Questions, answers about police officers who confuse weapons

Robert Bates, the volunteer sheriff's deputy who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 2, says he accidentally fired his handgun when he meant to deploy his stun gun. Bates apologized for killing Eric Harris last week but described his deadly mistake as a common problem in law enforcement, saying: "This has happened a number of times around the country. ...You must believe me, it can happen to anyone."

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Exploring art in an Earth Day sort of way

The spring version of the quarterly Art Hop event was held Saturday on Main Street in Merced. Organizers said the event’s theme was inspired by Earth Day. Featured clothing designer and visual artist Amy Bianchini’s work was on display in Bob Hart Square.

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