A Stinky Affair: Kalamazoo Plugs its Nose for New Ordinance

Business and community members in Kalamazoo say a new ordinance stinks; literally. City leaders recently voted to put forward “equitable changes” that decriminalize public urination, defecation and littering in addition to other offenses. The move has caused backlash, most notably from business owners in the city center that have had to clean human waste from

BREAKING: President Joe Biden has Tested Positive for Covid

News broke Thursday morning that President Joe Biden, 79, has tested positive for Covid. The elder politician has received both shots of his initial vaccine and has been boosted with two additional shots. Famously, Biden has claimed on several occasions that the vaccine keeps a person from a coronavirus infection and the associated disease, Covid-19.

Tragedy Strikes Oxford

Update: Parents of alleged school shooter arraigned into custody after going missing in southeast Michigan and each have been placed under $500,000 bond on charges related to manslaughter. Shots rang out in the hallways of Oxford High School this week, leading to the senseless deaths of four students and injuries to several more. Hanah St.

Local Winter Color Guard Programs Dazzle at Jenison High School

Five teams representing 4 winter color guard programs put on an exhibition of their skills on Saturday night at Jenison High School. The first routine of the night was run by Jenison High School Junior Varsity. The squad performed to a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I wanna dance with somebody” recorded by the artist Ben

Breaking: Police Swarming campus at SVSU

The Saginaw Valley State University student newspaper is reporting that police were called just after 8pm on Thursday night regarding a faculty member in distress at the school’s Science West building. Police remain on campus as of Friday morning and little else is known at this time. Police spokespeople have issued a directive to students

Biden & Peters Claim Victory in Michigan

Just four years after a surprising upset in the Mitten state, Joe Biden has seemingly pulled the state back into the Democrat column. Senate incumbent candidate, Gary Peters, also pulled off a hard fought battle with challenger, John James to claim reelection. The battle appears far from over, though, as legal challenges have already been

President Trump Draws Overflow Crowd in Final Push for the Mitten State

Thousands huddled in freezing rain at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport from the early hours of Tuesday morning to well into the afternoon. Pulling into the airport, one may have been forgiven for thinking they were arriving at a Big Ten tailgate party. Despite the frigid temperatures and wet conditions, attendees made the long walk

Trump to Visit Michigan Tuesday & Harris to Attend Campaign Stops Sunday

President Donald Trump will deliver remarks at what is being billed as a Make America Great Again Victory Rally in Lansing, MI at the Capital Region International Airport. Michigan Herald Tribune has requested media credentials to cover this event. Democratic vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, will also visit the Mitten State this week in separate

Michigan to Host Dueling Visits from Presidential Candidates this Week

Michigan will receive visits from 2020 hopefuls, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, this week. The former vice president arrives to deliver remarks at 1:15 pm today in Warren, MI and the president will hold a rally for supporters in Freeland, MI tomorrow at 7 pm. The visits mark the kickoff of what is sure to

Governor Whitmer Refuses Widespread Calls to Open New Sectors

Governor Whitmer announced Wednesday that no determination would be made regarding the reopening of gyms, theaters, bowling alleys and high school sports. Whitmer insinuated an announcement would be coming in the next few days, though she gave no indication what data or science would be available or different to make a new determination. In the

New Reporting Suggests Many Positive Coronavirus Cases May Not Be Contagious

Reporting by the New York Times last week highlighted a possible answer to the unique presentation of the coronavirus in human subjects. Since March, most governmental steps have largely been based on the believed ever-present threat of asymptomatic spread of the virus. Information pouring in from across the globe during the rapidly developing situation created

Shocking Development out of the Big Ten Conference

Just two days after the Mid-American Conference announced it would forego fall sports and instead choose to reschedule games to the spring, the Big Ten Conference appears poised to cancel fall sports as well. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Big Ten has voted to cancel fall sports and most shockingly of all, Big

Mid-American Conference Postpones all Fall Sports

The Mid-American conference and its three Michigan member schools (Central, Eastern & Western) have announced that fall sports will be cancelled this fall and rescheduled to the spring. The move comes just days after it was announced that Western University would maintain its lucrative matchup with Notre Dame. However, with most member schools losing their

Governor Whitmer Names ‘Racism’ a Public Health Crisis

The governor has announced an update to last month’s press conference, which forecast her administration’s moves to combat systemic racism within the health field. The argument made in that press conference detailed disparities between healthcare outcomes and illness across racial lines. The prescription given at the time was to require training in racial sensitivity as

