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9.18.14:  Gala set for Western Michigan’s new medical school

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University’s new medical school.

 

The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university’s Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Doctor A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ board of directors.

 

The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.

 

The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.


9.18.14:  Michigan university gets $1 million stained glass

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Christian university in West Michigan has hired a Danish artist to construct four stained glass windows valued at $1 million for its new chapel.

 

Cornerstone University on the East Beltline in Grand Rapids, commissioned the windows from Peter Brandes to be the hallmark feature of the chapel, scheduled to open in fall 2015. The windows will be funded through donors and completed in about eight months under supervision of the artist.

 

Brandes says the red, blue and yellow light will invigorate worshippers when the sun fills the room with color. The university president says the windows will serve as a reminder of Cornerstone’s commitment to Christ.

 

The university is also making a documentary about the windows that will be shown at the chapel.

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9.17.14:  Gun found at Muskegon School

 

Muskegon High School was locked down for 2 hours Tuesday afternoon after a loaded handgun fell out of a student’s pants during a fight between two freshmen.

 

The fight took place after lunch when the students were walking back to the freshman building.  It started verbally and then became physical.

 

A teacher took the gun and turned it over to police.  They found that the gun had been reported stolen to the Muskegon Police Department earlier this year.


9.17.14:  Area lawyers visit 5th graders

 

Today, September, 17 is Constitution Day.

 

In honor of the 227th Anniversary of our nation’s founding document, attorneys from the Grand Rapid Bar Association will volunteer their time to educate students about the U.S. Constitution.  They will visit more than 1,400 5th grade students in 47 classrooms.

 

The law requires any school receiving federal money to education their students about the Constitution on or around Constitution Day.  GRPS students have the opportunity to learn first-hand from attorneys about the U.S. Constitution and how it impacts their everyday lives.

 

 


9.17.14:  Gala set for WMU’s new medical school

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University’s new medical school.

 

The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university’s Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Dr. A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ board of directors.

 

The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.

 

Its first white-coat ceremony for students and invited guests is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.

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9.17.14:  Natural gas leak halted, Michigan evacuation ends

 

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Michigan say operators of a natural gas pipeline have stopped a leak, clearing the way for evacuated residents to return home.

 

Police in Berrien County’s Benton Township say the TransCanada Corp. natural gas line began leaking about 2 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the evacuations. No injuries are reported.

 

Police Chief Vincent Fetke says the company reported that gas no longer was leaking Tuesday afternoon and residents are being allowed to go home. The site is about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

 

The Calgary, Alberta-based company says the affected section of the line automatically shut down after the leak. Company spokesman Terry Cunha says TransCanada crews are investigating the cause of the leak so they can plug it and reopen the pipeline.


9.16.14:  Michigan music center gets $1 million from Wege

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 131-year-old music center in Grand Rapids is receiving $1 million from the estate of former Steelcase Inc. chairman and philanthropist Peter Wege.

 

St. Cecilia Music Center announced Monday that the Grand Rapids native left the gift before his death in July at the age of 94. The center’s executive director says it’s the largest donation the center has received throughout its history. She says the money will more than double the center’s current endowment.

 

The Great Artist Gala on Sept. 18 will be dedicated to Wege. The director says he was a long-time supporter but the center wasn’t expecting a gift from him.

 

The office furniture manufacturing heir created his charitable foundation in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.


9.16.14:  Natural gas leak prompts evacuation in SW Michigan

 

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have evacuated residents within a mile radius of a natural gas line leak in southwestern Michigan.

 

No injuries are reported. Police in Berrien County’s Benton Township say the natural gas line began leaking about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Local police, sheriff’s deputies and fire officials worked to evacuate residents and police say air monitoring is taking place.

 

Police say representatives of energy company TransCanada worked to shut off the flow of natural gas in the pipeline or reroute the flow of gas. The cause of the leak wasn’t immediately known. Road blocks are in place around the area.

 

In a statement, TransCanada says the reported leak was on the ANR Pipeline and automatic closures isolated the affected section of the line. It says the effect on customers isn’t immediately known.


9.15.14:  Weekend accidents claim local lives

 

One man was killed in a wrong-way crash early Sunday morning just east of downtown Grand Rapids.   the two car crash took place along I-96 near the East Beltline.  Police say a woman who was drunk , drove her SUV east in the west-bound lanes and collided with another vehicle.  The woman was pulled from the burning vehicle but the man died in his car.

 

A 19-year-old Wyoming man died following a crash Saturday night at the intersection of 44th and Burlingame.  A Jeep driven by a 22-year-old Jenison man, ran a red light and hit another car.  The driver in that car was taken to the hospital where he later passed away.  The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

 

24-year-old Nicole Popa of Caledonia died after being ejected from a car that collided with a tractor-trailer in northern Michigan.  The car was traveling along M-115 about 40 miles SE of Traverse City, when the male driver tried to pass another vehicle, lost control and hit the oncoming truck.  The man then fled the scene and was later arrested by police.


9.12.14:  GRCC celebrates with the public Saturday

 

Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a community picnic on Saturday.

 

College President Dr. Steven Ender said the West Michigan community has supported the college for 100 years and they want to celebrate and are looking forward to the partnership to continue in years to come.

 

The free picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13th, in the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse on Lyon Street.  Parking in the GRCC ramps will also be free.

 

The picnic is just one way GRCC is commemorating their 100th anniversary.  College faculty and staff are also participating in 100 Ways to Give, where they will be involved in service projects throughout the community.