As we have seen recently in Baltimore and other places, many of our inner cities are filled with abandoned buildings, high poverty rates, lousy school systems and very high unemployment, especially for young black males.
Emergency units from Ottawa and Muskegon counties, as well as the Michigan Army National Guard 51st Civil Support Team participated in a hazardous materials training exercise Tuesday and Wednesday in Grand Haven. Field activities were held at Waterfront Stadium, Harbor Island and on the Grand River.
It's a good thing leaders in the state Senate have ordered their members to stay in session this summer to get a road funding deal done. The plan offered by their House counterparts recently indicates there is a lot of hard work ahead to bring lawmakers to a realistic solution.
With warmer weather ahead, many of us will be heading outdoors, with zoos being a popular attraction. The bloggers at John Ball Zoo have given us an insight into how much it costs to feed all of the animals that make up the Grand Rapids zoo.