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After reportedly biting Secret Service members 24 times, Biden dog evicted from WH

President Biden’s dog, Commander, reportedly bit and attacked numerous U.S. Secret Service (USSS) personnel in at least 24 incidents between October 2022 and July 2023, before he was ultimately removed from the White House campus.

Newly released internal USSS documents posted publicly by The Black Vault and obtained by Fox News Digital, reveal at least 24 incidents in which the German shepherd bit or attempted to bite Secret Service staff members or others.

In the first incident documented, the USSS member reported holding a door open to the Palm Room on the West Colonnade side, when Biden took Commander out to the South Grounds.

“Commander and POTUS were entering the Palm Room through the West Colonnade. Commander came in first, circled back and grabbed my left arm,” the report read. “He then stood up and back down. He is literally my height, standing.”

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The president entered shortly after the dog grabbed the agent’s arm, which was not punctured.

Incidents with the dog began to stack up, documents show, with family pet altercations taking place in locations such as the White House, Wilmington, Delaware, Camp David, and Biden’s beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

On Dec. 23, 2022, the first family was returning from the tennis pavilion, when Commander attacked a staff member on the left forearm, though fortunately, the person was wearing multiple layers of clothing, and the dog did not leave any marks.

Then, on June 11, 2023, an agent was bitten by the family pet when first lady Jill Biden moved from the Cabana to the Oval Dining Room. Documents show the agent held the door to the dining room for the first lady, when Commander jumped onto the agent and bit his chest, tearing the agent’s shirt and leaving two small lacerations.

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Three days later, the USSS emailed staff seeking to document all incidents pertaining to altercations with the first dog.

On June 15, 2023, another agent was attacked, this time on the left arm, and requiring stitches. The injury was so bad that tours of the East Wing were stopped for 20 minutes to allow staff members time to clean up blood from the floor.

The USSS then sent another email out to team members about dealing with Commander.

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“The recent dog bites have challenged us to adjust our operational tactics when Commander is present — please give lots of room (staying a terrain feature away if possible),” the email from June 29, 2023 read. “We will continue to keep [redaction] in our sight but must be creative to ensure our own personal safety.”

A month later, on July 29, 2023, Commander attacked an agent working on a temporary assignment in Rehoboth Beach, at the Biden’s beach house.

Commander was running loose on the backyard patio of the property at the time of the attack when he started barking. The agent reported hearing who he believed was the first lady, when Commander ran toward the agent and bit the agent in the left forearm.

The bite created a “severe deep open wound,” resulting in significant blood loss. After the incident, the agent was treated and received six stitches in the left forearm and antibiotics for the wound.

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By September 2023, the German shepherd had been removed from the White House campus.

“The U.S. Secret Service takes the safety and well-being of our employees extremely seriously, and has been navigating how best to operate in an environment that includes family pets for many Presidential administrations,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service, told Fox News Digital. “The incidents involving Commander were treated as workplace injuries, with events documented in accordance with Secret Service and US Department of Homeland Security guidelines.

“While Secret Service personnel neither handle nor care for the first family’s pets, we work continuously with all applicable entities in order to minimize any adverse impacts from family pets.”

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Elizabeth Alexander, a spokesperson for the first lady, said the Bidens care deeply about the safety and those who work at the White House to protect them every day.

“Despite additional dog training, leashing, working with veterinarians, and consulting with animal behaviorists, the White House environment simply proved too much for Commander. Since the fall, he has lived with other family members,” Alexander said.

Commander’s arrival at the White House came after the Biden’s got rid of their prior dog, Major, who also behaved aggressively, including biting Secret Service and White House staff.

They eventually sent the dog, also a German shepherd, to live with friends in Delaware.

Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

Police won’t bring charges in attack against Riley Gaines at San Francisco State University

EXCLUSIVE: The San Fransisco State University Police Department has suspended its investigation into women’s sports activist and former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines’ hostage incident and assault last year, saying the alleged charges are “unfounded.”

Gaines said she was assaulted and held hostage for ransom in April 2023 after speaking at San Francisco State University about her experience in her senior year of college competing against male swimmer Lia Thomas. The two had tied for fifth place in a national swimming championship.

