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Swat go the cops: As police brutality increases, tactics raise questions.

By John Smock

Published: 6/30/1999

Types: News, Law

Every day in Detroit two or three people, on average, file a complaint with the Board of Police Commissioners, an independent committee of civilians and police officers that monitors the city’s police department. While most complaints allege only verbal ...[MORE]

Digital diagnosis: Medical "smart cards" make access to your health records easy, but the information could fall into the wrong hands.

By John Smock

Published: 2/24/1999

Types: News, Science & technology

Earlier this year about 8,000 southeast Michigan residents received letters from their physicians informing them that they will soon be issued a Medcard. About the size of an ATM card, Medcards carry health care information ranging from benefits coverage...[MORE]

Radical remedies: Alternative cures, once scorned as quackery, make it to medical school.

By John Smock

Published: 6/27/2001

Types: Cover Story

Alice Gray, 28, began doing yoga about a year and a half before leaving home in Louisville, Ky., to attend medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It helps her relax and tune into her own health, she says. Jessica Flynn, 32, began teaching herself about homeopathic medicine y...[MORE]

The big sweep: Prosecutors are part of the inner-circle of most local governments.

By John Smock

Published: 7/26/2000

Types: News, Law

Last year in state courts throughout Michigan about 60,000 felony cases were tried for crimes ranging from simple larceny to first-degree murder. Of those convicted about 20 percent were sentenced to state prisons and jails. The rest were placed on probation, given community service, or had their ...[MORE]

The prosecutor's long arms: In enforcing the law, critics say, the office has expanded in troubling ways.

By John Smock

Published: 7/26/2000

Types: News, Law

Across Michigan, incumbent and would-be county prosecutors are slugging it out with an eye on the polls. But for all the press releases, candidates forums, TV ads and flesh-pressing, for all the charges and promises, something fundamental is being overlooked the dramatic expansion of the prosecu...[MORE]

Applied alternatives: New book takes on the truths of complementary treatments.

By John Smock

Published: 6/28/2000

Types: Culture, Health & science

The Best Alternative Medicine by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier Simon & Schuster, $26, 449 pp. In late 1991, while walking through the lowlands of the Austrian Alps, two hikers found the body of "Ice Man" at the foot of a receding glacier. Encased in ice for 5,300 ...[MORE]

Working together: When alternative therapies and Western medicine join forces, we'll learn to feel a lot better.

By John Smock

Published: 6/28/2000

Types: Cover Story

Angu Sawni-Sikand grew up in a home where traditional Indian folk medicine – "grandma remedies," as she calls it – was always around. Her brother and mother used herbal remedies for arthritis; her brother saw a chiropractor for back pain. As an adul...[MORE]

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