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Governor Rick Snyder Issues Proclamation for Michigan School Choice Week

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has issued a proclamation officially recognizing Jan. 25-31, 2015 as Michigan School Choice Week.

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TEDxGrandRapids 2015 Applications Open; Launch Party Is February 4

TEDxGrandRapids returns to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on May 7.

Applications to attend the event are now open.

A launch party for this year's TEDxGrandRapids is slated Feb. 4 at Downtown Market.

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Christopher Furlong
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GVSU Exhibit Explores Persecution of Homosexuals During Nazi Regime

The human atrocities of WWII are well documented in history. The persecution of the Jewish population was the primary focus of the Nazi regime. The haunting pictures and tales from the holocaust will stay with us forever. But there were other groups persecuted as well. Roma (Gypsies), Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those disabled during World War II were also targeted. And yet, there is another story.

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Alfred Mele (3ammagazine.com)
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Free Will, Does it Really Exist? Find out Tonight at GVSU

Does free will exist? The question has fueled debate among philosophers, psychologists, and theologians. A popular argument among neuroscientists and social psychologists is that free will is illusory—that our words and actions arise not from rational choice, but from unconscious predispositions and social conditioning.

But according to philosopher Alfred Mele, the case against free will actually leaves much room for doubt. In Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, Mele examines the major experiments that free will deniers cite, and explains how they don’t provide the solid evidence for which they have been touted.

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Michigan Will Dump ACT for SAT as High School Graduation Requirement

The Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is switching to the SAT as the state's required high school exam. The move will end a years-long relationship with the ACT that had nearly every high school junior taking that college entrance exam.

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Michigan Tightens Rules On Vaccinations

Starting Jan. 1, the Michigan Department of Community Health will have more rules going into effect that will make it harder for parents to refuse immunizing their children.

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Presidential Historian H.W. ‘Bill’ Brands Speaks at GVSU Wednesday Night

The Prez: Machiavelli visits The White House. What, Machiavelli? The White House?

For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. And, believe me, no American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for our chief executive – advice that would say as much about the United States as about the country’s highest office.

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Food is Used to Make a Big Difference in Someones Life

Here is an exciting, heart-warming story of people making a difference, and using food to do it.

The owners of a food truck in New York City are giving new meaning to the term "soul food" – by taking in troubled souls from a juvenile prison to staff the place and master valuable job skills.

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Jeff ‘The Animal Guy’ Musial Entertains, Informs in East Grand Rapids Shows [Photos]

Jeff "The Animal Guy" Musial visited East Grand Rapids on Sunday.

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Turkey Trot for Good Health and Kids is Today in Downtown GR

The annual fun-run Turkey Trot is today. I know it's Thanksgiving, but, before you eat, move your feet!

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‘The Discovery of King Tut’ Exhibition Coming to Grand Rapids Public Museum in 2015

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced today that "The Discovery of King Tut" will make its Great Lakes debut at the museum on May 16, 2015.

Visitors will experience what it was like for Howard Carter and his team when they first discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922.

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Meijer Gardens’ ‘Christmas Around the World’ Trees Exhibition Opens November 26

Every Christmas season is a magical experience at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with their annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition.

Running Nov. 26 through Jan. 4, 2015, visit Meijer Gardens to experience over 40 international trees and displays, the enchanting Railway Garden and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it.

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