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Experts warn deadly threat to pets is sweeping across the United States

A parasite that can potentially kill dogs has been discovered for the first time in the Colorado River in Southern California, a study from University of California, Riverside said. 

The parasite is called Heterobilharzia americana, which is a flatworm more commonly known as a liver fluke. 

It had previously mainly been found in Texas and other Gulf states, has now spread west. 

“Dogs can die from this infection, so we are hoping to raise public awareness that it’s there,” UC Riverside nematology professor Adler Dillman told the UC Riverside News. “If you’re swimming in the Colorado River with them, your pets are in peril.”

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Researchers with the school headed to Blythe, California, on the border with Arizona, and collected and tested 2,000 snails on the banks of the Colorado River there after finding out several dogs infected by the parasite had all swum there. 

The study said their findings suggest “a wider distribution [of the parasite] than previously reported. Our findings have implications for public health, veterinary medicine, and biodiversity conservation, contributing to developing effective control strategies to prevent the spread of this emerging infectious disease.”

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“In our study, we successfully confirmed the presence of Heterobilharzia americana for the first time along the shores of the Colorado River, infecting two species of snails, Galba humilis and Galba cubensis,” the study authors said. “This significant finding marks the westernmost record of this endemic North American schistosome in the U.S. The identification of the parasite in an area with a documented history of canine schistosomiasis emphasizes the persistence and potential expansion of this parasitic threat.”

Heterobilharzia americana is endemic to the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic region of North America, but has also been found in states such as Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and most recently, Utah. 

Along with dogs, it can infect mammals such as raccoons, marsh rabbits, horses, nutria, bobcats, mountain lions and opossums, the study said. 

Once inside the skin, the parasite migrates into the lungs where it can cause hemorrhaging.

“It gets into the veins of the intestinal lining, and that’s where it develops into an adult and mates,” Dillman told the UC Riverside News. “The presence of the adults in the veins isn’t the problem. It’s the eggs that get into the lungs, spleen, liver, and heart. The immune system tries to deal with it, and hard clusters of immune cells called granulomas form. Eventually, the organ tissues stop functioning.”

Eleven dogs in three counties have been confirmed to have the disease, and one has died, the UC Riverside News said, adding that symptoms, including “loss of appetite, and eventually include vomiting, diarrhea, profound weight loss, and signs of liver disease,” can take months to show up. 

“Treatment typically involves use of multiple medications and close monitoring of the dog by a veterinarian,” Emily Beeler, a veterinarian with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told the newspaper. 

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The parasite can cause swimmer’s itch in humans, but not an infection. 

Video of Florida police forcibly removing pop singer from car goes viral

A woman who was stopped and removed from her car in Florida was reportedly stopped for using a fake diplomatic tag on the vehicle, an Audi Q5. 

“The woman, identified as 32-year-old Ceceilia Mercardo, is a singer who goes by the name Sessi and has over 195,000 Instagram followers,” NBC 6 reported

Mercardo’s Instagram and X accounts do not indicate any posts about her run in with the police as of the posting of this story. 

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The video shows police officers pulling Mercardo out of the car as another occupant in the vehicle yells at officers.

“Please bring your supervisor now, you’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened!” the person yells in the video. “You’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened, I feel threatened, I feel threatened!” the man yells at the officers in the video. “Get off of her right now, get off of her right now.” 

“They have no jurisdiction over you,” the man says. “She is not a United States citizen, they have no jurisdiction.”

Another local outlet released video of Mercardo appearing to leave prison after being “bonded out.” 

In a short interview, Mercardo appeared to contradict claims in the original video that she was not an American citizen. “I’m a United States national. I was born in the Bronx Navy Yard,” she said. 

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“You are going to get fired from your job and she is going to get $250,000,” a “passenger” tells the officers in the video, per NBC 6. “I will see you in court, I will see you in court. Hey, if you wanna play, I will see you in court.”

“The video posted online does not capture the full incident from beginning to end,” a Sunny Isles Beach Police statement released to NBC 6 reads. “[S]he repeatedly refused to comply with officers’ orders … it was determined that the diplomatic tag that was affixed to the car was counterfeit and the female driver was arrested for driving with a counterfeit tag.” 

Mercardo did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

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SEE IT: FDNY commissioner gets brutal reception at parade after Trump controversy

The New York City Fire Department’s fire commissioner was booed and jeered at by protesters during a lively St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Big Apple.

“You suck,” one protester yelled at New York City Fire Department (FDNY) fire commissioner Laura Kavanaugh as she paraded by Trump Tower. “Firefighters are the hunters.”

