A Grand Rapids man created a mobile phone app that works with local restaurants. It allows users to get discounted food and give the profit to charities that feed hungry kids.
Note – more about Kumar and FoodCircles to come soon! Jonathan Kumar eats his sandwich with a twinge of disgust. Now, Kumar is not a novice restaurant frequenter. He has hunted down the best taco food trucks, and shared plates with big groups of friends at tapas bistros. He can often be found devouring […]
Cultivate from your own consciousness Katie Zychowski has worked her fair share of odd jobs in her life: call center, library assistant, and gravedigger. Stop. Gravedigger? It is hard to image the petite blond sipping a frothy café meil in one of Grand Rapids’ most kitschy coffee shops would ever be breaking earth for the […]
Recently, I finished the NYT Bestselling book by Paula McLain, “The Paris Wife.” “Sometimes I wish we could rub out all of our mistakes and start fresh, from the beginning,’ I said. ‘And sometimes I think there isn’t anything to us but our mistakes.” Needless to say, it was pretty phenomenal. But the purpose of […]
I posted the print version of this story a few weeks ago. Here is the completed video version!
He’s a student, single father, veteran, and needed to find a livlihood. So, Steven Brown got a little creative. Check out my story on someone every GVSU student sees around campus, but might not know the whole story.
This is a segment I produced for GV Today about what’s so great about ArtPrize. Well, a lot of things actually, but take a look!
The other day, I finally got some professional head shots taken for my resumes, profiles, business cards, etc! But naturally, being the born camera ham that I am, I had some fun ones taken too. So heres a few form the shoot! Enjoy my face!
Yesterday, I interviewed Tom Sheerin. He is an ArtPrize artist known for creating large bird sculptures and other art from used metal. This year, His “Bird of Prey” is made from machetes and knives. “I started it because I saw how the layered knives looked like bird feathers. So this is what I did with […]
This just grabbed me. Via Buzzfeed: A journalist rescued a woman injured in a shoot-out between armed men and the police.This is why journalism matters. Not to be an extra hand in rescue, obviously. But to tell what happened, the stories and lives of other people outside of ourselves. These pictures are stunningly terrifying, sure, […]
By the time he was halfway up U.S. 131 to Mackinaw City, Steven Brown knew he might have taken his crazy idea a little too far. There was no turning back at this point. But after 13 hours, 492 miles and $2,500 later, he was the new CEO of his own business. The hot dog […]
It was 12 years ago last week since the tragic events of Sept. 11. Now, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, soldiers are returning home to begin new lives, and some are enrolling in school. What that means for Grand Valley State University is that there are more student veterans, […]
Jail time, tickets, and shame are often common results for those who hold signs begging for food, money or other basic needs. Now, the federal court says this is just not allowed. James Speet of Grand Rapids was one of those who faced multiple prosecutions. He was repeatedly arrested and received ticket after ticket for […]
Walking along the bridges outside Michigan Stadium, visitors will soon be passing under shimmery aluminum tiled banners of trees blowing with the wind. They also will notice shadows of branches on the sidewalk produced from nearby glass panels etched with pictures. Heading down under the overpass, the concrete walls are lined with stone slabs with […]
Ok, a little explanation though. My first friend from High School to be getting married asked me to stand up in the bridal party with her. Now, Nicole doesn’t do anything less than ultra-glamorous. For her bachelorette party this past weekend, we competed in “Bridesmaid War,” a series of obstacles and challenges put on by […]
A coalition of education, philanthropic and civic groups has released its annual score card for Detroit’s schools. Excellent Schools Detroit evaluated more than 200 K-12 schools in the city of Detroit. Giving them a letter grade, schools earning a C+ or better were recommended as excellent schools. Twenty-five percent, or 51 schools, received this grade. While that […]
Earlier this summer, some students at Ann Arbor high schools were told they would have to pay for their optional last class of the day. Many students take music, art, drama, or additional academics during an optional seventh hour. Starting in the fall, the school district plans to charge students $100 for the seventh period class. The American […]
One year ago, Brooke Harris made headlines when she was fired from her teaching job in Flint for helping students create a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin. Now, Harris is in trouble with another employer. Earlier this month, she was fired from her teaching position at Detroit’s Mumford High School. That’s one of the schools under […]
A new candidate has announced his candidacy as a write-in for the Detroit mayoral race. His name? Mike Dugeon. Yes, that’s a direct aim at a certain other write-in candidate, Mike Duggan. Mike Duggan, former Detroit Medical Center CEO, has been gaining quite a bit of support for his write-in campaign for the office. But […]
“Fired up! Can’t take no more! Fired up! Can’t take no more!” That’s what city workers chanted as they marched outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Detroit this afternoon. Regarding the bankruptcy plans, they filled the steps of the courthouse to make their voice heard. The city workers want Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency […]
When hearing the phrase: “Your state is in danger of government corruption,” a movie plot may come to mind. But this is real life. And with current Michigan laws, there may be some plot holes that could use revisions. The Better Government Association (BGA) and Alper Services released a study this week ranking the states based on their “Integrity Score.” “For […]
Have you ever been in a slump? Down in the dumps? Stuck in a rut? Or some other similar cliche about being in somewhere icky. Yes, I said icky. My point is, sometimes when things are going really, really well, we forget why they are good. Routine can be a good and a bad thing. It’s great to be […]
The Arab-American Civil Rights League says hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from Huntington Bank this year explaining that their accounts have been closed. Shut down, and terminated. However, the word explaining may not be the best term. The one thing these letters did not do was explain why. No reason was given for closing the […]
I had the chance this afternoon to speak with Michigan’s Balloon Sculptor during my Michigan Radio – NPR internship. I walked away feeling like I just spoke with someone who had a lot more about life figured out than I did.
