Islamic community begins Ramadan at sundown Friday

As the sun sets Friday evening, Muslim’s in Grand Rapids and around the world will begin the Islam holy month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, healthy adults abstain from eating or drinking anything from dawn until sundown. “Fasting is a procedure which purifies your spirit, your physical body, and your imagination, everything; and connects you with God,” Iman Sharif Sahibzada of the the Islamic Center and Mosque of Grand Rapids said. The most holy month in the Islamic calendar,...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens

May 26, 2017

Johnny Depp returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about that movie plus The Lovers, and Chuck.

Governor Snyder made some powerful appointments today. The governor filled the five seats of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.

   The board includes a recently retired sergeant for Michigan State Police, a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens, and a former Speaker of the House.

   They will use recommendations from the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to distribute licenses to grow, transport, test and sell medical marijuana.

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Authorities say one person has been injured in a plane crash in western Michigan.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says the plane crashed on a runway at Plainwell Municipal Airport about 1 p.m. Friday.

It said the extent of the injury was not immediately known and it had no additional information.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the agency had no immediate information on the crash.

Telephone calls to the airport went unanswered Friday afternoon.

The airport is located next to U.S. 131 about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids.

Muskegon area beach takes steps to increase safety

May 26, 2017

Public safety officials have installed numbered markers at a sprawling western Michigan beach to help first responders locate emergencies faster and facilitate beach meet-ups. Seven red markers with white numbers have been placed 300 feet apart along the northern stretch of Pere Marquette Park's beach in Muskegon. 

GRPD: 3-week-old child dies after dog attack

May 26, 2017

Police say a 3-week-old child who was left alone in a house with three dogs has died after apparently being attacked by one of the animals in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the child was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday morning after being attacked Thursday night. 

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What Happens When Journalism Gets Physical

May 27, 2017

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This week's physical assault by Montana's new GOP Congressman, Greg Gianforte against The Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs — who was asking a question about the budget — is the latest example of hostility toward journalists.

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Jim Bunning, an imposing Hall of Fame pitcher and a cantankerous, resolutely conservative U.S. Senator from Kentucky, died Friday at age 85.

The Trump administration agreed late Friday to disclose records regarding former lobbyists it has hired, and the ethics rules it has waived for them. The move defuses a brewing conflict between the White House and one of Washington's smallest agencies, the tiny, 71-worker Office of Government Ethics.

President Trump has had, according to the White House, a successful maiden trip outside the U.S. But the bad news is he has to come home. Back in Washington, the ongoing Russia investigations await him along with another appeals court setback for his travel ban.

At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations. Last year, when America was represented by President Obama, the missive was 32 pages long and outlined many subjects of "common values and principles." Among other things, the group committed to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord.

Two people are dead and one was injured after a stabbing on a train in Portland, Ore., on Friday afternoon.

Robert Jenkins was only 21 when he started balding. It was a condition he'd expected given that his dad had been bald for as long as he could remember. What Jenkins did not expect, however, is that he'd have to deal with hair loss at such a young age.

He wasn't prepared for it.

"I had a lot of low self-esteem, I started to get depressed," Jenkins, now 28, says. "I wouldn't go to events. I would stay in the house because I was just embarrassed."