The outburst against Kavanaugh came after the city official promised to “hunt” down the protesters who booed Attorney General Letitia James when she took the stage at a ceremony last week.

One protester held a protester with Kavanaugh face on the body of a donkey.

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“Pin the tail on the jacka–,” the poster said.

Later in the video, FDNY members were seen stopping to wave and shake hands with the protesters.

“Trump, Trump, Trump,” the protesters yelled.

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The controversy began after booing erupted as James walked up to the podium to honor the swearing-in of the first Black female chaplain of the FDNY, the Rev. Pamela Holmes, as well as other first responders at a promotion ceremony on Thursday at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

“Oh, c’mon, we’re in a house of God. Simmer down,” James told the rowdy crowd. “Thank you for getting it out of your system.” 

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As James continued her remarks, the crowd repeatedly chanted “Trump!”

Following the interruption, Hodgen’s wrote that the Bureau of Investigation and Trials (BITS) would “hunt” down the firefighters who were there. 

“BITS is investigating this, so they will figure out who the members are,” Hodgens was said to have warned in an email to high-ranking FDNY officials Friday. “I recommend they come forward. I have been told by the Commissioner it will be better for them if they come forward, and we don’t have to hunt them down.”

The FDNY downplayed reports it was hunting anyone to begin with following an eruption from firefighters.

“Nobody is hunting anyone down,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told Fox News Digital in an email. “We’re looking into those who clearly broke department regulations. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about professionalism at an official event held in a house of worship.”

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The department further softened its language, saying that leadership is having a “conversation” about “decorum.”

“FDNY leadership is having ongoing conversations with our members about decorum during department events to ensure we are upholding the core values that make the FDNY the greatest fire department in the world,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “Being a NYC firefighter is an honor, and we will continue to impress upon our members that their actions impact everyone who wears the uniform.”

Fox News has reached out to FDNY for comment on the protesters.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

‘Happy Days’ star shares why he wouldn’t let his children become child actors

“Happy Days” star Ron Howard explained why he forbade his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard from acting when she was a child.

Bryce, 43, recently revealed that Howard, 70, didn’t allow her and her siblings to follow in his footsteps when they were younger. In an interview with People magazine, Howard, who rose to fame at the age of six when he starred on “The Andy Griffith Show,” shared his thoughts on potential pitfalls that child stars face in Hollywood.

“It’s possible for child performers to really find a lot that is positive within it, but it’s fraught with landmines,” the “Splash” director said.

Howard’s younger brother Clint Howard, 64, began acting when he was 2 years old.  While speaking with People, Howard recalled that his parents, Rance and Jean, who were both actors, were aware that they would have to dedicate a lot of time to supervising their young sons on set.

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He noted that Jean took a long hiatus from acting to focus on her sons’ careers. Jean died from heart and respiratory illness in 2000 at the age of 73. In 2017, Rance passed away due to congestive heart failure at age 89.

Howard shares Bryce, twin daughters Jocelyn and Paige, 39, and son Reed, 36, with his wife Cheryl, 70, whom he married in 1975.  

The two-time Academy Award winner told People he also feared his children would face “unfair” comparisons to his own work as a child star if they entered the entertainment industry in their younger years. 

He pointed out that “The Andy Griffith Show” was already “mythically significant in TV history” at the time.

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“On top of everything else, because the characters that I played as a child were so well-known as to almost be iconic… I also thought, ‘Hey, if one of our kids tries to act as a child, boy or girl, they’re going to be unfairly compared,'” Howard said.

Bryce studied drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for three years before taking a leave of absence to pursue Broadway acting roles. At the age of 22, she made her career breakthrough when she was cast as the lead in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2004 fantasy thriller “The Village.”

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During an interview with People last month, Bryce admitted that she would have preferred to start her career at a younger age.

“I think if I had the chance to act younger, I would’ve taken it. But I wasn’t allowed to,” she said. “My parents were very firm on that boundary, that they were not going to support anyone who wanted to be a child actor.”

However, the Golden Globe Award nominee told the outlet that she was grateful for her parents’ decision in hindsight.

“I’m really glad that they did that because when I did start acting, it took a while to make a living. To be able to be like, ‘Oh, OK. I can actually support myself with this,'” she said.

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The “Jurassic World” star shared that she and Howard have a “great relationship,” telling People that the two “love to talk about the movies.”

“But it’s usually admiring people’s work and kind of gushing about things, or sharing crazy stories that turned around, or just fun things,” Bryce explained.

“It’s so wonderful to get to be in an industry with family members, for me at least, because I’m not alone in it,” she added.

Michigan coach arrested and suspended just days after being hired

Greg Scruggs was hired as Michigan’s defensive line coach March 6. 

