The streets of East Lansing near Michigan State University became a military command post Thursday morning. Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard rolled into town a couple of blocks from Grand River Avenue to test their response to a simulated environmental hazard. The exercise was part of the Guard’s required training, and evaluators were on hand to judge how well they handled a potentially life-threatening situation.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spent some time with the troops.
Beginning in 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a 40-year medical study of African-American men in Tuskegee, Alabama. The government studied men who’d contracted syphilis years earlier. The researchers falsely told them they were receiving treatment for their disease, when in fact they were actually given placebos. A similar study was conducted in the 1940’s in Guatemala.
Dr. Susan Reverby uncovered the facts of the Guatemala case. Reverby is the chair of Women and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She’ll speak Thursday at Michigan State University about her work. She told WKAR’s Anna Schroen how the American government justified lying to the volunteers.
A prominent Lansing clergyman is calling on an Ingham County judge to be lenient in his sentencing of a juvenile convicted of murder. The pastor and the teen’s mother say Charles T. Lewis, Jr. should not receive life without parole.