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ALERT! Burglaries & Scams Are On The Rise In Grand Rapids & West Michigan

It happened to me recently and thought I'd share it with you.  I was working in the yard recently when it was raining, and three white males walked up my driveway.  They were in their early 20's, all wearing orange caps with white lettering on them, they parked a taupe colored, medium sized car in front of one of the neighbors homes

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Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, New Study Suggests

I didn't need a study to know this; my 83 year old mom has been telling me it for years.  She never sits down, walks 3 miles a day, climbs 3-4 flights of stairs, and doesn't need any medications.  A new study suggests that this may be one of the reasons for her good health.  The

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Choking Dog Saves His Own Life By Calling 9-1-1

Coincidence, lucky or is George just one smart bassett hound?  You decide. 

George is two years old when he started choking to death on a telephone cord somehow he managed to dispatch emergency services to his master's home in West Yorkshire, England

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Bright, Composed, 3 Year Old, Credited With Saving Nana’s Life

I love these stories! How can a little three year old kid be so cool, calm and collected in an unfamiliar, must have been scary, situation.

The only words the 9-1-1 operator heard on the other end of the phone line were "'My Nana needs help

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Grand Rapids Res Life Member Says “God Is My Rescuer” After Abduction

Over the weekend I was flipping through the stations and this woman caught my attention.  I saw on the screen that she was a Res Life Church member from Rockford, Michigan.  I stopped on the television station to hear her story

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10 Year Old Girl Hangs Herself After “Alleged” Bullying At School

I get this!  I understand it.  I had the chance to talk to a lot of teens when I did some radio in Detroit.  The stuff that was going on back then was unthinkable.  The ability to do more damage now with the massive impact of the internet; well, I can't imagine

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Miracle Tornado Hero Denied Workman’s Comp

Never mind that Mark Lindquist saved the lives of three developmentally disabled adults in the twister that hit Joplin, Missouri.  Mark was also honored by the Missouri legislature.  But ugly red tape reared it's ugly head to prevent this injured man, who risked his own life to save the lives of others, from collecting Workman's Comp

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Bank Robbery In Ravenna Leaves One Police Officer Dead

I remember hearing a man a couple years ago on the news predict that there would be a rise in bank robberies because of the economy.  It kinf of looks like thats the way it is playing out.  Almost weekly you can turn on the tv or radio or even pick up a newspaper and see a police chase

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UNEDITED 9/11 Survivor Interview With Lieutenant General Tom Plewes

Thank you to Lieutenant General Tom Plewes for taking time out of his very busy life to talk with me about 9/11.  Lieutenant Plewes is a 9/11 survivor who was the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  He talks about the vivid images that will stay with him forever, what 9/11 means to him and some of the other survivors, and what it felt and looked like being in the Pentagon when that third plane hit!  Lieutenant Plewes was very generous with not only his time but with his raw honesty in sharing memories from that day

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My Visit To The West Michigan Healing Field At Cannonsburg [video]

Well, the tribute display closes down tonight.  I visited it with a friend yesterday and we were both taken back a bit.  When you park and walk toward it it really is quite overwhelming to see 3200 full size flags representing the 3200 people lost in 9/11

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Feeling Better, 10 Years After 9/11

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. Thankfully, no repeat, no attacks. Did you watch any of the television coverage the past few days. Hard to miss it.

So it has been ten years. Certainly, air travel has changed

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My Visit To World Trade Center Site One Month After 9/11

In the days following the Sept. 11 tragedy, Andy and I struggled to find the right tone for our morning radio show on WTRV FM. We really are not a political morning show or a "newsy" kind of show either. We are a current affairs / entertainment based show that uses -- or at least tries to -- use a lot of humor.

We really couldn't do "business as usual" the following morning. No one was really in the mood for it. It took a few weeks and a few missteps along the way to get back to what we do best. During that time, September of 2001, our radio station constructed two foam core 4' x 8' thank you cards. Mary Ann Meyer of Signs and Wonders in Sparta did the graphics thanking the rescue and aid station workers. WTRV staff carried those big signs to several pubic gatherings to allow everyone to write a few words. It was a beautiful thing...two big cards covered in magic-marker thoughts and prayers.

One month to the day, Mary Ann and I hand delivered those signs to the main Salvation Army aid station directly across the street from where the towers came down. The sights and smells are still with me today.

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