Ten days later, he was arrested.

The former NFL defensive lineman was arrested in the early hours of Saturday for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Ann Arbor Police arrested Scruggs at around 3 a.m., and head coach Sherrone Moore announced Scruggs’ suspension later in the afternoon.

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“He made no excuses and has taken accountability for his actions,” Moore said of Scruggs’ “unfortunate mistake.”

Scruggs joined a staff that has had a lot of turnover. Moore replaced Jim Harbaugh after nine seasons, the final one ending with a long-coveted national championship

The university also named Wink Martindale its defensive coordinator after he spent the previous two seasons with the New York Giants in the same role.

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Scruggs coached Wisconsin’s defensive line last season. He was a New York Jets assistant defensive line coach in 2022 following two seasons as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

He was a defensive lineman at Louisville from 2008 to 2011, playing for the program for three years while Moore was starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

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Scruggs, who is from Cincinnati, was drafted by Seattle in the seventh round in 2012 and played in 18 games over four seasons with the Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump previews the ‘very first actions’ he would take in second term as president

Former President Trump visited Ohio on Saturday, where he barnstormed for businessman Bernie Moreno, a Republican seeking to win his state’s primary to run against Democrat Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate.

During his rally in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, Trump repeatedly mentioned illegal migrants surging across the border, violent migrant crime, and the death of University of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

“Not one more American life should be lost to migrant crime. We can’t have another Laken,” the 2024 Republican presumptive nominee said in his remarks, in which he also repeatedly blamed President Biden’s policies for allowing millions of migrants, including, “violent gang members and gangsters” into the U.S. “When I’m President of the United States, we will demand justice for Laken on day one. My administration will terminate every open border policy of the Biden administration.”

He added: “The fastest way to reverse every single Biden disaster is to very simply just put me back in office.”

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Trump’s trip comes three days before Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary, when Moreno will face state Sen. Matt Dolan, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

On the Ohio Senate race, Trump called Moreno a “hero” and “a winner” and urged voters to elect him to replace the “radical left Democrat Sherrod Brown.”

“Ohio needs to defeat your horrendous radical left, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who pretends he’s my best friend. He pretends he’s my best friend, then he goes radical left all the time,” Trump said before a large crowd. “If you listen to his commercials, he sounds like he’s running with Trump. He’s not. He’s not with me.”

The U.S.-Mexico border was a focus of Trump’s Ohio speech, as was Biden’s border policies which he criticized as allowing violent migrants to enter the U.S.

“We’re going to fix it again,” Trump said of the border. “Among my very first actions will be to stop the invasion of our country and send Joe Biden’s illegal aliens back home.”

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Trump also took issue with Biden apologizing last week for using the word “illegal” to describe Riley’s alleged killer during the State of the Union speech.

“They have a new term for people coming into our country,” the former president said of the Biden administration. “They call them ‘neighbors.’”

The line was an apparent reference to a recent White House handout that referred to illegal immigrants as “newcomers.”

“One week ago, I met with the family of a 22-year-old nursing student, Laken Riley, who was brutally murdered in Georgia last month while out on a morning run,” the former president said Saturday. “She was so badly beaten up, unrecognizable. Laken’s killer was set loose into the United States through Joe Biden’s program of releasing military-age males into our community after they’ve illegally crossed our southern border.”

He added: “Laken Riley would be alive today if Biden had not unleashed his savage attack on America. And that’s what he’s done. But instead of apologizing to Laken’s family, Joe Biden apologized to the killer for calling him illegal. He shouldn’t have done that.”

“We believe that Laken’s killer is an illegal alien criminal. He is an illegal monster. He should never have been in our country,” Trump said.

He also specifically addressed members of the notoriously violent MS-13 Mexican gang, who have crossed into the U.S.

“If you can [even] call them people. I don’t know if you call them people. In some cases they’re not people, in my opinion, but I’m not allowed to say that because the radical left says that’s a terrible thing to say,” Trump chided.

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Trump’s speech also took repeated swipes at Biden, who the former president called “a great threat to our democracy.”

“Remember this, Joe Biden is a great threat to our democracy,” Trump told the thunderous Dayton crowd. “He’s a tremendous threat to our democracy. His incompetence is the number one reason. Also, he uses the Justice Department, the FBI, to go after his political opponent, which happens to be me.”

“There’s never been a president so bad,” Trump said of Biden. “There’s never been anything like it. He’s incompetent, he’s crooked.”

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The former president urged people to go out and vote Tuesday, and again in November to elect him and other Republicans.

“But with your vote, we’re going to take back the Senate. We’re going to win Ohio in November. We’re going to win by a lot,” Trump said.