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Following Gaines’ speech, she was met by a mob of violent protesters that she said stormed into the room, turned off the lights, rushed to the podium where she was standing and assaulted her before holding her hostage.

Gaines was then barricaded in a room after the assault, and has said she had been hit multiple times, even while under police protection.

Gaines, the director of the Riley Gaines Center at the Leadership Institute and host of Outkick’s “Gaines for Girls” podcast, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that she followed up with the San Fransisco State University Police Department last month on its investigation into the incident “where I was held hostage.”

“Can you please let me know if you have completed your investigation?” She wrote in an email reviewed by Fox News Digital.  “I wondered if you can share with me any conclusions you have reached regarding your investigation and whether any charges will be filed against the individuals who sought to threaten, intimidate and harm me? Is there a timetable concerning this matter? Is there any additional information you need from me?”

In an email dated Feb. 2, an officer replied: “After a thorough investigation, the alleged charges in this case are unfounded and have been suspended pending further lead.”

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The officer said the department sent emails to Gaines in June and July of last year “for a case follow up,” which they claim “went unanswered.” 

The officer then requested “any photos and/or videos you may have in your possession as well as the contact information for anyone who was present that may have digital evidence.”

The officer added: “Please do so and the case may be further investigated.”

But Gaines told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Wednesday that after the incident in April 2023, she met with campus police for hours and provided them with an official statement.

“We talked for multiple hours. I told them over and over and over and over and over again what had happened, which, all the while, both of the officers that I was talking to were there, so it is not like they didn’t know what happened,” Gaines told Fox News Digital.

Gaines said one of the officers present for the incident sent the email notifying her that the investigation had been suspended.

Gaines told Fox News Digital that the emails the campus police sent to her in June and July were requests to meet again, and to share her story “again.”

“I just wasn’t willing to do that,” Gaines said, telling Fox News Digital that she was advised against it. Gaines said advisors told her she had already given a statement and didn’t need to do so again.

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Gaines also said the campus police had promised to give her security footage for her review by the beginning of July, but said “they never provided the footage.” 

Meanwhile, Gaines reflected on the incident, describing the mob of protesters.

“They were everything under the sun,” she said. “Women, men, men dressed as women, women dressed as men — and everything in between, which is why it was so disorienting.”

“These people turned the lights off, flickered the lights for a bit, which I imagine was done entirely strategically,” she explained. “I was confused and trying to make sense of what was happening.” 

Gaines told Fox News Digital that as she was being assaulted, a female officer — whom she said is the same officer who notified her that the investigation had been suspended — approached her and tried to take her to a separate location.

“I didn’t meet any police before the event, and she was totally unmarked, wearing all black, her face was in a mask, so she comes up to me, and says ‘come with me, I’m the police’ and was grabbing me and pulling me,” Gaines said. “I didn’t believe that she was with the police because there really was no indication that she was, but I honestly didn’t really have a choice.” 

Gaines said the officer took her to a back room where she was ultimately barricaded and held hostage for ransom for more than four hours.

Gaines said that the protesters outside the room she was being held in were “negotiating a price I had to pay each of them to leave to be able to make it home safe to see my family.”

Gaines said the students came to an agreement that she had to pay them each $10, but eventually, the San Fransisco Police came to the scene.

“They were able to effectively remove me,” she said.

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Gaines told Fox News Digital that she feels that the suspension of the investigation sets a precedent.

“This just encourages what happened to me to happen to other people because the precedent has now been set,” she said. “We don’t see this happening to liberal speakers or to anyone with a dissenting viewpoint to that of my own.”

Gaines told Fox News Digital that the protesters “had every intention of getting me to step down essentially, to shut up, to scare me into submission.”

“But this does not do that,” Gaines said. “Actually, it does the opposite.”

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“These people who want me to be quiet, it really only encourages me to speak louder,” Gaines added.

San Francisco State University Police Department did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Health officials sound the alarm over growing threat from ‘dangerous and addictive’ drug

A dangerous drug is causing a spike of illnesses in New Jersey, health officials warn — and in many cases, the drug is being sold on the shelves of corner convenience stores.

