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Grand Rapids Singer Writes A Special Song For His Sister Who Was Diagnosed With Autism

His name is Chas Burtchett, and I first met him and heard him sing at the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon a few weeks back at Kuiper College.  I've been hosting the event for the past 5 years or so.  Chas was telling me and some of the others, about his sister who was diagnosed with Autism.

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Yes, Even Pit Bulls Have Compassion For Their Fellow Animal Companions

Not long ago I published a story on The River's website about those two dogs, one hit by a car on a busy street, and the other who loyally sat by its side until help could be summoned.  That one dog put his own life in danger to stay by the side and comfort its companion.

Here's another one of those stories...

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Didn’t They Hear, Money Can’t Buy You Love? [video]

Apparently not.  There are some clients that are pretty dissatisfied with a local dating service here in Grand Rapids.  They believe that they paid too much for a chance at love and got little in return.   Eli

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What Teachers Make: A Pro Teacher Moment By Taylor Mali [video]

This video already went viral and with the school year soon coming to a close I thought it might be appropriate to share this with you today.

Think back to your childhood. You may have been lucky enough to have a couple teachers who really meant something to you.  I was fortunate to have a handful.  Long after I left elementary, middle and high school I stayed in touch with many of my teachers.  I would go back and visit them in Detroit or speak for a career day.  I considered them my friends long after my school years.

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Obese White Women Shy Away From Colon Cancer Screenings

Research conducted recently show that obese, white, women, are less  likely than normal-weight white women or blacks of any weight or gender to  seek potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings.  The reluctance on their part is particularly serious because obesity is associated  with a higher risk for colon cancer and an increased risk of death from the disease

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Legendary Neil Sedaka Talks To Kim Carson About His New Book

If you missed Kim Carson's interview with Neil Sedaka...

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Laughter In The Rain, Bad Blood, my favorite Love Will Keep Us Together and Lonely Night by the Captain and Tenille, and Clay Aiken's Solitaire, all songs written by Neil Sedaka. 

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Dog Braves Traffic To Stay By Her Fatally Struck Doggie Pal

When you get home from work today be sure to give your pet, your dog, your cat, your bird, gerbil or hamster and extra hug.  I have always been an animal lover.  My mom was an animal lover, my dad was an animal lover and my brother is an animal lover.  I guess when you're raised in a household that respects and appreciates the bond between humans and animals it makes for a very special relationship.

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West Michigan Author, Greg Smith, On Faith, Hope, And Love Songs Sunday

West Michigan's very own Greg Smith joins me Sunday, on Faith Hope And Love Songs.  He just authored his latest book entitled Be Wise, Do Good, Live Free: Random Advice For The Best Kind Of Life.

The Grand Rapids Press probably put it best.  They said in a review that "Smith believes firmly in the power of stories to teach, educate, provide guidance and set examples."

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Innovative Real Estate Program Helps Grand Rapids Senior Citizens Sell 75 Homes During Recession

Back in 2008, Holland Home was one of the first retirement communities in the nation to create a guaranteed real estate program for senior citizens who wanted to move into one of its communities but were hampered by an unfavorable housing market.  Earlier this month, Holland Home celebrated the 75th home sold through this initiative.

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Newborn Found Alive In Morgue, 12 Hours After Being Declared Dead

Can you even imagine mourning the death of your newborn baby and 12 hours later visiting the morgue one last time with your husband to say goodbye; only to discover that there was a mistake, and your baby was very much alive!

That's what happened to a couple in Argentina after the hospital staff had declared the baby dead.  The mother, Analia Bouguet, tells a tel

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Grand Rapids Humane Society Bark In The Park Honors Aura, The Dog

I rememeber seeing this story on the news a number of months ago.  It happened right here in Grand Rapids and it was heartbreaking. 

When Rob Kirkbride's dog, Aura who he walking, was hit & killed by a driver that was distracted earlier this year, he turned to the Humane Society of West Michigan for support.

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Dog Saves Puppy From Drowning In A Pool [video]

I love these stories!  They always go to prove my point, animals are a lot smarter, caring, compassionate and loving, than many people give them credit for.  I can't count the number of times I've heard "They're only a dog or they're only a cat" as if they can't think or feel or care

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