So, today in Chicago, I had to re-create the iconic “Carrie hailing a cab” photo. But hey, I actually needed the cab! So it totally worked!
Michigan residents will have to wait to gamble in the lottery online. iLottery, proposed by the Michigan Lottery, would have allowed people to buy tickets and play games like Club Keno and scratch-offs right from their computer. However, that plan is no more. Gov. Rick Snyder approved the state budget that did not include the […]
Math is not typically a favorite subject among kids. Often times, that is because it is hard to understand and visualize the numbers in the problems. Michigan State University found a link in a new study between the ability to picture how objects move in the mind and performing math problems. It is called spatial […]
More than 12% of Michigan bridges have been deemed “structurally unsafe” by the group Transportation for America. Michigan has about 11,000 bridges. The group says 1,354 of those could be dangerous. So, if more than 1 out of 10 bridges in Michigan is “unsafe,” how bad are they really? “It’s a term that seems ominous,” said Jeff […]
While I love blogging all day about policy, politics and opinion all day, I love to shop. I love fashion. However, I’m a broke college student. So I shop at low-cost stores, outlets, Marshalls, resale-shops, and so on. On Fridays I will post pictures of the latest fashion trends from my cheap closet. On this […]
At a meeting that lasted until almost 2 a.m., the Ann Arbor School Board voted to cut 27 full-time teachers from schools across the district. The school board also voted to eliminate three teachers from Ann Arbor’s reading intervention program. The board had to make some tough decisions for the 2013-14 school year, according to Board […]
When does it happen for you? That, Ah-ha! Moment? Well, I for one cannot answer this for anyone. And really, I’m not sure I can even pin point it myself. But what I do know, is it happened. It clicked. My go-to anecdote is that I made my first magazine in 3rd grade. Basically I […]
The iconic Hudson department store in Detroit was demolished 15 years ago, leaving a large empty space in the heart of downtown. But thanks to a contest by Opportunity Detroit, new ideas were generated from all over the world to re-vamp the city on this site. The nine-week competition was open to all architects, designers […]
Commemorative Freedom Walk celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. speech
The average fuel economy for U.S. built vehicles reached a new high in May, at 24.8 miles per gallon. This is good news for drivers when gas station signs are showing prices near and above $4 a gallon. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says consumers are not only being more fuel-efficient savvy, […]
School’s out and summer means sun tans, barbeques, beach days, and…searching for Christmas Trees? The hunt for the state holiday tree has begun. Michigan needs a 65-foot-tall evergreen that can sparkle on the lawn of the Capitol building in November. “Everyone laughs that the process starts in June,” said Kurt Weiss with Michigan’s Department of […]
Currently, there are no offshore turbines spinning wind into energy in the Great Lakes. If this legislature is passed, there may never be.
Day 2 in the A 2. Clever, no? Ok I’m finished with the Ann Arbor name puns. So my goal from the week was to find a part-time serving job within walking distance of my house. Two days later and voila! It’s almost as if I have a person up in the clouds who provides for […]
“I’m not going to write a post with the word “new” in the title. That’s dumb and uncreative.” …Which, granted, I held to that. Yet, that’s seriously the only word to describe the past few days. Two days ago, I moved to Ann Arbor: home to the great University of Michigan and the place where […]
Shopping with mother often leaves the wallet significantly lighter than when we began. You see, my mother is the biggest instigator. We like to play dress up like when I was 5, and encourage the idea that “but you really need…” So in all reality, my voice of reason is clearly not the woman who […]