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The Michigan attorney general’s office on Tuesday announced charges against two men for allegedly making threats to lawmakers and state officials leading up to and after the November presidential election. 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) said in a press release that 62-year-old Daniel Thompson and 43-year-old Clinton Stewart both face criminal charges in connection with separate instances in which they left threatening messages to public officials.


The office argued that Thompson, who identified himself as a Republican, left a Jan. 5 voicemail for Michigan Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOn The Money: Democrats make historic push for aid, equity for Black farmers | Key players to watch in minimum wage fight Democrats make historic push for aid, equity for Black farmers Senators, impeachment teams scramble to cut deal on witnesses MORE (D) that contained profanities and threats of violence. 

Thompson in the message and in an additional email to the senator’s office allegedly vocalized anger with the results of the November election and said that he would resort to violence if the election results were not changed. 

President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE won Michigan in the 2020 election, though Trump and his allies attempted to challenge this result by filing lawsuits that made unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and voting irregularities in the state. Several of the legal complaints were thrown out by courts. 

According to the state attorney general’s office, Thompson also made threats in a Jan. 19 phone call with a staffer in Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse Democrats request documents from DHS intelligence office about Jan. 6 attack Lawmakers mull domestic terrorism statute in wake of Jan. 6 attack Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE’s (D-Mich.) office, as well as in an earlier April 2020 call to Slotkin. 

Thompson now faces three counts of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunications service provider, which could result in a six-month misdemeanor charge or a $1,000 fine, Nessel’s office said. 

Meanwhile, Stewart, from Douglas, Ga., faces one count of malicious use of a telecommunications service for allegedly leaving a threatening voicemail in September for Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens. 

Stewart reportedly argued in the message that “activist judges,” were biased and issuing rulings in favor of Biden so that he would win the 2020 election. 

The attorney general’s office said that arraignments for the two men are pending, with no additional court dates yet scheduled. 

Nessel condemned the men’s actions in a statement, writing, “It is unacceptable and illegal to intimidate or threaten public officials.” 

“To those who think they can do so by hiding behind a keyboard or phone, we will find you and we will prosecute you, to the fullest extent of the law,” she added. “No elected official should have to choose between doing their job and staying safe.” 

Election officials and lawmakers in Michigan and other states faced a series of threats from Trump supporters in the lead-up and aftermath of the 2020 election, culminating most vividly in the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify Biden’s win. 

In December, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) said that dozens of people gathered outside her home to protest Michigan’s certification of the election, adding that some of the people were armed.

The FBI announced in October that it had foiled a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerBiden sparks Twitter debate over pronunciation of Midwest supermarket chain White Christian nationalism and the next wave of political violence Michigan Democrat Dingell on violent rhetoric: 'I've had men in front of my house with assault weapons' MORE (D) and raid the state Capitol. Six people have been charged in connection with the plot, and one of the men last month pleaded guilty as part of a cooperation agreement with the police.

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Fine dining chef Eric Huang pivots to making fried chicken so good it has 6-week wait

FRESH MEADOWS, Queens -- As many people and businesses have had to pivot during the pandemic, a gourmet chef in NYC has found success with fried chicken. In fact, it's become so popular you can only order it online and only if you know the secret code.

"People just really want to eat something great and have it conveniently delivered," said Eric Huang, chef, and owner of Pecking House.

It sounds great, but fried chicken was never the plan for this former fine-dining chef.

Huang spent 10 years cooking in some of New York's most exclusive restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, which was voted best in the world four years ago.

He left last January with ill-fated hopes of running his own high-end kitchen.

"I was like, I want to be a Michelin star chef and that's what I worked toward for 10 years, and then obviously the pandemic changed everything for everybody," Huang said.

So with the world shut down, the Queens native returned to his roots.

He's using his uncle's shuttered Fresh Meadow's restaurant Peking House for a new project called Pecking House.

This is not fast food chicken.

Chef Huang is combining his Chinese and American heritage for a free-range bird that's a mix of Taiwanese technique and Nashville know-how.

"Marinated with buttermilk, 5 spice, Chinese 5 spice, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and that sits overnight," he said. "And then we dredge it, potato starch, corn starch, they work really well for developing a great crust, brushing with the Chinese chilies."

He sells the chili-fried chicken for $35 a plate paired with seasonal sides, like fried rice with chicken livers, and don't forget the hot sauce.

Chef Huang says he's cooking 350 pieces of chicken every night, five nights a week. But, cooking the food is only half the battle, then he's got to figure out how to deliver it to people.

Forget Door Dash, Chef Huang prefers to handle his own deliveries.

"For the first month and a half or so I was the only person working here," he said.

Now at just five months old, Pecking House employs about 15 people, cooking, packing, and delivering 550 meals a week.

With demand surging, the online order page is password protected.

Customers have to wait for a secret code in their email.

"The wait is about six weeks," Huang said.

It's a far cry from a 15-course tasting menu, but the pandemic, as is the case for so many people, reorganized his priorities.

"It can't just be ego-driven; I want to show everyone how awesome I am kind of cooking. It's first and foremost about other people, it's about making other people happy," Huang said.

On that metric, Chef Huang delivers.

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