Neptune’s Elixir and ZaZa Red — also referred to as “gas station heroin” — are just two of the products that are being marketed as dietary supplements. They’re sold in gas stations and on the internet, according to a health alert from the New Jersey Department of Health.

Between June and Nov. 2023, there were 20 reported cases of tianeptine causing “severe clinical effects” in New Jersey, as noted in a Feb. 1 alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

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This is a significant spike from the two or fewer calls the poison center typically receives each year.

What is tianeptine?

Tianeptine is a tricyclic antidepressant that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some companies market the drug as an aid for pain, anxiety and depression, or as a means of improving mental alertness. 

It is also sometimes billed as a “safer” alternative to opioids — but experts are warning that it has highly addictive and dangerous properties.

“Tianeptine interacts with opioid receptors in the brain, and in larger doses, can mimic the effects of traditional heroin such as euphoria, but also the consequences frequently associated with tolerance, withdrawal and toxicity,” Dr. David Campbell, clinical and program director of Recover Together Bend in Oregon, told Fox News Digital. 

“With such ease of access, even kids are getting caught in the crossfire.”

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Tianeptine can be sold as a pill, powder, salt or in liquid form as a supplement — or as an active ingredient in a supplement — and is widely available in many states, noted Dr. Adam Scioli, corporate medical director and head of psychiatry at Caron Treatment Centers in Philadelphia.

“We have seen patients come in having gotten tianeptine over the internet or at gas stations,” Scioli told Fox News Digital. “They often suffer from withdrawal symptoms similar to those of an opioid withdrawal and often need medication-assisted treatment such as buprenorphine.”

“Why it is being sold commercially as an active ingredient in a supplement in everyday settings is beyond me.”

The widespread availability and ease of accessibility at gas stations, minimarts and smoke shops is one of the main reasons people seek it out, Scioli said. 

“These are dangerous, addictive substances with potentially fatal outcomes.”

“There is also this ongoing misconception that if something is easily accessible, legal in some states and available, it is safe — which isn’t true of several substances, not just products that contain tianeptine,” Scioli warned. 

“These are dangerous, addictive substances with potentially fatal outcomes.”

Dangers of tianeptine

Scioli called tianeptine a “substance of abuse” that can be addictive and fatal. 

“Tricyclic antidepressants have what we call a narrow, therapeutic index, meaning that it is fairly easy to tip into the non-therapeutics/toxic range,” he said. 

“Tricyclic antidepressants in and of themselves can also cause seizures, electrolyte abnormality and death in overdose. Symptoms will be similar to an opioid withdrawal or overdose.”

Among tianeptine’s significant and severe withdrawal symptoms, according to Campbell, are nausea, vomiting, confusion, flu-like symptoms, depression, anxiety, coma and even respiratory failure and overdose.

Calls for regulation and awareness

In 2023, the FDA posted an alert warning of the dangers of Neptune’s Fix or any other product containing tianeptine.

“FDA has received severe adverse event reports after use of Neptune’s Fix products, including seizures and loss of consciousness leading to hospitalization,” the agency stated.

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“FDA considers tianeptine to be a substance that does not meet the statutory definition of a dietary ingredient and is an unsafe food additive. The FDA is aware of several serious adverse event reports associated with tianeptine.”

Scioli pointed out that several states — including Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio — have made tianeptine illegal to sell.

“Despite that, companies are marketing and selling products containing tianeptine to consumers,” he warned.

Campbell of Recover Together Bend in Oregon echoed the need for greater regulation of tianeptine.

“The FDA ought to be called upon to act now before the increasing use of this substance and other ‘gas station drugs’ leads to yet another drug epidemic in this country,” he said.

“Until the time comes when tianeptine is more strictly regulated or preferably banned, prevention and education must take center stage for parents, schools and other institutions to curtail the scope of underage use,” he added.

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Mark Stovall, regional executive director for American Addiction Centers in Mississippi, noted that the FDA has urged convenience stores, gas stations and other organizations to stop selling tianeptine products, but said there needs to be increased awareness of non-approved FDA drugs and supplements to prevent severe health risks and addictions

“With such ease of access, even kids are getting caught in the crossfire.”

