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Sufjan Stevens to perform in Grand Rapids


(WZZM) - Local musician, now nationally touring artist Sufjan Stevenswill be playing in Grand Rapids this spring.

Stevens will play at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center on April 28. His tour begins April 10 in Philadelphia and ends in June in Seattle. The tour includes stops at the Masonic Temple in Detroit (April 27) and the Chicago Theatre on April 24. Stevens will headline the U.K.'s End of the Road festival in September.

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster. Stevens has a new album, Carrie & Lowell.


Suspect in 1990 murder will face trial


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The preliminary exam of a man accused of a 1990 Grand Rapids murder has wrapped up, and Aurelias Marshall will face trial.

Marshall, 56, is accused of killing Christopher Joel Battaglia in June 1990 in Eastown.

Tuesday morning, Marshall's brother Acey took the stand. He testified that Aurelias called him to pick him up the night of Battaglia's death, and when he arrived he saw his brother and another man beating Battaglia.

The judge determined through the preliminary exam that there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Last week, a pair of witnesses testified that Marshall had confessed to "beating up a white boy."

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Boys and Girls Club honoring Dr. King


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The United Way is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service today.

The Boys and Girls Club are painting inspirational people who have been through the club, like Bill Russell, Ashanti Douglas and Denzel Washington at the Paul I. Philips Recreation Center.

United Way events in Grand Rapids today include the Oakdale Neighbors refurbishing bikes as part of the Boston Square Community Bikes Program.


Witnesses say Marshall admitted to Battaglia murder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A pair of witnesses testified Friday that 56-year-old Aurelias Marshall told them he was involved in the beating death of Joel Battaglia in June of 1990. Battaglia, 23, left Eastown's Mulligan's Pub early in the morning of June 11, 1990. His body was found about a half mile away, on the sidewalk in the East Hills neighborhood.

Shelia Reed testified she saw a man she knew, "AJ," beating a "white boy" out on the sidewalk. Reed worked with AJ, also known as Aurelias Marshall, at a local hotel. At work a few days later, she testified, he "said I beat up a white boy." The boy was Battaglia.

Reed is facing perjury charges for lying to police about the case.

Suspicious mail sent to Calvin College, 2 elementaries not anthrax


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating suspicious letter containing a powdery substance that was delivered to Calvin College.

The threatening letter was discovered Wednesday morning in the school's mail and print services building. As a precaution, the building, located at the north end of campus, was closed. Authorities say that the letter indicated that the powder is anthrax.

Hazmat crews investigated and at about 2:40 p.m. the substance was determined to not to be anthrax.

In a post on the school's Facebook page, "The college is resuming normal operations. We are grateful for the collaboration between Calvin staff and the local and federal authorities in containing this situation and bringing it to conclusion."

We'll have more details when they become available.

Former Chicago mayor cancels Calvin College speech


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has had to cancel his appearance at the Calvin College January Lecture Series Wednesday.

Calvin College made the announcement Monday morning. Replacing Daley in the annual speaker series will be Josh Linker, a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

According to Calvin College, Linkner is a New York Times bestselling author who has been named "Detroit Executive of the Year, the region's "CEO of the Year" and "Michiganian of the Year," and is a driving force in Detroit's comeback. Linkner is helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit by backing passionate entrepreneurs who can make an impact through their own innovative ideas. His talk on Wednesday, aims to energize audiences with the power of possibility.