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Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

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It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.


CASCADE TOWNSHIP (WZZM) -- Fire crews from two departments had a relatively easy time putting out flames inside an attached garage Monday morning.

It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.

A passerby called 9-1-1, originally telling dispatchers there were cars in the driveway but no one answered knocks on the door. But paramedics told our crew on the scene everyone made it out safely.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire or how much damage was done.


Second victim dies of injuries from Knapp St. crash


ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities said Thursday that a second victim has died of injuries from a May 11 crash on Knapp St. NE just west of Egypt Valley Avenue.

Rex Baird, 93, died at the scene of the serious two-vehicle crash. His wife, Frances Baird, was flown by Aero Med to a hospital but has since died.

Deputies say wet roads caused an 18-year-old Ada man to lose control of his Ford pick-up and hit the Bairds' Chevy Silverado.

The other driver had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.

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Woman, 66, dies in Cascade Rd. crash


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 66-year-old woman died after her minivan crossed the center line and struck a tree Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 9:10 a.m. in the 8200 block of Cascade Road SE, between Buttrick Avenue and Cherry Lane Avenue SE.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say Kathryn Ann Bush of Plainfield Township was westbound on Cascade when her Chrysler Town and Country drifted off the road.

It's not yet clear what caused Bush to lose control of her vehicle.

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Deputy: No serious injuries when car, school bus crash


ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department says there were no serious injuries when a car and a school bus crashed Tuesday afternoon at Fulton and Ada Drive.

The crash happened around 3 p.m.

No students were on the bus.

Loaded gun found at Ford Airport; man arrested


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A 69-year-old man was arrested at Gerald R. Ford Airport after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage.

TSA agents discovered the .357 Colt revolver Thursday while the man was attempting to fly from Grand Rapids to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The man faces a fine of $1,500 up to $7,000 for bringing a firearm to a security checkpoint.

TSA officials say this was the second gun confiscated at Ford Airport this year.

In 2014, TSA agents discovered more than 2,200 firearms at checkpoints.


Teens bring service dogs to prom


BATH, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) – In the end, high school seniors Delaney Johnson and Nick Ackerman did not skip their proms.

ID=27113037She's from Haslett High School. He's from Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids. The two were on separate tracks to forgo their proms when fate intervened a few weeks ago.

A pair of service dogs, Griffin and Troy, brought them together to experience their final high school dances. With gusto.