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Demonstrators show their positions on Israel/Gaza conflict


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Around a hundred people gathered in Grand Rapids to demonstrate their positions on the violence in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza.

The demonstration began at four Monday afternoon in front of the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building.

Protesters against Israeli actions in Gaza carried signs reading "End the Siege in Gaza" and "Stop Israeli Hi-Tech Terror."

Demonstrators supporting Israel gathered, too, holding held their own signs.

Nidel Kanaan helped organizer the pro-Palestinian gathering.

"There's a hundred thousand Palestinians homeless right now; over 500 have been killed -- that's only going to get worse," he said. "Everyone's going to go home and those things are going to keep happening. I just want people not to forget that after today that this is still going on; we still need help."

Fulton Street bridge closes for construction


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Another major city street is now closed due to road construction.

The Fulton Street Bridge over the Grand River closed Monday afternoon. It was supposed to close earlier in the morning, but the project was delayed slightly.

The bridge will remain closed for repairs and resurfacing until August 25th.


Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant

Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an armed robbery in the Eastown neighborhood.

It happened around 2:15 Monday morning on Wealthy Street near Atlas Avenue in front of the Pizza Hut, which was closed at the time. Dispatchers tell WZZM 13 the suspect pistol whipped his victim and stole money before taking off on a bicycle.

The victim called police from Mulligan's Pub, down the street from the restaurant. Police searched for the suspect throughout the night in the area but could not find him.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black man wearing a blue and pink plaid shirt and blue jeans. If you know anything about the robbery you're asked to call Grand Rapids Police (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer (616) 774-2345.


Fulton St. closing Monday for bridge work


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Bridge construction will close Fulton Street over the Grand River starting at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21st.

MDOT will close the downtown area until August 25th.

You can take a detour from Division Avenue to Pearl Street/Lake Michigan Drive to Seward Avenue. Pedestrians can use the Grand Valley Pedestrian "Blue Bridge" just to the north of Fulton Street.


My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Students will have to pay more to attend Grand Valley State University next year.

Last Friday, GVSU’s Board of Trustees approved raising tuition rates by approximately three percent.  The increase means students will pay $298 more per academic year, bringing annual tuition to $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident.

GVSU says the tuition increase is the lowest it’s approved in a decade.  The budget also includes a three percent wage increase for faculty and staff members and a  $3.1 million increase in student scholarships and grants, bringing the student financial aid budget to $38 million.

Over-sized outdoor chess set unveiled in downtown GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Downtown visitors can now play with an over-sized chess set near the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Thursday morning, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. unveiled the outdoor chess board on the north side of the museum, along Monroe Center.

Students from the Ottawa Hills/Brown Hutcherson "Believe 2 Become" program played the inaugural game during the unveiling.

DGRI said the board will be available for the public's use daily during city park hours.


GRFD gets federal grant worth nearly $212K


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Fire Department is getting a federal grant worth nearly $212,000 to support fire prevention efforts.

The offices of Senator Carl Levin and Senator Debbie Stabenow announced the grant Wednesday. The funding, specifically intended to support fire prevention education and awareness efforts, code enforcement, and fire and arson investigations, comes from the Department of Homeland Security.

Learn more about the grant program at this link.