Grand Rapids

Two People Charged In Vandalism Of Gerald Ford Gravesite

Apr 3, 2019
Grand Rapids Police Dept.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have been charged with misdemeanors.

Grand Rapids' John Ball Zoo Announces Death Of Lioness

Apr 2, 2019
John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids says an African lioness known for interacting with visitors has died.

The zoo announced Tuesday that 12-year-old Bakari took a sudden downturn and died Monday, apparently from lymphoma.

The zoo says Bakari received 15 weeks of chemotherapy after the discovery of lymphoma in late 2018, and follow-up exams revealed no evidence of cancer.

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President Trump's Return to West Michigan Comes Amid Democratic Gains

Mar 28, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump's re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they'll mount on his behalf in 2020.