|Police: Man sneaks into GR pool, hospitalizedWOODTV.com / 1 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 19-year-old man is in critical condition after nearly drowning in a Grand Rapids pool Tuesday morning. Grand Rapids police told 24 Hour News 8 that around 5:30 a.m. the man and three others sneaked into the Richmond Park pool, located on the city’s northwest side. The man, who police say doesn’t know how to swim, was unable to get out of the pool. Police said it took some time for authorities to arrive on scene because none of the men had cellphones on them at the time to call for help. Check back with woodtv.com for the latest information.
|8-foot waves predicted for some Lake Michigan beaches todayMLive Top / 38 min. ago more|
Winds topping 25 mph are expected to build waves from 5 to 8 feet in West Michigan on Tuesday
|Ford to offer incentives to scrap older carsFox 17 / 59 min. ago more|
LONDON (AP) — Ford is offering car buyers in Britain a 2,000-pound ($2,570) incentive to trade in older vehicles for newer, less polluting models. The offer announced Tuesday is available to new car buyers who trade in vehicles registered before Dec. 31, 2009. The cars will then be taken off the road and scrapped. The move comes amid pressure from governments to reduce air pollution and end the sale of the most polluting types of diesel engines. Automakers are also […]
|Exotic menagerie of zebra, camel, kangaroo pops up on way to murder sceneMLive Top / 1 h. 13 min. ago more|
"I've always been into animals, all my life. All I do is work with animals."
|Crash sends man to hospital in critical conditionFox 17 / 1 h. 21 min. ago more|
WYOMING, Mich. — A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a traffic crash late Monday night. According to police, the man was traveling on Gezon Parkway in Wyoming when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. It is unclear what caused the driver to leave the roadway, however, police don’t believe that alcohol wasn’t a factor. This incident is still under investigation and the man was wearing his seat belt at the time of […]
|Officials: 33 injured in suburban Philadelphia train crashFox 17 / 2 h. 2 min. ago more|
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — More than 30 people were injured when a train crashed into another train that was parked at a station in suburban Philadelphia. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. An inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern. SEPTA said 33 people aboard the train were injured. In an early morning news […]
|Police searching for armed robbery suspectsFox 17 / 2 h. 14 min. ago more|
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Police are searching for two subjects who allegedly robbed a business in the 2500 block of Capital Avenue SW in Battle Creek. According to the Battle Creek Police Department, an employee attempted to leave the building around 1 a.m. Tuesday when two male suspects approached the employee, forcing them back inside. Described as two black men with medium builds about 25-30 years old, the two got away with an unknown amount of money. It is also […]
|Kalamazoo votes to incorporate Foundation for ExcellenceFox 17 / 2 h. 43 min. ago more|
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo, Michigan City Commission has voted to create a foundation to replace a portion of its budget, retain a cut to its property tax and fund programs addressing poverty. The commission voted 5-2 in favor of documents outlining how the nonprofit “Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence” will be organized. Expected to raise $500 million by 2019, the foundation will be managed by a board of directors under the guidance of the City Commission and a statement […]
|Parents name baby Eclipse after mom gives birth on day of total solar eclipseFox 17 / 3 h. 15 min. ago more|
GREENVILLE, S.C. – A couple decided to name their baby Eclipse in honor of the rare astronomical event marking their little girl’s birth Monday. Parents Freedom and Paul Eubanks welcomed baby Eclipse to the world at 8:04 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. The healthy baby entered the world weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. The decision to legally name her Eclipse was done at the last minute, according to the hospital. Paul […]
|‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime happening’: Couple gets engaged while watching eclipseFox 17 / 3 h. 17 min. ago more|
STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — For Hunter Sawyers, Monday’s solar eclipse was the perfect time to pop the question to his girlfriend while at North Carolina’s Hanging Rock State Park. “It was really beautiful and everything and she was distracted looking at the beautiful eclipse,” Sawyers said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime happening and you’re a once in a lifetime girl,” Sawyers said during his proposal. “I said, ‘I want to grow old with you and tell our grandkids about this day.’” Sawyers […]
|Newaygo Lions embrace work-hard attitudeFox 17 / 6 h. 34 min. ago more|
NEWAYGO, Mich. — The Newaygo Lions went 3-6 last year but are starting new in 2017 with new head coach Scott VanEssen. Coach VanEssen was previously at Kenowa Hills, where he guided the Knights to the state playoffs in five consecutive seasons from 2008-2012. The Lions hope to make it to the playoffs by “working and believing.”
|Calvin Christian Squires eager to do moreFox 17 / 6 h. 38 min. ago more|
GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Calvin Christian went 6-4 last year and were second in the OK Silver, making it all the way to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. This year, under new head coach Dan Kapenga, the Squires are hoping to make it even further.
|Coopersville Broncos looking to bounce backFox 17 / 6 h. 40 min. ago more|
COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — Coopersville high school football is hoping to bounce back this year from their 1-8 season in 2016 under new head coach Ed Kaman. COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — Coopersville High School football is hoping to bounce back this year from their 1-8 season in 2016 under new head coach Ed Kaman. Coach Kaman said the team has been very trusting so far with the new coaches, and they are ready to work hard in 2017.
|Next total solar eclipse comes much closer to MichiganMLive Top / 7 h. 54 min. ago more|
But it happens during a different season.
|Trump: US can't afford quick Afghanistan withdrawal, must continue the fightMLive Top / 9 h. 35 min. ago more|
"Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on," Trump said.
