your behavior in the hall with me months ago, your behavior in this courtroom … is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in any 46,000 cases.”     With that, Gorcyca added that she would not let Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Michigan, visit her child in detention.     As for the length of that detention, the judge warned that it could last into the fall or for years.     “We’ll review it when school starts, and you may be going to school there,” the judge said.     After questioning the teen’s supposedly high IQ, Gorcyca told him “you may stay in there until you graduate from high school.”     Gorcyca upbraided the younger children, ages 10 and 9, similarly after a short recess.     “I know you’re kind of religious,” the judge told the 9-year-old. “God gave you a brain. He expects you to use it. … You are not your big, defiant brother who’s living in jail. Do you want to live in jail? Just tell me this right now.”     When the judge asked the child if she would have lunch with her father, the girl demurred by saying she would instead “go with my brother.”     “You’re not even going to be with your brother,” the judge scoffed. “That’s cool. You won’t be in the same cell. I’ll put in there ‘Stay away from your brother.’”     Gorcyca concluded that “this is not normal behavior.”     “Every single adult in this courtroom thinks you have been brainwashed,” she added.     Throughout the hearing, the judge noted that the children’s father objected to the sentence.     “I wanted to do this because of your horrific behavior a long time ago and your dad begged me not to,” she said.     “You are so mentally messed up right now and it’s not because of your father,” Gorcyca added.

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Tesla Contests Michigan’s Ban on Direct Sales

     GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (CN) — Tesla Motors sued top Michigan officials in federal court in an effort to sell its electric cars directly to customers in the Wolverine State without using a traditional dealership network.     The filing is in response to a denial of a dealership license earlier this month, when the automaker’s business model was deemed illegal under Michigan law by state officials.     State law requires dealers to have contracts with auto manufacturers and not act as their own supplier.     At the time of the denial, a Tesla spokesperson was quoted as saying the company “will continue to take steps to defend the rights of Michigan consumers.”     Thursday’s lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder seems to take a swipe at American car companies recently shifting production of their vehicles to other countries.     “While many other companies have moved manufacturing jobs overseas, Tesla designs, builds, and sells cars here in the United States, employing thousands in well-paying jobs,” according to the complaint, which was filed in Western Michigan federal court.     The so-called “anti-Tesla” amendment to Michigan law, brought about by the Michigan Automobile Dealer Association, is a violation of Tesla’s constitutional right “to pursue legitimate business activities and subjects it to arbitrary and unreasonable regulation,” the complaint states.     According to the lawsuit, the way the amendment was enacted was particularly suspect.     “This new ban made its way through the Legislature covertly, with the Legislature bypassing the public notice-and-comment process to shield the bill from scrutiny or debate,” the complaint states. “Then, at the urging of the franchised dealers and General Motors (which considers Tesla a competitive threat to its own electric vehicle programs), the bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.” (Parentheses in original.)     Tesla’s business model of selling directly to the consumer via the Internet and acting as their own dealer was implemented successfully to varying degrees in several other states and countries.     The only states that have refused Tesla’s model are Utah, Connecticut, Texas and Michigan. However, in Texas the company is allowed to promote “galleries” of cars without a dealership license where consumers can look at the products but cannot purchase or test drive them.     Michigan legislators amended the law in 2014 when Tesla began to inquire about establishing galleries in the state.     Tesla’s desire to sell their vehicles, like the four-door Model S and the new Model X SUV, in Michigan reached a fever pitch last May when the state demanded the electric automaker submit proof it was a franchised dealer, which it could not.     A spokesperson for Snyder told the Detroit News the governor does not comment on pending litigation.

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Littlest Clinton Supporters Scream for Chelsea

     TOLEDO, Ohio (CN) — Taking the stage Thursday at the University of Toledo, Chelsea Clinton beamed as a screaming child joined the chorus of applause greeting the daughter of the Democratic presidential candidate.     “Yes, please, I love children making noises,” exclaimed Clinton, who just gave birth to her second child in June. “It makes me feel right at home.”     As audience members took their seats — an excited, diverse gathering of Hillary Clinton supporters young and old — Chelsea spoke briefly about nurturing themes and the importance of voting. (Click here to see video of the exchange.)     “Please don’t feel like you have to shush him or her,” Clinton said, “or anyone else who may not be old enough to vote but who are living reminders of what this election is all about.”Quickly the subject turned to compassion, and the crowd applauded respectfully as Clinton spoke about a plan for the treatment of the soaring number of heroin and painkiller addicts.     Clinton talked specifically about drug prevention at the high school and collegiate levels, adding support for first responders and local health systems, as well as justice reform.     Education was also a strong theme. Clinton said families who make less than $125,000 a year should be eligible for free college classes, and called student-loan reform overdue.     “No one should have to make a professional choice to service a debt,” said Clinton, who has degrees from Stanford, Columbia and Oxford universities.     The former First Kid also mentioned the plight of the Detroit Public Schools, where she said there was “mold,” and the city of Flint, where the bare bones staff is often overwhelmed.     “Teachers need to get back to teaching,” Clinton said to applause.     During a question-and-answer period at the end of the event, Clinton was asked if her mother would be able to force Donald Trump to give substantive answers at the upcoming debate.     “Thank you for taking it for granted that my mom will give substantive responses,” Clinton said. “That’s something we should expect from anyone running for president to do.”     Another question detailed frustration about resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement, and how “people are getting tired of being labeled terrorists.”     Clinton said it was “intolerable” and criminal justice reform was sorely needed. While the federal government could not force states to use body cams on all police officers, they could be “shamed” into doing so.     After the event, Clinton visited the Toledo campaign office. She is scheduled to continue the Michigan visit to Grand Rapids, Lansing and a phone bank in Flint on Friday.     Trump supporters or Hillary protesters were scarce outside the auditorium. Two men holding Trump-Pence signs were talking with other students who approached them.