During the speech, Trump had a notable issue with the wind affecting his teleprompters. He used the moment to swipe Biden again.

“We can give a non-teleprompter speech,” he persisted. “Isn’t it nice to have a president that doesn’t need to use a teleprompter?”

Trump then summarized his 2024 campaign pitch with four priorities: Seal the border, stop inflation, drill for oil, and prevent World War III.

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Moreno, an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. legally from Colombia, and later became a successful Cleveland-based businessman and luxury auto dealership giant, was endorsed by Trump in December.

The winner of the GOP primary will face off in November against Brown, who is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio over the past decade. The seat is contested as Republicans seek to win a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats control a slim 51-49 majority, but Republicans have a favorable Senate map in 2024, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs.

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

VP Harris urged to leave Biden ticket amid ‘disappointing’ performance

Vice President Harris should “step aside,” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker wrote on Friday, as she called the vice president’s performance “disappointing,” and warned she’s become a “burden to the Democratic ticket.”

While she said she was pulling for Harris to succeed, Parker argued her performance “has been disappointing.”

“The Kamala conundrum comes down to this: She was picked because she was Black and female, a combo tantamount to job security. Now that she has become a burden to the Democratic ticket, Biden can’t fire her. He can’t risk alienating his base. Full stop. The seriousness of this situation can’t be overstated. Biden’s diminishing faculties, notwithstanding his relatively successful State of the Union address, and his increasing physical frailty are concerning,” Parker wrote

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“Whatever the reasons, it has seemed that Harris’s role was to be quiet, lest she embarrass her boss with her sometimes inane, rambling remarks and a laugh that erupts from nowhere about nothing obvious to others,” Parker wrote.

The headline to the column read, “For the country’s sake, Vice President Harris should step aside.” 

Parker argued that her perspective was not partisan as she also called for Sarah Palin to quit in 2008. 

The Washington Post columnist noted Harris was unpopular with voters, and said her popularity was unlikely to spike if she were to become president, should something happen to President Biden.

“There’s no reason to think her ranking would spike were she suddenly promoted to the Oval Office. Instead, most signs point to disaster. This is why I propose with all due respect that Harris step away from the ticket,” Parker continued. 

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“Please, Madame Vice President, do it for your country,” Parker concluded. 

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll from early March found that Harris is more unpopular than both President Biden and former President Trump. 

The data from the national survey shows that approximately 52% of registered voters disapprove of her performance as vice president. 

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Harris recently said during a media interview that she was “ready to serve,” prior to the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents. 

“I am ready to serve. There’s no question about that,” Harris told The Wall Street Journal, adding that everyone who observes her work “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the Vice President’s office for comment.

Republican Senate candidate sends message to members of his party who ‘don’t like’ Trump

Former President Trump was flanked by several Republican allies during a campaign rally in Ohio on Saturday, where he urged voters to support Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno.

In his remarks, Trump railed against President Biden — calling him “a great threat to our democracy” and the “worst president in U.S. history” — and his border policies. The 45th president also urged voters to back Moreno, an Ohio businessman who is running to help Republicans win a crucial seat and potentially flip the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Moreno returned the favor during the speech, urging voters to back Trump, and he offered a special message to Republicans who “don’t like” the former president.

“I am so sick of Republicans that will say ‘I support President Trump’s policies, but I don’t like the man,'” Moreno said, drawing some reaction from the crowd. “This is a good man. This is a great American. This man wakes up every day fighting for us, fighting for this country. He loves this country like no other leader in this nation has ever loved this country.”

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Moreno faces Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and state Sen. Matt Dolan in the Republican primary on Tuesday.

The winner will face third-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is viewed as a particularly vulnerable Democrat, in November.

Trump’s pick for Ohio senator has picked up several endorsements ahead of the crucial primary election.

Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., endorsed Moreno in a statement last month.

“I am thrilled to endorse Bernie Moreno as Ohio’s next U.S. Senator. Bernie is a strong conservative who will put America first and help reverse the damage done by Joe Biden and the radical left’s agenda.”

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“Bernie is the type of senator we need to help get our nation back on track for working American families. Bernie will be a fierce voice for the forgotten men and women of this country, and I look forward to working with him in the U.S. Senate.”

He is also endorsed by fellow Ohioans, Sen. J.D. Vance and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, both of whom spoke during Saturday’s rally.

“What we had under President Trump was a guy who did what he said he was going to do,” Jordan said. “He was amazing. He said he would cut taxes, he did. He said he would reduce regulations, he did. He said he would put conservatives on the court, he did.”