“If you have an inkling of gas station drugs being sold in the future, be empowered to apply community pressure,” Stovall advised in an interview with Fox News Digital. 

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“Take initiative by visiting your local gas station and ask them why they’re selling these addictive drugs. Explain the dangers and ask them to stop selling before more individuals are negatively impacted. Talk with your local law enforcement. Some local officials have already started to control these dangerous substances even without federal involvement.”

The experts also urged parents and caregivers to be aware of the risk to kids and teens.

“With so many supplements and substances easily available to children through the internet and stores, it is imperative that parents, guardians and schools become educated — not just about the substances and their effects, but also about how to talk to children and teens about them,” said Scioli. 

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“An open dialogue is imperative, especially with the proliferation of adulterated drugs sold online. With the overdose risk, there is no safe experimentation.”

On Jan. 28, 2024, Neptune Resources, LLC, the maker of Neptune’s Fix, issued a voluntary recall of its products due to the presence of tianeptine — but experts are warning that other products may also contain the drug.

Fox News Digital reached out to Neptune Resources, LLC — based in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the FDA’s announcement of the recall — as well as to MRSS Inc. (maker of ZaZa Red) and Super Chill Products, a New York-based distributor of Neptune’s products that has since issued a recall.

Comments were also requested from the FDA and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Anyone who is using tianeptine or a product containing tianeptine and is experiencing withdrawal symptoms can call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical assistance, experts advised.

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Actress addresses speculation her marriage has ended after husband’s alleged affair

Natalie Portman acknowledged the recent speculation surrounding her marriage to choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Portman, 42, has “no desire” to contribute to the narrative that her marriage to Millepied has ended.

“It’s terrible, and I have no desire to contribute to it,” she told Vanity Fair.

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Portman’s marital status has been questioned ever since February 2023, when a French outlet published that Millepied had an affair.

The alleged affair was “short-lived” and “over” by June 2023, a source told People magazine.

“He knows he made an enormous mistake and he is doing all he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together,” the insider said.

A representative for Portman did not respond to Fox News Digital’s immediate request for comment.

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Millepied and Portman met on the set of “Black Swan” in 2009. The choreographer had been hired to teach the actress ballet for the filming of the movie. By the time the horror film wrapped, Millepied and Portman were an item.

Portman and Millepied married in 2012 and share two children: Aleph and Amalia.

It’s unclear what the status of their relationship is at this point.

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Portman splits her time between Los Angeles and Paris, which she refers to as “complementary” cities.

“I lead a very non-Hollywood life in LA. I live on the east side. I have some friends who are in the entertainment industry, but many friends who are not, and we don’t do industry things when we hang out,” Portman told VF. “We’re not going to Hollywood parties, we’re having dinners at home in the backyard.”

“I actually found that living there made my experience of LA much less ‘Hollywood,’” she added. “When I would visit, it would only be for work, and I’d be staying somewhere in Beverly Hills, and I’d be having industry meetings and going to industry parties. Living there made my experience much more rounded and appreciative of all the city has to offer, from nature to the arts, food to music, and of course, the people.”

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Minnesota comfort-food classic is the ‘most delicious thing you can eat’

Hot beef commercial is the perfect comforter to blanket the belly during cold northern winters

“It’s just the most delicious thing you can eat,” says Minnesota native Greg Urban.

The nightclub owner, who lives in St. Paul, fondly recalls savoring the beef, mashed potato and gravy sandwiches at Charlie’s Café in Freeport, while on trips to the family’s North Woods cabin with his grandfather. 

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Hot beef commercial is a casual-dining classic common in the pubs, sports bars and family restaurants of Minnesota. It’s found straight west across Interstate 90 all the way to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Hot beef commercial is essentially chopped or shredded beef served on slices of good ol’ white bread with mashed potatoes — then doused with a generous pool of thick beef gravy. 

Hardly haute cuisine. 

