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New police chief notes lowering recidivism rates; continues to seek ways to lower rates further

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

A conversation with GRPD Chief of Police David Rahinsky reveals he's looking at ways to address recidivism in Michigan- which at a 28% rate is significantly lower than the national level. Rahinsky says it's still too high.

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City Commission holds public hearing on police, community relations

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

Most citizens in favor of body cameras spoke of transparency as a big issue with police, but others also noted privacy concerns.

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New festival to introduce area to disability art; works to build access, understanding

Submitted 12-16-2014 under NEWS

The DisArt Festival will be the largest festival on disability and art in the United States to date, says founder and director Chris Smit.

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Rosa Parks Circle gets icy, open to skaters

Submitted 12-16-2014 under NEWS

Downtown is decked out in holiday lighting and crowds are breaking in the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Gaming on board: party provider expands services with Ultimate Gaming Bus

Submitted 12-16-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Brian Mosby started his business three years ago by offering bounce houses and other party fun for young children. He's now expanding his services to include entertainment for older children and teens with a mobile gaming station equiped with up to 50 video games.

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Walking a tightrope between race, art in Grand Rapids

Submitted 12-16-2014 under NONPROFITS

An interview with artist and teacher Derrick Hollowell about making and selling art- and being seen- in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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(Don't) Follow your passion

Submitted 12-11-2014 under NONPROFITS

We all want to be successful. When we do, we talk about our passions, but is that a good idea? One book from the Grand Rapids Public Library says otherwise.

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Chris Van Allsburg's set designs to premiere at Grand Rapids Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Submitted 12-10-2014 under NEWS

Highly-acclaimed picture book author and illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg, describes his artistic process in redesigning the set for Grand Rapids Ballet's "The Nutcracker." The performance and the designs will premiere in Grand Rapids this Friday.

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Formal public hearing set to explore implications of police body cameras

Submitted 12-09-2014 under NEWS

On Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m., City Commissioners will convene for a formal public hearing on whether or not police body cameras should be enacted into policy.

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Shop locally, give back at Grand Rapids Downtown Market during holidays

Submitted 12-09-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Buying local this holiday season ensures that more dollars will be recirculated back into the community. The Downtown Market is hosting activities in support of the local economy.

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