Black healing matters

by (Briana)

Submitted 07-13-2016 under OPINION

This past week has not been easy to say the least. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have once again galvanized the country to speak out, to activate, to demonstrate, to say "Enough is enough." Black lives matter, Black...

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Grandwich 2014 sampled: Next eight sandwiches range excellent to big disappointments

by (kendravanderlip)

Submitted 07-10-2014 under OPINION

As we start our second day of tastings, our team of four is trying Grandwiches from the following establishments: Flat Landers, Birch Lodge, Terra, Stella’s, McFadden’s, Tavern on the Square, Peppino's Sports Grille and Sweet...

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Gilmore Collection response to liquor license ruling lacks sincerity

by (kendravanderlip)

Submitted 07-10-2014 under OPINION

On July 2, The B.O.B. accepted a 10 day liquor license suspension in relation to the May 2013 death of Kevin O’Brian. The suspension bans the establishment from serving alcohol from July 4-July 13. This is the third death at the B.O.B. in the...

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Downtown Market offers programs to supply low-income peope with food, business skills

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-03-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

“We’re part of the Heartside neighborhood and we consider ourselves part of the neighborhood,” says Mimi Fritz, president of the Downtown Market. “If we’re needed for something we’re here. We want to make sure we...

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W. Dwight Armstrong provides new perspective on large-scale farming

by (Renato)

Submitted 01-25-2013 under OPINION

W. Dwight Armstrong recently spoke on the topic of Feeding the World and the Future of Farming at Calvin College’s January Series. Armstrong is the CEO of the National FFA Organization - formerly Future Farmers of America - and received his...

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Local culture gets H.A.C.K.ed

by (Holly)

Submitted 03-05-2012 under NEWS

Local arts activists Jenn Schaub, Tori Pelz, Emma Higgins and Miriam Slager have been working behind the scenes to create the new website "H.A.C.K." that went public this Monday at 5:00 p.m. Buzz was already building via Facebook: a...

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Three reasons why the Hunger Challenge misses the mark

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 09-12-2011 under OPINION

You might have heard that as part of Hunger Action Week, The Food Bank is challenging the public to feel the effects of food insecurity by limiting their food purchases to $30.59 per person between the 14th and the 20th and talk about their...

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Defining your article by newsworthiness and content

by (mattsimoto)

Submitted 02-02-2010 under OPINION

From Rapidian staff*: When submitting stories for the Rapidian, they must be categorized into one of three groups--News, Local Life and Opinion. The differences between these three groups may seem minimal but there are actually defining traits to...

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Dust in the Wind: A Retrospective Look at Salt and Earth

by (wisperingdove)

Submitted 10-15-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

Young Kim’s entry in ArtPrize 2009, Salt and Earth, has been swept away, but for many the message and memory of his work will remain. Created solely for the contest, the site-specific piece consisted of fifty squares measuring three feet by three...

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Swan Song

by (Peg Treegarden)

Submitted 09-24-2009 under OPINION

During a stressful commute, a random act of kindness puts things in perspective when a swan is saved from certain death.

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