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Moreno has also picked up endorsements from former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake, former Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., Reps. Max Miller, R-Ohio, Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, and Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith R-Miss., Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

According to his website, Moreno is a former luxury car dealership tycoon, who purchased a flailing Cleveland Mercedes-Benz dealership in 2005. He has cast himself as a “political outsider” and a self-made man.

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With a background reminiscent of Trump, he quickly emerged as the Trump-world favorite for the nomination.

Fox News Digital’s Julia Johnson contributed to this report.

‘Self-taught’ millionaire credits his status to distancing himself from Democrat beliefs

Serial entrepreneur Shawn Meaike is worth “in excess of nine figures,” and credits his success partly to distancing himself from his family’s liberal beliefs after noticing that successful people had a different world view. 

The 51-year-old grew up broke, living in subsidized housing in Connecticut with a dedicated single mother. He respected his mom, but wanted to create a better life than the one she was living. 

“I told my mom one day, I’m like, ‘Mom, I love you with all my heart, but all you’ve preached to me about is how I have to believe in being a Democrat,’ like, that’s how I was raised… and I said, ‘But if all of us in this complex and it’s subsidized housing are all Democrats, we’ve all been voting that way our entire lives. Why do we all still live here? What is the deal here?’” Meaike told Fox News Digital

“I gotta go find other people,” he continued. “I wasn’t trying to live broke. I wasn’t going to go out that way.” 

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Now, Meaike hosts the “Close & Conquer” podcast, where he recently hosted an in-depth conversation about the ability to carve out a successful business plan with “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran. He has built fruitful businesses in real estate, waste management and life insurance, exiting them with sales exceeding $100 million. 

But things weren’t always so rosy, and at a young age, Meaike noticed that the successful people in his life, many of them were his youth baseball coaches, were conservatives whose politics didn’t align with his mother’s liberal views. 

“I love my mother and I love what she was doing. I love who she is, but I didn’t want to follow that path from a financial standpoint growing up, I didn’t want to. And all the men and women I saw that were successful, they didn’t have those beliefs,” Meaike said. 

“I remember reading about Magic Johnson a long time ago when he was with the Lakers. He would call the people on the court and ask what they did for a living. I was like, ‘I ain’t Magic Johnson, but that sounds like that makes a lot of sense,’” he continued. “I found people and I buried myself in learning.” 

Meaike went off to college to pursue a degree in business at Eastern Connecticut State University but was irked when he realized his professors didn’t have any personal success in the world of business. After about three months, Meaike says he approached the professor who ran the business department. 

“I said, ‘All these business professors are not businessmen and women. Why should I listen to them?’ She said, ‘You shouldn’t,’ which I thought was great advice from her. And she said, ‘If that’s important to you, Shawn. Then you need to find a major where the people teaching you are actually in it,’” he said. 

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Meaike, who unloaded trucks for UPS and worked at McDonald’s to put himself through college, switched majors and went on to become a social worker, where he spent 14 years working with abused and neglected children at the State Department of Children and Families in Connecticut. With capitalism instilled in him from conservatives, he sought for advice along the way, he started looking for side hustles while staying on as a social worker. 

“I enjoyed advocating for families, and, about six or seven years into my journey there, I was having a hard time maintaining my bills. We had a couple of kids, and I loved my job – didn’t love my income. So, I got a real estate license and started buying and selling real estate,” he said. 

He eventually went from “buying a couple of properties” to owning “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of units.” His real estate holdings gave him the power to walk away from his gig as a social worker when he felt the time was right to make the life-altering jump. 

“I’d amassed a pretty good real estate portfolio, you know, started making some good money. And the leadership changed at my job at the state of Connecticut, and I didn’t like where they were going. I was never going to work in a place where I couldn’t protect children. It was policy over common sense, so I quit,” he said. “I actually got an insurance license as well.” 

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He cashed out on real estate and did “very well,” and then started a life insurance company, Family First Life, and a waste management company. He eventually sold both for “more money I thought I’d get in 12 lifetimes,” but non-disclosure agreements prevent him from being too specific.  

“Life is really good,” he said, noting that he was “self-taught” but with a twist. 

“When I say self-taught, it was, but it was self-taught by good mentorship. Like, I found good people,” Meaike said. 

Nowadays, Meaike lives in a water-front home in the posh Florida suburb Boca Raton, a far cry from subsidized housing in Connecticut. He regularly gives keynote speeches to help others achieve similar success, and has built Punch Media LLC, where much of the content is centered on turning other people into millionaires. 

As for his current politics, it’s safe to assume who he’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential election. 

“I don’t like to watch Biden talk. I’m uncomfortable. I’m embarrassed as an American, but I’m uncomfortable,” Meaike said. 

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