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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?

Gerald Ford's Presidential Museum To Expand

AP | Posted 01.12.2013 | Travel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids will be updated and expanded under a $15 million fundraising effort...

Gerald Ford Graffiti Pops Up In Michigan Hometown

AP | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former President Gerald Ford is remembered in his hometown of Grand Rapids by a museum and a stretch of interstate. Now, a graf...

Help Grand Rapids, MI Kickstart Their Art Scene

Posted 03.08.2012 | Arts

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a place not often listed on the cultural map of the world, but the folks at Open Concept Gallery are looking to bring a cle...

Meijer Founder Dies

AP | Posted 03.26.2012 | Detroit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Frederik Meijer, who built the regional retail powerhouse Meijer Inc. while nurturing his lifelong love of the arts, died late ...

Two Students Who Put Pie In The Face Of Carl Levin Sentenced

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

DETROIT — A federal judge in Grand Rapids sentenced two recent college graduates to 30 days in jail for protesting U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's stance...

Seven People Killed In Shooting Spree

AP | JOHN FLESHER and TOM COYNE | Posted 09.06.2011 | Crime

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — When Rodrick Shonte Dantzler raised a gun to his head after going on a deadly shooting spree, the bullet ended what those ...

Extreme Transparency: The New Way We Live

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 08.07.2011 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

My fellow traveler read my powerpoint from behind me on the airplane. And my car service driver watched it live on the web. Certainly my 'private' presentation to the TEDx community was more public than I ever imagined.

Denver, Poised For Greatness

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.25.2011 | Denver

The first annual Cities on the Edge study, commissioned by Edge Shaving gel and Sperling's BestPlaces, listed Denver as the third top U.S. city poised...

Art Therapy: Art Displayed In New Children's Hospital Made By Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Art is not only creative, but also a therapeutic process. When the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital opened earlier this year in Grand Rapids, Michi...

Grand Rapids Museums Honor Princess Di And Betty Ford

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This weekend, two Grand Rapids museums are honoring two influential women--Princess Diana and former First Lady Betty Ford--making the Michigan city a...

Midwest Thrifting: The Best Places For Antiques

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Every major American city has its nearby rural antique paradise. Manhattan residents escape to the quaint boutiques of the Hamptons. Brimfield, the co...

Visiting Grand Rapids

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At first blush, my Arts in Crisis tour stop in Grand Rapids seemed ill-timed. Yet I arrived at the first week of ArtPrize, an innovative new arts project that has electrified the city and the region.

Arenas leads Wizards over Pistons

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Gilbert Arenas, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for not making himself available to the media, scored 24 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 101-98 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Antawn Jamison added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards (2-2), who led 46-45 at halftime. Arenas scored 13 points in the third quarter as Washington opened a a 75-68 lead.

Will Bynum scored 23 points for the Pistons (3-1).

The NBA fined the Wizards organization $25,000 for not ensuring that its players follow the league's media interview rules.

After the game, Arenas twice declined to comment on his fine.

What is Work? Feeling Well-Paid From Your Job Search

Sharon Glassman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Glassman

Freelancers and job-seekers can spend the workday seeking work, earning a weary brain, tired body and no Benjamins to show for it.

GM Dealerships Saved From Closing

Huffington Post | Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: With the help of citizen investigators who have been tracking local reports, we've managed to find 10 of the lucky 41 GM dealerships that were...

GM Grows Towns, Then Leaves

Huffington Post | Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Motors was once viewed as Miracle-Gro for small towns, taking places like Ontario, Ohio from a village of 700 people in 1956 to what is now a ...