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Red Wings partner with Purple Community again


DETROIT, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Detroit Red Wings are partnering with the Van Andel Institute to raise money for cancer and neurodegenerative disease research.

The Red Wings will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for "Hockey Fights Cancer Night."

The game is October 23 at Joe Louis Arena.

Fans there will get a purple rally towel and a card they can raise during the game in honor of a loved one fighting cancer.

You can buy tickets on the Red Wings' website -- use the promo code "Purple."

This is the second year for the fundraiser for the VAI.


WalletHub lists G.R. among best "foodie cities"


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nearly a third of the money spent on food here in the United States is used to eat out.

Thursday is World Food Day, and leading up to it, WalletHub released a survey ranking this year's best and worst "foodie cities" for your wallet.

Grand Rapids ranked eighth in terms of affordable groceries and 33rd for the average price of wine and beer. The survey also looked at things like the number of craft breweries and wineries, in which Grand Rapids ranked 19th. See the whole list at this link.

This also comes as Grand Rapids takes first place in the USA Today "Best Beer Town" poll.

Breaking down myths, misconceptions about gas prices


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Gas prices are spiking again, after they dipped below $3 per gallon. The roller coaster that is the price at the pump has left many speculating as to the reason why.

To learn the cause of the constant price fluctuation, and to break down some of the more common misconceptions of gas price changes, Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com provided some answers.

Patrick DeHaan has been monitoring gas prices in Grand Rapids since 2004 and across the nation for GasBuddy.com since 2009. He looked at the current spike in gas prices, and answered some common questions about them:

#1 Are gas prices going up or down because this is an election year?

LaughFest seeking Community Showcase comedians


(WZZM) - Think you're funny? Here's your chance to show the community. LaughFest is recruiting individuals of all ages, and groups of all size, to showcase their talents in LaughFest's free Community Showcases.

Gilda's LaughFest is gearing up for the 2015 Festival, which runs March 5 through 15. Applications will be accepted at LaughFest's website until December 8.

Festival Director Joanne Roehm dropped in on Thursday's Morning News to talk about what it takes to be placed in a showcase, plus the return of the FUNderwear Run.


Kent Co. says agencies are trained, prepared for Ebola


GRAND RAPIDS - The medical and government communities in Kent County say they have met to discuss emergency preparedness regarding the recent spread of the Ebola virus in different parts of the world.

In a press release, the County said, "Discussions centered on the virus, transmission, prevention, patient isolation and monitoring, in case there was a patient with Ebola–like symptoms and had travelled to (or had close contact with someone from) the region impacted by Ebola."

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Free Cell Phones; what will the next giveaway be?

I, along with a lot of other people, often wonder why the government ever decided to give away free phones to people. I can’t even begin to imagine the cost that is shared by every working person in the United State of America.

I see people who are covered with tattoos, smoking cigarettes, buying beer & booze and have a nice vehicle with these phones and wonder, if they can afford all these things, why can’t they afford a phone? Don’t they have family members that can be of help to them? Family are supposed to help their own.

I grew up in a large family who took care of themselves. We didn’t have a phone in our home until it was almost time for me to graduate from high school but we all seemed to survive. If it was something really important, we had a neighbor who was gracious enough to let us use their phone but that was rare.

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

 

Thursday, October 16th - 5 pm to 10 pm