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  • Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated after arranging sex with man online (craigslist)

    07/23/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 21, 2014 | no byline
    A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday. The police chief in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, said that 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. She was eight months pregnant. Chief James Carmody says her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, 25, was found decapitated in a park a day earlier. His head hasn't been found... Police got a search warrant for (31-year-old Brady) Oestrike's home, and...
  • Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface

    04/17/2014 10:08:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The P20 Pyramid project in Grand Rapids has been characterized as a "mystery project" due to the lack of details about it. But Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township, says the story behind his effort to get state funding for the project is neither unusual nor mysterious. "I saw a project that was very close to my community that had time sensitivity concerning donors' decisions," he said. "I believed and still believe it can be a very important project." On that basis, he sought $5.5 million in state funding for the project as a line item in Senate Bill 608, a...
  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • 'We're not bad people,' say open-carry advocates during march through Grand Rapids

    03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-2-2014 | Garrett Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you were in the vicinity of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE on Sunday around noon, chances are good you saw lots of people walking down the sidewalk carrying pistols strapped to their hips.That was the point, say a vocal group of gun owners who marched with openly visible pistols though Northeast Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 2, a year after a man who is now suing the city was detained by police for doing something similar.“We’re trying to take concealed weapons out of the closet and into the open,” said Ryan Adams, a regional...
  • MI:Video Released in Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit

    01/10/2014 3:49:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, the issue of whether Grand Rapids police were harassing a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, or if the police were justified in their actions, was discussed.   Much depended on what was shown in the dashcam video, which at least one city supporter questioned the existence of.  From the article comments: The city supporter wrote: "Umm, no one is taking Tim's comments as to a secret video that only he has seen seriously." From my reading of the comments, Tim Beahan, who used his real name, never said the video was secret or that...
  • MI:Lawsuit says Open Carry is Political Speech, Police Knew Carry was Legal

    12/31/2013 11:12:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carrier in Arizona at Political Rally I have often made the case that openly carrying guns is political speech of the first order.   Criminals almost never openly carry, because they do not want to draw attention to themselves.   Police virtually always know that open carriers are engaged in political activism.  An open carrier who had a loaded gun pointed at him by Grand Rapids Police, when the police knew that he was not breaking any law, has filed a lawsuit charging violation of his rights on first, second,  and fourth amendment grounds.  From the complaint:  38. Plaintiff's act of...
  • MI: Open Carry Lawsuit; Police Report or Dashcam Video?

    12/24/2013 3:15:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carrier With Revolver Johann Deffert is suing the Grand Rapids Police for their treatment when he was stopped while openly carrying a handgun.  Now, two versions of events are being put forward.   In the official police version, as reported in “Deffert was alone, and was loudly talking to himself,” Moe wrote. “Based on the area, and Deffert’s unusual behavior, R/O (responding officer) was concerned Deffert may have mental issues and was about to commit a violent crime. The responding officer then elaborates: He secured Deffert in handcuffs. He then secured a .40- or .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • MI:Man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills robber in double-shooting, Grand Rapids

    11/04/2013 6:37:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 1 November, 2013 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man with a concealed-weapons permit shot and killed an alleged robber in an incident outside of a New York Fried Chicken restaurant that ultimately left two men dead, investigators said Thursday. The two related shootings occurred around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at 734 S. Division Ave. One of the people killed was the robbery suspect, police have said. His name has not been released. Family members have identified Domnick Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, as the second victim at the shooting scene. They said that police told them that Floyd was picked out for robbery...
  • Why Grand Rapids Resident Tom Lee Says FBI Owes Him $25 Million for Osama bin Laden's Capture

    11/03/2013 4:23:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | November 03, 2013
    In 2003, eight years before Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says he told federal investigators exactly where to find the world’s most wanted terrorist. That should qualify Lee for the $25 million award being offered for the successful capture of bin Laden, according to a letter his lawyers have sent to Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James B. Comey. “It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years,” Lee said...
  • [WATCH] Justice In Action: An Amazing Story Of Personal Responsibility and a Citizen Arrest

    09/21/2013 3:24:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | september 21, 2013 | Corey Pepple
    Three men in Grand Rapids, Michigan, worked as a team to restrain a female purse-snatching suspect while waiting for police to arrive. The men wrestled the suspect to the ground and held her there while good Samaritans comforted the injured victim. In an attempt to free herself, the suspect appears to bite one of the men restraining her, prompting him to hit her. The suspect was stopped by a Jimmy John’s delivery worker, and the men in the video helped detain the suspect. Meanwhile, a group of people came to the aid of the 75-year-old victim, Evelyn Searl, who had...
  • Three Men In Grand Rapids, Mich., Worked Together To Detain A Female Purse-Snatching Suspect....

