GRPD Will No Longer Enforce Panhandling Statute E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids announced today that the Police Department will no longer enforce a Michigan panhandling statute as the result of a Federal Court case decision. The Federal Court held that begging and panhandling qualifies as free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Here's a look at exactly what the City Attorney's office released:

On Friday, August 24, 2012, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued an opinion in the case of James Speet and Ernest Sims v Bill Schuette and City of Grand Rapids, et. al., Case No. 1:11-CV-972.

In this lawsuit, plaintiffs James Speet and Ernest Sims challenged the Michigan penal statute that makes begging / panhandling in a public place a criminal misdemeanor offense. MCL 750.167(1)(h). Because there is currently no City of Grand Rapids ordinance that prohibits begging / panhandling, the Grand Rapids Police Department has enforced only Michigan law regarding this issue.

In its Friday ruling, the Federal Court held that begging / panhandling qualifies as speech protected by the First Amendment, and held that the Michigan penal statute is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

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Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos of Evanescence, Cavo, Halestorm and Chevelle taken August 23, 2012 by Mike Michael Buck at Rock the Rapids.

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 20-26, 2012 E-mail
Tons of concerts this week with Miranda Lambert, Boyz II Men, Evanescence, Toby Keith and many more at Rock the Rapids and Darius Rucker and Five for Fighting at Meijer Gardens. Also coming up: the 28th Street Metro Cruise, Grand Rapids Polish Festival, and Yassou! Greek Festival.

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Photos from the 28th Street Metro Cruise
*Photos: Carnival of Madness Tour at Rock the Rapids
*Photos: Sneak preview of the new AK Rikk's
*Let the campaigning begin: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to visit DeVos Place
*Announced: Dropkick Murphys at The Orbit Room
*Photos: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Meijer Gardens
*Just announced: Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy Nov 10 at Van Andel Arena
*ArtPrize records highest volunteer turnout yet
*'Alien Chic' is the theme for this year's The Odd Ball


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Photos: Toby Keith at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos by Paul Jendrasiak from the August 22, 2012 Toby Keith concert at Rock the Rapids.

Toby Keith

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From Culinary Novice to Foodie Pro with Grand Rapids Cooking Classes E-mail
by Brandy Arnold

616882_443916788986115_141021519_o Grand Rapids Restaurant week is still in full swing, and with its tagline of “calling all foodies,” it’s become a week-and-a-half long holiday for those seeking the best of GR cuisine. I myself have made a beeline to Amore Trattoria Italiana for restaurant week both last year and this year.

I don’t consider myself a foodie in the snobby way that insinuates I don’t enjoy pizza from a chain occasionally, but I do consider myself an adventurous diner who places importance on knowing where my food comes from.

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Photos: Godsmack & Shinedown at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Photos by Paul Jendrasiak from the August 21, 2012 Godsmack and Shinedown concert at Rock the Rapids.

Godsmack & Shinedown

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GRNow Review: Green Day Tribute Show E-mail
by LeAnn Secord

IMG_0539 “Do you have the time, to listen to me whine….”

… about how awesome the Green Day Tribute Show (Round 2) was!?! On August 17, 2012, The Pyramid Scheme hosted members of Mustard Plug, North Lincoln, Charles the Osprey, Ozenza, Low Cloud, Bitters, DGR/DWN, Shores, and Apostles as they played tribute to the iconic punk band, Green Day and played the albums Kerplunk (1992), Dookie (1994), and Insomniac (1995) each in their entirety from start to finish.
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GRNow Weekly Preview August 13-19, 2012 E-mail
Another busy week of events includes Restaurant Week, the City Lights Music Festival, the inaugural GRandJazzFest, Danish Festival, The Taste of EGR and more.

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Recent:
*Announced: Dropkick Murphys at The Orbit Room
*Photos: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Meijer Gardens
*Just announced: Journey, Pat Benatar & Loverboy Nov 10 at Van Andel Arena
*ArtPrize records highest volunteer turnout yet
*'Alien Chic' is the theme for this year's The Odd Ball
*City of GR announces official 'Relaxation Day'
*John Ball Zoo funicular now open
*Online petition created to keep Skywalk Deli from closing
*Photos: Bistro Chloe Elan in Ada


Real-time Newest Events & Noteworthy Events
GRNow Photos on Flickr & Facebook
See Grand Rapids' history on Pinterest
Past Popular Links

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