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|Police investigate reported robberies in Montcalm/Ionia CountiesFox 17 / 3 h. 58 min. ago more|
Montcalm/Ionia — police are investigating whether robberies in Montcalm and Ionia counties are related over the past few days. There have been robberies at the “Belding Party store,” “The Marathon Station” in Sheridan and the “Gowen General Store” That one was hit on Saturday night. State police tell us the suspect descriptions in the cases are similar and they’re reviewing surveillance video. Call police at (989) 352-8444 if you have any information.
|Volunteers provide a happy holiday season at Guiding Light MissionFox 17 / 4 h. 9 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Guiding Light Mission put on their annual Christmas meal in Grand Rapids on Sunday, helping those who are homeless and down on their luck. Each year, Guiding Light’s holiday meal attracts more than 300 guests and it’s a real treat for those receiving and serving the meals. “It’s special because it’s Christmas,” said Starla McDermott, director of Guiding Light Mission. “And we’re basically staying at Mel Trotter, so I’m glad they are serving some food and that we’re able to share our brother and sistership.” It’s the season of giving and on Sunday, more than 300 volunteers came together at Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids, to give a warm meal to those in need. “We do this Thanksgiving, Christmas and we also do it for Easter.” Free winter hats were offered outside at the door and once inside guests were treated to a large holiday meal with all the sides. “We got some great festive music and it’s a nice warm environment, said volunteer, John Hair. Food was served by volunteers who say they’re happy to be a part of something positive. “I’m very impressed with this organization. It takes a special heart and awareness to be able to help these men get off the street and get into a program and find some sobriety, go through a re training process and get back into the community and be a positive influence on the community, “said Hair. Everyone is always invited every year and it takes a big effort to pull this with a lot of the food being donated. “I’m loving it,” said Philip Goolsby. “You got a lot of homeless people who don’t want to be homeless. We need people to step up and help us.” Guiding Light was founded back in 1929. By 2017 they helped more than 160 men find full time work and housing.
|Ferris State Men’s Basketball Headed to Grand RapidsFox 17 / 4 h. 13 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Ferris State men's basketball team is off to their best start in program history at 12-1 on the year. The Bulldogs next game will be played Monday in Grand Rapids at Godwin Heights high school against Lewis University. Two former Godwin Heights players will be playing in Ferris State's Markese Mayfield and Lewis' Delaney Blaylock.
|Grand Rapids police investigating suspicious death of 2 men - MLive.comGoogle News / 4 h. 18 min. ago more|
MLive.comGrand Rapids police investigating suspicious death of 2 menMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids police are investigating the death of two people Sunday evening. Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Cathy Williams said a caller reported two men unconscious in home in the 1200 block of Quarry Avenue NW before 9 a.m ...Grand Rapids weekend highlights: West takes out East in Battle of I-96MLive.comGRPD investigating 2 deaths on West SideWOODTV.comall 4 news articles »
|Grand Rapids police investigating suspicious death of 2 menMLive.com / 5 h. 9 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids police are investigating the death of two people Sunday evening.
|Marquette County motorist injured in rollover crash into ditchMLive.com / 5 h. 19 min. ago more|
A 52-year-old motorist slid into a ditch Sunday afternoon, but sustained only minor injuries.
|Police conducting double death investigation in Grand RapidsFox 17 / 6 h. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --- Police are working a double death investigation in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Police say they responded to the 1200 block of Quarry Avenue NW for a welfare check shortly before 9 p.m. and soon discovered the bodies of two men. Investigators on the scene tell FOX 17 the victims are a man in his 20s and another one in his 40s. The cause of their deaths are unknown, but police say there are no visible signs of trauma. Investigators also tell FOX 17 the case is not connected to any reports of shots fired earlier in the evening. The names of the victims are not being released until family members are notified. That stretch of Quarry was closed to traffic while crews investigated on the scene. Grand Rapids Police working the scene of a double death investigation in the 1200 block of Quarry Av NW. PIO enroute, ETA 10:20. — Grand Rapids Police (@GrandRapidsPD) December 18, 2017
|GRPD investigating 2 deaths on West SideWOODTV.com / 6 h. 10 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating after two men were found dead on the city’s West Side Sunday evening. The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were initially called to a residence in the 1200 block of Quarry Avenue NW north of Leonard Street around 8:45 p.m. on a report of a medical emergency after family members discovered the two men unconscious. GRPD says one of the men was in his 20s and the other in his 40s. The causes of the men’s deaths are not yet known; there were no signs of trauma, police said. Police did not specify the nature of the men’s relationship. Their names were not released Sunday night pending notification of their family members. Quarry was blocked off while emergency responders were on the scene.
|Grand Rapids weekend highlights: West takes out East in Battle of I-96MLive Top / 6 h. 29 min. ago more|
Check out which teams came up big in basketball, swimming, wrestling and competitive cheer.
|Erin Brockovich, Winnie Brinks call for local government accountability for water contaminationFox 17 / 6 h. 41 min. ago more|
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The call for action to solve the water contamination problem in parts of northern Kent County intensified with a local visit from Erin Brockovich and a call for legislative action by State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids). Three Michigan law firms are encouraging people to join their class action lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide, 3M and Waste Management for dumping that allegedly put harmful chemicals in groundwater. Brockovich made a visit to Comstock Park on Saturday to meet with residents about this issue. She says responsibility extends beyond corporations who did the dumping and also goes straight to local government. “We thought that somebody had our back. We’re waking up to the fact that nobody really does have our back," Brockovich tells FOX 17. "Information gets concealed and often times we get told ‘What do you know? Why are you speaking up about it? Do you work there? Do you work at the state? Are you a doctor? Are you a lawyer? Are you a scientist? What do you know? Be quiet.’” Brockovich says residents can't afford to trust their elected officials who are, according to her, hiding their wrongdoing that contributed to this issue. She encourages people to keep pushing for answers, even when government officials tell them to keep quiet. “The local councils often times disregard it and automatically I’m like, ‘What are you hiding?’” says Brockovich. Even State Representative Winnie Brinks is calling out the government's lack of transparency. “Clearly some accountability on all levels of government is needed here," Brinks tells FOX 17. "I’ve heard from folks today: local, state, federal, disappointment in the responses in all those levels of government. So, I think this is a real call from our friends and neighbors here to examine our response and are we doing enough?” Brinks, who sponsored a new bill to create more funding for safe drinking water, says she got a clear message from residents on Saturday. “It’s very informative to kind of get the tone of the whole community and try and figure out what is it that they’re really looking for," Brinks says. "What is it that they’re really frustrated with? What is it that we can potentially do in terms of an oversight role at the state level, insuring that the state is doing what it’s supposed to be doing?" For Brockovich, the answers to those questions are obvious. “The health department’s involved," Brockovich says. "They will deflect onto you because yes, somebody’s done something wrong. I mean you have to know that that’s what’s going on.” She says people affected by contaminated water need to stand up for themselves and implement change on their own. “There’s always gonna be an argument but communities can follow those gut common sense traits or skills that they have," says Brockovich. "Ask questions, get involved, go to city council meetings, push back, push for clean-up, understand what the chemical can do. If you’re sick, you can better communicate with your doctor about what you can do and defend yourself.” Plainfield Township, one of the communities impacted by contaminated water states on it's website: "Plainfield Township Water Department is committed to providing superior quality water that meets or exceeds the high safety standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act sets forth a rigorous scientific process to set standards for drinking water quality. Our skilled water professionals work tirelessly to fulfill the standards and protect public health and safety” However, according to the EPA, from December 2016 to June 2017 Plainfield Township's water was in violation of federal health-based drinking water standards. It tested above health guidelines for 1,4-dioxane, PFOs and hexavalent chromium.