    09/18/2013 4:15:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    michael berry ^ | michael berry
    FULL TITLE: Three Men In Grand Rapids, Mich., Worked Together To Detain A Female Purse-Snatching Suspect Until Police Could Arrive. video only
  • Purse thief held down, punched in the face for biting during citizens arrest (video)

    09/18/2013 3:21:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    M.Live ^ | M.Live
    Video Linky Here Purse snatcher got more than she bargained for....Happened in Grand Rapids...
  • Bus driver error results in detention of 50 Mexican immigrants at Canadian border

    07/28/2013 3:34:34 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 37 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT — The bus driver made a mistake; there was no turning back. Fifty Mexican immigrants, none of them documented citizens and only three with Green Cards, were on a bus from the Hispanic Center in Grand Rapids destined for the Mexican Consulate in Detroit Thursday when they found themselves unexpectedly under the scrutiny of Canadian border officials. Ariel Moutsatsos, the minister of press for the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C., says the bus driver "made the wrong decision" and inadvertently took the highway onto the the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. Once on the bridge, vehicles...
  • Woman killed, 2 hurt in GR shooting

    07/16/2013 7:19:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    WOOD ^ | July 14, 2013
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman was killed and two others were hospitalized after getting shot in Grand Rapids in the early hours of Sunday. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. outside of a home in the 300 block of Brown Street near Madison Avenue SE, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Shanetta Latrice Franklin, 26, was shot and killed. Family and friends said she has three children. "Now her kids ain't even got their mama no more, and I ain't even got my twin sister no more," Franklin's sister Lanetta said. "You all killed my sister for...
  • France Says it Owns Legendary Vessel (Court Case Over 17th Century Ship in Lake Michigan)

    02/02/2009 10:57:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1,597+ views
    The Mining Journal ^ | January 30, 2009 | JOHN FLESHER
    TRAVERSE CITY - The French government says it still owns the Griffin, a 17th century ship built by legendary explorer La Salle that may have been discovered in northern Lake Michigan. France filed a claim to the vessel Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, escalating a legal battle over who owns and has authority to retrieve artifacts from the long-lost vessel. Michigan also is seeking title, although state officials have raised doubts about whether the Griffin's gravesite actually has been found. They say federal law gives the state ownership of abandoned vessels embedded in its Great Lakes bottomlands....
  • Oldest known copy of the Ten Commandments arrives in Alabama for display.

    01/06/2005 8:59:30 AM PST · by missyme · 1 replies · 496+ views
    Religion News ^ | Jan 6th, 2005
    If Alabamians got excited about former Chief Justice Roy Moore's granite monument of the Ten Commandments, imagine how they'll react when the world's oldest known copy of the Ten Commandments arrives in Alabama for display. The parchment from the Dead Sea Scrolls contains a complete handwritten Hebrew text of the commandments dated to within 30 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It will be part of a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit that starts Jan. 20 and ends April 24 at the Gulf Coast Exploreum in downtown Mobile. The exhibit will feature 12 scrolls from the Israel Antiquities Authority,...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent:
  • Hilarious moment cat jumped on TV news reporter during live broadcast

    07/07/2012 10:01:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-7-12 | Christine Snow
    A cat spooked a television reporter when it jumped on the woman's back as she did a live shot in front of a camera for a local newscast. Nicole DiDonato, a morning reporter for Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, did a live report on Thursday about the day's happenings following the Fourth of July when a gray cat sneaked up from behind and jumped on the journalist's shoulder. Ms DiDonato continued to finish her report before she broke out into laughter as the cat remained on her left shoulder the entire time. Video at source. Cat episode starts at...
  • Michigan Republicans welcome state Rep. Roy Schmidt to the GOP after he leaves Democrats