|Man hospitalized after failing to yield in two-car accidentMLive.com / 9 h. 49 min. ago more|
A 74-year-old Grand Haven man was trapped in his car briefly and hospitalized after a two-car accident Monday afternoon.
|Emotions run high in Grand Rapids beheading trial - Duluth News TribuneGoogle News / 10 h. 2 min. ago more|
Duluth News TribuneEmotions run high in Grand Rapids beheading trialDuluth News Tribune"Low," Greniger responded. "Dirty. Inhuman. Like a tool. Like a piece of property." She testified that Thoresen tied up Haiman in the bedroom of the couple's Grand Rapids apartment, repeatedly punching him and leaving him on the ground for several hours.and more »
|Reports of fire at large commercial building in ZeelandMLive.com / 10 h. 7 min. ago more|
A fire at a large commercial building was reported at about 7:19 p.m. on Monday at 130 E. Roosevelt Avenue, according to dispatchers.
|Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus first rehearsal 0f 62nd season - Herald ReviewGoogle News / 11 h. 4 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus first rehearsal 0f 62nd seasonHerald ReviewThe Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus will begin its 62nd season this fall. The first practice will be held on Monday, Aug. 28, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, Cty. Rd. 63. Ail subsequent rehearsals will be at the Grand Rapids High School Choir ...
|Judge: Michigan lawmakers must turn over records to TeslaGrand Rapids News / 11 h. 22 min. ago more|
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|Recap: President Trump addresses nation on AfghanistanMLive Top / 11 h. 38 min. ago more|
Watch as Trump unveils his updated Afghanistan policy in a rare, prime-time address to the nation.
|Ex-Serb militiaman convicted of lying to get US citizenshipWOODTV.com / 12 h. 23 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and losing his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it. They say 57-year-old Alexander Kneginich of Crown Point, Indiana, was convicted Friday of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2007 by denying he had ever been charged with a crime while he faced murder charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina stemming from the slayings during the Bosnian conflict. He admitted the deception earlier this month during a guilty-plea hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kneginich is due to be sentenced Nov. 14. Prosecutors say revoking his U.S. citizenship is required by law because of the conviction and that he faces eventual deportation or extradition back to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Boys & Girls Club, GRPD team up for Pathways to PolicingWOODTV.com / 12 h. 37 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids’ Boys and Girls Club, through Youth Commonwealth, have worked together since 1938, when then-Grand Rapids Police Superintendent Frank O’Malley decided one way to combat juvenile delinquency was through mentoring instead of incarcerating. The idea evolved into three youth centers and Camp O’Malley. “Currently, we have three police officers assigned to each one of our locations,” said Rick Huisman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids. And now the two organizations are trying to tackle the divide between police and the minority community by planting the seed for a more diverse police force. Pathways to Policing will take Boys and Girls Club members and alumni ages 13 to 20 and expose them to police work. “Instead of just building relationships, which is important, this will actually give them a taste of what we do,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky. The program, which will have two six-week sessions, begins in the fall. It will bring participants into GRPD to show them the many facets of law enforcement, including police work and related fields like dispatch and forensics. “[It will] also help them with some of the test-taking that that’s going to go on, if they do decide to go through the police academy,” Huisman said. Organizers hope to convince kids in the program there’s a lot of positive aspects to police work. But it’s a tough sell for many of the kids served by the Girls and Boys Club. “Unfortunately, if they’re knocking at their doors. If they’re knocking at their neighbors doors that can be a difficult thing,” Huisman said. Rahinksy said he hopes even if the kids don’t come away with thoughts of a career in law enforcement, they’ll develop a better understanding of the job and the people who do it. “We’ll ask them, as part of this program, to go out and share what they’re exposed to here, with their friends,” he said. “So it will be a forced multiplier. Whether they choose to go into law enforcement or whether they just choose to be exposed to what we do, we think we can’t help but win. “ Pathways to Policing won’t cost taxpayers a cent. The Frey Foundation is picking up the cost, and requires follow ups with participants to find out if the program works. ——– Online: Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth
|Total eclipse captured by MLive photographer visiting KentuckyMLive.com / 12 h. 51 min. ago more|
Photographer Mike Clark took pictures of Monday's total eclipse in Bowling Green, Ky., where he attends Western Kentucky University and was visiting.
|Kuyper College names new presidentMLive.com / 13 h. 24 min. ago more|
Patricia Harris, provost of Kuyper College since 2013, was appointed its fifth president by the Board of Trustees.
|Rocky Top Beer & BBQ is the 'Home of 40 Flavors"MLive Entertainment / 14 h. ago more|
Rocky Top Beer & BBQ in Jackson is a finalist in MLive's search for Michigan's Best Chicken Wings.
|7 things to know about replicas of Columbus' Nina, Pinta visiting MuskegonMLive Top / 14 h. 8 min. ago more|
Replicas of the caravel ships will be docked at Heritage Landing this weekend.
|GR man dies in semitrailer accident in NDWOODTV.com / 14 h. 35 min. ago more|
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Rapids man is dead in a semitrailer accident in the North Dakota oil patch. The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Clarence Cunningham was run over by his own truck about 8 a.m. Sunday at a rural well site. The circumstances of the incident aren’t clear. The patrol says it appears the truck began to roll after Cunningham got out, and he was run over when he tried to get back into the truck and fell off the running board.