|Local organization brings holiday cheer to families in needFox 17 / 7 h. 27 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- An organization called More Self-Less hosted its annual 'I Dream Beautiful' Christmas event on Sunday evening for families going through a rough time. The group said it's mission is to create "Temporary amnesia from the troubles of the world." On Sunday evening, they achieved that, bringing smiles to some very deserving children. Nyla, 6, talked to FOX 17 about what she asked Santa Claus for this year. “I’m asking him for a hover board and a fidget spinner if I be good in school.” They're things any child wants for Christmas. “Presents and you get to be with your family," said Vannya, 10. For families in need, time with Santa and a few gifts means a sense of normalcy for kids who need it most. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to provide that to them, a lot of these children haven’t Christmases that you and I have," said Kelly Schroeder, a board of More Self-Less. "So, even if for just one Christmas we can give that to them and bless them, that’s our goal.” 'I Dream Beautiful' gave families a night to celebrate with family photos, dinner and presents from Santa. Volunteers with the organization say they hope their act of kindness pays forward throughout the year. “Don’t just wait for December to do something nice for somebody", said Santa. "If you see somebody looking down or you see your coworker and you know he’s having a rough moment, sometimes all it takes is that hand on the back, say ‘You know what? I’m here for you buddy.’" This was the 7th year for the celebration. Click here if you want more information about the organization.
|California fire: Resident says neighborhood looks like ‘war zone’Fox 17 / 8 h. 51 min. ago more|
Watch Video (CNN) — Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze reached her neighborhood in Ventura, California. “At midnight, I woke up with a flashlight in my face,” Frescas told CNN affiliate KEYT. “I looked out my window and there were flames that were like, a hundred feet, all around us.” Like many residents, Frescas was caught off guard by the fire that has roared across Southern California for 13 days. She’s one of tens of thousands of residents who piled into cars and fled as ferocious winds drove the third-largest blaze in modern state history through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. “What was once a paradise was like a war zone,” Frescas said of her apartment complex, which was destroyed by the blaze. “It’s the scariest thing I’ve been through in my entire life.” Ventura resident Patricia Rye woke up to her son-in-law pounding on her door. She didn’t get a chance to pack any valuables, and fled her home of 17 years in the dead of the night. “I didn’t have time to take anything,” Rye told the affiliate. “My wallet, or any of my personal things. I literally left with the clothes on my back. If I had been thinking I would have got into my car, but I wasn’t thinking so my car was there.” Thousands of Santa Barbara residents threatened by the blaze are under mandatory and voluntary evacuations while others like Frescas were allowed back in their homes or what was left of them. The fire is so massive that more than 8,400 firefighters are working around the clock to save lives and contain it. It’s bigger in acreage than New York City, and has turned neighborhoods to piles of soot and concrete as it churns through the area. Latest developments • Cause of death: Firefighter Cory David Iverson, 32, died of “thermal injuries and smoke inhalation,” according to autopsy results from the Ventura County medical examiner’s office. A funeral procession was underway Sunday for Iverson, who lost his life battling the Thomas Fire on Thursday. A total of two people have been killed since the fire started. • Hefty price tag: About $110 million has been spent fighting the massive blaze, fire officials said. It was 40% contained Saturday night. • Improving weather conditions: Santa Ana winds did not immediately materialize on Sunday morning, though firefighters had been expecting the worst. Red-flag warnings were in effect for a large swath of Southern California through late Sunday, with wind gusts of up to 55 mph expected overnight, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. • In the record books: The Thomas Fire, which grew by 1,500 acres overnight, has charred 269,000 acres and is 40% contained. It is now the third-largest wildfire in modern California history and the seventh-most destructive in structure loss. Evacuations Twelve thousand people were evacuated in Santa Barbara County, with animals at the local zoo threatened as well. Santa Barbara Zoo closed Saturday and many animals were placed into cages in case of possible evacuations, zoo officials said. Only the endangered California condors and griffon vultures were taken to the Los Angeles Zoo, according to officials. The zoo had kept most animals indoors, away from smoke. Oprah Winfrey, who has a home in Montecito, one of the areas under evacuation orders, tweeted about the fire Saturday. “Still praying for our little town,” she said. “Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters,” she said. Meanwhile, residents who had evacuated their homes in Ventura County — where the fire began — were allowed to return Saturday. Jim Holden considers himself lucky that firefighters saved his home and items. “They put a water screen between my house and the house next door that was burning in an attempt to save it, but they didn’t think they were going to be successful,” he told CNN affiliate KABC. “They broke in and they saved my family photos and my computer, and things that they thought would be important to me.”
|Pistons tie franchise record for 3-pointers, top MagicMLive Top / 9 h. 36 min. ago more|
Detroit led by 24 but had to withstand late Orlando rally.
|Godwin Heights-Catholic Central basketball tickets go on sale MondayMLive Top / 9 h. 39 min. ago more|
An early-season showdown is coming to Godwin Wednesday when Catholic Central visits the Wolverines.
|Grand Rapids Principal Pops Conductor's contract extended 3 years - MLive.comGoogle News / 11 h. 18 min. ago more|
MLive.comGrand Rapids Principal Pops Conductor's contract extended 3 yearsMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI - Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will continue to entertain audiences in West Michigan for years to come after his contract was renewed through the 2020-2021 season. Signing on for another three years wasn't a difficult ...