“But it don’t get much better,” added Urban, owner of Wild Greg’s Saloons in Florida and Texas. 

He closed his original Minneapolis location amid the fallout from BLM riots and COVID restrictions. 

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The culinary idiom hot beef commercial has many origin stories.

“Traveling salesmen, traveling for commercial business, eat commercials,” food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl reported in a 2019 hot beef commercial treatise for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

“It don’t get much better.”

That account was relayed to her by the owner of hot beef commercial hotspot Bump’s Family Restaurant in Glencoe.  

Ashley Revering, the manager of Charlie’s Café, believes the name grew out of a popular local commercial jingle that promoted hot beef sandwiches decades ago. 

Any advertising is gone, but hot beef commercial remains the most popular item at Charlie’s Café, the manager said.

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The most likely origin story is that the hearty comfort-food sandwiches were traditionally made with low-quality or “commercial” grade beef. 

Braised slow and low like pot roast, and doused in gravy, the tougher-cut meat was rendered tender and delicious.

Its traditional popularity in Minnesota appears to trace its roots to the state’s hearty lumberjack and farming legacy.

“Men on farms get hungry. That’s the rough shape of what I heard again and again,” Grumdahl. 

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Some fear now that the delicious hot beef commercial tradition is waning as Minnesotans, and humans in general, lose connection with harder lives that required heartier food. 

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“For the first half of the 20th century, Minnesotans lived – and ate – modestly,” wrote Grumdahl. 

“We made our bread at home, we mashed our own potatoes, we bought the second-best beef. And, with a little flour and a lot of time, we made something wonderful for it: gravy.”

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Kansas angler learns why his fish record was rescinded — and it’s not good

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has removed a local fisherman’s state record after investigating a citizen’s claim that the fish’s weight may not be accurate.

On April 4, 2023, the KDWP awarded Bobby Parkhurst with a new state record after he reeled in a white crappie weighing 4.07 pounds, the KDWP told Fox News Digital.

Five days after certifying the record, the KDWP received a tip from an eyewitness who made claims against the fisherman and whether his catch was valid.

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The tip stated that the fish had been weighed at separate locations and at one point “weighed only 3.73 pounds,” according to the KDWP.

In an effort to “preserve the integrity” of the department’s state record program, game wardens reached out to Parkhurst for a re-examination.

The angler voluntarily presented the department with his fish, according to the KDWP.

“When staff used a handheld metal detector to scan the fish, the device detected the presence of metal,” Nadia Marji, chief public affairs and engagement officer with the KDWP, shared in a statement with Fox News Digital.

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“Wardens then took the fish to the Topeka Zoo for X-ray examination where it was revealed that two steel ball bearings were inside the crappie,” Marji said.

The findings within the stomach of the fish resulted in the removal of Parkhurst’s record. The KDWP has since made the fish available to return to Parkhurst, Marji added.

The KDWP then reinstated the previous state record set by Frank Miller in 1964 after Miller caught a 4.02 pound, 17.5 inch white crappie.

Fox News Digital reached out to Parkhurst for comment.

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The case has not been tried in a court of law, so the department cannot comment on how the steel balls got inside the fish.

This is not the first time officials have had to investigate a weighted fishing scandal.

Two Ohio fishermen were sentenced to ten days in jail last year and had to forfeit their boat, valued at $100,000, after admitting to stuffing fish with lead weights in an attempt to win prize money during a state fishing tournament, the AP reported.

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The duo pleaded guilty to the finding of lead weight and fillets inside five walleyes, and as a part of their plea, they agreed to a three-year suspension on their fishing licenses, the AP continued.

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Reality of housing biological males who identify as trans with female prisoners exposed

EXCLUSIVE: The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) revealed the trailer and details about its new documentary series exposing the reality of housing biological males who identify as transgender with female prisoners to Fox News Digital Wednesday.

The series, titled “Cruel & Unusual Punishment: The Male Takeover of Women’s Prisons,” will consist of multi-episode interviews with various insiders, prison guards and female inmates on the impact of forcing biological women to share facilities with transgender women. Each episode will be approximately five to ten minutes long and available for free on IWF’s YouTube account.