|Grand Rapids Instant Poll: Who is the area's most valuable lineman?MLive Top / 14 h. 54 min. ago more|
You can have any lineman in the Grand Rapids area. Who would you pick?
|President Trump stared directly into sun without eye protection during solar eclipseMLive Top / 15 h. 3 min. ago more|
Despite countless warnings on the news and in newspapers over the weekend, President Donald Trump ignored the recommendations to not stare into the sun Monday during the solar eclipse.
|City introduces newly hired consultants from 21st Century Policing SolutionsThe Rapidian / 15 h. 18 min. ago more|
The team of consultants will be working with the Policy Review Taskforce the City is forming following recommendations from the Traffic Stop Study completed this year.
|Whitecaps, Hot Rods wear sun and moon uniforms during solar eclipseMLive.com / 15 h. 29 min. ago more|
As part of a promotion created by the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps wore blue and white, sun-inspired uniforms during their 7-5 victory on Monday, Aug. 21.
|State medical marijuana board signals intent to shut down all dispensariesMLive Top / 15 h. 58 min. ago more|
They plan to make a final decision at their next meeting.
|Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' jumps to number one on iTunesMLive Entertainment / 16 h. 1 min. ago more|
It's reached number one again. Thanks to the first total eclipse since 1979, Bonnie Tyler's hit song from 1983 has reached number one on iTunes.
|Solar eclipse captivates Grand Rapids crowds - MLive.comGoogle News / 16 h. 4 min. ago more|
MLive.comSolar eclipse captivates Grand Rapids crowdsMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI - Cheers and applause erupted from a crowd of several hundred people at 2:22 p.m. Monday on the front lawn of the Grand Rapids Public Museum as just a sliver of sun was left visible behind the moon in the solar eclipse. Hundreds ...Joint custody town hall held in Grand RapidsWZZMGrand Rapids Police Start Effort to Bolster RecruitmentU.S. News & World ReportGrand Rapids Police team up with Boys and Girls Club to reach out to kidsWWMT-TVFox17all 19 news articles »
|Solar eclipse captivates Grand Rapids crowdsMLive.com / 16 h. 6 min. ago more|
Hundreds gathered to gaze at the sky Monday afternoon.
|Missing sisters found more than 11 hours after running from homeMLive.com / 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
A K-9 unit found one of them hiding, the sheriff said.
|Meijer Gardens to introduce Rodin-inspired exhibit during ArtPrizeMLive.com / 16 h. 15 min. ago more|
Officially beginning the Friday prior to ArtPrize, "Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition" will be on display as Meijer Gardens' fall exhibition from Sept. 15 through Jan. 7, 2018.
|200th newborn surrendered under Michigan's 'Safe Delivery' programMLive.com / 16 h. 34 min. ago more|
A newborn was delivered and surrendered at a local hospital on June 7, the 200th such surrender since the law took effect in 2001.
|Open murder charge pursued against suspect in fatal crash last weekMLive.com / 16 h. 50 min. ago more|
A 92-year-old Norton Shores man died.
|First day of school excitement contagious at West Godwin ElementaryMLive.com / 16 h. 54 min. ago more|
Godwin Heights Public Schools was among five Kent ISD districts to return to class on Monday, Aug. 21.
|Finding the sunken USS Indianapolis is a blessing for families, Michigan author saysMLive Entertainment / 17 h. 59 min. ago more|
Michigan author and journalist Doug Stanton of Traverse City wrote about the USS Indianapolis in his 2001 book "In Harm's Way."
|Man shot by police during traffic stop faces felony chargeGrand Rapids News / 17 h. 59 min. ago more|
A 26-year-old Grand Rapids man shot by a police officer last week in Gaines Township faces arraignment on a felony charge today. Cordero Eugene Barnes, 26, is scheduled for an afternoon video arraignment Monday, Aug. 21, in the 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids.
|Northview's Trip Gallery gets nod in Grand Rapids Instant Poll - MLive.comGoogle News / 18 h. 29 min. ago more|
MLive.comNorthview's Trip Gallery gets nod in Grand Rapids Instant PollMLive.comWhich Grand Rapids football coach will have the most success? (Poll Closed). Trip Gallery, Northview 47.93% (1,124 votes). Irv Sigler, Wyoming 29.89% (701 votes). Sam Becker, Kenowa Hills 7.89% (185 votes). Ed Kaman, Coopersville 5.59% (131 votes).
|10 Grand Rapids linebackers to keep an eye on this season - MLive.comGoogle News / 19 h. 11 min. ago more|
MLive.com10 Grand Rapids linebackers to keep an eye on this seasonMLive.comEast Lansing's Kentre Patterson is taken down by East Kentwood's Job Mayhue during their game in 2016. (Cory Olsen | MLive.com). Linebackers to watch in 2017. Steve Kaminski | Skaminsk@mlive.com. MLive has compiled a list of 10 Grand Rapids area ...
|Grand Rapids man dies after being run over by own semi-truckMLive.com / 19 h. 19 min. ago more|
A Grand Rapids man died over the weekend when he was run over by the semi-truck he was operating in North Dakota, according to a report by the Associated Press.