    05/15/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies ^ | 5/15/12 | Nate Reens
    GRAND RAPIDS – Roy Schmidt’s filing deadline switch to the Republican party has been immediately embraced by GOP colleagues who credited the now-former Democrat from Grand Rapids with aligning for the people he represents and not a party platform. Schmidt, who served for 16 years on the nonpartisan Grand Rapids City Commission, said in a statement that his ideals and priorities remain the same. “I am a moderate dedicated as ever to representing the people of Grand Rapids, and will always fight for improving education, public safety and protecting children,” Schmidt said. He was not available for interviews on the...
  • Media censored seven hate crime mob attacks in Grand Rapids

    04/14/2012 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 120 replies
    Charleston Conservative Examiner ^ | April 13, 2012 | Kyle Rogers
    You didn't hear about this is the media, but on the weekend of March 24th and March 25th at least seven white people were brutally beaten by mobs of blacks in Grand Rapids, MI. Five of the victims filed police reports. At least two other victims exist, and there are probably others. The local media has refused to report the cruel attacks and the authorities are resisting any serious charges. I talked with one of the victims, 37 year old Jacob Palasek. He is a full time student and does computer work part time. He was attacked by a wolf...
  • Activists denounce FBI probe revealed by papers

    06/23/2011 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2011 | AMY FORLITI

    MINNEAPOLIS – When Meredith Aby met with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2006, she asked what it would take to get them to stop fighting. Jess Sundin did the same during her trip to Colombia 11 years ago. They returned and openly wrote and spoke about their experiences, while criticizing the U.S. government’s involvement in that country. FBI documents recently found by the anti-war activists suggest the trips may have started an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. One document says the probe expanded to include...
  • Westboro Baptist Church...Targets Betty Ford's Funeral (MI)

    07/10/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Kieri · 19 replies
    MLive - Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/10/2011 | Garret Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS -- The Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for twisting scripture to justify persecution of homosexuals and picketing at funerals -- have announced their intent to protest this week's memorial services honoring former first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. On the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, the fringe group said they will picket services on Thursday because Ford divorced her first husband William Warren prior marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex." The announcement declares the group's intent to picket...
  • Police: Michigan shootings suspect commits suicide

    07/07/2011 9:10:26 PM PDT · by quantim · 33 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jul 7, 11:51 PM EDT | TOM COYNE
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says the man suspected in seven Michigan shooting deaths has killed himself and two hostages he was holding are safe. Belk said 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler fatally shot himself inside a Grand Rapids home where here had been holding the hostages Thursday night. Dantzler had released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier in the evening. Two other hostages had remained in the home. A manhunt for Dantzler began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Belk says...
  • Photos, video from scenes of mass murder in Northeast Grand Rapids

    07/07/2011 4:24:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 403 replies ^ | Thursday, July 07, 2011 | Grand Rapids Press
    "Police are seeking suspect Rodrick Dantzler, 34, traveling in a tan Lincoln Town Car with license plate number BWK 2308".
  • Michigan's Prop. 2 ruled unconstitutional: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is thrilled

    07/03/2011 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Lattero · 31 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 7/1/2011 | Jim Harger
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Friday struck down Michigan's Proposal 2, the ban on the consideration of race and gender when hiring public employees or enrolling students at public colleges. The voter-approved constitutional amendments burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution, the court said in its 2-1 decision. The court said it violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, who had suggested the city challenge the amendment after it was passed, was exultant Friday upon hearing the news of the reversal. “Wow! Wow! Wow!” Heartwell said. “It confirms the belief that many of...
  • Sex Offender Dies in Cold After Being Denied From Shelter

    01/30/2009 5:05:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,579+ views ^ | January 30, 2009 | SCOTT MICHELS
    A homeless man found dead in the cold earlier this week in Michigan had been denied a place to stay in local homeless shelters because he was a sex offender, social workers said. The body of Thomas Pauli, 52, was found in the snow in an auto body salvage shop in Grand Rapids Monday. The results of an autopsy were not yet available. Homeless service staffers who have worked with Pauli said he has been denied a spot at local shelters because of a state law that bars sex offenders from staying within 1,000 feet of a school. It was...
  • The Grand Rapids LipDub (NEW WORLD RECORD)

