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Appellate judges block court appearance by U-M president

DETROIT (AP) — A court says University of Michigan’s president doesn’t have to become personally involved in a sexual misconduct case against a student.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked an order by federal Judge Arthur Tarnow to have U-M President Mark Schlissel appear in Detroit for a conference in open court.

The school has repeatedly objected, saying Tarnow is abusing his authority and other administrators can attend.

The three-judge panel says Tarnow overstepped.

A graduate student accused of sexual misconduct, identified as John Doe, is suing the university, saying his rights were violated.

The school froze Doe’s undergraduate degree and academic transcript until Tarnow intervened last year.

The issue now is what process U-M will use to handle the 2017 misconduct allegation against Doe.

Ten years in prison for accountant who stole more than $1 million

PORT HURON (AP) — An ex-convict accused of embezzling more than $1 million from a nonprofit group in Port Huron has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

Richard Hartwick of Okemos was an accountant for more than a decade at Blue Water Center for Independent Living, which helps disabled people.

He apologized to people in the courtroom last Thursday and said, “I realize how I’ve let you down.”

Judge Michael West exceeded the recommended sentence of six years in prison, partly because he doubts the 71-year-old Hartwick will be able to repay nearly $1.5 million.

Hartwick will be eligible for parole after 10 years.

The Port Huron Times Herald says Hartwick was convicted of embezzling money from a business in 2000 and served 18 months in prison.

Strip down, saddle up: Naked bikers hit Philadelphia streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of bicyclists have been caught with their pants down — and their shirts and underwear off, too.

The cyclists gathered in a Philadelphia park on Saturday to disrobe before saddling up and setting off on the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride.

About 3,000 riders pedal a 10-mile course around the City of Brotherly Love while taking in sights including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, organizers say.

Some riders wear their birthday suits while others flaunt their underwear or sport just a splash of body paint and glitter.

Melanie and James O'Connor, who painted each other's nude body in multiple colors, were riding for the seventh time. The couple met at the 2012 ride and have been together since.

he ride is to promote positive body image, advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels, a major issue for Oren Roth-Eisenberg, who participates every year.

"I call it my Christmas, the happiest day of the year," he said, while having a message advocating for less gas consumption painted on his torso by his wife. "It's the intersection of the happiest day and the most important thing."

The ride used to be held in September but was moved up to August because the nude and scantily clad participants complained about chilly weather.