|Cannon Township firefighters use hovercraft to rescue man from Lake Bella Vista iceFox 17 / 11 h. 28 min. ago more|
CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Cannon Township Fire Department rescued a man who fell through the ice at Lake Bella Vista on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. near Arbol Court NE in the northeastern corner of Lake Bella Vista. Cannon Township Fire Chief Jim Morris told a FOX 17 crew at the scene that the man was in the water for about 20 minutes before he was rescued. Morris says several nearby residents called 9-1-1 when they saw the man had fallen through. No one else was on the ice with him at the time of the incident. Morris says it’s far too early in the season to go out on the ice. “Right now, just stay off the ice,” Morris tells FOX 17. “It is not safe and it will not be safe because of the snow. Even though we’ve been having cold nights, snow isolates and it’s not going to freeze so you need to stay off the lakes.” The ice on Lake Bella Vista was so thin that Morris says his responders had to use a hovercraft for the rescue. Anytime you go out onto the ice, Morris says it’s important to wear a life preserver no matter how solid the ice is.
|Grand Rapids Principal Pops Conductor's contract extended 3 yearsMLive.com / 11 h. 28 min. ago more|
Bob Bernhardt was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in January 2015.
|Dedication to Duty: A great compliment - Herald ReviewGoogle News / 11 h. 43 min. ago more|
Herald ReviewDedication to Duty: A great complimentHerald ReviewThese were their memories, their fast cars, and their youth. Maybe a little nostalgia. Fred is gone now; some of my memories go with him. Harvey Dahline's book, “Dedication to Duty” is available for purchase at the following Grand Rapids businesses: L ...
|Power outage cripples world’s busiest airport in AtlantaFox 17 / 11 h. 58 min. ago more|
Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment ATLANTA — A power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, is leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded indefinitely. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, meaning that planes are being held at their departure airports, according to a tweet on the airport’s verified Twitter account. The FAA has set a ground stop for flights into #ATL due to the outage. A ground stop means flights to ATL are held at departure airports. Hartsfield-Jackson handles 2,500 flights and an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Because of its size the outage could have a ripple effect on air traffic both domestically and overseas.Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem. The outage affects all airport operations, spokesman Reese McCranie said. The airport is currently working with Georgia Power to figure out the cause of the outage, he said. Atlanta is the largest hub for Delta Air Lines, which told passengers to check the status of their flights. “Delta is aware of a power outage at the Atlanta Airport affecting airport concourses and terminal buildings,” spokesman Michael Thomas told CNN. “Flight disruptions are expected as a result and Delta customers are encouraged check the status of their flight via the Fly Delta Mobile App or Delta.com. More updates to follow.” Brittny Dettro said she was waiting to board a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee when the power went out in Terminal B early Sunday afternoon. “When the power goes out in one of the world’s biggest airports… yikes! This is crazy ATL!!” she wrote in a Facebook post.
|Indiana customer finds side order of cocaine with her cheese sticksFox 17 / 13 h. 48 min. ago more|
GRIFFITH, Ind. — A fast food restaurant in Northwest Indiana will remain closed until police figure out how drugs allegedly wound up in a customer’s order. A Broad Street Gyros customer called police Nov. 21 saying she thought there was cocaine in her takeout order. She told police she found a small baggie of white powder stuffed inside a plastic foam cup along with her cheese sticks, according to the Chicago Tribune. She added that, along with the owner, Carrie Demoff, there was a woman she had never seen before who told her they “were going to hook her up,” according to the Tribune. At first, she thought was going to get extra food, police said. She became suspicious when someone from the restaurant called and tried to get the bag back, even offering to pick it up, according to WGN. A K-9 later detected the scent of drugs inside the women’s bathroom at the 105 N Broad St. restaurant, as well as in a drawer in the office, but no cocaine was found, Cpl. Robert Gutierrez told the Chicago Tribune. Demoff said she’s stunned by the incident and told the town council that the woman who was with her that night is no longer employed at Broad Street Gyros. On Tuesday, the Griffith Town Council voted unanimously to let the restaurant’s business license remain suspended until police release surveillance footage from the day of the incident. The restaurant has been shuttered since Nov. 22. Charges have yet to be filed.
|Kent County recycling facility reopening after $1.5M upgradeMLive.com / 13 h. 59 min. ago more|
Residents will be able submit paper recyclable materials to the Kent County Recycling Center Monday.
|Grand Rapids sees increase in illegal gun seizures - The Detroit NewsGoogle News / 16 h. 6 min. ago more|
The Detroit NewsGrand Rapids sees increase in illegal gun seizuresThe Detroit NewsGrand Rapids, Mich. – The city has seen a sharp increase in seizures of illegal firearms in recent years. Grand Rapids police have seized more than 265 illegal guns so far this year, up from 254 in 2016 and more than double the 127 guns recovered in ...Michigan city sees increase in illegal gun seizuresWILX-TVall 3 news articles »
|Powerball results for 12/16/17; did anyone win the $249M jackpot? MLive Top / 18 h. 8 min. ago more|
The jackpot was for slightly less than previously announced, coming in at $249 million, $1 million less than the $250 million announced.
|Holland police arrest armed man after standoffMLive Top / 18 h. 34 min. ago more|
An armed man was arrested after a stand off in Holland Sunday morning.
|Battle Creek police say reckless driver killed in high speed chaseMLive.com / 19 h. 7 min. ago more|
Police said a reckless driver was killed in a crash during a high speed chase early Sunday morning.
|Grand Rapids man injured in snowmobile crashMLive.com / 19 h. 31 min. ago more|
A 28-year-old Grand Rapids man is being treated for injuries caused by a snowmobile crash.
|Grand Rapids man injured in snowmobile crash - MLive.comGoogle News / 19 h. 31 min. ago more|
MLive.comGrand Rapids man injured in snowmobile crashMLive.comMECOSTA COUNTY, MI -- A 28-year-old Grand Rapids man is being treated for injuries caused by a snowmobile crash. According to a release from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department, deputies were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 to ...38-Year-Old Man Charged for Shooting at a Home in Grand RapidsManitoba Postall 2 news articles »
|'Wonder Wheel' review: Kate Winslet mired in half-baked Woody Allen melodramaMLive Top / 21 h. 12 min. ago more|
The actress is one of today's greats. This screenplay is not.
|Live results for $250M Powerball drawing on 12/16/17MLive Top / 1 d. 4 h. 54 min. ago more|
MLive will be providing live results of tonight's drawing and will update this story with the winning numbers as they come in.