|Grand Rapids man dies after being run over by own semi-truck - MLive.comGoogle News / 19 h. 20 min. ago more|
KDLT NewsGrand Rapids man dies after being run over by own semi-truckMLive.comWILLISTON, N.D. -- A Grand Rapids man died over the weekend when he was run over by the semitrailer he was operating in North Dakota. Police have identified the man as Clarence Cunningham, 69, according to a report by the Associated Press. He was ...Grand Rapids man dies in semitrailer accident in North DakotaFox17Michigan man dies in semitrailer accident in N. DakotaThe Detroit Newsall 23 news articles »
|Police search for missing sisters, public's help soughtMLive.com / 19 h. 30 min. ago more|
They went missing from their home outside of Hart.
|Name that car: Test your auto recognition skills with these Woodward Dream Cruise 2017 imagesMLive Entertainment / 19 h. 39 min. ago more|
Alright, car nerds - start your engines. Can you guess these classic cars?
|Harmony Brewing Co. to expand in EastownWOODTV.com / 19 h. 50 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A popular West Michigan brewery has purchased more space and plans to expand its services. 24 Hour News 8 confirmed that the owners of Harmony Brewing Company bought the former Subway restaurant building near Wealthy St. and Lake Dr. in Eastown. Closure signs on the doors of the former Subway restaurant in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. () Heather Van Dyke, one of the owners, said they they’ve budgeted at least $500,000 for the expansion. “Gaining some space and then being able to add that delivery component is the reason why we’re doing it,” said Van Dyke. Employees for the company say the new purchase means more than added space. Harmony Brewing employees are brainstorming new services they will potentially offer, including pizza and beer delivery. Van Dyke said that they are still working with architects right now. No date has been set for the new building to open.
|Grand Rapids police, Boys & Girls Clubs to start training programMLive.com / 19 h. 53 min. ago more|
The program is part of an effort to add diversity to the city's police department.
|Market Musings: Ellens' Acres turning heads with bright colorsThe Rapidian / 20 h. 12 min. ago more|
Ellens' Acres specializes in peppers and tomatoes, including purple peppers. The business sells its products at the Fulton Street Farmers Market.
|M-6 westbound to close on SaturdayGrand Rapids News / 20 h. 18 min. ago more|
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A new phase of the reconstruction of M-6 in Kent and Ottawa counties will begin Saturday, August 26. The westbound side of the highway will be closed between Wilson Avenue and I-196.
|Ethics and Religion Talk: Should religious institutions be 'Safe Refuge?'The Rapidian / 20 h. 33 min. ago more|
Should a religious building be considered safe refuge for undocumented foreigners, criminals, or family members seeking shelter from abusers?
|Smoked wings are a big hit at Final Gravity Brewing CompanyMLive Entertainment / 21 h. 8 min. ago more|
Final Gravity Brewery in Decatur is a finalist in MLive's search for Michigan's Best Chicken Wings.
|It's all about 'Whamo' wings at Paddy's PubMLive Entertainment / 22 h. 8 min. ago more|
Paddy's Pub at Bob Hi Lanes in Norton Shores is a finalist in MLive's search for Michigan's Best Chicken Wings.
|Michigan Renaissance Festival 16th century costumes from opening weekendMLive Entertainment / 23 h. 1 min. ago more|
It's like taking a trip back in time to a 16th century village at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. The annual event in Holly is open every weekend and Labor Day through October 1, 2017. Here are some of the best costumes we saw on opening weekend.
|See all 316 beers to taste at Burning Foot Beer Festival 2017MLive Entertainment / 23 h. 4 min. ago more|
The festival will be held Saturday Aug. 26.
|Ottawa Co. deputies searching for missing womanGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 0 h. 38 min. ago more|
Ottawa County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 76-year-old Holland Township woman. Deputies say Moveta Posma was last seen between 1-1:30 p.m. Sunday.
|Schools work to draw substitutes amid shortageWOODTV.com / 1 d. 2 h. 8 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A number of West Michigan school districts are struggling to find substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. EDUStaff, a local substitute staffing company, told 24 Hour News 8 the trend isn’t new and isn’t getting any better. “From places to Forest Hills to Caledonia to Byron Center, we have unfilled rates as we do all the way down into Grand Rapids Public Schools,” said EDUStaff President Clark Galloway. “So many local school districts need help.” When 24 Hour News 8 profiled Godwin Heights Public Schools in 2016, the district was feeling the heat of the substitute shortage and 2017 is looking to be no different. “I see no way around that it won’t be the same and unfortunately, I feel that it could be slightly a bit worse,” said Godwin Heights Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff. The reasons for the substitute shortage are the same across the board. EDUStaff told 24 Hour News 8 they include the entry of new members to the workforce, laws that disallow retirees to come back to the staff pool and first-year teachers no longer having to start as substitute teachers. Galloway said that 10 years ago, about 80 percent of substitute teachers were certified students waiting for a job. These days, about 78 percent of substitutes are considered to be “an average age of 43 years old and returning to work mom” going back to work to make a living. Many West Michigan districts are raising the pay wage to attract more substitute teachers. Godwin Heights is bumping the rate from $75 per day to $80 dollars and offering free lunch. GRPS is hiking its rates from $85 per day to $100. GRPS is also spending time recruiting teachers. “We even went so far as we had a bus donated to go pick students up from Wayne State’s College of Education. We showed them the excitement of the city as a whole,” GRPS Spokesperson John Helmholdt said. “We are definitely out of the box of how we are going about recruiting top talent.” At GRPS, the problem extends beyond a substitute teacher shortage: Students will start school in a week and the district is still short 60 full-time teachers. Those interested in becoming a substitute teacher or interested in teaching positions can contact EDUStaff.
