African-Americans in the criminal justice system: Is it all black and white?

 

Since 2012, Black Lives Matter has caused a lot of controversy between those who support the movement and those who think it’s a just cry for attention. The mission of the Black Lives Matter movement includes “working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”

Among the movement’s concerns are the number of  blacks in prison and police violence toward blacks. But are these concerns really justified? Are black people suffering from systemic bias more than other races? Are police violence and incarceration by race related?

More than a non-registered voter

Marisa Lipcaman, a 20-year-old dietetics major at Michigan State, enjoys dancing and spending time with her friends and family. She minors in dance and is really interested in healthcare. “I feel that we over prescribe and rely on drugs heavily, which often have unpleasant side effects, so I want to use food as medicine,” said Lipcaman. Lipcaman, a junior who lives off campus, said her long-term goal is to work in a private practice and counsel people with clinical illnesses, or anyone that wants to start eating better. When she graduates, she’ll do a one-year internship and then take her exam to become a registered dietician.

Schavey Road project about to get underway

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

DEWITT — A stretch of Schavey Road in the city and township of DeWitt is being reconstructed as of May to improve travel for citizens. Rod Taylor is the DeWitt Township manager, and his job is to oversee the management of the project. According to Taylor, there is something called a Pacer Rating done with residents and the rating for Schavey Road was the lowest by far. “Drop off and pick-up here is awful. You ask anybody here.

The tragedy of the Bath school bombing lives on, 89 years later

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Photos courtesy of Bath School Museum

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Eighty-nine years ago, the community of Bath was the victim of what is still known today as the “Bath Massacre.” Andrew Kehoe was a local farmer and treasurer on the school board. He was upset about property taxes being used to pay for a new school. No one saw it Kehoe’s way, so on May 18, 1927 he blew up half of Bath Middle School killing 45 people, 38 of which were children, and injuring 58. Dean Sweet Jr., son of bombing survior Dean Sweet Sr., said there was more of a mental impact than anything with the survivors, and even the adults who lost their children.

People who live in Ovid don’t necessarily work there

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

OVID — In the small city of Ovid, many residents are beginning to find work elsewhere. With only three main places hiring, they don’t have much of a choice. Over the years, Ovid has become more of a bedroom community than anything else. A lot of the residents enjoy living there, but can’t make a living in that same city. “I would say probably 75-80 percent work outside of the community,” says Josy Medina, Ovid clerk.

Is Ovid evolving or standing still? A bedroom community figures out what it is to be

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

OVID — According to an online data site, Ovid has increased in population and home income constantly since 2000. In that time, the population grew by 6.5 percent, to more than 1,600 residents, according to city-data.com. A lot of workers in the area live in Ovid, but drive to other cities for their employment, such as General Motors in Lansing or Flint, says Greg Palen, a township official. “I think this area has the potential to grow. Especially being the bedroom community that it is.

St. Johns senior housing project aims to start construction mid-spring

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The city of St. Johns is currently in the application phase of plans to build a new senior housing apartment complex in their downtown area, but hope to begin contruction soon on the controversial project. The new building is supposed to be stationed at the corner of East Hingham, and North Spring Street. According to Dave Kudwa, Community Development Director, the developers for this project, PS Equities, are still putting together the details for the project and plan to submit it to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).