|Admirals top Grand Rapids in OT 2-1 | FOX6Now.com - fox6now.comGoogle News / 1 d. 5 h. 45 min. ago more|
fox6now.comAdmirals top Grand Rapids in OT 2-1 | FOX6Now.comfox6now.comBobby Butler scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Admirals to a 2-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Butler carried the puck into the Griffins zone and snapped a shot over the left shoulder of netminder ...Griffins lose in overtime to Milwaukee AdmiralsMLive.comall 3 news articles »
|'Speak out,' Erin Brockovich tells residents affected by toxic dumpingMLive.com / 1 d. 8 h. 9 min. ago more|
"Ask questions. Demand answers. That's where the change will really begin," Environmental and Consumer Activist Erin Brockovich said to residents affected by water contamination.
|W. MI Family seeking help finding stolen teddy bearWOODTV.com / 1 d. 9 h. 5 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A priceless teddy bear was stolen from a Hudsonville family when a thief broke into their daughter’s car. Jolynn Vanwienen said her daughter found her car was broken into on Saturday around 2 a.m. on Bridge Street in Grand Rapids. A purse, laptop and backpack were also taken, but Vanwienen says she will count them all as loss if her daughter’s “Seth Bear” is returned. Vanwienen’s son, Seth, was 10-years-old when he died in a crash 10 years ago. She said her community rallied together to make teddy bears for her five surviving children, so that they would never have go to without a Seth hug. “When kids start grieving they just want something that’s tangible and safe and that’s what these bears did for our kids,” said Vanwienen, “She’s had (the bear) since Seth died and really it’s the only thing she has left from him… and just was very close to him.” Vanwienen said her daughter has never been without her Seth Bear since she was gifted it at Seth’s funeral. “It’s a very, very special bear and a mom’s heart just wants to get that back for her and have just a little Christmas miracle,” said Vanwienen. A police report of the break-in was reported to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Vanwienen is asking anyone with information on the missing Seth Bear to call Grand Rapids police at 616.456.3400.
|Michigan's biggest credit union 'suspends' ties with Carter OosterhouseGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 11 h. 6 min. ago more|
HGTV reality show star Carter Oosterhouse has been the face of the Lake Michigan Credit Union for the past five years, appearing on television commercials, billboards, advertising pamphlets to promote mortgage products, loans and give-aways. That relationship was suspended abruptly on Friday, Dec. 15, after the Hollywood Reporter and other online publications said the Traverse City native had coerced his makeup artist into performing oral sex against her will.
|Wreaths laid at 5,400 graves at Grand Rapids veterans cemeteryMLive.com / 1 d. 11 h. 10 min. ago more|
For the first time, all of the graves at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery received wreaths.
|Wreaths laid at 5400 graves at Grand Rapids veterans cemetery - MLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
MLive.comWreaths laid at 5400 graves at Grand Rapids veterans cemeteryMLive.comGRAND RAPIDS, MI - Thousands of veterans were honored on Saturday, Dec. 16, when wreaths were placed on each of the 5,400 graves at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery. The event was hosted by VFW Post 702 and its auxiliary, which worked with ...Thousands of wreaths to be laid on veterans' gravesFox17all 560 news articles »
|GR nonprofit builds 1,100 bikes for local youthsWOODTV.com / 1 d. 12 h. 14 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Over 1,000 bicycles were built by 250 volunteers to be given away to children in a West Michigan neighborhood. Elves & More is a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit is in its 13th year of building bicycles for children. The organization hosted its annual “build day” Saturday to put the bikes together before giving them to children in West Michigan. The organization aims to give hope to children ages 3 to 16 with the donation. All the bikes will be donated on Dec. 24 to a neighborhood that has only been revealed to organizers helping with the delivery. Local police and fire departments will escort the delivery vehicles to the location. In the last 12 years, Elves & More of West Michigan has provided 14,000 new bikes and helmets in addition to 5,000 treasure bags of toys and needed items in 10 Grand Rapids neighborhoods. To learn more about Elves & More, visit its website.
|Cancer patients grateful for 'blessing and gift' from Santa Claus GirlsMLive.com / 1 d. 15 h. 24 min. ago more|
Steve and his wife, Nikki, 40, were recipients of the Grand Rapids-based charitable giving organization, which brightened the morning for 12-year-old Sofia and 8-year-old Gio.
|Prime minister must overhaul Royal NZ Ballet board, says former chairmanGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 15 h. 43 min. ago more|
Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers Tonia Looker as Titania and Harry Skinner as Bottom in A Midsummer's Dream. Skinner is one of the dancers to have left.
|3 awards shows how hard Herman Miller works to be inclusiveMLive.com / 1 d. 16 h. 31 min. ago more|
The furniture maker received awards for recruiting military veterans, growing its minority supply chain and creating an equitable workplace.
|'Too late,' union says to chief's clarification about girl being handcuffedMLive.com / 1 d. 17 h. 22 min. ago more|
Honestie Hodges was detained Dec. 6
|125 years of beer in Grand Rapids is a reason to celebrateMLive.com / 1 d. 18 h. 52 min. ago more|
It's a big party at Grand Rapids Brewing Company.
|125 years of beer in Grand Rapids is a reason to celebrate - MLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 18 h. 52 min. ago more|
MLive.com125 years of beer in Grand Rapids is a reason to celebrateMLive.comGrand Rapids Brewing Company's flagship beer was their Silver Foam, a light lager that became their best selling beer. The Silver Foam is still on tap at GRBC, albeit with a new take on this classic style. GRBC describes the beer as a lightly ...and more »
|Young woman dies after police find her with lacerations, husband in custodyMLive.com / 1 d. 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
Police responded Friday, Dec. 15 to a Kentwood address
|Everything inside the Eminem pop-up shop and mom's spaghetti dinerMLive Entertainment / 1 d. 19 h. 50 min. ago more|
Eminem made a surprise visit to his Detroit pop-up shop as he celebrates the release of his ninth album "Revival." The shop is filled with "Revival" merchandise and a mom's spaghetti diner with items inspired by the movie "8 Mile." Here is everything inside the pop-up located at The Shelter.
|$1.19M log-clad home offers rustic luxury on inland lakeMLive.com / 1 d. 20 h. 24 min. ago more|
Though it was built in 2005 as a conventional "stick-built" house, the exterior and interior have been sided with logs to resemble a mountain hunting lodge.