|Michigan family makes trip to see eclipseGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
Hopkinsville expecting over hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country and the Simons' family making that trek to see the eclipse, but not from a state nearby. "We're from Grand Rapids Michigan it took us about 8 hours to drive here.
|Michigan Man Gets Probation For Threatening To Kill Children - And JewsGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 15 h. 51 min. ago more|
A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday gave David Lenio, 29, the probation sentence after giving him credit for the four months he served in jail after his February arrest, which ended after his trial in June.
|Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers: The Scientist-Politician Who Reached Across the AisleGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 18 h. 2 min. ago more|
Following news reports that former Rep. Vern Ehlers died August 15, friends of the Grand Rapids, Mich. Republican almost unanimously agreed it was for the best he had retired from Congress in 2010.
|Grand Rapids brothers collect cans, throw pizza party for homeless - Detroit Free PressGoogle News / 1 d. 20 h. 4 min. ago more|
Detroit Free PressGrand Rapids brothers collect cans, throw pizza party for homelessDetroit Free PressGRAND RAPIDS — After collecting pop cans all summer, two brothers raised more than $1,500 to help the homeless in Grand Rapids and host a pizza party. Ten-year-old Caleb Graves and 7-year-old Jacob decided to act after seeing a man panhandling.and more »
|Grand Rapids Public Museum to host Solar Eclipse viewing partyGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 22 h. 29 min. ago more|
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a Solar Eclipse viewing party Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be multiple shows on the half hour of "Eclipses and Phases of the Moon" in the Chaffee Planetarium , and a live stream of the total eclipse will be shown in the Meijer Theater.
|'Step' movie review: A profoundly inspiring documentaryMLive Entertainment / 1 d. 23 h. 53 min. ago more|
This profile of a Baltimore high school girls' step dance team is sincere and compassionate.
|The 5 most iconic scenes from Michigan moviesMLive Entertainment / 1 d. 23 h. 59 min. ago more|
The films feature everyone from Jimmy Stewart to Eminem.
|Brothers collect cans, raise more than $1,500 for homelessGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 0 h. 44 min. ago more|
After collecting pop cans all summer, two brothers raised more than $1,500 to help the homeless in Grand Rapids and host a pizza party. Their goal was to raise money to buy pizzas for the homeless who are served by Degage Ministries.
|Man charged hundreds for cancelling free membershipWOODTV.com / 2 d. 9 h. 47 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A month after Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ordered Family Fitness to stop charging people excessive cancellation fees, 24 Hour News 8 has received a new complaint. The cease and desist notes more than 100 complaints against the business in five years. This time, the member accuses the gym of trying to charge him $250 to cancel a membership he won at a country music festival in June. “Basically they said it was a free two-year membership (and) that the only cost that would come was equipment clean up,” Dallas McGee told 24 Hour News 8. That clean-up fee is documented in the contract he signed after receiving a call that he and his girlfriend each won a membership for the Byron Center location. He said when he signed up for the raffle, a representative told him they’re working to get more members because it’s one of the newer locations for Family Fitness. According to the contract, McGee would be charged $24 a month for the equipment maintenance, and a “club annual enhancement fee” of $44, which would’ve been charged this October. After having the membership for a month, he decided the membership wasn’t worth it. He hadn’t used it and needed to save money for a move. McGee was directed to an email on the gym’s website in order to move forward with a cancellation and was surprised by the $250 fee that would come with it. “I’ve got a house payment and kids, car payment. I mean I’m not paying $250, whether it’s a one-time fee or not, for something I won,” McGee said. The contract only has his name on it, but he asked to cancel both his and his girlfriend’s membership. Correspondence reviewed by 24 Hour News 8 seems to show canceling both memberships, because they’re exactly the same, could actually mean $500 total. McGee said he has not paid the fee and he is refusing to do so. We tried to follow up with Family Fitness about McGee’s membership, but only managed to reach a voicemail. A manager at the Byron Center location told 24 Hour News 8 he’d like to help McGee because they want to take care of their members, but acknowledged the corporate structure. The Better Business Bureau of West Michigan told 24 Hour News 8 Family Fitness still ranks in their Top 10 for businesses that receive the most complaints each month, and they still recommend reaching out to the BBB if you have a problem with your membership. “The Department continues to interview affected consumers and will take the necessary steps of opening a formal investigation or filing a suit against the chain based on the actions of Family Fitness now that they have received the Cease and Desist,” the Attorney General’s office said in an email. Any new complaints can be filed online at the department’s website.
|Holland motorcyclist in stable condition after striking pick-up...Grand Rapids News / 2 d. 13 h. 41 min. ago more|
Deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office were called to scene at New Holland Street and 152nd Avenue in Post Sheldon Township the around 9:30 p.m. Friday, August 18. Sgt. Cal Kuening says a 17-year-old Holland male whose name has not been released, was driving a Ford F-250 pick-up truck that was was traveling through the intersection to go west on new Holland Street.
|Grand Rapids Ballet bringing classes to HollandGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 18 h. 9 min. ago more|
A partnership with the Arts Council through the years with the the school's performance of the Nutcracker Ballet and the "tea party with Clara" event every December prompted the expansion. Their was just a great interest in the December event that the school decided to bring their faculty to Holland.
