Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 23, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/23/2013


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Woman flier sues over strip search

DETROIT — A half-Arab, half Jewish woman who says she was ethnically targeted for a strip search at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has sued an airline and federal law enforcers.

Authorities removed Shoshana Hebshi from a Frontier Airlines plane after landing in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The crew had reported suspicious behavior by two Indian-American men sitting near her.

All three had olive skin color.

Hebshi says she was ordered to remove her clothes, bend over and cough while being searched. The Sylvania, Ohio, woman filed suit Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

Frontier and the Transportation Security Administration won't comment.

Warming centers meeting rising demand

DETROIT — The city of Detroit says two warming centers have extended their hours to accommodate rising demand during the bitter cold snap, while sheriff's deputies patrol in search of homeless people in danger of freezing.

The centers at Cass Community Social Services and Operation Get Down stayed open until noon Tuesday. A downtown warming center run by St. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church had taken in about 90 people compared with the usual 50 to 60.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon says deputies and reserves will be out in areas that homeless people frequent to provide help or rides to shelters.