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Wooden Shoe Motel reopens after violations

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A Holland motel that was shut down following a 13 On Your Side investigation is back open. 

The city closed the Wooden Shoe Motel last year, because of health and safety violations.  However, inspectors say the motel has since been thoroughly cleaned.  The motel manager says the improvements cost about $10,000.

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West Michigan movies were not box office hits

West Michigan movies were not box office hits

How did movies shot in West Michigan do at the theatres in 2012?  Let's just say that none of them was a hit.

The movie “Touchback” grossed $204,232 domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.  The film was partially shot at Pal’s Dinner in Cascade and in the Coopersville area.   According to Box Office Mojo,  “Touchback” ranked 289th out of 655 films.  It opened in 69 theatres, including some in the Grand Rapids area.  “Touchback” starred Brian Presley and Kurt Russell.  The film goes back in time and was about a high school football player who got a second chance and along the way discovered what was really important in life.

Another movie made in West Michigan, “Playback” was the second lowest grossing movie in 2012.  It made just $264 during its box office debut and played in only one theatre.  "Pla

Gay rights group keeps pressure on Holland with PSA

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A gay rights group in West Michigan is spreading its political message with a new public service announcement. 

Grand Rapids-based, Until Love is Equal, is releasing 15 new PSAs with community and business leaders, including the CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Dana Friis-Hansen.

Organizers say the videos are meant to keep the spotlight on Holland, where gay rights legislation for employment and housing was voted down in 2011.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for lakeshore

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, effective from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The 13 On Target Weather Team is predicting Wednesday night that lake-effect snow will develop generally west of U.S. 131, accumulating around ½-1½ inches through early Thursday.

The morning commute will feature reduced visibilities and slippery roads. Drivers are advised to plan for a slower commute to work or school Thursday morning.

Thursday will be cloudy with lake-effect snow showers tapering off during the morning with light additional accumulations around an inch or less. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s.

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Hope College Physics Professor Receives National Recognition

Dr. Paul DeYoung of the Hope College physics faculty has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

He is one of 250 Fellows elected for 2012, and one of only four nominated through the society’s Forum on Education, chosen “For his strong and sustained leadership of facilitating research opportunities to enhance undergraduate education.” This year’s Fellows are from around the world and work in higher education, major research laboratories and industry.

Michigan wants you to read

Michigan wants you to read

The Library of Michigan has released a list of 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places and events.

The 2013 Michigan Notable Books list cover a variety of topics and were written by authors across the state.

According to a state news release, "Each title on the 2013 list gives readers insight into what it means to make your home in Michigan and proves some of the greatest stories are indeed found in the Great Lakes region. The Michigan Notable Books program is “Pure Michigan.”"

2013 Michigan Notable Books

American Poet: A Novel by Jeff Vande Zande (Bottom Dog Press)

Attic fire damages Holland home

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Investigators believe an attic fire that damaged a Holland home was accidental.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 800 block of West 25th Street at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews contained the flames to the attic, but the fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause is under investigation.