|Two Grand Rapids boys throw pizza party for homeless, those in need - MLive.comGoogle News / 2 d. 21 h. 37 min. ago more|
MLive.comTwo Grand Rapids boys throw pizza party for homeless, those in needMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A local 10-year-old younger brother spent their summer this year collecting pop cans and fundraising because they wanted people in need to have a chance to enjoy their favorite food -- pizza. When the Graves brothers saw a homeless ...and more »
|Michigan apple orchard guide for U-pick apples, cider millsMLive Entertainment / 2 d. 22 h. 8 min. ago more|
Michigan apple season arrives in mid August, and MLive has your guide to cider mills and you-pick orchards.
|Museum to preserve Grand Rapids furniture catalogs online - MLive.comGoogle News / 2 d. 22 h. 57 min. ago more|
MLive.comMuseum to preserve Grand Rapids furniture catalogs onlineMLive.comThis collection of photographs of the Grand Rapids Furniture Museum showrooms were taken and created by Dale Rooks. The Furniture Museum was located at 427 Fulton Street and was open daily to the public from 1939 until 1959. (Courtesy | GRPM).
|'Wind River' review: Jeremy Renner anchors gritty and brilliant modern WesternMLive Entertainment / 2 d. 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
Taylor Sheridan's film boasts all the right influences: the Coen Bros., Cormac McCarthy, "The Silence of the Lambs."
|Van Buren State Rep Discusses Mental Health HearingGrand Rapids News / 3 d. 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
South Haven area state Representative Mary Whiteford tells us that she learned a great deal at a mental health task force meeting held this week. She's one of 14 members of the House selected for the bipartisan body which is meeting in locations all over Michigan to discuss how the state could craft better policies to serve those who are struggling.
|Ted Nugent meets with veterans before showWOODTV.com / 3 d. 7 h. 57 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ahead of his show Friday night, Ted Nugent took time to meet with a few of Grand Rapids’ finest. Nugent’s support for military veterans is well-known around Michigan. A few years ago he became an ambassador for Exodus Place. The non-profit organization is working to eliminate veteran homelessness in Grand Rapids by Christmas 2017. “To me, a lot of people think that rock stars don’t care, and this man is like ‘hey look, America, you’re wrong,'” said Curtis Green, one of the veterans who met Nugent. “They do care, a lot of them do, they just may not show it and flaunt it. Times like this is when it really shows.” Nugent met with three veterans from Exodus Place Friday evening before his show at 20 Monroe Live.
|DeltaPlex hosting fundraiser for Blue’s Gym SaturdayWOODTV.com / 3 d. 10 h. 41 min. ago more|
WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) – An event at the DeltaPlex Saturday is hoping to help keep Grand Rapids kids off the streets. Blue’s Gym will be hosting their “Night of Champions” fundraiser Saturday to raise money for their free boxing programs for area kids. Last summer, the gym’s co-founder, Dino Newville, partnered with local law enforcement to promote positive relationships between police and Grand Rapids youth. Newville teaches life lessons to those who come through the gym by offering boxing programs that teach discipline while keeping kids busy. Blue’s runs solely on donations. Saturday’s event will feature several champions in the boxing world as well as family fun events. Ticket information and event details can be found on the venue’s website.
|Battle over phone recordings continuesWOODTV.com / 3 d. 12 h. 7 min. ago more|
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The legal team for Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Matthew Janiskee was in federal court in Kalamazoo Friday. The City of Grand Rapids filed a motions for summary judgment, essentially asking the court to rule in its favor before the case went any further in the process. During the 90-minute hearing, Janiskee’s legal team was asking the court to deny the motion for summary judgment and give them more information in the case. Back in November, a police officer came upon a Kent County prosecutor he suspected was drinking and driving. The officer called Janiskee, who told him to call back on a telephone line that he didn’t think was recorded. It turned out the non-recorded line was recorded. The City of Grand Rapids is asking a federal judge to decide whether the recording violates federal and state wiretapping laws and whether the city can turn over the recordings to the media without violating those laws. Friday, the judge decided that Janiskee’s attorneys can have more time to investigate his case before he makes his final ruling on the motion for a summary judgement. Once the judge makes that ruling, it will be determined if the tapes can be released.