IWF director of storytelling Kelsey Bolar explained that the project was born out of a “desire to take a stance in this fight and be a voice for current and former female inmates who, sadly, don’t have a voice.”

“IWF has taken a stand in defense of women and girls and female spaces. Our investment in the area of women’s prisons is really a natural continuation of our work to protect girls and women and women’s spaces. It’s unfortunate that up until now, no other women’s groups have been willing to be a voice for female inmates, and in some cases, they have actively worked against them by lobbying to put men in women’s prisons in the name of tolerance and inclusion,” Bolar told Fox News Digital.

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She added, “Once you hear these stories, I think it becomes pretty clear that there’s nothing tolerant or inclusive about these policies. In fact, they are actively discriminating against women.” 

One of the stories includes Woman II Woman founder Amie Ichikawa, who was previously incarcerated for five years at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. While she served her sentence, the facility received convicted rapist Richard Masbruch, who identified as a trans woman and went by the name “Sherri,” in a prison transfer.

“It was really a big blow to my mental health, my stability. I wasn’t on the same yard or in the same cell as this individual, but just knowing how little concern and how much disdain that the state had for the whole female population was debilitating. People on the outside thought that we were crazy, that we were lying,” Ichikawa told Fox News Digital.

“That feeling doesn’t really leave you, knowing that you are in an institution that you cannot leave from and you have that little control over even what’s in your head is very oppressive,” she emphasized.

Bolar, who co-produced the series with Andrea Mew, said the first episode will feature a former female prisoner who was housed in the same cell as a transgender prisoner. 

“I’ll tell you from a policy perspective, I thought I knew this, but you don’t realize these women are climbing up to their top bunk every night with a male sitting below them in their nightgown. It’s little details like that you don’t even think about until you really do give these women a platform and opportunity to share their story,” Bolar said.

Both women spoke about the disappointment they felt at the lack of support from other women’s organizations and the mainstream media.

“It’s been a really rough couple of years hitting wall after wall, even among my own peers, many of whom are running organizations in the state of California that are in the social justice arena who did at one point advocate for women. The population inside [prisons] feels very abandoned,” Ichikawa said.

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Bolar added, “Not only did all these women’s groups or groups that typically advocate in favor of improving the lives of inmates turn their backs on Aime and her attempt to shed light on this issue, but the media coverage has been completely biased.”

She continued, “If you look around at media coverage, it’s only from the perspectives of the very few transgender identified inmates. Who’s going to ask the female inmates how they feel about these policies and how they’ve been impacted by being forced to share extremely close quarters with biological men?”

Bolar noted that many current and former inmates were unwilling to speak about the policies out of “fears of retribution” in losing parole opportunities or even violence. 

More unfortunately, Ichikawa noted that up to 92% of female prisoners have experienced abuse in their lives and could potentially face sharing facilities with biologically male sexual offenders. 

“92% of incarcerated women in California have been battered or beaten or are subject to some form of sexual abuse. They’re now forcibly housed with intact male inmates who 33.8% are registered sex offenders. So, to place women in a situation that’s very similar to their initial trauma, many of which led them to their incarceration, is cruel and unusual. And it has caused a lot of complex PTSD symptoms that start up developing in the entire population,” she said. 

Ichikawa continued, “Women’s self-worth is depleting on a daily basis just knowing that this is what their life looks like now. It’s something every day that’s the harsh reminder that they simply don’t matter and that nobody cares. And no matter how loud they scream or who they reach out to, there is no relief. So that is definitely what we’re aiming to accomplish with this. They need immediate relief.”

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IWF plans to drop the first episode next week with a total of five episodes in the works and a potential for more as they gather more interviews.

“We kind of feel that we’re invested in this issue, and as many stories as it takes for people to listen, we will be telling them. We’ve committed to showing a diversity of voices so people can understand the full range of implications,” Bolar said.

Three-time Super Bowl champion arrested on multiple hit-and-run charges

Tim McKyer, a former NFL cornerback who won three Super Bowl titles during his career, was arrested in Florida on Monday on several hit-and-run charges, according to online records.

