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City of Grand Rapids praises bike safety campaign for reducing accidents

The City of Grand Rapids is praising its public education campaign for dramatically reducing the amount of accidents involving a bicycle and automobiles. Named the Vision Zero campaign, city officials have made a concerted effort to educate drivers on two new ordinances in Grand Rapids. One requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks, the other mandates that motorists keep at least 5 feet between the right side of their vehicle and the bicyclist they are passing. City officials...

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Michigan flags at half staff for fallen firefighter

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Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff  for a fallen Michigan firefighter.  Michael Lubig died Monday, Nov. 12, following a medical emergency at the end of a 24-hour shift Thursday, Nov. 8.

"Michael was a fearless man who cared deeply about protecting the people of Detroit,” Snyder said. “Sue and I send our deepest condolences to his friends, family and colleagues during this difficult time.”

A judge has ordered a Michigan man to surrender two antique lighthouse lenses worth at least $600,000, months after the collector lost a court battle with the federal government. Judge Mark Goldsmith told Steve Gronow that he doesn't want to jail him. He set a new February deadline Monday. Gronow didn't object. Coast Guard officials went to Gronow's mansion in Howell, 50 miles northwest of Detroit, and weren't allowed through a gate. He was supposed to give up the lenses last summer.

Authorities say a southwestern Michigan police officer has been struck by a car on a sidewalk.
 
     The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the officer was with a group of investigators talking to neighbors Monday afternoon when the vehicle struck and injured him.
 
     The department says other officers performed first aid on the injured officer, who was taken to a hospital to be treated. His condition is unclear. His name hasn't been released.
 

Area residents who have dreamed of living in a castle now have a chance. After years of construction, Grand Castle Apartments in Grandville, Michigan opened its doors as new tenants began moving in. The 15-floor apartment building constructed in the shape of a castle towers over 200 feet and has over 500 units available for rent.

Roger Lucas is the Owner for Land and Company, the developer behind the Grand Castle Apartments. He said, his inspiration to build the medieval style structure came from vacationing overseas.

The City of Grand Rapids is praising its public education campaign for dramatically reducing the amount of accidents involving a bicycle and automobiles.

Named the Vision Zero campaign, city officials have made a concerted effort to educate drivers on two new ordinances in Grand Rapids. One requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks, the other mandates that motorists keep at least 5 feet between the right side of their vehicle and the bicyclist they are passing.

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Authorities in Italy have demanded the seizure of a humanitarian ship used to rescue migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Ocean, alleging that the ship improperly dumped contaminated and medical waste at port — a charge strongly rejected by the nonprofit groups that operate the ship.

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee describe the seizure order as an attempt to criminalize humanitarian aid, saying the ship has always followed standard procedure for disposing waste.

When Los Angeles Times photographer Wally Skalij photographed a tiny owl sitting on the beach in Malibu as the flames of the Woolsey Fire burned in the background, he had no idea how many people would connect with the image.

Richard Nixon was born and raised in Orange County, California. Ronald Reagan got his political fuel from there. In a state increasingly dominated by coastal liberals, Orange County was a conservative bastion with an ocean view.

Even as Democrats came to dominate California politics, Orange County clung on as a Republican stronghold.

"Orange County was different," said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant based in Sacramento. "It was, as we called it 'the orange curtain' and it has now fallen."

Just a week and a half after deadly wildfires erupted in California, devouring iconic landmarks in the state's south and effectively wiping out an entire town to the north, there's a ray of hope. The Woolsey Fire is nearing full containment around Malibu, while Butte County firefighters are steadily reining in the Camp Fire and may get help in the form of a rain-heavy forecast.

Tiffany Rowe, a 46-year-old life coach in the San Francisco Bay area, still remembers how it felt as a teenager to be hoisted on stage to dance with Michael Jackson during his Bad concert tour.

She was 15 and recovering from an excruciating round of treatment for severe idiopathic aplastic anemia — basically total bone marrow failure.

She had met Jackson in his greenroom before the concert, but she had been told that dancing with him — her real wish — wouldn't be possible.

Critics intensified their pressure on the acting attorney general on Tuesday, but the Justice Department — including the office of special counsel Robert Mueller — says it's carrying out business as usual.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's watchdog to investigate whether there have been any "unlawful or improper communications" between the White House and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Michigan flags at half staff for fallen firefighter

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Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff  for a fallen Michigan firefighter.  Michael Lubig died Monday, Nov. 12, following a medical emergency at the end of a 24-hour shift Thursday, Nov. 8.

"Michael was a fearless man who cared deeply about protecting the people of Detroit,” Snyder said. “Sue and I send our deepest condolences to his friends, family and colleagues during this difficult time.”

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed last year when I saw them: photo after photo of my POC friends' Thanksgiving tables, decked out with not just turkey and stuffing, but the traditional dishes of their culture.

One Korean family served bright red radish kimchi; an Egyptian family prepared dozens of stuffed grape leaves; and one Taiwanese family included takeout mapo tofu — probably a potluck addition from a guest.

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