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DJ Under Fire for Reporting|on Old Al Green Grits Attack

     DETROIT (CN) – A Detroit minister who once collaborated with Al Green feels no love and happiness after hearing on the radio that she supposedly threw scalding-hot grits on the R&B legend in 1974.     Green’s grits injury is a much-dissected event in the singer’s biography. As summarized by the History Channel, the soul crooner had been in the bathtub on Oct. 18, 1974, when ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and showered him with scalding-hot grits.     Though the events of that day are well settled, a lawsuit filed Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court says the tale was retold inaccurately on the March 9, 2016, installment of “Inside Detroit With Mildred Gaddis,” on WCHB 1200’s Radio One.     While on the air, on-air personality Greg Dunmore told listeners that “plaintiff Laura Lee ‘who used to live in Detroit and moved to Chicago was the one who threw grits on Al Green.’”     Describing herself as a minister of the gospel, Lee notes that she “previously performed collaborative singing with Al Green.”     Lee denies that she had anything to do with the grits attack, which occurred at Green’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, but says the radio report has left her reputation in tatters.     “As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ on-air broadcast of the false statement that plaintiff threw hot grits on Al Green, plaintiff has suffered … loss of relationship with family and those she ministers to, … mortification and infamy as a woman of God,” the complaint states.     An email to Radio One corporate office asking for comment was bounced back after several tries. Dunmore meanwhile has not answered a message sent to his Facebook account.     Kathy Stinehour, the vice president and general manager for the Radio One Detroit region, did not return an email seeking comment.     Green had already been a born-again Christian for a year before the grits attack, but he is said to have renounced Hollywood stardom in the wake of this incident.     While the attack left Green with third-degree burns, Woodson got hold of a gun Green kept and shot herself to death.     An ordained Baptist minister since 1976, Green, now 70, reportedly still preaches at a church he started in Tennessee.

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Bank Sued After Firing ‘Biggest Loser’ Star

     DETROIT (CN) — Challenging her recent firing from Comerica Bank, a former contestant on television’s “The Biggest Loser” claims in court that she was routinely harassed because of her weight and race.     Early on in her Aug. 16 complaint, Carla Triplett notes that she “is a beautiful, full-figured, African-American woman.”     After 18 years working for Comerica — at locations in Highland Park and Dearborn, Michigan — Triplett says she took a six-month leave of absence in 2008 to compete on the weight-loss reality show “The Biggest Loser.”     Triplett’s 128-pound weight loss was chronicled in Season 7 of the hit NBC show, but she says co-workers were unimpressed when she returned to work at 243 pounds, telling her she didn’t look “skinny.”     When the office held its own weight-loss competition for New Year’s 2014, Triplett says she was up to 303 pounds and eager to recommit to her health journey.     The complaint in Wayne County Circuit Court says colleagues subjected Triplett to ridicule, however, when she performed squats or modified jumping jacks “during down times at work … to prevent from sitting too long.”     Triplett says one of her managers took a secret video of her performing squats, started laughing and forwarded the video around the office.     Comerica fired Triplett that July, according to the complaint.     Triplett says she was singled out over a violation of the bank’s customer-identification program that occurred because she had been following her manager’s instructions.     That manager, the same man who filmed her squats, was not terminated, according to the complaint — nor was a co-worker who committed a similar violation the year before.     Both men are of Arabic descent, Triplett notes, and she says her manager did nothing when she was sexually harassed by an Arabic customer.     In addition to telling Triplett that she dressed nicely for a “big lady,” according to the complaint, the amorous customer also told Triplett that he wanted to “take [her] to heaven [sexually].” (Brackets in original.)     Triplett says her manager regularly made derogatory comments about her being black, saying for example that she intimidated customers and calling out her interest in rap music.     Comerica also overlooked Triplett for various promotions after she was transferred to the Dearborn branch, according to the complaint.     Triplett seeks reinstatement and punitive damages, alleging retaliation and discrimination, among other claims.     She is represented by Felicia Brock, an attorney with I.A.B. Attorneys at Law in Redford. Brock declined to comment on the case.     Media relations for Comerica have not returned an email requesting comment.

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