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Today is Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and the Democratic National Convention kicked off last night with a bang.

Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech that electrified the delegates, but it was clear that many of them were still there to see Bernie Sanders. For his part, Sanders doubled down on his support of Hillary Clinton. Check out all the speeches here.

Today includes a plethora of speakers, which began their tour at the Michigan delegation breakfast: Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow

A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination with today's roll call of the states, making her the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race. As Clinton pushes toward the White House, she has strong support among women in their mid-30s and older, but her message and historic campaign haven’t resonated as much with younger female voters.

Here's what else we are following today:

'Rigged system'

  • From Daniel Howes: Judging by this year’s wild presidential campaign, accountability is a foreign concept in today’s politics. But the auto industry? Not so much. Ask Volkswagen AG. The $14 billion price tag for its diesel deception is creeping closer to $20 billion, and new lawsuits from three state attorneys general say knowledge of the long-running fraud runs all the way to the office of the new CEO. What a surprise.
  • On the other hand, as Mike Wayland reminds us, about 40 percent of all vehicles recalled between 2013 and 2015 still haven’t been fixed, and that’s creating problems for drivers, dealers and automakers. 

King of cool

Ritual animal killing

  • Two Grosse Ile High School lacrosse players appeared briefly in 33rd District Court on Tuesday for a hearing on charges related to an alleged pregame slaughter of a guinea pig in April. Tanner Coolsaet, 18, and Michael Roth, 17, each face two counts of killing/torturing an animal and conspiracy to kill/torture an animal. All charges are felonies carrying up to four years in prison, according to Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. They were arraigned July 18 and released on $5,000 personal bonds.

It takes a village

New life in Sterling Heights

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly plant to build the next-generation Ram 1500. Production of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan — the plant’s sole product since 2010 — will end in December “in order to begin the transformation of the plant,” the company announced in connection to a Michigan Strategic Fund meeting for tax exemptions Tuesday in Lansing.

The pub bike proliferation

  • You've probably seen them driving around town. It's pretty hard not to turn your head and stare when they pass. But, Detroit’s three cycle pubs — The HandleBar, Detroit Cycle Pub and The Michigan Pedaler — aren't just a funny novelty. They are bringing in dollars and people looking for a good time.

Putting words to pictures

  • A talented but not hugely remembered photographer named Edward Stanton took 96 photos of life in Detroit three generations ago. Now, archivist Elizabeth Clemens’ hope is that the kids in the pictures will recognize themselves, assuming they’re still alive in their 80s or 90s, or that the copies they received as payment are still mounted in family albums and descendants will say, “That’s Grandpa!” Can you help identify them?

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Don't forget to enter the Celebrate Michigan photo contest by sending us your best photos from around the state. We pick four finalists every Wednesday (here's this week's). Winners will get some pretty great prizes (including a first-place prize of a two-night stay for two at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island). If you need some more inspiration, here are last year's winners and finalists

Finally, if you're a talented gardener, we want to reward you with the 2016 Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. Send in your photos here and you could win a $100 gift certificate to English Gardens.

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