|Bringing Robotics into the Cath Lab to Protect PhysiciansGrand Rapids News / 1 d. 20 h. 30 min. ago more|
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a common procedure used to treat patients with obstructive coronary artery disease, with an estimated 600,000 procedures performed annually in the United States. PCI has a low risk of complications for patients, but that's not the case for clinicians.
|All 9 'Star Wars' movies, ranked from worst to bestMLive Entertainment / 1 d. 21 h. 2 min. ago more|
The newest entry, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," lands in a possibly controversial spot.
|A look back on 12 months that saw Islamophobia reach record levels in MichiganGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 1 h. 22 min. ago more|
A February Sterling Heights city council meeting over approving a federal consent agreement involving a mosque was so contentious the auditorium had to be cleared. Astute political observers will recall that President George W. Bush, less than a week after Sept.
|Grand Rapids breaks ground on $38 million biodigester sludge treatment centerGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 6 h. 24 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids broke ground on the $38 million dollar biodigester sludge treatment system that could help Grand Rapids reach sustainability goals. "It's creative ideas like this that will help us get to renewable energy goals, but also be a positive force on the environment," Bliss said.
|Michigan State Police to construct $57M Walker postGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 6 h. 24 min. ago more|
Michigan State Police have received a green light to move forward with a plan for a new $57-million West Michigan headquarters and forensic facility in Walker. The 100,308-square-foot building, located centrally between Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, will house both the Michigan State Police Sixth District Headquarters and the Grand Rapids Forensic Laboratory.
|GRPD union on chief’s new remarks: ‘Too late, still no trust’WOODTV.com / 2 d. 8 h. 39 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The union that represents the rank and file officers of the Grand Rapids Police Department posted a strong rebuke to the police chief’s statements surrounding the handcuffing of an 11-year-old girl. The Facebook post came after the police chief made comments about the handling of an incident where a child was handcuffed as officers searched for an attempted homicide suspect. Chief David Rahinsky said the screams of the little girl being cuffed made him nauseous. He called the officers’ actions inappropriate that night. “The men and women of the GRPOA are nauseated as well on how the chief handled this,” read a posting on the union’s Facebook page. A page administrator changed the account’s profile picture to an individual being thrown under a bus earlier this week. “His statements in the news conference have caused unrepairable damage. He can no longer be considered a leader we can trust.” The comment was written in a post sharing a 24 Hour News 8 story from Wednesday in which retired police officer Mike Ellis publicly condemned the chief’s remarks. “Well said Mr. Ellis,” the post began. “Thanks for sharing your opinion and for your many years of service to West Michigan.” A Facebook post by the Grand Rapids Police Officer’s Association from Dec. 13, 2017. Another high ranking officer in the department has also apparently gone public against the chief’s remarks. A post on a page entitled “Friends of GRCops” was attributed to Grand Rapids Police Capt. Mike Maycroft who leads the union for the department’s command officers. “We, as a department, are taking it on the chin unfairly and without the whole story being told. My prayers for my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement is that they continue to stay focused, stay safe, and rely on the excellent training they receive here at GRPD,” the post read. “The same officers being vilified and unfairly critiqued in the media ad nauseum would lay down their life for any one of their detractors if in the performance of their duties it was required. That is a fact and a point that can never be lost on the public we serve.” The post featured a photo of the wall inside the police department that honors officers who died in the line of duty. On Friday, Rahinsky addressed the media again on the matter as he released more video from the night the girl was handcuffed. In his latest remarks, he called the efforts of the officers that night “good police work” while still maintaining his concerns about the 11-year-old girl being handcuffed. Rahinsky has said he did not intend his remarks to show a lack of support for his officers. GRPOA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the chief’s latest statements but posted a brief comment late Friday night. “Too late,” the Facebook post said. The page linked to the story about the chief’s new comments. “Not buying it. Still no trust.” The posting on the GRPOA page was shared several times with one retired officer making his displeasure known with a bold suggestion. Ed Hillyer worked for GRPD from 1978 to 2005, according to his Facebook page. “It may very well be a time for a vote of no confidence with this chief,” he wrote.
|No, we should not have handcuffed that innocent 11-year-old Black girl, Michigan police chief saysGrand Rapids News / 2 d. 9 h. 14 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids police were already under criticism for a similar encounter in March when officers held five innocent teenagers at gunpoint. The police officers swarmed the house in Grand Rapids, Mich., from the rear.
|GRPD chief clarifies initial reaction after girl, 11, cuffedWOODTV.com / 2 d. 9 h. 23 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids’ police chief is clarifying statements he made about an incident involving officers handcuffing an 11-year-old girl and is releasing more video from that night. On Friday, Chief David Rahinsky discussed an incident in which Honestie Hodges was detained and thrown into the back of a squad car on Dec. 6 while police were responding to an attempted homicide call. Tuesday, Rahinsky released a small clip of body cam video from the incident and said he was “nauseated” by what he saw in it. But some officers spoke out that they felt their boss did not have their backs. The chief said Friday that extended video gives more perspective on what happened when the officers realized what going on amid the chaos, and clarified his position on what happened. “What I need to make sure I do is be real clear when I make statements that what I see there is a lot of good police work, what I see is a heart for service that goes out every day. But I also see an 11-year-old girl in distress. What I asked of myself as the chief of this department, ’How can I confirm 99 percent of good police work I see there but maybe end up with a result that’s slightly different that doesn’t put a young girl through what she went through?’ So that’s the challenge,” he said.
|MI Thespian Festival comes to GR for first timeWOODTV.com / 2 d. 10 h. 24 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time, the Michigan Thespian Festival is taking place in Grand Rapids. The festival is the largest annual theater event in the state and offers 1,500 high school students an opportunity to take part in workshops, performances and other activities. Participants can also audition for scholarships at 30 colleges and network with industry professionals. At the 2016 Michigan Thespian Festival, over $5 million in scholarships were given to students, Avery said. “To be able to come together and network with other kids who feel the same way they do about theater,” said Todd Avery, Director of the Michigan Thespian Festival and theater director at Jenison High School. All the festival’s participants share a passion for the stage. “Part of it is the audience (and) hearing their reaction,” said Fowlerville High School senior Natalie Chandler. “Hearing that they’re like, helping them for a moment is really cool.” Theater is a tough business to break into, with odds as difficult to overcome as some of the moves in a scene. But for many of these students, that passion for the stage ignites can guide their future regardless of where life takes them. “Maybe it’s not on stage, maybe it’s not backstage,” Avery said. “But you can bring that same passion and confidence to a doctor to being a teacher to being a social worker.” The festival concludes Saturday at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.
