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Google is Good for Grand Rapids & Grand Rapids is Good for Google

Submitted 03-22-2010 under NEWS

Families, business people, college students, politicians, unemployed workers, company owners, educators and high school students came out Friday, March 19 to Calder Plaza to support the nomination of Grand Rapids as a test city for Google Fiber....

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Leading SETI astronomer lectures on the probability of intelligent alien life

Submitted 03-16-2010 under NEWS

Do aliens exist? And if so, when will we meet them? These questions were on the mind of more than 200 science fans sitting (and standing) last night in Grand Valley State University's downtown Loosemore Auditorium (401 W. Fulton) as they listened to...

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GR Historical Women walking tour gets higher turnout than expected

Submitted 03-08-2010 under NEWS

On a beautiful Saturday morning—perfect weather for walking—more than 130 people crammed into two rooms at the Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library NE) to learn about an overshadowed perspective of history in Grand Rapids: The woman's...

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Grand Rapids makes a case for Google Fiber

Submitted 03-01-2010 under NEWS

Japan has it. Other European and east Asian countries have it, and now Google is working to bring fiber connectivity to the United States. Grand Rapids is among dozens of cities vying to host the Google Fiber initiative. Internet connectivity has...

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Startup Weekend to arrive in W. Michigan on Friday

Submitted 02-21-2010 under NEWS

Imagine launching a product—from conception to employee recruitment to development—in just a little more than one work week's time. Cram those 54 hours into three days and it's called Startup Weekend. On Feb. 26, technology volunteers will dive into...

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Facebook used in locating lost cat, supportive community

Submitted 02-02-2010 under NEWS

On January 6 at 7:54 p.m., Gerard Heath popped up on Facebook.  His avatar, an orange tabby cat wrapped in a blanket. His first wall post reads, "I am lost. Please look at my photo and see if you recognize me. I was last seen on Jan. 2 in the...

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Mayor Nods to “Rapids on the Grand”

Submitted 02-01-2010 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell included recommendations from Green Grand Rapids in his annual State of the City address on Saturday, January 30th.  Among several important, yet ho-hum initiatives listed in the address, such as “manage...

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The quest to find natural products in Grand Rapids

Submitted 01-12-2010 under NEWS

I recently ordered natural goat’s milk body lotion online from a place in Texas. After thinking it over, I realized I really need to start exploring the options available in Grand Rapids, saving on the carbon foot print of shipping across the...

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#BreakfastForSmartPpl sold out in five hours

Submitted 01-06-2010 under NEWS

January 21. $21. 21 spots. The registration page for #BreakfastForSmartPpl went live at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, and within five hours, all 21 spots had been filled. #BreakfastForSmartPpl is a sunrise breakfast starting at 6:45 a.m. on Jan. 21 at Mosaic...

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Benefit for Factory Workers

Submitted 12-20-2009 under NEWS

    A year ago this December, workers at the Republic Windows and Doors Factory in Chicago, Illinois were informed by management that the factory would be closing in three days and they would receive no severance or vacation pay....

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