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    CDC confirms first Ebola diagnosis in United States

    DALLAS, Texas – The first case of Ebola has reached the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The patient was hospitalized and isolated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Sunday, and tested positive for the disease, the CDC said. He flew from Liberia to the United States on Sept. 19, started showing symptoms four days later, then sought medical care on Sept. 26, according to doctors at Texas Health. The CDC […]

  • ArtPrize draws visitors for sights and smells, building economic impact

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Anderson Economic Impact Study from ArtPrize 2013, and conducted every other year, shows attendees spent a net total of $11.5 million. As visitors pour into downtown, food business owners said the money they make is a direct reflection of ArtPrize. Vendor Kenny Sall has set up his hot dog stand on Ottawa Avenue NW and Fulton Street during the past week. Sall told FOX 17 he sells about 350 hotdogs each day during ArtPrize, and said business […]

  • ArtPrize parking options that won’t break the bank

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – With the traffic congestion that goes along with ArtPrize, some drivers feel more parking tickets have been issued, but the Grand Rapids city officials say there are just more cars. Grand Rapids Parking Director Pam Ritsema said relative to the number of cars downtown, she does not believe city parking attendants have issued a higher percentage of tickets. “Be patient,” said Ritsema. “We love ArtPrize visitors, but I know it can be frustrating for people who […]

  • Out of the Blue

    “Out of the Blue” ArtPrize memorial for dog attack victims stirs breed controversy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –The ArtPrize entry, “Out of the Blue,” memorializes victims of fatal dog attacks; most of them were killed by pit bulls. A row of crosses stands at Calder Plaza, displaying flowers and posters of the faces of dog attack victims.  The victims are people ages 10-weeks-old to 93-years-old who were killed this year. Spectators gave FOX 17 mixed reviews: either agreeing with its message or saying  that it further stereotypes the breed. The artist Joan Kowal called her art a […]

  • SelfieCop

    App allows parents to police children’s photos and videos to stop sexting

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – West Michigan communities have recently learned the hard way that taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures can lead to some serious consequences. Earlier this week, sexually explicit pictures of a Grandville High School student surfaced and went viral across social media. Now child pornography charges may be pending for those who had the pictures on their phones, and for those who shared it. This prompted local school officers to send a clear message to students: once […]

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    PETA reaches out to schools in Cedar Springs regarding turtle mutilation video

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reached out to schools in Cedar Springs after learning about the gruesome video that a local student posted to Facebook showing family members beheading a live snapping turtle. FOX 17 first reported the incident Sept. 8, when an outcry spread throughout social media as many residents protested, as well as defended, the turtle mutilation. TeachKind is the youth outreach division of PETA, which focuses on supporting humane education […]

  • Thieves break-in to 15 businesses in one week, owners ask why?

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. – The Kent County Sheriff’s department reported at least 15 business break-ins in a single week. The break-ins took place between Sept. 13 and Sept. 21 during the overnight hours. Thieves smashed windows or pried open doors and mainly stole money. The victimized businesses are mostly in groups. One group is in the 5600 block of Alpine Ave NW in Comstock Park; another is in the 6200 and 6500 blocks of 28th Street SE; plus businesses on […]

  • Attorney general sues AmeriGas and reaches settlement with Ferrellgas for price gouging

    LANSING, Mich. – The attorney general’s investigation into alleged violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by propane dealer Ferrellgas has resulted in a settlement. Monday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced a settlement reached with Ferrellgas to pay customers relief from price gouging. Under an assurance agreement, Ferrellgas will pay more than 600 customers a share of relief that totals more than $100,000. Then, while in Berrien County, Schuette also announced that he filed a separate, class-action lawsuit against […]

  • West Michigan communities raise money for recently paralyzed high schooler

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Eathan Callihan, 15, of Freeport, was recently paralyzed in a pool accident mid-August. A freshman at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Eathan said he is determined to become independent again. Loved ones in Grand Rapids organized a benefit sale for Eathan. The sale is being held Saturday at 1023 Ferris NW on Saturday, for its third day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers said clothing and other goods will be half off, and they are also […]