McKyer was charged with five counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and released on his own recognizance. 

He was assigned a public defender in the case, according to the Palm Beach Post. Per policy, the outlet reported the county’s public defender’s office doesn’t comment on active cases.

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McKyer was accused of crashing his Tesla into five parked vehicles in the parking garage of a condominium complex in Riviera Beach. According to an arrest report, authorities were contacted Sunday about a “hit and run,” and a responding officer launched an investigation. The report said CCTV footage caught the suspect being involved in the crash and then parking in the garage.

The responding officer went to McKyer’s unit to question him, according to the report.

The report said the responding officer “detected the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and skin” and that the man was “not aware of an accident that occurred.” McKyer was then placed into custody, taken to a hospital and booked into jail.

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McKyer, 60, also received a criminal citation for a traffic misdemeanor for leaving the scene and a citation for a traffic infraction for failure to report, according to records.

The San Francisco 49ers selected McKyer in the third round of the 1986 draft. He played four seasons for them before he bounced around the NFL.

McKyer played for the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos before he called it a career after the 1997 season.

He won Super Bowls with the 49ers and Broncos.

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He is due back in court on March 4.

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Bret Baier interviews Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the front lines of the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy — in an exclusive interview on the front lines — touted major victories since the war with Russia started and refused to discuss any “Plan B” for his forces. 

“During these two years, they occupied the Kharkiv region [and] now we are in this region,” Zelenskyy told FOX News chief political anchor and executive editor of “Special Report” Bret Baier in an exclusive interview

We unblocked the Black Sea, now we have their grain routes, etc. and destroyed a lot of their ships [in the] Russian fleet,” he added. “That we did during two years. Yeah, the last year was mostly complicated for us but… what been done, I think it was good job.” 

Baier traveled 700 miles across Ukraine, taking a 12-hour overnight train to Kyiv and spending seven hours in an armored truck to Kharkiv, followed by another four-hour drive, before reaching Zelenskyy on the front lines. 

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Zelenskyy, sitting just half a mile from Russian forces and speaking while artillery fire could be heard in the distance, praised the work of his forces and their incredible gains in contrast to Russia’s single achievement: taking the town of Avdiivka, the biggest gain in nine months for Moscow.

The second year of Russia’s war proved tumultuous as Russian President Vladimir Putin staved off rebellion from his most trusted ally, and Moscow had to offer incredible incentives to convince Russians to enlist and replenish their diminishing forces. 

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Zelenskyy refused to consider the lack of Russian progress any indication of a “new page” in the war. Baier reported that Ukraine has “likely” lost around 100,000 troops during the two years and described the Ukrainian forces as “war-weary but still determined.” 

“It’s important to understand what is with the people because people on the front line, you see the spirit,” Zelenskyy said.  

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The interview captures some of the Ukrainian leader’s most vulnerable moments since the war began — a break from the usual gruff and impassioned persona he has conveyed over the past two years. Zelenskyy visited a hospital where he met with men who had lost limbs in the fighting, calling his troops “heroic.”

Zelenskyy expressed his frustration at “bureaucracy” as a roadblock to obtaining necessary support, as well as a lack of technology and weapons. At one point, he stressed that “time is money.” 

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Zelenskyy continued to press the need for supplies from allies such as the U.S., understanding that support for Ukraine’s fight has waned in Congress as some worry about the sense of continuing to support a war that lacks a clear endgame or exit. With that support, he believes he could end up pushing Putin’s forces back and arrive at the negotiating table with a “strong hand to play,” according to Baier. 

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“We have to survive,” Zelenskyy said. “We have to find some parallel steps or rules, but… you understand that this help is crucial. Without it… we will have more and more such heroic guys who will be in the hospitals, because if you don’t have real defending shield and some powerful artillery… of course, you will lose people.” 

Baier said that in part one of his exclusive interview, Zelenskyy covers more difficult topics, responding to criticism of his leadership, making an appeal to President Biden and Donald Trump and pushing back against Putin’s latest comments. 

Programming note: You can watch the first part of Bret Baier’s exclusive interview with President Zelenskyy on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Thursday.