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Hope College Announces Great Performance Series

Hope College Announces Great Performance Series

HOLLAND – The Hope College Great Performance Series returns for the 2012-13 season with a range of cultural events highlighting the best in dance, music and theatre.

From the explosive movements of Rennie Harris PureMovement to the sounds of the nine-time Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet, the series features a range of events suitable for anyone and everyone to experience.

The season will open on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel with the DePue Brothers Band, a group of classically trained musicians with bluegrass roots. Two members of the legendary DePue family, along with colleagues from the Philadelphia Orchestra, merge such diverse musical genres as classical, bluegrass, Americana and folk.

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Hoekstra wins Mich. GOP primary for US Senate

DETROIT (AP) -- Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, overcoming a challenge from two Republicans who questioned his record as a conservative.

The Holland former lawmaker defeated Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe and former Kent County Judge Randy Hekman of Grand Rapids Tuesday in the GOP primary. He'll advance to a November matchup with Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Durant had mounted a furious challenge in the final weeks of the campaign, launching ads attacking Hoekstra's record during his 18 years in the House and labeling him and Stabenow "Washington insiders."

An independent group called Prosperity for Michigan spent up to $500,000 on an anti-Hoekstra ad campaign to help Durant.
Stabenow, of Lansing, is running for a third Senate term.

Company known as Blackwater settles arms case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes.

Documents unsealed Tuesday in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to settle 17 violations.

The list includes possessing automatic weapons in the United States without registration, lying to federal firearms regulators about weapons provided to the king of Jordan, passing secret plans for armored personnel carriers to Sweden and Denmark and illegally shipping body armor overseas.

Federal prosecutors said it settles a long and complex case against the company, which has held billions in U.S. security contracts in Iraq and Afganistan.

Blackwater was founded by Al Clark and Holland native Erik Prince.

Hope/Holland Community Day Will Be Saturday, Sept. 1

Hope/Holland Community Day Will Be Saturday, Sept. 1

 HOLLAND – A traditional Labor Day Weekend picnic on the Hope College campus, the college’s first home football game on the new artificial turf at Holland Municipal Stadium and the sights of Windmill Island gardens will all be among the features of the 47th annual Hope/Holland Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The picnic, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held on the front lawn of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  Tickets include the picnic and admission to the Hope College football game at 1:30 p.m. with North Park University at Holland Municipal Stadium, which had artificial turf installed during the summer.  Tickets also include admission to Windmill Island Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

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Tonight is National Night Out

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Communities around the country are celebrating the 29th annual National Night Out Tuesday night.

The Salvation Army's Kroc Center is hosting a free event in conjunction with National Night Out.  The event is designed to strengthen police community relations will include fun family activities like sand castle building and a slip 'n slide.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with local police and firefighters on hand to talk to the public about crime prevention.

The City of Holland is throwing "A Going Away Party for Crime and Drugs" at Kollen Park from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This is the first year they have held their event in conjunction with National Night Out.  Followed by parties in neighborhoods throughout the city from eight until 10.

There are several neighborhood parties scheduled in Muskegon for National Night Out.  They include:

Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland awards $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore

Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland awards $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore

In response to a request for funding, The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has agreed to grant Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore a sum of $5,000 to support their proven mentoring programs. Nearing back-to-school, the third quarter award will provide a necessary financial boost funding program expenses and salaries to recruit, interview, pair and support adult volunteers with an additional 22 children in need of mentoring. It's estimated each match costs $904 annually to support although the programs are free to participants.

While there are other mentoring organizations, the national Big Brothers Big Sisters model, established in 1904, is arguably the most successful mentoring program. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has operated since 1969 and serves about 175 children annually through its community-based program in Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana and Mason counties.

Teen charged for shooting up Holland apartment

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A Holland teenager entered a guilty plea after police say he fired a gun at an apartment, barely missing a sleeping child.

Luis Soto, 17, was arraigned Monday on charges of possession of a gun by a minor and carelessly firing a gun.

Investigators say two rounds were fired during a fight on Stratford way early Sunday morning. Those bullets entered an apartment, just missing the child.

Detectives are working to find out what led to the fight. They say Soto is a member of a gang. He could face more charges after the investigation is finished.