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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Mason County Judge Reinstates Pursuing Murder Charges Against Baby Kate’s Father, Sean Phillips

A Mason County Circuit Court judge has ruled prosecutors can pursue open murder charges against Sean Phillips, WZZM-13 reported.

Phillips is the 25-year-old father of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, a 4½-month-old who went missing from the Ludington area in June 2011.

In September, District Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed murder charges against Phillips, saying prosecutors did not prove Baby Kate had been killed.

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WZZM-13
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WZZM-13: Former Catholic Central Tutor Found Guilty on Four of Five Sex Charges

On Wednesday, a Kent County Circuit Court jury found a former Catholic Central High School tutor guilty of four of the five felony charges she faced for having sex with a 15-year-old student, our news-gathering partner WZZM-13 reported.

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Hannah Saunders, WZZM-13
Hannah Saunders, WZZM-13
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Allegan County Deputy Injured in U.S.131 Pile-up Near Plainwell Thursday Morning

(WZZM-13) Northbound U.S. 131 has reopened in Allegan County following a snowy pile-up involving at least 10 vehicles around 11:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

The accident happened at the 50 mile marker, about one mile north of Plainwell.

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Steven Depolo
Steven Depolo
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Grand Rapids Voted Best Beer Town in the USA

Grand Rapids wins another title in the name of craft beer!

Already the reigning Beer City USA, Grand Rapids has now claimed the title  “Best Beer Town in the USA” in USA Today's and 10Best's annual poll.

The honor was just bestowed at noon. Tampa; Asheville, N.C.; Bend, Ore.; and Fort Collins, Colo., were also in the top five.

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Gerald R. Ford International Airport, WZZM-13
Gerald R. Ford International Airport, WZZM-13
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Flights Canceled in Grand Rapids and Chicago After Radar Facility Fire

 

WZZM-13 reports that multiple flights in and out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport have been canceled due to the fire at a Chicago airport related facility.

In addition, flights have been grounded at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports.

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Ingram Publishing/ThinkStock
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Body Found at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids

 

UPDATE 2:20 PM: According to WZZM-13, Police say the body found on the west side of the Grand River, north of Ann Street and near northbound U.S. 131. is that of a 58 year-old -homeless man.

Neighbors tell WZZM that the park used to be known as Ann Street Park. They also reported recently seeing homeless people camping at the park and called police about the issue.

12:57 PM: WZZM-13 is reporting that police are headed to the scene of a body found in Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.

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Body Found in Newaygo County is Victim of Hit and Run Accident

A passerby found the body of Steven Jones, 61,  around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning in the area of 11 Mile Road and 16th Street. That's near Woodland Lake in Bitely, MI.

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Department are investigating the case as a deadly hit and run accident.

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Grand Rapids Remembers 9/11 with Boy Scout Salute, ‘Never Forget’ Exhibit at Ford Museum

 

As the nation remembers the tragic events of 9/11, so does Grand Rapids.

Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. A hijacked plane struck The Pentagon outside Washington DC and another crashed just outside Shanksville, Pa. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including firefighters, rescue workers, and police officers trying to aid the victims.

Today we pledge to never forget those people and to never forget the events of that day.

A day-long Boy Scouts salute, a special remembrance program, and "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit tours are taking place in at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids today as we remember 9/11/2001.

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Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
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What is Uber? Grand Rapids’ New Transportation Option [Video]

There's a new car service app in Grand Rapids!

If you've ever been disappointed by taxi cabs in Grand Rapids, you might want to check it out. Take my situation Saturday.

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