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We’re halfway through December, and you’ve probably noticed retailers aren’t the only people competing for your cold, hard cash. ‘Tis the season for charitable organizations to ramp up their efforts to solicit donations. Most groups out there do represent worthy causes, but the holidays also tend to bring out the less-than-legitimate actors hoping to pull off the perfect scam.

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The recent deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland have re-ignited the debate over whether police officers should be made to wear body cameras to record their interactions. Some law enforcement agencies around the country have been experimenting with the technology. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is expected to announce next month that all city police will soon wear body cameras. In Ingham County, sheriff’s deputies working at the city jail are already trying them out.

Activists refer to human trafficking as “modern day slavery,” wherein people, often young and often female, are subjected into work, prostitution or other dehumanizing behavior. Michigan will be strengthening efforts to combat human trafficking in 2015. Twenty-one new laws are scheduled to take effect on January first.

Lansing Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings. Over the course of eight days in August, the city logged nine shootings. Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski has referred to the shootings as an anomaly, especially since department data show double digit decreases in both violent crime and homicides from 2013 to this year.

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Authorities have charged a man who is suspected in the shooting deaths of two people yesterday: one in Lansing Township and the other in East Lansing. Only about 15 minutes separated the attacks. The first took the life of a 35-year old man who worked at a Rite Aid pharmacy on East Saginaw Street near Frandor. The second killed another man at a nearby duplex on Coolidge Road in East Lansing.