    06/01/2011 7:18:35 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 26, 2011 | selfic
    Go to the link: Vunderbar!
  • Michigan Man Sentenced 48 Months for Attempting to Spy for the People’s Republic of China

    01/23/2011 4:52:04 AM PST · by Larry381 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | January 21, 2011 | U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON—Glenn Duffie Shriver, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady. On Oct. 22, 2010, Shriver pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to communicate national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it. “Mr. Shriver sold out his country...
  • No 'Christian' roommate for churchgoer- Complaint filed with Fair Housing Center

    10/21/2010 6:33:45 PM PDT · by earlJam · 93 replies
    WOOD TV ^ | 10/21/10
    No 'Christian' roommate for churchgoer Complaint filed with Fair Housing Center Updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2010, 5:51 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 21 Oct 2010, 5:51 PM EDT GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan filed a housing discrimination charge against a Grand Rapids woman who advertised for a Christian roommate on her church bulletin board. The 31-year-old woman's attorney, who works for the Alliance Defense Fund , said this is a blatant violation of her First Amendment right to freely associate. But Nancy Haynes of the Fair Housing Center told 24 Hour News 8...
  • Superintendent Wants to Use "EduJobs" Bailout Money for Health Insurance

    09/15/2010 7:31:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/14/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Grand Rapids Public School Superintendent Bernard Taylor wants to use money pitched by the Obama administration to halt teacher layoffs. But Taylor plans to use the cash to pay for health care costs for existing district employees. In August, the U.S. House of Representatives had a special session to approve a $26 billion jobs bill that the politicians said would save teachers from being laid off. At the time, some Republicans said it was a "giveaway to teachers' unions." Taylor said at a recent school board meeting that he would like to use the $3.5 million his district will receive...
  • 'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists

    06/03/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 28 replies · 1,317+ views
    M-Live ^ | 6/3/10 | Ted Roleofs
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday. "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror. "I'd do it again to save lives."
  • Grand Rapids all-time great bowler Marion Ladewig leaves behind lasting legacy

    04/17/2010 9:25:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies · 231+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | April 16, 2010 | Greg Johnson
    Marion Ladewig's legacy is reflected in yellowed newspaper clippings, record books, multiple halls of fame and in the memories of those who watched her win bowling's biggest national events and then provide color commentary on a popular local bowling television show... Ms. Ladewig, a lifelong Grand Rapids resident regarded internationally as the greatest woman bowler ever, died Friday of heart failure, her daughter LaVonne Vicari said. She was 95...
  • Palin book tour draws massive Michigan crowd

    11/18/2009 12:37:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies · 2,430+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2009 | Andrea Billups
    Talk about a political rock star. A crowd estimated at more than 1,500 already had lined up by mid-morning at a Grand Rapids, Mich., bookstore in advance of a 6 p.m. book signing by 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose book "Going Rogue" has already become a runaway bestseller -- one day after its release. Die-hard fans of the former Alaska governor traveled from all over the state and began setting up outside a Barnes & Noble store in the city's Woodland Mall at around 9 p.m. last night, hunkering down in 30-degree overnight temperatures to camp out...
  • Official Grand Rapids Palin Book Signing Thread

    11/18/2009 4:02:30 AM PST · by taildragger · 70 replies · 3,002+ views
    11/18/2009 | taildragger
    Folks, Post here if you are going, know someone who is going, have reports on the size of the crowds, or interaction with Gov. Palin. WWJ Radio Detroit this morning @ 5:00am noted people were already getting their wrist bands that early for the book signing in the evening.
  • Vigil Held for Sex Offender Who Died of Hypothermia

    03/23/2009 12:59:06 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 58 replies · 1,913+ views
    WWMT.Com ^ | March 22, 2009 - 2:07 PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night to mourn the death of Thomas Pauli.Authorities say he died of hypothermia in January after two downtown shelters wouldn't let him inside. The shelters say they were just abiding by the law.Pauli's past criminal record kept him out, the 52 year old man was a sex offender."The law states they can't reside within 1000 feet of a school," said Rev. Ralph Collins of Mel Trotter Ministries.Marge Palmerlee of Degage Ministries says it's the wording she'd like to see changed."Staying at a mission is not actually residing, it's just...

