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WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Back to School Calvin College

Mark, It all depends on who is looking for that piece of paper. The job market in NYC was very different than it was in GR when I left. A piece of paper can be worth 2 or 3x more outside of Michigan for the same job.  (Apr 7, 2009 | post #5)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Back to School Calvin College

OMG! $32k? When I went to Calvin, it was $11k / year. Wow!  (Apr 6, 2009 | post #3)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

By the numbers: new car tax deduction

Wasn't it back in 1986 or 1987 that we had this in Michigan? I don't recall exactly which year, but new car taxes were deductable way back then. I recall talking with a car salesman who said that they were selling cars faster than expected during December of that year due to it being the last month that qualifieed for taxes.  (Mar 31, 2009 | post #7)

Grand Rapids, MI

Craigslist buyer actually a scammer

I don't agree with those who suggest paypal. It's no safer than any other electronic scam. Just as scammers go after your bank account through phishing, they will also do the same thing through paypal. I've had scammers offer me large payments via paypal, and never accepted it, because I figured that they were hacked paypal accounts. When the actual account owner catches up with the fact that you were scammed, paypal will pull the funds back from you. Now you are out your item and whatever money paypal took back. Craigslist is a great local sale tool, local sales should be done in cash. If they insist on a bank check, find a way to get that check to the bank that issued it, or have a way for your bank to confirm that the check is good before you release the item. If they offer to pay you with a cashier's check or money order, have it validated by your bank or the issuer prior to your releasing the product. When someone pays me with a bank check, I ask them to include a business card from the bank, with a contact name and number that issued it so I can have my bank call them and confirm that the check is valid.  (Mar 29, 2009 | post #42)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

High speed crash crumples rental cars

Too funny.. With the economy headed down the tubes, and Granholm pushing Michigan to the front of the pack, we are destined to repeat what has taken place in the past. How does that stretch of Division look today? Any better?  (Mar 29, 2009 | post #77)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

$30,000 stolen in home invasion

Take a macroeconomics class and your eyes will be opened.. A bank is only obligated by law to keep a certain percentage of their deposits on hand in cash.  (Mar 29, 2009 | post #24)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

$30,000 stolen in home invasion

3 laptops is not unreasonable. Consider one for yourself from work, one for your spouse from work, and maybe one for one of your kids in school. The cash thing... not likely that much, I agree on the scam thing.. unless it was under a mattress, to avoid the stock market decline, then I give them all the credit in the world for avoiding an investment loss. ;) Insurance will pay face value on collectors coins, but not likely for something like this. We had a safe stolen from our home in South East GR at one point.. insurance gave me face value on the coin collection, market value on an old comic book (Fantastic 4 edition #1) and a watch that was given to me by my father. None of it or the safe has been seen since it happend in 1999.  (Mar 29, 2009 | post #20)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

High speed crash crumples rental cars

Division is an interesting street.. look back at its history (I'm talking about the section between 28th and Fulton), and its rough history which includes prostitution... aspects of that still exist today, where the businesses in that section are either a bar, funky gas station turned church, warehouse, or used car lot that sells tires too. (I recognize that I skipped the Juvie building and a couple of people who still actually have a residential address on Division). Chases on Division don't surprise me.. you have to figure that anyone who leaves a local business that late in the night was likely at a bar, or leaving a job related to manufacturing somewhere. I was at the corner of 68th/Division when 2 kids ran their red light and hit a telephone pole at high speed...they hit the cable that supports the pole first, sending the stop lights into the air. What's crazy is that they don't take their high speed chase to 131, it's right next to them. I'm guessing that the pot holes in the street just added to their death-defying thrill. I'm glad no civilians were injured or killed. This is likely not the last time this will happen on Division.  (Mar 28, 2009 | post #19)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Man charged with trying to abduct woman

"He had a tendency to really curse and confront his mother, which is unforgettable, " said **** Spiegel. These were legendary arguments. Not just between Konrad and his mother, but his brothers and father were all involved in these loud arguments with each other that could be heard from the street. They usually ended their arguments with someone shouting "Go to He!!" But all aside, the last time I saw Konrad and his family, they were all happy, and all seemed to be well. Aside from all of the troubles that he's been involved in, I still consider he and his family to be friends.  (Mar 19, 2009 | post #51)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Man charged with trying to abduct woman

I've known Konrad since he was about 8 years old. This is sad and unfortunate news.  (Mar 16, 2009 | post #2)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Vorce being returned to Michigan

I'm sure he will get prison time, but will more than likely be out in less than 10 years to re-try something else. It's just a matter of time, and I'm confident that we'll see him in the news again.  (Dec 18, 2008 | post #3)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

First Digital TV test is Wednesday

If you are watching DirectVT or Dish Networks, it's a closed system. You won't need to change anything, because the satellite receiver converts the satellite broadcast signal to something usable by your television already. Just like cable subscribers are immune to this change as well. If you are old-school, don't have a cable or satellite connection, and rabbit ears are the way you live your life, then you need a digital converter box. Fortunately, most rabbit ears can be used as the antenna source for your converter box. Just run the output from the rabbit ears (if they have a coax out) into the digital converter box, then run that into the back of your TV. Easy stuff....  (Dec 16, 2008 | post #4)

Grand Rapids, MI

Census seeks 3,000 Metro area workers

This will be interesting... This is where the ACORN of census workers will surface. If they census takers are paid by the name, then expect the white pages (not being racist here) to become the prime source for resident information in Grand Rapids... those of you who are single will find that you all of the sudden have six children.  (Nov 14, 2008 | post #1)

Grand Rapids, MI

Job cuts at Herman Miller, Steelcase

I recall them doing major layoffs as far back as the early 1990s. By no means do I see this as the beginning.  (Nov 11, 2008 | post #29)

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The state with the other UofM.

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A flat beer, a cold dog, and an expensive seat at Fenway.

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The history of the Federal Reserve Bank

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