|Police Chief Says Officers Handcuffing an 11-Year-Old Girl Made Him 'Physically Nauseous' - TIMEGoogle News / 2 d. 10 h. 48 min. ago more|
TIMEPolice Chief Says Officers Handcuffing an 11-Year-Old Girl Made Him 'Physically Nauseous'TIMEA Michigan police department has come under intense scrutiny after body camera footage showed officers handcuffing a shrieking 11-year-old girl while searching for a 40-year-old woman suspected of stabbing a relative. Grand Rapids police chief David ...EB I-196 closed in Grand Rapids due to crashMLive.comHandcuffing 11-Year-Old Girl Was a Mistake, Police Chief SaysNew York TimesGrand Rapids Police Chief Says Officers Should Not Have Handcuffed an 11-Year-Old GirlJezebelWLNS -Detroit Free Press -WOODTV.com -WOODTV.comall 37 news articles »
|LMCU suspends relationship with Carter Oosterhouse after allegationWOODTV.com / 2 d. 10 h. 52 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A local credit union has suspended its marketing relationship with TV host Carter Oosterhouse following an allegation of sexual misconduct. Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the suspension Friday afternoon after an article was published on hollywoodreporter.com about an allegation made by a makeup artist who worked with Oosterhouse, a Traverse City native, in 2008. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the makeup artist, Kailey Kaminsky, alleges Oosterhouse coerced her into sex acts while they were working together on “Carter Can,” a lifestyle show on HGTV. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Oosterhouse acknowledged the relationship but said it was “100 percent mutual” according to the article. Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Lake Michigan Credit Union released the following statement: “We take the accusations brought forth against Carter very seriously. In our dealings with Carter, we never witnessed any type of behavior suggested in the allegations and have found him to be a person of character. Lake Michigan Credit Union has a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of harassment committed by or on our employees or our representatives. LMCU is surprised at the allegations brought forth. At this time we’ve made the decision to suspend our marketing relationship pending further investigation into this matter.” A section about Oosterhouse has been removed from the credit union’s website. A LMCU spokesman says it hasn’t yet been determined what will happen to marketing billboards depicting Oosterhouse. Oosterhouse gained fame in 2004 when he first appeared on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” as a carpenter. He’s currently a co-host on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
|Registration open for 2018’s 5/3 River Bank RunWOODTV.com / 2 d. 13 h. 34 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – While race day is still about five months away, registration has opened up for 2018’s Fifth Third River Bank Run. The 41st River Bank Run, which takes place on May 12, is the country’s largest 25K race. It also includes 5K and 10K events. Registration is currently available online. To register, visit Fifth Third River Bank Run’s signup site. >>Photos: Fifth Third River Bank Run 2017 For more information on the race, including training plans and race day details, go to fifththirdriverbankrun.rsuparnter.com. WOOD TV8 is the broadcast partner of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. On race morning, tune in to WOOD TV8 to watch live race coverage.
|38 rustic winter rentals in Michigan, from river cabins to snowy yurtsMLive Entertainment / 2 d. 14 h. 27 min. ago more|
Get cozy on the cheap at one of these state park escapes.
|3 places to play in snow in West Michigan as winter sports beginMLive Entertainment / 2 d. 14 h. 47 min. ago more|
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|Catalyst Radio: Discussing conservation in West MichiganThe Rapidian / 2 d. 15 h. 1 min. ago more|
The West Michigan Conservation Network (WMCN) is a partnership of environmental groups, educational institutions, governmental organizations, and private citizens working together to conserve and enhance our natural communities.
|In Season: December 16, 2017The Rapidian / 2 d. 18 h. ago more|
A list of locally grown fruits and vegetables along with locally produced products available at your local farmers markets.
|Grand Rapids breaks ground on $38 million biodigester sludge treatment center - Michigan RadioGoogle News / 2 d. 20 h. 13 min. ago more|
Michigan RadioGrand Rapids breaks ground on $38 million biodigester sludge treatment centerMichigan RadioGrand Rapids broke ground on the $38 million dollar biodigester sludge treatment system that could help Grand Rapids reach sustainability goals. A biodigester is like a mechanical stomach. It takes in organic waste and converts it to renewable energy ...and more »
|Judge allows fired cop to dig deeper into 'non-recorded' police phone lineGrand Rapids News / 3 d. 5 h. 35 min. ago more|
Lawsuits between the city of Grand Rapids, its police unions and a fired police officer over a "non-recorded" phone line in the police department are no closer to resolution. A federal judge on Thursday, Dec. 14, granted fired Grand Rapids police Lt.
|Betsy DeVos Exercises Her Freedom of $peechGrand Rapids News / 3 d. 7 h. 41 min. ago more|
The Supreme Court has decided money is a form of speech. In that spirit, let's see how Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks about education when she's off the clock by looking at some of the money the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation doled out in 2016.
|Experts predict bright future for W. MI economyWOODTV.com / 3 d. 9 h. 18 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The financial picture for 2018 is looking bright in West Michigan. During The Right Place annual economic outlook event Thursday, it was announced the economy is expected to grow again after several years of positive growth. West Michigan has had one of the most active economies in the last several years, and that trend should continue. However, the area is lacking an important part of expanding the economy: talented employees to fill positions. “Manufacturers tell us what we would make more product, we would buy more machinery,” said Tim Mroz, vice president of marketing at The Right Place. “We would expand but we can’t find the talent to run the machinery.”
|12 Michigan treats you haven't tried but shouldMLive Entertainment / 3 d. 9 h. 41 min. ago more|
Your breakfast just isn't complete without thimbleberry jam and maple cream.
|Leaders promise new GR biodigester won’t stinkWOODTV.com / 3 d. 9 h. 44 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — City officials broke ground Thursday on a new biodigester system that they said will equip Grand Rapids to handle the expanding amount of waste that comes with a growing city. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and City Commissioners Joe Jones and Ruth Kelly were among the dignitaries gathered for the ceremony Thursday afternoon. The plans are expected to become reality next year. A rendering of a planned biodigester in Grand Rapids. The $38 million project will be built near the city’s wastewater treatment plant along Market Avenue near I-196. The biodigester’s process creates energy that the city says it will use for electricity. The city has partnered with Founders Brewing Company and a pipeline will be built to route waste from the beer-making process directly to the facility. Without an improved plan to deal with waste, Founders leaders said they would have been forced to expand elsewhere. “This is actually pretty critical for our organization,” Brad Stevenson, chief production officer at Founders Brewing said. “Having a solution right here that let us keep growing right in downtown Grand Rapids was critical.” Bliss said the city had to do something when it comes to dealing with the waste as the area continues to grow. “At some point you do have to look at capacity of your current facility. We’re kind of at this crossroads, we had to look at: Do we build additional capacity or do we figure out a different way to manage the waste,” Bliss said. Mike Lunn, manager of the city’s environmental services division, said the number one question he gets pertains to a high-profile West Michigan biodigester in Lowell that became infamous for emitting a terrible smell. That biodigester was ultimately forced to shut down. The one in Grand Rapids, Lunn promised, won’t stink. “There’s thousands of them across the U.S. with no odors and ours won’t have any, either,” Lunn said. “It won’t happen in Grand Rapids.”
