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New police chief notes lowering recidivism rates; continues to seek ways to lower rates further

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

A conversation with GRPD Chief of Police David Rahinsky reveals he's looking at ways to address recidivism in Michigan- which at a 28% rate is significantly lower than the national level. Rahinsky says it's still too high.

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City Commission holds public hearing on police, community relations

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

Most citizens in favor of body cameras spoke of transparency as a big issue with police, but others also noted privacy concerns.

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Formal public hearing set to explore implications of police body cameras

Submitted 12-09-2014 under NEWS

On Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m., City Commissioners will convene for a formal public hearing on whether or not police body cameras should be enacted into policy.

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Black Lives Matter Grand Rapids chapter kicks off meetings with nonviolence training, rally at Calder Plaza

Submitted 12-05-2014 under NEWS

In the wake of events in Ferguson, MO, Grand Rapids leaders created a chapter of the national organization Black Lives Matter to address issues of racism locally.

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Advancing mobility one walk at a time

Submitted 12-05-2014 under OPINION

Preparations for the disART Festival in April 2015 have been underway for several months. disART will showcase performances and visual art exhibits by artists who are in some way physically or mentally impaired.

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City Commission hears public comment about police body camera implementation

Submitted 12-03-2014 under NEWS

LINC addresses City Commission with proposed policy to equip police officers with body cameras; public weighs in.

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Own our city: Toronto's Chief Planner shares window into ingredients for civic change

Submitted 12-01-2014 under NEWS

Jennifer Keesmaat visited Grand Rapids for the GR Forward Thinking speaker series, to talk to Grand Rapidians about the key elements needed to ensure good growth and change.

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Story Matters: Officer Mike Harris explains his work at Boys and Girls Club

Submitted 11-24-2014 under NONPROFITS

Officer Mike Harris shares why he values his work at the Boys and Girls Club and how he would like to be remembered.

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Campaign to ban use of wild animals for entertainment heats up

Submitted 11-24-2014 under OPINION

End Circus Cruelty's campaign gathers at the City Commission meeting in large numbers, urging city leaders to pass an ordinance banning the use of wild animals in Grand Rapids.

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Catalyst Radio: Jazz & Justice concert Sat. Nov. 15 features Grupo Aye, Immigration Reform

Submitted 11-14-2014 under NEWS

Hope Church on Kalamazoo Avenue is presenting monthly concerts as conversation starters to support local artists while promoting discussion around issues that impact the local community.

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