As national pressure grows for police to use body cameras more widely, departments across Metro Detroit are studying the feasibility and cost of the miniature recording devices.
Officers with the Detroit, Farmington Hills, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police have tested the viability of bodycams, but the cost of outfitting full staffs is a concern among many department officials.
The bodycam issue is in the forefront of a national debate as a result of the shooting death of an African-American teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Advocates say had the officer been wearing a camera, details of what led to the incident would be more clear and might have stemmed some of the anger that led to nights of rioting and continued protests.
Some federal lawmakers also are calling for police departments to adopt the technology — which can be worn on an officer’s uniform and record hours of interactions with citizens — or risk losing federal funding.
For the full article, see Mike Martindale, George Hunter and Ursula Watson, "Police in Michigan testing bodycams, but cost and privacy issues raise concern", Detroit News, August 30, 2014.
A record of failure
In keeping with Lansing’s time-honored practice of avoiding the serious work of governance in the six to nine months preceding a statewide election, Republican legislative leaders have all but abandoned any effort to pass a comprehensive road fix before November. Many lawmakers privately doubt that even the Legislature’s post-election lame-duck session will bring meaningful action on roads.
But postponing action until the new Legislature takes office in 2015 risks forfeiting yet another construction season to political dithering. Incumbent lawmakers simply must pull their heads out of the sand before the year’s end.
For the full editorial, see "Lawmakers clueless on Michigan's road to ruin", Detroit Free Press, August 30, 2014.
GODORT of Michigan Fall Meeting @ Delta College
1961 Delta Rd
University Center, MI 48710
For meeting info and special needs (e.g. dietary or accessibility) please contact Anne Elias @ 989-686-9874 or email@example.com
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome & registration
9:00 - 10:00 USGS Presentation TBD
10:10 - 11:10 Michigan DNR Program with Ray Rustem
11:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 pm Regional Librarian Kirsten Clark
2:15 - 3:00 pm Business Meeting
3:00 - 3:30 pm Lincoln Exhibit Tour
Parking is free on campus (except for gated lots). Convenient parking to the meeting location is on the east side parking lot near the A Wing and G Wing (Lecture theatre).
Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
http://www.bayvalley.com/ (Pool will be closed for renovations from October 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014)
$85 - $120/per night
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
2222 Tittabawassee Road Saginaw, MI 48604
$75 - $100/per night
5180 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw, MI, US, 48604
$100 - $115/per night
When eighteen-year-old Tyrus Raymond Cobb, nicknamed the Georgia Peach, debuted with the Detroit Tigers in 1905, a long and fruitful career began. In his twenty-four year major league career with the Tigers, and later the Philadelphia Athletics, Cobb amassed statistics never before seen. He compiled a career .367 batting average, scored 2,245 runs, and was the game's leader in hits until Pete Rose broke his record in the 1980s. Arguably his best season was 1911 when he led the league in every offensive category except for homeruns, batting an astonishing .420. In 1936, he was the first player inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Also a shrewd businessman, Cobb haggled annually with Detroit management over contracts. He invested his earnings wisely, primarily in General Motors and Coca-Cola, becoming baseball's first millionaire.
For more information about baseball during Cobb's era, see Cobb Would Have Caught It: the Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit by Richard Bak.
The Tiger wore spikes an informal biography of Ty Cobb by John McCallum. Also available online.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Hearing To Be Held On Advanced Practice Nurses Bill
Ten months after passing the Senate, the House Health Policy Committee will hold a hearing - testimony only, no voting - on controversial legislation that would expand the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses to allow them to perform some duties now reserved for physicians. The battle over SB 2 has been one of the most hard-fought of the 97th Legislature.
Charter Authorizers Create Accreditation System
In the wake of Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan's announcement that some charter school authorizers were as risk of having their authority suspended, the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers announced Friday voluntary standards for those overseeing charters.
Land Denounces Common Core
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land said Friday she opposes the Common Core State Standards, calling for an end to "Washington-imposed standards on local schools."
Five Bids In Final Review For Farnum Redevelopment
Senate Secretary Carol Viventi on Friday said she and her staff are in the final phase of evaluating bids from companies vying to either buy or restore the Farnum Building, which houses Senate offices, and she hopes to get something to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville sometime next week.
Charitable Gaming Group Seeks To Block Emergency Rules
Charities that have been using gaming as a fundraiser, as well as the venues and suppliers that allow those games, have asked the Court of Claims to block emergency rules regulating those games in the same way it earlier blocked permanent rules.
Sierra Club Issues More Endorsements
After releasing its pre-primary list of endorsements, the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter on Friday filled out its endorsement list with more than 30 new endorsements.
State Estimates 40K Will Walk Bridge
State officials estimate as many as 40,000 people will walk on the Mackinac Bridge on Monday for the 57th annual Labor Day walk, and environmentalists will use the event to urge better protections for the oil pipelines running across the Straits of Mackinac.
July Retail Sales Increase
Michigan retailers saw sales rise in July, and forecasts predict increased sales through the summer and into fall, figures released by the Michigan Retailers Association show.
Audit Gives Clean Report To Child Support Remittances
A performance audit of the state's disbursement unit in the Department of Human Services Office of Child Support said the operation was performing effectively.
Report: State Third In Alternative Energy Job Announcements
During the second quarter of 2014, corporate announcements ranked Michigan third in the number of alternative-energy related new jobs.
New Construction Code
The Residential Code Review Committee has recommended adoption of a new residential construction code that would make newly constructed homes in Michigan more energy efficient, saving homeowners money on their utility bills and helping the state reach its energy efficiency goals, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Friday. "Michigan's new energy efficient residential construction code will result in savings ranging from 14 percent to over 17 percent for heating and over 25 percent when electrical and equipment efficiency is considered, depending on the type of home and its location," Shelly Edgerton, deputy director of LARA, said in a statement. The new code is based on the International Code Council's 2012 Energy Conservation Code, LARA said. The Michigan's committee's recommendations now go to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. If approved, the new residential construction code is expected to go into effect next year.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 169, August 29, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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