|Mark Wahlberg to visit Detroit-area Meijer stores FridayMLive Entertainment / 3 d. 9 h. 54 min. ago more|
Actor and Wahlburgers co-founder Mark Wahlberg is expected to make two appearances in Metro Detroit on Friday morning.
|Foster family welcomes daughter home during Adoption DayWOODTV.com / 3 d. 9 h. 54 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Smiles painted the faces of hundreds of people inside the Kent County Courthouse Thursday. The holiday happiness blossomed for the county’s annual adoption day. It’s a big deal for the kids who were forced into foster care following situations of neglect or abuse. Courthouse officials told 24 Hour News 8 more than 20 children are now in permanent homes. Lilya Carr, 2, was one of those kids. She spent 808 days in foster care waiting for her adoption to be official. However, her relationship with parents Renee and James is nothing new. They have fostered her since she was three months old. They told Judge Kathleen Feeny when things didn’t work out for Lilya to return to her biological parents, the next decision was a piece of cake. “Sometimes things choose you,” James Carr said. “Renee and I weren’t looking to grow our family when Lilya came into our lives, but make no mistake, Lilya chose us.” She is their third child, but her older sisters didn’t need a ceremony to know their sisterhood was real. “They call each other real sisters because they just… this is their family,” Renee said. The trio will now be sisters for life. “Everybody just kind of fits in. They’re sisters,” James added. After a long journey to get here, her parents look forward to what lies ahead. “I couldn’t be more honored, humbled, and proud every time I come home and she yells ‘daddy.'” James told the judge. “She’s the first at the door greeting me with a hug. Life without Lilya was not an option for me.”
|GRPD officers make donation to toy driveWOODTV.com / 3 d. 10 h. 59 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police officers took part in the season of giving Thursday. Several officers met up at a Grand Rapids Meijer and purchased toys to donate to a Grand Rapids radio station’s “Stuff-A-Bus” campaign. The officers bought the gifts using their own money and were able to purchase more toys thanks to the donation of a $100 gift card from the store manager at the Meijer at 28th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. The Grand Rapids Fire Department has also donated to the cause.
|Grand Rapids closes Mt. Vernon Ave. for studyWOODTV.com / 3 d. 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Grand Rapids is shutting down a stretch of road through Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus until the spring. Starting Saturday, Mt. Vernon Avenue will be blocked off from W. Fulton Street south to Watson Street. The closure is expected to remain in effect until May. You’ll be able to get to the GVSU parking lots off Mt. Vernon from Front Street or from Watson Street via Winter Avenue. The closure is part of a study that aims to provide information about campus planning and transportation. The goal is that it will make it easier to get between GVSU buildings and walk and cycle near the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Fulton, which will be a major stop for the bus rapid transit Laker Line. That line is not yet up and running. The city will be collecting public comment on the closure later.
|Vets surprised with special wheelchairs for ChristmasWOODTV.com / 3 d. 12 h. 3 min. ago more|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The magic of the holiday season can be a gift in itself. But residents at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans learned that when you add a surprise necessity under the tree, that magic becomes a feeling; a comfort from those who care. “They don’t have anything. Being here at the vets home, people seem to think that everything is provided for everybody. That’s not true, they have a roof over their head, they have medical care, they got a place to sleep, they got three meals a day,” David Reese said. Reese, who was in the military during the Vietnam era, is a member of the AMVET VFW in Newaygo, where he serves his fellow veterans. “Things that are extra, things that are special, they deserve them — they’re veterans. But they don’t have the income, they don’t have the finances,” Reese said. So this year, Reese called up the veterans home and asked what his friends needed. The home had just bought some specialized wheelchairs. The chairs’ seats and backs are padded, and the backs recline and allow veterans to rock back and forth. But there were only five and the home had more veterans who could use one. “They’re $2,000 apiece. You can’t run out and buy one,” Reese said. Reese got together with members of his AMVET VFW and they fundraised. They threw cornhole tournaments and made phone calls. An effort he thought wouldn’t happen by Christmas started to pick up support. After just five weeks, they began to start ordering their chairs. “The harder you work, the more you get out of working,” Reese said. “And so we worked really hard at contacting people and soliciting for donations and telling people what this was and who it’s for.” When Reese stood in front of a microphone at the veterans home Thursday to announce the donation of six new chairs, jaws dropped. Photo: 24 Hour News 8 photojournalist Ron Swanson captures images of one of the wheelchairs. (Dec. 14, 2017) The fundraising efforts of Reese and his 50 or so volunteers also brought in an extra $4,000. They used that money to purchase items off of the home’s Christmas wish list — items veterans ask for. “They had this huge list of things that they need and not just socks, underwear and hats, but AM/FM radios with a clock in it, DVD players, puzzles, games, all kinds of different things,” Reese said. His passion stems from his desire to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for their countrymen. He’s fueled by an urge to let veterans know they’re not forgotten and they will be taken care of. “When you’re sitting all alone at Christmas time and you got no relatives around you, you got nothing to let you know that there’s a giving season going on, you feel pretty much all alone and people have forgotten you,” Reese said. “Well, I’m here to tell you, no one’s forgotten about them.” During the holiday season, his reason to give is as extraordinary as the season itself. “They really need to have somebody come in here and say yeah, we know you’re here,” he continued. “We love you, we honor you, we respect you and we want you to feel good about being alive and being taken care of and so we want to take care of you even better. “
|Grand Rapids Children's Museum breaks barriers between play and learningThe Rapidian / 3 d. 14 h. 5 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids Children's Museum offers hands-on experiences to encourage exploration and learning-through-play
|Open the Door: The art of placemakingThe Rapidian / 3 d. 15 h. 5 min. ago more|
From creating your own business to living in the same place you work, millennials are shifting the way we view placemaking and the arts.
