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Contentious GRPS school board meeting over special education, calls to remove superintendent

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NEWS

A Grand Rapids Public Schools board meeting held on April 16, 2018 was a contentious meeting, preceded by a protest outside the administration buildings by special education advocates and ending in shouting and a call to the Grand Rapids Police...

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Thousands take part in March for Our Lives in Grand Rapids

by (jproth1)

Submitted 03-27-2018 under NEWS

More than 4,000 people gathered at Rosa Parks Circle on Saturday, March 24, 2018 calling for tougher gun control laws at the Grand Rapids March for Our Lives rally.   As part of the national March for Our Lives movement the the student-...

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Break it Down, Make it Better helps build community in Grand Rapids art world

by (dylangrosser)

Submitted 02-27-2018 under NEWS

“Break it Down, Make it Better" is an event gathering creative minds in the Grand Rapids community for an opportunity to have conversations with one another on a range of topics related to being an artist. Artists, curators, and venue...

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Neighborhood organizations hold meetings informing residents about proposed zoning changes

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Neighborhood associations are worried that the city of Grand Rapids is pushing through new changes to the zoning ordinances without community engagement under the guise of creating more affordable housing. Meetings on Saturday, February 17, 2018...

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Local environmental groups react to Governor Snyder's refusal to shut down Line 5

by (dylangrosser)

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NEWS

On Friday, January 26, 2018 Governor Rick Snyder sent a letter to the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board of Michigan regarding the pipeline “Line 5” owned by Enbridge Inc., where he "respectfully" turned down their advice to shut...

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Neighbors reflect on history of mining, dumps on Westside

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Living on the westside of Grand Rapids has always had its own unique pride and challenges. There was a time before gentrification when many residents felt the westside was not important to the city. There was a time when the city used it as a dump...

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Abandoned mines on the Westside: Are they in danger of sinking?

by (jproth1)

Submitted 01-23-2018 under NEWS

At the beginning of January, construction crews were seen working along the westside of the Grand River near the Blue Bridge and the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center to fill a sinkhole that revealed a century-old gypsum mine located...

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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

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Finding more than a place to sleep

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 12-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Katheryn is a woman of deep faith who came to Dégagé for more than a place to sleep. She came wanting to deepen her faith, grow in her ability to trust, and be encouraged in her journey. After her first night in our Open Door Women's Center,...

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Transit union president talks contract disputes with The Rapid

by (jproth1)

Submitted 10-31-2017 under NEWS

It has been over two years that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 836 in Grand Rapids, Michigan have been working without a contract. John Rothwell sat down with union president RiChard Jackson to discuss the issues that ATU 836...

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