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Grand Rapids to buy riverfront land

The landscape along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids may soon be reimagined. In a proposed $10 million deal with...

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New legislation to crack down on human trafficking

In a state entrenched in human trafficking, a new law will require training for health care professionals to identify th...

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Women and the Environment Symposium challenges attendees to confront privilege

“When the environment is unhealthy, society is unhealthy,” a panelist stated at the fourth annual Women and the Envi...

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Grand Rapids mayor and Calvin dean speak at Q Commons event

This past week, Calvin College hosted the Q Commons event for the second time in recent history. Q Commons is a regional...

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Micah Center hosts panel on racial disparities in infant mortality

“Our babies are dying,” read the handouts at the Micah Center’s latest panel discussion on the racial disparity in...

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition sparks creativity in Kent County

Nurturing a community of local poets, the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition enters its 47th year and seeks to continue to sti...

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Health Intervention Services provides holistic services for many in Grand Rapids

“When patients walk into Health Intervention Services, they often say, ‘It’s different when I come here,’” sai...

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WYCE Jammie Awards celebrate diverse music styles

WYCE-FM, a Grand Rapids-based independent community radio station, hosted its 16th annual Jammie Awards last Friday, hon...

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Grand Rapids resettles first Syrian refugee family

By late 2014, nearly 9.5 million Syrians, 40 percent of the country’s population, had been displaced from their homes ...

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New community center opens for homeless teens

“People are shocked to hear that there are 200 homeless youth on any given night in Grand Rapids,” says Dan Scott, g...