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By The Associated Press • Feb 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM

High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer

DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes.

The Detroit News reported that Lake Superior is unusually high and by May could reach a record set in the mid-1980s. Lake Erie also could hit record highs in late spring.

Lakes Huron and Michigan should be above normal but aren't expected to break records.

No forecast was available for Lake Ontario, where levels are controlled.

Levels in some of the lakes were at record lows six years ago, but have since recovered.

Higher water means narrower beaches. But it helps commercial shippers, who don't have to worry about scraping bottom in shallow channels.

Public honors late John Dingell, longest-serving congressman

DEARBORN (AP) — Hundreds of John Dingell's former constituents lined up Monday at a performing arts center in suburban Detroit to pay their respects to the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, passing his flag-covered coffin and offering thanks and condolences to his family.

Dingell's casket was in a ballroom at the center in Dearborn. Outside the room, mourners viewed oversized photos of his life and 59-year career in Congress.

Dingell died last week at age 92, four years after retiring from the House.

The visitation was the first of many public events this week. Funeral Masses will be held today in Dearborn and Thursday in Washington, D.C. A motorcade with Dingell's casket will pass the U.S. Capitol, where the Michigan Democrat held power for years as a House committee chairman. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wealthy businessman accused of stealing campaign signs

BLOOMFIELD HILLS (AP) — An elected official in suburban Detroit is charged with stealing the campaign signs of a candidate running for school board.

Stuart Sherr is a wealthy businessman and a member of the Bloomfield Hills City Commission. He's accused of illegally removing the yard signs of Anjali Prasad, a former federal prosecutor who lost a bid last fall for the local school board.

Sherr, who had Prasad's signs in the trunk of his Jaguar, has pleaded not guilty. The Detroit Free Press reported that he told police he removed signs at the request of property owners, but property owners disputed his statement. Sherr said the signs were a threat to safety.

Prasad said she lost about 90 signs before she went to police with home video of a theft.

Opera singer, husband appear in court on sex assault charge

HOUSTON (AP) — A renowned Michigan opera singer and his husband have appeared in a Texas court to face charges of sexually assaulting another man in 2010.

University of Michigan professor and countertenor David Daniels and William Scott Walters each made an initial appearance in a Harris County court Monday and were released on $15,000 bonds. A Harris County district attorney spokesman said they were ordered to surrender their passports.

Daniels and Walters were arrested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last month on warrants arising from the criminal complaint of Samuel Schultz. He told The Associated Press that the couple drugged and assaulted him when he was living in Houston as a 23-year-old graduate student.

Lawyer Matt Hennessy said his clients are innocent and looking forward to a court hearing on Schultz's "false claims."

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