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GRPD officer's father killed in Afghanistan


KABUL (USA TODAY/WZZM) - An Afghan security guard shot and killed three Americans at a hospital in Kabul on Thursday. Officials said the three killed were doctors, including a visiting father and son.

Another doctor and a U.S. nurse were also wounded in the attack.

District Police Chief Hafiz Khan said a guard suddenly turned his weapon on the staff he was supposed to be protecting at Cure International Hospital and started shooting.

"Five doctors had entered the compound of the hospital and were walking toward the building when the guard opened fire on them," said Kanishka Bektash Torkystani, a Ministry of Health spokesman. "Three foreign doctors were killed."

My Town GR West: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

My Town GR West: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Shaved heads and blood donations are adding up to a big boost for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The organization today accepted two checks from Blue Care Network, Michigan Blood and Grand Valley State University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity, totaling more than $16,000.

The $10,000 check from BCN and Michigan Blood comes from LaughFest-related blood drives.  For every person who donated blood, BCN donated money toward LaughFest’s High Five Campaign, which benefits child cancer, grief and emotional support programs provided by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The second check came from Delta Tau Delta, which raised more than $6,500 through a head-shaving event held after a fraternity member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My Town GR Central: ArtPrize voting changes to give music entries a stronger chance at winning

My Town GR Central: ArtPrize voting changes to give music entries a stronger chance at winning

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – St. Cecilia Music Center will continue its role as the official ArtPrize Music Hub in 2014.

St. Cecilia will once again award its own prize money to musical entries with five different genre prizes. Along with the chance for the $2,000 SCMC award, the changes in ArtPrize 2014 voting structure gives music a spotlight for public vote and jury vote awards.

Cathy Holbrook, executive director of St. Cecilia Music Center states, “This new voting structure for ArtPrize gives all of the artistic genres great focus. It will also result in some art, such as music, emerging in 2014 as important and popular entries into ArtPrize. I think everyone wins with this new process – the artists, the venues, and the public who will hear about, see and experience a versatile selection of artists.”

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan parents will try to set a new diaper world record this weekend.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change starts at 11 a.m. on April 26 at Cedar Tree Birth and Wellness Center on Cherry Street.  Participating parents will try to break the current Guinness World Record of simultaneous cloth diaper changes- 8,301 diapers changed in 15 countries last year.  This year, 23 countries are expected to take part in the attempt.

This is the fourth year Grand Rapids has taken part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, which is aimed at raising awareness about the environmental benefits of cloth diapering.  Hop Scotch is teaming up with Grand Rapids-based Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers to provide additional activities, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Fifth Third Riverbank Run field "deep and fast"


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The 37th running of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run will feature a field of elite runners that is "deep and fast," according to Greg Meyer, coordinator of the elite field.

Meyer is fresh back from Boston, where he announced winners of the Boston Marathon. Meyer and other race officials spoke with reporters Wednesday to preview the May 10 event. He says last year's winners will return, and anticipates possibly establishing new 25K world records.

Volunteers make the run work. This year, 2,000 total are expected, but about 300 more are needed. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, meal, and access to this year's new race post party the 616 Club.

To volunteer and learn more about the race, go to Fifth Third Riverbank Run.

Power outage hits downtown Grand Rapids


UPDATE AT 11 A.M. (WZZM) -- Power to downtown Grand Rapids has been restored.

UPDATE AT 6:49 A.M. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says power should be restored to downtown Grand Rapids by 8 a.m.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy crews are looking into the cause of an early morning power outage in downtown Grand Rapids.

A utility spokesman says the outage hit at least 280 customers -- including office and apartment buildings -- around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The outages are between U.S. 131 to the west, South Division Ave. to the east, Lyon Street to the north, and Cherry Street to the south.

Spokesman Roger Morgenstern says the problem is in Consumers' underground electrical network in downtown Grand Rapids, but workers have not determined the exact cause.


My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- On April 22, 2014 Aquinas College celebrated Earth Day with a series of student activities.

Themed "Love Your Mother", the event included activities such as decorating TOMS shoes, a showing of the movie "Wall-E" and musical performances by Rhett Price and Joey Hyde. The event also featured a series of educational and fun activities sponsored by student clubs and school departments. These included a toxic cosmetic dump, recycling and compost games, do-it-yourself green cleaners, henna tattoos and beekeeping demonstrations.

Aquinas College is working to become the first zero waste college in the nation. The student Earth Day event was designed to entertain, educate and engage students on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of working towards a greener tomorrow.