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WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Grand Rapids Press cuts wages, benefits

If you like good news photography, you should see this. It's a Seattle story, but it can happen here too. http://vimeo.com/3 707181  (Mar 23, 2009 | post #121)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Grand Rapids Press cuts wages, benefits

Almost ALL major internet news sites depend on local news outlets for their stories. If you go to Yahoo! or CNN.com for your local news, then all you're seeing are stories that have been collected from local news outlets, like newspapers (GR Press, Holland Sentinel) and television (WOOD, WZZM, WXMI, WWMT). The problem we're seeing now is that it is the local news outlets themselves that are closing or cutting way back on coverage. Their news staffs are getting cut to the bone. When they're finally gone, local news, regardless of how it might slant, will be hard to find, no matter which website you go to. That means no more stories on your kids' school events and sports, no more newspaper coverage of local arts and festivals. Television news and it's associated websites might have the edge in terms of getting the news out fast, but newspapers have traditionally had the edge when it comes to in-depth coverage with real details. Fewer reporters and photographers means less coverage of the things that are happening closest to you and your neighbors. Much of print news' current predicament can be attributed to their corporate ownership's greed, as well as pig-headed local leadership. But that doesn't change the fact that when the local paper is gone, much more will be missing than just the fishwrapper that hits your door each day.  (Mar 23, 2009 | post #119)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Car crashes, flips and lands in river

Guess again, pal. http://www.mlive.c om/news/grand-rapi ds/index.ssf/2009/ 01/two_injured_aft er_car_plunges.htm l Excerpt from mlive.com: Two injured after car plunges 75 feet into Kalamazoo River by The Grand Rapids Press Thursday January 01, 2009, 4:40 PM ALLEGAN -- Two people were hospitalized after their car plummeted a 75-foot embankment earlier today and landed upside down in the Kalamazoo River. The driver, Geraldine Ann Bent, 70, of Otsego, and a passenger whose name was not available, were taken to Allegan General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. Allegan police said Bent failed to negotiate a curve on North Center Street. Her vehicle crashed through a guardrail and hit several trees before coming to a stop at the bottom of the riverbank.  (Jan 2, 2009 | post #6)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

GVSU player suspended after arrest

It's in OCSD's interest to report things to the media on a regular basis, and more often than not, that's what they do. If they didn't, the local and regional media outlets would be filing FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) legal forms for EVERY local crime story, on EVERY business day. The rather small clerical staff at the Fillmore Complex would be overwhelmed by the tsunami of paperwork coming from newspapers, TV, and radio stations. Since OCSD doesn't want to deal with that, they're pretty good about getting information out there, at leat when you compare them to other major metropolitan law enforcement agencies. If you are a reporter, OCSD is also much easier to deal with then other sheriff's offices in the area. They're MUCH easier to deal with than Allegan County, who are borderline hostile at times. So overall, OCSD isn't that bad to deal with if you're working in media. They're slow to report some things, but other agencies can be much worse.  (Dec 23, 2008 | post #31)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

GVSU player suspended after arrest

Jeez... The GVSU football program is looking more like the NFL every day.  (Dec 15, 2008 | post #7)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

GVSUs Berezik arrested in cop scuffle

Jeez... what a **** . When the cops showed up, he could have just taken his M.I.P. and moved on. Embarrassing, yes, but a simple M.I.P. is manageable on your record, and isn't likely to seriously hamper your career prospects. But what does he do? He runs, then when he's caught, he punches the cop who caught him. Now he could be looking at a felony on his record because he couldn't stand the idea of an M.I.P. on his record. Maybe he was worried about getting kicked off of the team. Now he'll have to worry about ever getting a decent job soon.  (Nov 24, 2008 | post #26)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

2 face kidnap, rape charges in Hartford

The term "CPL" is a reference to "Concealed Pistols License". Properly trained, a woman with a CPL, training, and a properly carried firearm has a pretty good chance of defending successfully against two assailants, especially if all the bad guys had were knives. Multiple-attacker scenarios are very worthwhile for anyone taking a course in personal protection.  (Sep 18, 2008 | post #19)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

DeKleine sentenced to life in prison

Not that it should matter, but Lori wasn't the only one having an affair. Ken was carrying on a sexual relationship of his own. His lover actually testified for the prosecution during the trial. Ken does not hold any kind of moral high ground in this issue... And he certainly had no justifiable reason for killing her. I've been cheated on by girlfriends more times than I can easily remember. But I've never had the urge to do physical harm to the woman I was dating. I just left the relationship.... In time, the anger passed.  (Aug 26, 2008 | post #56)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

DeKleine sentenced to life in prison

The prohibition on the death penalty is written directly into the Michigan Constitution of 1963. As such, it would take much more than gubernatorial support to re-establish capital punishment in Michigan. It would take an amendment to the state constitution. Have fun getting one of those passed in this political climate.  (Aug 25, 2008 | post #23)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

DeKleine guilty of killing wife

FYI - Ken DeKleine's sentencing is scheduled for Monday, August 25. It got pushed back a week from the original date.  (Aug 23, 2008 | post #207)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Girl survives 150 foot fall into chimney

If that kid is lucky enough to survive a 150 foot fall, the first thing she needs to do when she gets out of the hospital is buy a lottery ticket.  (Aug 2, 2008 | post #11)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Gun rally held in Hastings

Ugh... it's getting late. In the list above, the prohibition isn't on "Open Carry" per se, but on any possession of a firearm without a Concealed Pistol License. (the 1931 language reads 'A person licensed by this state or another state to carry a concealed weapon.')  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #119)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Gun rally held in Hastings

Hmmmmm.... It didn't like my link. I'll just quote the text itself; The law was written in 1931. 750.234d Possession of firearm on certain premises prohibited; applicability; violation as misdemeanor; penalty. Sec. 234d. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person shall not possess a firearm on the premises of any of the following: (a) A depository financial institution or a subsidiary or affiliate of a depository financial institution. (b) A church or other house of religious worship. (c) A court. (d) A theatre. (e) A sports arena. (f) A day care center. (g) A hospital. (h) An establishment licensed under the Michigan liquor control act, Act No. 8 of the Public Acts of the Extra Session of 1933, being sections 436.1 to 436.58 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. (2) This section does not apply to any of the following: (a) A person who owns, or is employed by or contracted by, an entity described in subsection (1) if the possession of that firearm is to provide security services for that entity. (b) A peace officer. (c) A person licensed by this state or another state to carry a concealed weapon. (d) A person who possesses a firearm on the premises of an entity described in subsection (1) if that possession is with the permission of the owner or an agent of the owner of that entity. (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #118)

WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Gun rally held in Hastings

That one is easier... The first document you link to contains a link to the Michigan Penal Code with a list of prohibited locations for carrying weapons. Open carry is prohibited at these locations, per state law. Here's a direct link. http://www.legisla ture.mi.gov/(S(on2 q1p3xrxzjfvb1aekar o55))/documents/mc l/pdf/mcl-750-234d .pdf  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #117)

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