    12/08/2008 4:48:31 AM PST · by andrew roman · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 8 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    From the makers of "No More Red Pens in School" and "Don't Call Me Washington - Call Me Slave Owner," comes the newest creation from the fabled partnership of Sensitivity and Esteem (formerly Multiculturalism and McCartney) - the latest feel-good initiative from today's fraternity of whinycrat educators, called "No More Fs."In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new approach to handling failing high school students is being implemented - and even the Teachers union isn't sure about it. It involves the removal of the dreaded "F" grade from report cards in favor of a more accommodating (and less judgmental)"H" grade.School Superintendent Bernard...
  • GRPS gives failing students an H

    12/04/2008 6:13:35 AM PST · by Patrsup · 22 replies · 552+ views
    Wood TV ^ | 03 Dec 2008 | Tony Tagliavia
    When high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools fail a class this fall, they won't get an "F" or an "E" -- they'll get an "H." "An 'H' is a failing grade," district spokesman John Helmholdt told 24 Hour News 8. But that new failing grade comes with second chance -- students who get an "H" will be able to re-take the class or the part of it they failed the next semester.
  • Toys Stolen From Angel Tree Dropoffs

    12/04/2008 4:43:24 AM PST · by MaryFromMichigan · 11 replies · 326+ views
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) ^ | Wednesday, 03 Dec 2008, 11:38 PM EST | Emily Zangaro
    The Salvation Army and police are looking into the thefts of toys for the WOOD TV8/WOTV 4 Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive.(Hope that the Huntington Bank has a good photo of the perp.)

    10/02/2008 10:32:51 AM PDT · by TomasUSMC · 116 replies · 9,085+ views
    Sinclair Crushes Obama Today Barack Obambi rolled up into Grand Rapids speaking and sounding like a lot of hot air. At the same time Larry Sinclair arrived with a megaphone. 80 percent of the crowd were college students with a smattering of folks in suits and some black folk. Well all of a sudden a tall big white kid asks Larry if he would like to give his view out over the airwaves. He hands Larry the cell phone and Larry starts to conduct an interview with the most popular radio station in Grand Rapids. 104.5 WSNX. Then the Grand...
  • McCain-Palin Grand Rapids, MI Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting on September 17th LIVE STREAM

    09/16/2008 9:12:42 PM PDT · by curth · 118 replies · 1,628+ views
    09/17/2008 Grand Rapids, MI Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting on September 17th Please join John McCain and Sarah Palin for a Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. Live Video Stream
  • McCain, Palin & Bush in GR on Wednesday

    09/13/2008 7:38:56 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 7 replies · 171+ views
    WZZM 13 News Website ^ | 9-13-08 | Nick Monacelli
    Grand Rapids, MI ? (WZZM) Sources close to the GOP have confirmed the three biggest names in Republican politics will visit the Grand Rapids area within the month. WZZM 13 News has learned Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin will make a joint appearance Wednesday, September 17th. The event will take place at GRCC's Ford Fieldhouse at 4:30p.m. Ticket information will be released as soon as it becomes available. Also, President Bush is expected to attend a private fundraiser on September 30th at the Ada Township home of Dick DeVos. A source close to...
  • Grand Rapids, MI Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting on September 17th

    09/13/2008 3:40:34 PM PDT · by flyfree · 10 replies · 460+ views
    What: Grand Rapids, MI Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting on September 17th When: September 17, 2008 4:30 p.m. Where: Grand Rapids Community College: Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse 143 Bostwick Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Please join John McCain & Sarah Palin for a Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting! Wednesday, Sept. 17th Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse 143 Bostwick Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Doors Open at 4:30 pm Tickets will not be available until Monday September 15th To RSVP, please reserve your ticket at one of the following locations.
  • Zondervan faces $60M federal lawsuit over Bible, homosexuality

