Detroit suburb police chief resigns after officer beat black man: newspaper
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(Reuters) – The police chief of a Detroit suburb resigned on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported, just days after one of the department’s officers was charged over a beating of a black driver in January that was caught on video.

It was the latest resignation of a police chief following allegations of excessive force used by officers against minorities, which have sparked protests and unrest in cities across the United States.

A statement from the city of Inkster said that Police Chief Vicki Yost’s resignation was effective immediately, though it did not specifically mention the beating case and thanked Yost for her work, the newspaper reported.

On Monday, prosecutors charged former Inkster officer William Melendez, 46, with misconduct and assault in the beating of black motorist, Floyd Dent.

The charges follow the release of footage, wher…………… continues on Reuters

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5 things to do with your newspaper on Earth Day
News from The Seattle Times (registration):

Today, if you didn’t know, is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Here’s how to celebrate with your Seattle Times.

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Some of us (though our numbers are dwindling) still enjoy unfurling a crisp paper each morning. We love the musky scent of fresh newsprint and noticing just a trace of ink residue on our fingers as we sip our coffee.

Although 60 percent of our newsprint contains recycled fibers, that doesn’t mean we don’t also feel a bit guilty about the trees felled and pulped for print.

Help us out on this Earth Day. Celebrate the printed word and environmental stewardship at the same time.

Here are some ideas on how to reuse and recycle today’s Seattle Times. (Reducing is another option, but our subscription numbers are dropping fast enough, thank you.)

1. Compost it. Shredded newspaper can add structure to your compost pile or work as mulch to contain moisture in soil.

2. Make it into a dress. In last year’s DIY newsprint contest, Esther Choi, a Bellevue High School student

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