|Disney adds 'X-Men,' 'Simpsons' to fold after $52.4B acquisition of 21st Century FoxMLive Entertainment / 3 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
This means that properties such as "X-Men," "Avatar," "The Fantastic Four," "Deadpool" and even "The Simpsons" is now a part of Disney's -- and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's -- portfolio.
|Red pandas to get renovated digs at Detroit ZooMLive Entertainment / 3 d. 19 h. 54 min. ago more|
The three red pandas who call the Detroit Zoo home are getting a new and improved exhibit that will also provide a better viewing experience.
|T-Mobile says it will launch a streaming TV service sometime in 2019MLive Entertainment / 4 d. 14 h. 8 min. ago more|
As for Layer3 TV, the company operates in five U.S. cities by integrating television, streaming online content and social media, according to T-Mobile. The company did not announce how much the service would cost, what exactly would be available or when it would launch.
|Family traumatized after bail bondsman break-in, no police protectionThe Rapidian / 4 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
Maynard DeGarmo of Raspberry Bail Bonds and three others forcibly entered the Wilkerson home on Eastern Avenue at around 7:30 the night of December 8, 2017 traumatizing the children within.
|Jeezy Unveils Cold Summer Tour Dates With Tee GrizzleyGrand Rapids News / 4 d. 23 h. 7 min. ago more|
On Monday Jizzle unveiled the dates for his upcoming Cold Summer Tour launching in Feb. 2018. The tour is named after his Pressure cut "Cold Summers," featuring Detroit native Tee Grizzley, who will serve as the special guest for the 31-city jaunt.
|Santa Claus Girls: Delivering happy memoriesGrand Rapids News / 5 d. 2 h. 59 min. ago more|
With her father laid off and things looking bleak, Tracee VanDonger figured her family was in for a not-so-merry Christmas one year in the early 1980s, when she was in middle school. But then some kind folks showed up at their Rockford door delivering presents for VanDonger and her two younger siblings.
|Russo's to reopen after outside fire closes marketGrand Rapids News / 5 d. 6 h. 57 min. ago more|
The Grand Rapids firefighters quickly doused the fire that consumed a shed next to the store, at 2770 29th St SE.
|Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concernsThe Rapidian / 5 d. 11 h. 12 min. ago more|
Being poor should not be a crime. Banning panhandling for any amount of time criminalizes poverty and encourage police officers to hassle the poor and homeless.
|Discovery Steps Into 'The Interrogation Room' For New Crime SeriesGrand Rapids News / 5 d. 11 h. 38 min. ago more|
EXCLUSIVE: Discovery is looking to take a different angle when it comes to real-life criminal investigations. In their new series, The Interrogation Room , the viewer is placed right where the investigation begins: the titular interrogation room.
|Grand Rapids Symphony's Holiday Pops are homegrown fun for a hometown audienceThe Rapidian / 5 d. 13 h. 34 min. ago more|
Grand Rapids Symphony's Wolverine Worldwide Pops, a holiday tradition in West Michigan, celebrates the season in song with local artists and entertainers performing for a hometown audience.
|This holiday, support incarcerated folks by joining Season For SolidarityThe Rapidian / 5 d. 14 h. 3 min. ago more|
Join us this Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational UCC, 4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508, at A Season for Solidarity.
|Grand Rapids Symphony brings conductor, guest singer to create spirit of the seasonMLive Entertainment / 5 d. 14 h. 23 min. ago more|
This Thursday through Sunday, the Symphony shows off its commitment to excellence--and fun--with their annual Holiday Pops tradition.
|Open Projector Night Spotlight from UICA: Jose Jimenez, People's Choice Award winnerThe Rapidian / 5 d. 15 h. 33 min. ago more|
Jose Jimenez short film Dreamer is the most recent Open Projector Night Peoples' Choice Award Winner. UICA sat down with the filmmaker to learn more about his work, inspiration, and future projects
|Review: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is a cinematic forceMLive Entertainment / 5 d. 15 h. 53 min. ago more|
Rey. Luke. Dark Side. Light side. Lightsaber battles. Droids. Porgs. What more could you want?
|Concerts Under the Stars returns to Grand Rapids Public Museum's Chaffee PlanetariumThe Rapidian / 5 d. 16 h. 34 min. ago more|
Live concerts begin on January 18, 2018 and will be held through April, 2018, with five concerts total. Visitors can sit back and experience the wonder of the cosmos and the wonder of music to five different performances featuring pop, jazz, folk and rock sounds.
|Ethics and Religion Talk: Is sex in virtual reality cheating? Part 1The Rapidian / 6 d. 16 h. 40 min. ago more|
John asks, Does virtual reality sex constitute cheating? A recent New York Times article, Virtual Reality Gets Naughty, discusses this issue in detail.
|ATU members approve new contractThe Rapidian / 9 d. 10 h. 6 min. ago more|
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 which represents most of The Rapid's bus drivers and mechanics voted in favor of a new contract to settle a long dispute with The Rapid.
|In Season: December 9, 2017The Rapidian / 9 d. 12 h. 46 min. ago more|
A list of locally grown fruits and vegetables along with locally produced products available at your local farmers markets.
|Catalyst Radio: Host Jessica Gladden talks mental health education with Be NiceThe Rapidian / 9 d. 13 h. 38 min. ago more|
Host Jessica Gladden speaks with Kristy Buck from the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan about Be Nice.
|Editorial: New administrator of Grand Rapids Home for Veterans must build on progressMLive Opinion / 14 d. 19 h. 54 min. ago more|
Tracey Nelson, former administrator of MediLodge of Capital Area, was hired as the new administrator for the Grand Rapids Veterans Home and will start on Monday, Dec. 4.
|Editorial: Wolverine should pay to extend safe drinking water to familiesMLive Opinion / 49 d. 19 h. 24 min. ago more|
Wolverine World Wide is in negotiations with Plainfield Charter Township over funding a project to extend municipal water to families whose wells were contaminated by a dumpsite.
|Is Wolverine doing enough to deal with its dumped tannery waste?MLive Opinion / 68 d. 19 h. 54 min. ago more|
Hazardous chemicals from a long-forgotten Wolverine Worldwide tannery were discovered this year in residential drinking water wells.
|Should we really have a holiday praising Christopher Columbus?MLive Opinion / 69 d. 17 h. 9 min. ago more|
Keep Columbus Day or end it? Register your vote.
|Release of cops' recordings was a victory for the people, not just the pressMLive Opinion / 94 d. 15 h. 34 min. ago more|
Asserting the public's rights under the FOIA law can be a long, contentious and expensive path. This one was worth the fight.