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WMU re-opens Beltline campus


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Western Michigan University's Beltline campus in Grand Rapids is back open after a $5.5 million renovation.

The school hosted a grand re-opening ceremony Thursday morning.

It was the first major facelift for the facility since the university bought it back in 1990.

The new location now offers students active learning experiences in two classrooms.

Local leaders respond to the rise in community violence


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Prominent community leaders challenged their community Sunday to change their apathetic approach in regards to combating violence on the city's southeast side.

"It's going to take the individual efforts of people, not the collective energy of a system," said Rev. Jerry Bishop of Life Quest Ministries.

After a week of violence that claimed the lives of two individuals and sent several others to local hospitals, Bishop preached to his congregation that the answer to combating violence is through a message of hope and love.

Police have added extra patrols in the city's urban corridor, but some told WZZM 13 News, the more grassroots organizations like Strong Fathers will have a large impact.

Annual Rhythm Run promotes health and fitness in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The annual Rhythm Run took place Saturday morning at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Grand Rapids.

The event's eighth year featured a 5k run/walk that started in the park. It is one of the few running events that take place in the core of the city and attracts a diverse group.

Organizers says the event appeals to people at various levels of fitness and has proven successful in helping people improve their health.

"We know that health and fitness are some of the underlying precursors to chronic diseases," said event organizer Shannon Wilson. "So, if we can make sure that we're getting people healthy and fit, this is a great way to kick start a healthy lifestyle."

In addition to the run, there was a health fair that included healthy refreshments. All proceeds from the event go to the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute.


GRPD investigating overnight shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating a shooting early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It happened outside a home in the 2900 block of Marshall on Grand Rapids southeast side. Police say a group of teenagers approached the victim and one fired at him.

Grand Rapids police are interviewing witnesses but do not have a suspect in custody at this time.


Daughter identifies bicyclist killed near 32nd & Eastern


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The daughter of a bicyclist killed in Grand Rapids Wednesday says he had gone to the store to buy bread.

A pickup truck hit and killed 64-year-old Laverne Washington at the corner of Eastern and Ken-O-Sha Industrial Drive in Grand Rapids, around 3:30 p.m.

Washington's daughter confirmed her father's identity on the WZZM 13 Facebook page. She says her father rode his bike everyday. Wednesday, she was waiting on the porch for him to return -- but he never came back.

Washington was riding through the intersection when a pickup truck turning onto Eastern hit him.

Police said they don't believe alcohol or drugs were factors.
Washington's daughter is raising money for funeral expenses at this link.

Thursday last day for regular Rhythm Run registration


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- People will be celebrating health and fitness this coming weekend. It's almost time for the 8th annual Rhythm Run.

It happens Saturday morning from 8 until 11 and will include a 5K run, along with other activities and entertainment. People who get in on it will learn about healthy living and getting fit. The event is put on by the African American Health Institute.

Regular registration runs through Thursday and costs $20 dollars. You can register Friday or even Saturday but there will be an additional $5 dollar fee tacked on.

To register visit the Rhythm Run's website.


Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

I just read an article about robo calls in the Consumers Report magazine (September issue) called “Rage Against Robo Calls.” Telemarketing fraud that often begins with a robo call is estimated to cost consumers $350 Million dollars a year.

Some of the most common types of calls state that your computer has a virus, then promise to fix it, if you provide access to your computer, thereby opening the door to identity theft. The IRS scam is another one that has been going for months. The caller threatens, saying you will be jailed or imprisoned because of taxes you owe, even leaving messages like this on answering machines. In the first place, the IRS does not make phone calls and secondly, if you do not owe anything to the IRS, why would you ever take this serious? Another claims that you did not show for jury duty and asks that you verify your date of birth and Social Security number.