|Popularity eclipses special solar eyeglass supplyWOODTV.com / 3 d. 13 h. 8 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re looking for special eye protecting glasses to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse, good luck. From the big box stores to mom and pop shops, 24 Hour News 8’s search for the specialty glasses tuned up the same answer: sold out. But we didn’t give up. Finally, we found a stash tucked away at, of all places, the Grand Rapids Public Library. Some of the eclipse glasses the Grand Rapids Public Library will be handing out ahead of Monday’s total solar eclipse. “These are all the glasses we have to hand out here at the main library here on Saturday,” said library marketing and communications manager Kristen Krueger-Corrado, who pulled out a small box of eclipse glasses from a storage area. It makes sense. After all, libraries are all about learning. The hype over this rare phenomenon has already caused books and other material about the eclipse to fly off library shelves. So the Grand Rapids Public Library secured 1,600 pair of the glasses, mostly from NASA. >>Eclipse coverage on woodtv.com: Eclipse forecast on Bill’s Blog | What you need to know | Where to watch it They’re free, but they’re only for the kids. “We are anticipating a line before we open. And we anticipate them to be gone within 15 minutes,” said Krueger-Corrado, The glasses will be available Saturday morning on a first come, first serve basis at the city’s eight branches. The main branch downtown opens at 9 a.m.; the neighborhood branches open at 10 a.m. If you go, be patient. Each branch only has a few hundred pairs of eclipse glasses. “They are extremely limited quantities… so please don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a pair,” said Krueger-Corrado. We checked with other libraries throughout West Michigan. Most are out. Others like the Kent District Library has a limited supply, but only if you participate in special programs at specific branches, including the following: Saturday, Aug. 19: KDL Lab Experience: Space Science at the East Grand Rapids branch Monday, Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse Party at the East Grand Rapids branch Monday, Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse Party at the Alto branch
|Brothers, 10 and 7, surpass goal to help GR’s homelessWOODTV.com / 3 d. 13 h. 50 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A pair of brothers who worked through the summer to raise money for the homeless in Grand Rapids have surpassed their goal. Caleb, 10, and his 7-year-old brother Jacob raised a total of $1,200 for Degage Ministries — $200 more than they had hoped for. Friday, the boys presented their donation to the charity and celebrated by holding a pizza party for Degage’s patrons. Caleb and Jacob came up with the idea to help the homeless after witnessing a man panhandling while they were on spring break vacation in Florida. The boys were already $600 into their goal when Peppino’s downtown restaurant pitched in by donating a percentage of its sales during a fundraising night last month. The brothers continued their drive by collecting pop cans and through a GoFundMe donation page. Boys donate to Degage Ministries Caleb and Jacob smile while hosting a pizza party for Degage Ministries' patrons. (Aug. 18, 2017) Caleb and Jacob meet some of the people they're helping with their donation to Degage Ministries. (Aug. 18, 2017) Jacob and Caleb hold boxes of pizza for celebratory party at Degage Ministries. (Aug. 18, 2017) Caleb and Jacob hand out juice during their pizza party at Degage Ministries. (Aug. 18, 2017) Left to right: Caleb and Jacob present a donation check to Degage Ministries. (Aug. 18, 2017)
|MDOT loads rocks into river as bridge expansion project beginsWOODTV.com / 3 d. 15 h. 43 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – What’s going on in the Grand River? Drivers going through downtown Grand Rapids on I-196 or US-131 this week may have heavy equipment loading rocks into the Grand River. The Michigan Department of Transportation confirmed those rocks are part of the first phase in widening the westbound I-196 bridge. The rock piles will serve as a temporary bridge to get construction equipment and crews to the middle of the river, where they will begin constructing the piers that will hold up the new portion of the bridge. MDOT plans to widen the bridge to four lanes total. The project will eventually force closures and traffic shifts on westbound I-196 at times over the next two years. The project is slated to be completed in 2019.
|Grand Rapids officials answer 254 community questions on police relations - MLive.comGoogle News / 3 d. 15 h. 51 min. ago more|
MLive.comGrand Rapids officials answer 254 community questions on police relationsMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids city officials released a 91-page document Friday, Aug. 18, answering hundreds of questions the community has asked over the past several months about the police department. The questions were gathered by city ...and more »
|In Season: August 19, 2017The Rapidian / 3 d. 18 h. 8 min. ago more|
A list of locally grown fruits and vegetables along with locally produced products available at your local farmers markets.
|GR man accused of threatening Jews sentencedWOODTV.com / 3 d. 19 h. 15 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man accused of posting threatening, anti-Semetic messages on Twitter is avoiding additional jail time. The Kent County Circuit Court says a judge Thursday sentenced David Lenio to time served in jail, which was 125 days. Lenio’s punishment also includes two years of probation, according to the court. During that time, he’s not allowed to use social media, possess any type of weapon or be within 1,000 feet of any schools or Jewish place of worship. Lenio currently lives at his parents’ house, which is within 1,000 feet of a school or Jewish place of worship; the judge made the home an exception to his probation, the court said. Lenio is also required to seek mental health treatment as part of his sentence. Lenio was arrested on Feb. 24 after police say he made mass shooting threats and threatened to shoot Jewish people via his Twitter account. In 2015, Lenio was also arrested after a Twitter rant threatening school children and Jewish people caught the attention of Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman in Washington D.C. for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Shortly after the tirade, Lenio is accused of moving guns to his house. He is still awaiting a trial on felony intimidation charges in Montana. In June, a jury found Lenio guilty of malicious use of telecommunication device, but not guilty of aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime.
|Tegan and Sara bring Grand Rapids community together to create safe spaceThe Rapidian / 3 d. 20 h. 10 min. ago more|
At their final concert of their LY2D tour on Thursday night, Tegan and Sara addressed all that is “weird in the world” and told everyone to be kind and take care of each other.
|State Rep. Runestad pushes changes to Child Custody Act which prioritize rights of parents over childrenThe Rapidian / 3 d. 21 h. 4 min. ago more|
Town hall event with bill sponsor State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44th District) to be held Monday, August 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at 401 Hall Street SW in Grand Rapids.
|Revive & Thrive Project increases access and information about 'real' and nutritious foodsThe Rapidian / 4 d. 13 h. 39 min. ago more|
This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Revive & Thrive Project who helps make healthy food front and center in the diets of the community they serve
|$7000 in Scholarships for Trans StudentsThe Rapidian / 4 d. 21 h. 39 min. ago more|
The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation awarded $7000 in scholarships to four local students.
|Market Musings: Earthy name, local foodThe Rapidian / 6 d. 16 h. 13 min. ago more|
Earthkeeper Farms is staying true to their roots. The business sells kale, lettuce, garlic, tomatoes and more.
|The #StandWithCharlottesville march: How did it go?The Rapidian / 6 d. 19 h. 40 min. ago more|
Organizers in Grand Rapids were quick to bring together a rally against white supremacy, but we're still complicit in racism in our own town. When well-meaning white people cause harm, we must own it and do better.