    07/08/2008 8:27:57 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 69 replies · 1,224+ views
    WOOD TV Grand Rapids, MI. ^ | July 8, 2008 10:58 PM | Tony Tagliavia
    Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60 million federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and other homosexuals have suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the Bible.
  • Vets home: we tried to call family when dad died

    07/02/2008 12:12:31 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 14 replies · 111+ views
    WOOD TV 8 ^ | Posted: July 1, 2008 06:04 PM | Rachael Ruiz
    "When John Brookner died of liver cancer at the age of 66 in late May, he'd been living at the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans for 12 years. Up until the day before he died, Brookner didn't want his daughter to know his condition. Officials at the facility showed the paperwork documenting his wishes to 24 Hour News 8." Veteran dies, family notified 38 days later.Video at link.Sad story.Doesn't sound like the daughters kept in close touch with their Dad.
  • GOP blames Democrats for break-in; police find no political motive

    06/03/2008 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Hadean · 48 replies · 99+ views ^ | June 3, 2008 | Kyla King
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Kent County Republicans continue to claim a recent break-in at their Grand Rapids headquarters was politically motivated And one party leader publicly blamed unnamed Democrats in a mass e-mail sent to supporters. "We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this!" wrote Kent GOP Chair Dave Dishaw in a note asking for money to help cover "costs" and support candidates. Grand Rapids Police on Tuesday confirmed they are investigating an early morning break-in that occurred last Thursday at the GOP's offices at 264 Leonard St. NW, near U.S. 131. Lt. Ralph Mason...
  • Helicopter crashes at Grand Rapids, Mich. hospital

    05/29/2008 9:16:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 225+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/08 | James Prichard - ap
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A helicopter crashed at a hospital on Thursday, sending thick, black smoke over downtown and forcing the evacuation of patients from the building. It was not clear whether anyone had been injured in the crash, which happened around 11 a.m. A fire dispatcher confirmed the crash happened at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, but could not provide any other details. The police department was setting up a command center, but had no other details. Lynda Ignatoski, who was standing outside the Towers Medical building on the Spectrum Health campus, told The Grand Rapids Press she saw the...
  • Postal workers didn't deliver, but still got paid

    09/18/2007 2:41:52 PM PDT · by MichiganMan · 25 replies · 248+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 9/17/07 | Theresa D. Mcclellan
    GRAND RAPIDS -- If not rain nor snow nor dark of night, what did prompt reports last winter that mail went undelivered on the Northwest Side of Grand Rapids? The Postal Service isn't saying, even though nearly half of the 59 letter carriers from the postal station at 1625 Walker Ave. NW faced suspensions ranging from two days to nine months. The last of the suspensions of 29 workers ended in August. But officials refused to reveal details. In fact, with the help of their unions and arbitration, all of the workers received back pay for their time off, said...
  • Local man goes for the ride of his life (Pushed 4miles by a semi!)

    06/07/2007 4:59:46 AM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 29 replies · 1,368+ views
    WOOD TV Grand Rapids, Mi. ^ | June 7, 2007 | WOOD TV
    The Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post and Van Buren County Central Dispatch began receiving strange reports of a man in a wheel chair being pushed by a semi truck on Wednesday afternoon. The wheel chair of a 21-year-old man became lodged in the grill of a semi truck as the vehicle pulled out of a gas station. The semi then began driving down Red Arrow Highway, with its new and unusual hood ornament still attached. At speeds up to 50 miles per hour for 4 miles!
  • 2/3 of Grand Rapids Public School freshmen failing

    12/12/2006 7:19:09 AM PST · by TitanicMan2003 · 70 replies · 1,343+ views
    WOODTV ^ | Kristi Anderson
    Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools Bernard Taylor is looking for ways to improve after an instructional audit showed high rates of failure in high schools. The audit shows more than 50 percent of students at all four high shools did not meet district standards on writing assessments. Also, more than 65 percent of freshmen are failing classes. (snip) Other numbers in the audit indicate the number of freshmen with a grade point average below 2.0 increased and more than 40 percent of high school students missed more than 10 days of school in core classes. Taylor said he won't...