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GR Protests end when police officers take a knee

On Wednesday, protesters peacefully gathered on Fulton Street in Downtown Grand Rapids from Pearl Street to Monroe Avenue. Officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department used city trucks barricading the east and west entrances to GRPD’s headquarters. Police Chief Eric Payne addressed the crowds. “I am now in the position and that’s why I am the Chief of Police to help those change happen, okay? That’s my commitment to...

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The Kent County Board of Commissioners recently allocated two million dollars of the County’s CARES Act funding to launch a new program.  “The Kent County Back to Work Initiative” will help small businesses get back to work with personal protective equipment.

“Right now, we’re providing eye and face protection, gloves, hand sanitizer and thermometers, to make sure that when people come back to work we understand what they’re health is, to help them to be screened and that they are protected.”

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During the recent flooding on the Tittabawasee River, the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County helped absorb flooding and protect downstream areas. reports  could offer clues for how to protect the region as a whole. State and local experts have already noted that supposedly once in a century flooding has battered the Great Lakes Bay region regularly over the last decade.

Eric Dunton is with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. He says the refuge could offer solutions for reducing the impact of future floods.

GR Protests end when police officers take a knee

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Michelle Jokisch Polo

On Wednesday, protesters peacefully gathered on Fulton Street in Downtown Grand Rapids from Pearl Street to Monroe Avenue. Officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department used city trucks barricading the east and west entrances to GRPD’s headquarters. 

Police Chief Eric Payne addressed the crowds. 

Leaders of Detroit's automakers and other business executives are pledging to stand with the black community and support peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of African Americans. The group includes the heads of General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler North America, Quicken Loans and Ilitch Holdings. The statement Wednesday from the group follows demonstrations and unrest around the U.S. since Floyd's May 25 death. The group also said it "condemns the acts of injustice" in the Feb.

A former president of the United Auto Workers has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to embezzle union dues and spending the money on things such as golf trips, expensive meals and vacations. The government says the scheme netted more than $1 million. Gary Jones appeared by video in federal court in Detroit, acknowledging that he falsified expenses from 2012 to 2017. Jones was a UAW regional director in St. Louis before he became president in 2018. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy.

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It's counterintuitive.

At a time of roiling civil unrest and an unprecedented economic crisis, stock prices are chugging along quite nicely. In fact, they have rebounded sharply since the dark days of March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 37% of its value between Feb. 12 and March 23, has now regained more than two-thirds of the ground it lost. Same with the broader S&P 500 index.

Officials in New York are investigating an attack Wednesday night in Brooklyn that left three officers injured. Some news reports have suggested the violence might be terror-related, citing anonymous sources. The mayor's office and the New York City Police Department have not linked the violence to terrorism.

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A ceremony was held in memory of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis last week, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting him saying, "I can't breathe," Floyd's brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

Atlantic writer Anne Applebaum draws parallels between regimes in Eastern Europe and the Trump White House. She says our democracy can be destroyed — unless people fight back.

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Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."

The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended the decision to order that protesters be driven back from a park near the White House earlier in the week and said extremest groups were involved in sometimes violent demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

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Kent County

The Kent County Board of Commissioners recently allocated two million dollars of the County’s CARES Act funding to launch a new program.  “The Kent County Back to Work Initiative” will help small businesses get back to work with personal protective equipment.

“Right now, we’re providing eye and face protection, gloves, hand sanitizer and thermometers, to make sure that when people come back to work we understand what they’re health is, to help them to be screened and that they are protected.”

Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill making it a crime to poke fun at China's national anthem — a move that puts new limits on anniversary events marking the Tiananmen Square massacre. Under the ban, it is illegal to alter the lyrics of the anthem, or to sing it "in a distorted or disrespectful way."

Updated at 8:47 a.m. ET

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment to its highest level since the Great Depression, but the pace of layoffs has been easing. And there are now some signs that the job market could slowly start to recover.

The Labor Department says another 1.87 million people filed claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down 249,000 from the previous week. While still very high by historical standards, the number has been declining steadily from a peak of 6.8 million the week ending March 28.

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During the recent flooding on the Tittabawasee River, the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County helped absorb flooding and protect downstream areas. reports  could offer clues for how to protect the region as a whole. State and local experts have already noted that supposedly once in a century flooding has battered the Great Lakes Bay region regularly over the last decade.

Eric Dunton is with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. He says the refuge could offer solutions for reducing the impact of future floods.

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