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In studio: Coalition to end homelessness

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Janay Brower of the Coalition to End Homelessness is our guest this week. She shares the findings of a recent study on the state of housing and transportation in Grand Rapids.
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Janay Brower of the Coalition to End Homelessness is our guest this week. She shares the findings of a recent study on the state of housing and transportation in Grand Rapids.

Arcade Fire's "Windowstill" from Neon Bible is this week's featured song.



Yahoo acquires Associated Content, makes the push toward hyperlocal coverage
After acquiring Associated Content, Yahoo is making the move toward crowdsourced coverage, starting with the San Francisco Bay Area. In a recent email blast to AC contributors, Yahoo sent out a questionnaire that asks for interests and specialties, promising $10 per contribution on San Francisco.
[Read more: Reflections of a Newsosaur]

Ubermorgen puts out a Torture Classics CD, crediting it to TimeLife
Ubermorgen has teamed up with James Powderly of the Free Art and Technology Lab and Graffiti Lab to put out Torture Classics, a collection of songs purportedly used as part of torture tactics at Abu Grhaib. The site features a ten-minute infomercial, press release and links to Facebook and Twitter.
[Read more: Guerilla Innovation]

Google and Arcade Fire pair up to show off HTML5
In a recent collaborationo between Arcade Fire and Google, music fans can view the music video for The Wilderness Downtown on Firefox or Chrome browsers in a multi-browser music video experience. Users enter their childhood address, and Google pulls images from its Maps service to create a unique video for each viewer, tuned to a Arcade Fire's song about the future of communication.
[Read more: Wired, Mashable]

Digg users use social news sharing site to complain about new changes
Digg users are unsatisfied with the recent relaunch of Digg and are manifesting it by voting up stories from Reddit, a rival social news site. The new redesign of Digg redefines how news and site links are shared on the network by allowing users to follow other users. A sidebar shows the custom curation.
[Read more: GigaOm]

2010 Knight News Challenge: CityTracking
Stamen, a design firm in San Francisco, was awarded $400,000 to pursue their information visualization project, CityTracking. The group saw a gap in info visualization tools; the ones that currently exist are either too complex or too simple. The emphasis will be on beautiful design with the intent of going viral.
[Read more: Knight, Stamen]



[MARKET] Fresh on the go Market
Friday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rapid Central Station, 250 Grandville Avenue SW
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. and The Rapid recently opened the "Fresh on the go Market" at the Rapid Central Station platform to bring fresh and healthy food options from multiple farmers to the downtown area. The market will take place every Friday and continue through October, weather permitting. For information regarding Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc., visit . For information on The Rapid, visit
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[MARKET] Really Really Free Market
Sunday, Sept. 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Wealthy and Fuller
The Really Really Free Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month. It is an opportunity for members of the community to give what they have in abundance and take what they need. Contributions are not mandatory, but are encouraged. This can include the exchange of articles of clothing, household goods, books, food, plants, etc., but the RRFM is also a space for people to share their talents, skills, and knowledge and to connect with Grand Rapids neighbors whom they might not otherwise meet. For more information, visit the calendar.
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[FESTIVAL] Grand Rapids Labor Fest
Monday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at , Ah-Nab-Awen Park 303 Pearl St.
This Labor Day festival will feature free entertainment all day at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, including musicians Eric Glatz, Mick Lane, Mustang Band and Krystal Kleer. Multiple food vendors, arts and crafts booths and a beer tent will also be present and an antique and classic car show will be held in the parking lot. This event is facilitated by the Labor Day committee, made up of members from area labor organizations. For more information, visit
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[COMMUNITY EVENT] "Grand Crossings" 2010 Labor Day Community Bridge Walk
Monday, Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park
The next closest event to the Mackinac Bridge walk is the fifth annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Grand Rapids. Participants can walk as many as five miles, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross as many as seven bridges. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels. No sign-up is necessary. Attendees should make sure they are physically able to participate. Call (616) 456-3168 or visit the calendar for more information
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