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  • ‘Operation End Zone’ teen gets surprise video message from his Michigan football idol

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. —It started with his love for football and the Michigan Wolverines. It morphed into 13-year-old BJ Young getting to finally run a touchdown play with his team after spending years on the sidelines because of a debilitating disease. But that wasn’t the end of the surprises. The Coopersville boy has lived his entire life with a condition known as mitochondrial disease, complex 1 and 3. He was never expected to be able to run, much less catch a football in […]

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    West Michigan elementary school to get new iPads for every student, teacher thanks to Apple grant

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — 544 kids, and just 66 computers. That’s the situation students at Grand Rapids’ Burton Elementary deal with on a daily basis. It’s the reason Principal Ana Aleman-Putman says she’s still beaming after learning Monday the school will receive free iPads for every single student and teacher in the building. “Monday morning I got the email and I just burst into tears, I felt like this is fantastic, it was fabulous,” Aleman-Putman said. Burton Elementary was just one […]

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    Hundreds rally, raise money for West Mich. woman battling breast cancer

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Angie Murar has been battling breast cancer since December 2013. But while she’s been fighting her own battle, she’s spent most of her time trying to give back and help others who are going through the same ordeal. FOX 17 first  introduced viewers to Murar in June. During her numerous appointments for her chemotherapy, Murar, 35, came up with an idea to help her ‘fellow fighters’ by creating Chemo Survival Kits for other cancer patients. The response […]

  • ‘A whole piece of me is gone now:’ Family mourns death of 16-year-old hit by driver

     WYOMING, Mich. — 16-year-old Leighton Doyle was walking home from work Friday night around 9:30 when he was hit a killed by a passing pick-up truck. The teen had just left from his job at the Subway on the corner of 54th and Division when he was hit while trying to cross the road. Police said he crossed in an area without a designated crosswalk. A subtle memorial of flowers near the side of the road now mark where the teen’s […]

  • With Slows secured, downtown GR poised for a BBQ boom?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Walking through the Downtown Market alongside Slows’ executive chef and co-owner Brian Perrone, it was the first time Chris Muller said he definitively knew the Detroit-based restaurant would be making a move out west. Muller, a commercial real estate agent with M Retail hired to lease space for the market, had called Perrone a few months prior. Slows BarBQ was on a short list of restaurants he was targeting to fill the space at the market that had been […]

  • Slows Bar BQ to open in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —It’s a restaurant that’s become synonymous with the Motor City and now it’s coming to Beer City. The Detroit-based and nationally renowned Slows Bar BQ joint announced Tuesday plans to expand into the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. This will be the first restaurant to commit to the Market, and it will be Slows’ first expansion outside of the city of Detroit. Located on the market’s southeast side near the corner of Ionia Avenue and Logan Street SW, the […]

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    Kalamazoo city commissioners vote to crack down on panhandling downtown

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — City commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to approve an amendment to the city’s existing panhandling ordinance to include language specifically targeting the downtown area. Kalamazoo has had an begging and panhandling ban on the books since 2006, but city leaders argued it didn’t include enough protections for patrons and businesses downtown, specifically in and around the Kalamazoo Mall and Bronson Park. “In 2006, the downtown area didn’t have as many outdoor cafes and patios as now,” said Clyde […]

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    Veteran receives achievement medal 60+ years after service

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan veteran received a long overdue honor from the military Sunday. But it’s a medal and an honor he was supposed to receive more than six decades ago. 81-year-old John Johnson, a retired sergeant with the United States Marine Corps, served during the Korean War. Johnson was stationed at the Fleet Marine Force Marine Pacific Headquarters in what is now known as Hawaii. During his six years of service, Johnson was a unit training officer tasked […]

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    ‘He’s my hero:’ Teen’s dream of playing football comes true

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — At 13 years old, BJ Young has spent his life on the sidelines because of a rare debilitating medical condition. FOX 17 first introduced viewers to BJ and his family on Friday. The Coopersville boy was born with Mitochondrial Disease, complex 1 and 3, which causes fatigue, heart and lung issues, slows his physical and mental growth, and can even lead to heart failure. Mitochondrial Disease has a 22 percent survival rate and there is no cure. “There were many […]