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Cooley to host panel discussion on prison education program

WMU-Cooley Law School will host a panel discussion about the establishment of a prison education program at Lakeland Correctional Facility (LCF) in Coldwater, Michigan. The program is being established by WMU’s Philosophy Department with a mission to educate, challenge, and inspire students to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals through education opportunities for the incarcerated individuals taught by both graduate students and other university faculty.

The University’s Philosophy Department has spent the 2017-2018 academic year working toward the creation of the program to be offered at LCF. Panelists include Dale Brown, Lainie Erwin, and Sean Kermath, graduate assistants who have researched and developed a plan for the program’s implementation.

The panel will take place March 19 from 4-5 p.m. at WMU-Cooley Law School campus in Grand Rapids, 111 Commerce Avenue SW


Troy police department to get cat after Twitter campaign success

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department will get a police cat following a successful social media campaign.

The Troy Police Department launched an initiative March 6 to reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April, with the incentive of adding a furry feline to their team. The department had just over 4,000 followers when the campaign began.

The #WeWantAPoliceCat movement took just eight days to reach the goal.

The department’s Twitter drew followers through a slew of humorous tweets, beginning with a photo of a cat wearing sunglasses and a sheriff’s hat.

Sgt. Meghan Lehman says the department will work with the Humane Society to bring in a cat. The department is now looking for a cat that would be a good fit and deciding on a handler. The animal will be used for therapeutic purposes.


New trial in Detroit crash that killed  pedestrian from U.P.

DETROIT (AP) — A woman has been granted a new trial in a crash that killed an Upper Peninsula man near Detroit’s old Tiger Stadium.

The Michigan appeals court says Shayla Tucker’s rights were violated because her lawyer wasn’t prepared for the testimony of a crash expert. The court says prosecutors should have identified the expert ahead of trial in 2016.

Tucker was convicted of causing a death while driving recklessly. After attending a birthday party at a casino, she was accused of driving her Dodge Charger at nearly 100 mph when the car struck another vehicle.

The crash killed a pedestrian, Paul Pesola. He was from Pelkie, an Upper Peninsula town northwest of Marquette.

Tucker has already served 18 months of a minimum 21-month prison sentence.


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