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Ethics and Religion Talk: DNA Privacy and Misuse of Information

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-14-2019 under OPINION

A recent NPR story raises questions of DNA privacy. “The police currently [are] using [searches of public DNA databases] to find ... [murderers] and bad people. But are we OK with using this technique to identify people in a political...

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Family traumatized after bail bondsman break-in, no police protection

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-13-2017 under NEWS

There are two front doors at the Wilkerson house on Eastern Avenue. The first leads to the front porch, but a quick look shows the wood is splintered: the broken lock sits at an angle and often catches as Barbara Wilkerson tries to open or close it...

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Citizens speak out on public trust in law enforcement, ask for trust in return

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

The Gallery at Linc Up (Madison and Hall) hosted about 20 people on Thursday night who gathered to discuss public trust and law enforcement. The forum was conducted by Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). MCOLES is the...

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"Know Your Rights" training about immigrant concerns held at local restaraunt

by (Kathleen Underwood)

Submitted 02-09-2017 under NEWS

Wednesday evening, February 8, 2017, Michigan United, a statewide organization committed to participatory democracy at all levels, provided “Know Your Rights” training to more than 40 community members about the rights of immigrant...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma focuses on school resource officers for community policing, heroin addiction

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

In part one and part two of his interviews, Republican candidate and current Kent County Sheriff Lawrence Stelma described the scope of the Sheriff's office and the steps taken toward diversity and inclusion.  Community policing When asked...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma feels "Fortunate race has not been an issue"

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

Here are the first parts of Michael Scruggs' and Lawrence Stelma's interviews. The issue of race When asked if the question of race affects the election, Stelma didn’t think it was an issue. “We have a...

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Talking about mental illness

by (Annie)

Submitted 10-20-2014 under OPINION

In my last article, I wrote about some unfortunate incidents that have been going on in our country between residents and law enforcement officers Mental Health issues; Who do we call? Instead of lives being taken, lives could be saved and people...

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Mental Health issues; Who do we call?

by (Annie)

Submitted 10-02-2014 under OPINION

Do the officers in our community have mandatory training to recognize the difference between a competent violent aggressor and a mentally ill person having an episode? Another lingering question, why in some cases is deadly force used before...

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Human trafficking discussion to center on signs, solutions

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 03-24-2014 under NEWS

Human trafficking is happening in Grand Rapids. Solid statistics on the crime are hard to come by, complicating law enforcement and community response to the crime. Despite the hardships involved in compiling solid statistics, the Michigan...

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