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13-Year-Old Boy Convicted Of Playground Murder

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.04.2015 | Crime

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A jury convicted a 13-year-old boy of first-degree murder Friday, turning aside defense claims that a childhood of abuse ...

Teachers' Beliefs Have the Power to Transform

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Whenever I talk with teachers and leaders of high-performing schools with large populations of children of color and children from low-income families, I am always struck by the strength of their belief that their students can meet high standards.

The Achievement of Downtown Grand Rapids: Hustling All Those Antiques Under One Roof

Eric McAfee | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
Eric McAfee

Far too often, against the protests of a barely-organized historic preservation movement, the City chose demolition. In its place? Often little more than asphalt parking lots or the multi-story parking garages, endowing motorists from the suburbs with abundant parking.

Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

Eco-Friendly Museums With More Than History to Admire

Culture-ist | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green

By Chelsea Stuart We all know that museums are dedicated to the preservation of history, art and culture, but what about the environment? While the...

"Spring" Into Action: Prevent Sewer Overflows and Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

Spring on the Great Lakes is a time when the ice covering the lakes melts, snowfall is gradually replaced by rainfall, and below the surface of the lakes, migratory fish start their move towards the rivers and streams where they'll spawn.

Review: Brody Stevens Swings for the LaughFest Fences

Julie Seabaugh | Posted 05.09.2015 | Comedy
Julie Seabaugh

Fifty minutes of Brody "Positive energy!" Stevens is a spectacle both formidable and profound.

'Now I'm One of Them': Michigan Teacher Survives Life on the Street

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

With support from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and a local homeless shelter, Dana Knight overcame homelessness with her health and dignity intact. For several months this past fall, Dana lived in the strange world of victimization and kindness that hundreds of Grand Rapids' homeless live in every day.

The Time I Had to Follow Bono

Greg Schwem | Posted 02.04.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Kudos to the artists who quickly filled in for U2 frontman Bono at the recent World AIDS Day event in New York City. Billed on the band's website as ...

Sexually Assaulted Boy's Family: Christian Radio Personality Should 'Rot In Jail'

Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime

The family of a 12-year-old boy that former Christian radio personality John Balyo has confessed to raping had strong words for him at his sentencing ...

This House Is Hiding A Million Dollar Treasure

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.03.2014 | HuffPost Home

Music lovers, inquire within. There's something you're gonna wanna see on 1117 Third Street. From the outside, we have to admit that the house loo...

My Afternoon at Art/Prize in Grand Rapids

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Lev Raphael

This afternoon I visited Grand Rapid's beautiful art museum (GRAM) for their yearly student art exhibition, Art/Prize and though I arrived somewhat frazzled, I left in a state of deep contentment.

Should the Red Wings Sign Daniel Alfredsson?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Much to the disappointment of his grand plan - Alfie didn't win a cup by signing with the Red Wings in July 2013 for one year. He did record a respectable season, with 18 goals, and 49 points in only 68 games.

Michigan Twin Pleads Guilty In Brutal Beating Of Prostitute

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 07.18.2014 | Crime

One of the Michigan twins accused in the brutal beating and rape of a Grand Rapids prostitute pleaded guilty to all of the charges he was facing on Tu...

Christian Radio Personality Charged In Child-Sex Assault Probe

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Michigan say Christian radio personality John Balyo paid to have sexual encounters with minors. Homeland Security agents and office...

The 18 Most Underrated Cities In The U.S.

Global Yodel | Posted 03.06.2015 | Travel
Global Yodel

Along the way we've discovered some incredible places that rarely make the top destination lists compiled by traditional travel media. So we decided to start a series dedicated to promoting the world's most underrated cities.

Wacky World Record Is Made In The Shade

AP | Posted 03.08.2014 | Weird News

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at nigh...

It's Time to Celebrate

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We hear so much about a few, high profile arts bankruptcies that the conventional wisdom has it that every arts organization is in trouble. This has repercussions for all of us who manage, or care about, arts organizations.

Woman Finds Python In Secondhand S-s-s-s-sofa

Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News

Now here's a story guaranteed to make you squirm. A woman in Michigan recently got the surprise of her life when she discovered a large reptile coi...

Voting for Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

More and more, it appears, people are not just voting with their feet to visit and use parks, but they are literally casting their ballots and voting with their pocketbooks to say that parks are crucial parts of their communities.

School Janitor Pays Kids To Beat Up Classmate

Posted 10.11.2013 | Crime

This is NOT how parents expects school staff to treat their children. A woman working at Campus Elementary in Grand Rapids, Mich. was fired after ...

Artist Turns Famous Sculpture Into A Giant Hawaiian Shirt And People Are Angry

Posted 09.26.2013 | Arts

At first glance, David Dodde's "art-on-art" installation in Grand Rapids, Michigan looks relatively benign. The hometown artist constructed a seri...

Take a Stand During 'Michigan Week'

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Together, we are revitalizing Michigan's economy one product, one purchase, one person at a time. Join in the fun and make a difference this Michigan Week.

Detroit Can Learn a Thing or Two From Grand Rapids

Brandon Helderop | Posted 05.29.2013 | Detroit
Brandon Helderop

Over the past few decades, Grand Rapids has seen an exciting boom of sorts. While the magnitude of a Detroit turnaround will require much more, I believe the Motor City can learn a thing or two from our neighbor city in West Michigan as it continues to capitalize on recent successes.

Congruent Visions: A Key to Successful Arts Leadership

Phil Chan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

While many factors are responsible for the health and fiscal sustainability of an arts organization, a critical relationship is chemistry between an artistic director and an executive director. But what makes these partnership dynamics successful, and what do the good teams have in common?