Ottawa Hills Garden tour this Saturday a chance to stop and smell the roses

Tomorrow is the last Saturday in June. In Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood this is a day set aside for its annual Garden Tour as Saturday marks the tour’s 24th year. The Ottawa Hills Garden Tour kicks off at 9 AM and ends at 1 PM. Visitors are asked to begin the excursion at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. In the latest edition of Art Unfiltered, WGVU’s Patrick Center previews the show with Tom Deur Chairman of the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour and Fred Davison President of the...

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State Representative Jim Runestad’s bill would make equal custody the default position in divorces. He says, right now, judges have too much discretion and the proof of that is wide disparities between counties in how custody is granted.

   Runestad says the current system invites conflict between parents vying to win custody.

   “It’s a horrible, horrible system for kids and it’s got to change.”

   But critics, including judges and advocates for domestic violence victims, say judges need discretion to make the best arrangements for children.

Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Michigan House to pass economic development tax incentives when it meets in July, saying there's still time to lure a Taiwanese electronics giant to the state. Snyder told The Associated Press Friday the job-creation program is "straightforward" and is about "more and better jobs." 

Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

Jun 23, 2017
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A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan. Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds. 

Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.

Kalamazoo College athletics get sanctions amid violations

Jun 23, 2017

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced sanctions against a college's athletic programs following the NCAA's discovery last year of violations regarding athletics and financial aid. The MIAA Presidents' Council voted Thursday to apply the sanctions on Kalamazoo College, an NCAA Division III school in southwest Michigan. 

Tomorrow is the last Saturday in June. In Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood this is a day set aside for its annual Garden Tour as Saturday marks the tour’s 24th year. The Ottawa Hills Garden Tour kicks off at 9 AM and ends at 1 PM. Visitors are asked to begin the excursion at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. In the latest edition of Art Unfiltered, WGVU’s Patrick Center previews the show with Tom Deur Chairman of the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour and Fred Davison President of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association.

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President Trump kept one of his campaign promises, signing a bill Friday to make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. It came in response to the 2014 VA scandal in which employees covered up long wait times while collecting bonuses.

The bill, which passed earlier this month with strong bipartisan support, also gives the secretary authority to revoke bonuses and protects whistleblowers who report wrongdoing.

The fire that devastated a 24-story apartment building last week began by accident — and the source was a refrigerator, London police say. Investigators have also found that materials used on Grenfell Tower's exterior failed safety tests.

"We now have expert evidence that the fire was not started deliberately — the fire started in a fridge-freezer — the make and model is a Hotpoint FF175BP," Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said Friday. She added that the refrigerator, which has a freezer on the bottom and refrigerator on top, has not been recalled.

In Atlanta, the buzzing of dirt bikes and ATVs is loudest on Sundays, when a loose group of riders called ATL Bike Life get together.

About 50 of them showed up outside a park in southwest Atlanta, popping wheelies and revving their engines.

Thirteen chefs divide into teams and begin to prepare appetizers, salads, mains and sides, and desserts. At their disposal are 300 pounds of "ugly" produce just rescued from local farms: purple cauliflower, cherries, shiitake mushrooms, pears, fingerling potatoes, shallots, kale and carrots.

Most of it looks super-fresh, though in some cases the produce is dinged or oddly colored enough to be unappealing to distributors.

Today we're going to update a story we first brought you back in 2004. That September, NPR set out to document what may be the most important day in any young child's life — the first day of kindergarten. For parents it's a day filled with hope, anxiety and one big question: Is our child ready?

The answer back then, as far as 5-year-old Sam Marsenison was concerned, was, "No, no, no!"

Thirty years after Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong labeled golf a sport for the bourgeois and banned it from his worker's paradise, his successor gave the sport another try.

In 1982, Vincent Chin was a 27-year-old draftsman at an engineering firm living in Detroit. On June 19, the Chinese-American immigrant went out with friends to celebrate his upcoming wedding.

That night at a bar he crossed paths with Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz. The two worked in the auto industry and were angry about recent layoffs which were widely blamed on Japanese imports.

In ordinary times, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust would be a natural candidate to take on a major construction project such as the long-awaited rebuilding of FBI headquarters.

As with so much about the Trump era, however, the ordinary rules don't apply.

A commercial real estate firm, Vornado is widely reported to be a finalist to build a new campus for the FBI somewhere in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. But its financial ties to President Trump are raising concerns about conflicts of interest.

Two government watchdog groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Trump and the Executive Office of the President.

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that the confession of Brendan Dassey, whose case was part of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, was involuntary. Dassey was found guilty of helping his uncle kill a young woman in 2005, and has been held in a Wisconsin prison.

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