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Is torture OK?MLive Opinion / 6 d. 20 h. 15 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef firstname.lastname@example.org RS asks, "Is the torture of enemies defensible in the defense of civilians; and should it be decriminalized in view of hindsight if the nation-state deems it moral?" About 56,000 people were starved, tortured...
|Local artist feature from UICA: adeshola makindeThe Rapidian / 6 d. 20 h. 36 min. ago more|
adeshola makinde is a streetwear clothing designer and the creator of COMPLETE VII . makinde lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI and collaborates with local artists and designers to make his dream a reality.
|Ethics and Religion Talk: Is torture in defense of civilians ethical?The Rapidian / 7 d. 18 h. 54 min. ago more|
RS asks, Is the torture of enemies defensible in the defense of civilians; and should it be decriminalized in view of hindsight if the nation-state deems it moral?
|Market Musings: Nyblad Family Farms sells fresh fruitThe Rapidian / 7 d. 19 h. 56 min. ago more|
Nyblad Farms has what you need in the hanging fruit department. The business sells cherries, peaches, plums, apricots and more.
|Grow, eat, and learn with Urban RootsThe Rapidian / 10 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more|
Founder and Executive Director of Urban Roots, Levi Gardner, shares his thoughts on what urban farming means to him and how the community can get involved.
|Ethics & Religion Talk: 'Pray on it'? What does that mean?MLive Opinion / 13 d. 20 h. 28 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef email@example.com MRBK asks, "When Christians say that they will pray on a decision, what do they really mean by this? Are they waiting for or looking for a sign from God directing them to a...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Does the Bible support patriarchy? Slavery?MLive Opinion / 20 d. 20 h. 28 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef firstname.lastname@example.org 'RM' asks: "Does the Bible support slavery and patriarchy, and how do Christians get past that stuff?" National Museum of American History, Smithsonian R. Scot Miller, who writes from an Anabaptist and Quaker Christian...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Is religion weakened when entangled with state?MLive Opinion / 27 d. 20 h. 23 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef email@example.com Question: The Supreme Court recently issued a decision siding with the church denied funding to resurface its playground with a grant from the State of Missouri. Funding was available to other charitable groups, but the...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Is it wise to keep the peace at all costs?MLive Opinion / 34 d. 20 h. 17 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef firstname.lastname@example.org Question: As a pastor/minister/rabbi/imam/spiritual leader, do you believe it is wise to seek to keep peace at all costs? Please elaborate. Shutterstock R. Scot Miller, who writes from an Anabaptist and Quaker Christian perspective, responds: ...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Blasphemy is a spiritual matter, not a legal oneMLive Opinion / 41 d. 20 h. 21 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef email@example.com This week's question comes from D. Bethel, who asks, "Every so often we see that someone in another country is prosecuted for committing blasphemy. I am curious to know if the religions that are represented...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: How do we pray effectively?MLive Opinion / 48 d. 20 h. 10 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef firstname.lastname@example.org This week's question is brought to you courtesy of Sandra, who asks the Ethics and Religion Talk panel, "What is the secret of effective prayer?" Submitted photo Fred Wooden, the senior pastor of Fountain Street...
|As Asian carp discovery raises stakes, White House must release study MLive Opinion / 52 d. 21 h. 37 min. ago more|
The authors are the members of Michigan's Republican congressional delegation. If you have a guest column to share, email Opinion Curator Dan Hawkins. And be sure to check out our guidelines for submission. By U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga, Jack Bergman,...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Should worship services be entertaining?MLive Opinion / 55 d. 19 h. 42 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef email@example.com Submitted photo Our question this week comes from RS, who asks, "Should religious services be entertaining?" Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as adjutant judicial vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: "Entertaining...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Essay addresses obstacles to grace, mercy, loveMLive Opinion / 62 d. 20 h. 25 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef firstname.lastname@example.org Family Features This Week's Ethics and Religion Talk topic is prompted by an essay entitled "Christianity, Sexuality, and Purity - Obstacles to Grace and Mercy, Obstacles to Love" by R. Scot Miller. Friend Miller, who...
|Lifetime auto accident coverage is worth keepingMLive Opinion / 68 d. 20 h. 39 min. ago more|
Dr. Brad Uren is co-chair of the Michigan State Medical Society's Committee on Legislation and Regulations and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan. If you have a guest column to share, email Opinion Curator Dan...
|Ethics & Religion Talk: Is it ethical to sample grapes at the grocery store?MLive Opinion / 69 d. 20 h. 10 min. ago more|
Rabbi David Krishef email@example.com Submitted photo This week's question was submitted by MRBK, who asks, "Recently, in the supermarket, I saw someone taking grapes out of the bag and eating them (and also giving some to her child)....
|Congress must fund new Soo Lock now to prevent U.S. economic disasterMLive Opinion / 69 d. 21 h. 37 min. ago more|
Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, represents Michigan's 1st Congressional District, covering the Upper and northern Lower Peninsula. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, represents the 4th District in north and central Michigan. If you have a guest column to share, email Opinion Curator Dan Hawkins. ...