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West Michigan Students Ride Bicycles for Bike to School Day

Thousands of students across Michigan, from over 150 schools, participated in the third annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

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Capt. Richard Phillips Talks with 100.5 The River’s Tom Cook [Video]

Capt. Richard Phillips is in Grand Rapids today.

Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

Tonight, he is the keynote speaker for Davenport University's Excellence in Business Dinner Gala, a black-tie fund-raiser for Davenport University Foundation student scholarship funds, at DeVos Place.

This morning, he spent time with me on 100.5 The River. I was filling in for Andy Rent on the "Andy Rent Show" along with guest host Tim Harris. Andy is currently on vacation in Hawaii, where he's on a group tour with YMT Vacations and listeners of 100.5 The River.

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Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
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Mackinac Island Opening for Historic Season Including War of 1812 Battle Bicentennial [Video]

While the Great Lakes still have some ice on them, Mackinac Island is about ready to come alive.

It has been a long winter, with ferry service to Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan just getting back into operation. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry said it plans to start passenger service Tuesday.

Bob Benser, Jr.'s family owns two hotels, a bed-and-breakfast and Murdick's Original Fudge on Mackinac Island. The bed-and-breakfast is open year-round, but the hotels -- The Chippewa Hotel and The Lilac Tree Hotel & Spa -- are opening May 9, just in time for Mother's Day, he told "Andy Rent Show" guest host Tim Harris this morning on 100.5 The River.

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Grand Valley State University is Green

 

Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the fifth year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

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Grand Valley State to Launch Concerts in National Parks [VIDEO]

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage with the launch of its Music in Our Parks project. Two years in planning, the ensemble commissioned composers to create music inspired by national parks in the southwest, where the ensemble will then perform the pieces, April 29-May 4.

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West Michigan schools make list of Michigan’s “most challenging high schools”

Several West Michigan high schools ranked very well on the Washington Post list of "most challenging high schools".

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Trivia Fun with Friday 5 The Hard Way

Every Friday morning, we play Friday 5 The Hard Way on "Andy in the Morning."  Five trivia questions that a listener must get correct to win the prizes.

Here are the questions and answers from today's show.

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Music Video Contest Rocks to Help Tune Teens Away From Distracted Driving [Video]

Music is a powerful tool when it comes to spreading the world about distracted driving.

At least that's the push with GEICO’s Distracted Driving Music Video Contest.

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Michigan State Geographic Bee at Western Michigan University on April 4

For the seventh straight year, Western Michigan University will host the Michigan State Geographic Bee.

Students will compete for the opportunity to travel to the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

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The Atlantic Calls Western Michigan University’s Education Degree ‘Waste of Money’

The Atlantic magazine has published a report of the college degrees with the best and worst values in the country.

Western Michigan University's undergraduate education program for out-of-state students was listed among the worst in the country.

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Walker Charter Academy Principal to be Duct Taped to Basketball Goal Thursday

Walker Charter Academy’s principal will find himself in a sticky situation this Thursday, April 3, when students duct tape him to the school’s basketball poles.

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Summer Camp for Grandparents and Grandchildren at GVSU

We can't wait for the snow to be gone, warmer weather, and, summer vacation.  Do you have summer plans?  I have a great, fun suggestion for all Grandma's and Grandpa's.  Summer Camp for Grandparents and their grandchildren.  It will be a super time to share a college experience at G3 Camp: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley!

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