1-27-17 DWP Returns to Somalia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says it plans to return to Somalia, more than three years after closing its operations in the turbulent country.

The medical aid charity known by the French acronym MSF says its return to the Horn of Africa country will be a cautious one.

The charity pulled out of Somalia in August 2013 after 22 years of operations there. It cited “extreme attacks on its staff” in an environment where armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly allowed or condoned killings, assaults and abductions of humanitarian workers.

Somalia is trying to rebuild after decades of chaos that began in 1991 when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator. Extremist group al-Shabab continues to launch deadly attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, threatening the country’s first functioning central government in years.


1-27-17 Pro-Life Supporters Hearing History

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in years, pro-life supporters will have all the political momentum when they hold their annual rally on the National Mall.

The March for Life is held each year to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The group says Vice President Mike Pence will address Friday’s rally. The group adds no president or vice president has ever spoken previously at the event, now in its 44th year.

One of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, also is on the speakers’ list.

Trump has signed an executive order banning U.S. aid to foreign groups that provide abortions. And Republicans in Congress are seeking to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Hundreds have traveled from Michigan to attend this year’s event.

1-26-17 March for Life

Hundreds of pro-life supporters here in West Michigan are on their way to Washington DC.

The 44th annual March for Life is taking place tomorrow.  It’s a somber and peaceful demonstration in light of the millions killed through abortion.  Marchers say they come out to not only speak out against abortion but also to remind those considering or going through that process that they are loved and there are alternatives.

If you would like more information, please visit Right to Life of Michigan or Grand Rapids Right to Life.

1-26-17 Mary Tyler Moore Passes Away

NEW YORK (AP) — She played Mary Richards in the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and was the frazzled wife Laura Petrie (PEH’-tree) on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the 1960s.

Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at age 80.

Marlo Thomas, who played another single, career woman on television, saluted Moore, saying in a statement, “I’m proud that we were in that groundbreaking sorority that brought single independent women to television. She will be deeply missed.”


1.5.17:  Giving peanut-based foods to babies early prevents allergies




WASHINGTON (AP) — New guidelines say most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, to lower their chances of developing the dangerous food allergy.

Thursday’s guidelines from a National Institutes of Health panel mark a shift in dietary advice. They spell out exactly how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods and when — for some, as early as 4 to 6 months of age — depending on whether they’re at high, moderate or low risk of becoming allergic to peanuts.

Babies are at highest risk if they have a severe form of the skin rash eczema or egg allergies, and need a doctor’s check before introduction of peanut-based foods. Most other tots can start eating age-appropriate options at home.

The guidelines are being published in pediatric and allergy journals.


12-29-16 Mental Illness Issues Top State Agenda

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The next leader of the Michigan House says he wants to bring experts together to discuss mental health treatment. The number of mentally ill prisoners in the prison system has grown 14 percent since 2012 to roughly 9,400. Tom Leonard of DeWitt, who soon will become House speaker, says “early intervention” for people with mental illness saves money and can keep the public safe.

12-21-16 Still Searching for Missing Kentwood Man

Police are still searching for a missing Kentwood man who walked away from his home earlier this month.  Willie Crawford has dementia and may not be able to find his way back home.  He’s reportedly been spotted in Grand Rapids and the Wyoming area.  He’s a black male, about 6’0 ” and 150 lbs. He has a full gray beard, gray/black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Crawford was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, brown hiking boots and a black baseball hat.  If you spot someone matching that description, please call 911.


Willie Crawford

Willie Crawford – Missing from Kentwood

11-4-16 Strawberry Recall Affecting West Michigan Food Services

Multiple agencies are reporting recalled strawberries imported from Egypt have been served in close to a dozen food service locations around West MI.  The strawberries may be contaminated and result in Hepatitis A infections.

In Kent County, the Health Department’s Adam London says the berries were part of food at Roman’s Macaroni Grill on 28th Street near I-96 as well as at HCR ManorCare on the East Beltline.

In Allegan County, the Health Department reports the strawberries were served at Salvino’s in Plainwell and Wayland.

Ottawa County locations:

8th Street Grille in Holland, Biggby Coffee on Cottonwood in Jenison, and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  The Holiday Inn Grand Haven and the Savidge Street location in Spring Lake.  Jackie’s Place in Holland.

You can find statewide locations at this site:,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016–,00.html


The berries were served in late October but symptoms of Hepatitis A might not show up until now.  Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns.

9.12.16:  Surge in ER visits for injuries, concussions from soccer



CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says that soccer injuries are sending soaring numbers of U.S. kids to emergency rooms.

Many cases are kids with concussions needing urgent medical care.

The findings are based on 25 years of data. Researchers and sports medicine experts believe the growing number of cases reflect not only soccer’s growing popularity, but also a greater awareness about concussions and their potential risks.


8.29.16:  Study says playing with sports concussion doubles recovery time



CHICAGO (AP) — Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found.

It’s billed as the first to compare recovery outcomes for athletes removed from a game or practice compared with those who aren’t. The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwide

The study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.