Meijer & Tlaib Grab High Profile Primary Victories before November Election

Two primary races had their answer early on primary election night, while the race that drew most attention across the state and nation required more time to settle over night. In a battle to challenge Republican turned Independent turned Libertarian party congressman Justin Amash for his 3rd District house seat, Peter Meijer overcame state representative

Governor Whitmer Announces Stricter Statewide Guidelines

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced at 9pm via Twitter on Tuesday night that she would be expanding and re-upping various restrictions in the mitten state as a response to what she claims has been a recent spike in cases. “I’ve said this from the start — these are difficult decisions, but I will do what is

MHSAA Releases Updated Guidelines for Fall Sports

As students prepare to enter the 2020-2021 school year and athletes ready themselves to participate in early-season practices and tryouts, the MHSAA has a released their updated guidelines for fall sports programs. The full text of the release is below. Dear MHSAA Community, The Representative Council met this morning to discuss fall sports.  Here is

Bernie Sanders Rally Draws 7,600+ to Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids

The Crowd A sizable and energetic crowd gathered in Calder Plaza on Sunday afternoon for a “Get Out the Vote” event to rally with 2020 presidential democrat candidate Bernie Sanders. The crowd in the packed plaza looked a lot like Bernie’s support might be expected to based on turnouts around the country in 2016 and

Bernie Sanders Earns First-Ever “Detroit Action” Presidential Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via Bernie 2020March 6, 2020 DETROIT – Detroit Action, a grassroots organization that fights for the equity and equality of black and brown Michiganders, on Friday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. In their first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary, Detroit Action highlighted Sen. Sanders’ career of standing in solidarity with working

Bernie Sanders Adds Stops to Michigan Swing Ahead of Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via Bernie 2020March 5, 2020 WASHINGTON -Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to Michigan this weekend to rally supporters in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor ahead of the March 10 primary. Sen. Sanders’ previous trips to the Great Lakes State include joining the picket line in solidarity with striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members in

Former Michigan Senator Carl Levin Endorses Joe Biden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via 2020 Biden for PresidentMarch 4, 2020 Building on the momentum coming out of Super Tuesday, former Michigan Senator Carl Levinreleased the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: “Like many Democrats in Michigan and across the country, I have struggled with the question of which Democratic presidential

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Endorses Joe Biden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via 2020 Biden for PresidentMarch 5, 2020 Whitmer Named Fourth National Campaign Co-Chair After historic wins in states across the country on Super Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: “Working families in Michigan need a president who will show up

Bernie Sanders to Return to Michigan Ahead of Primary

For Immediate Release via Bernie 2020March 4, 2020(Featured Image: Gage Skidmore) WASHINGTON -Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to Michigan this weekend to rally supporters in Detroit and Grand Rapids ahead of the March 10 primary.  Sen. Sanders’ previous trips to the Great Lakes State include joining the picket line in solidarity with striking United Auto

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm Endorses Joe Biden for President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via 2020 Joe Biden for PresidentMarch 4, 2020(Cover image by Gage Skidmore) Today, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: “I’m beyond thrilled to endorse Joe Biden. When Michigan was on its knees during the bankruptcies in the auto industry, Joe Biden was our champion

Sand Lake Village Committee Meetings Tonight

The Sand Lake Village Committee will be meeting tonight at Sand Lake – Nelson Township Hall at 7pm. The meeting will handle business with the Sand Lake Department of Public Works, Fire Department Committee and Human Resources. Each meeting will be held consecutively. The meetings are open to the public.

Michigan Senate Bill Proposes Amateur Athlete Likeness Commercialization

Democratic State Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit has proposed Senate Bill 660, which would extend likeness commercialization rights to all amateur athletes, regardless of level or league. While similar legislation has been proposed recently in the state supporting the measure for college athletes, Hollier thinks such a measure does not go far enough and would

Bernie Sanders to Open Five Campaign Offices in Michigan Ahead of Primary

Header Image by Matt A.J. via Four years removed from an intense primary contest that catapulted him to national prominence, Bernie Sanders will once again plant roots in Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on March 10th. Sanders, who won the state in 2016, edging out Clinton 49.8% to 48.3%, hopes to make the

Representative Justin Amash (MI-3rd) Breaks Fundraising Record Ahead of 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 3, 2020 Amash breaks district record with fourth quarter fundraising GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash, the independent incumbent in Michigan’s Third Congressional District, on Friday announced a fourth quarter fundraising haul of nearly $600,000. With net contributions totaling $592,362, Amash brought in the highest quarterly total ever recorded for the

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tasked with State of the Union Response

In a clear attempt to remedy the mistake of Democrats overlooking and eventually losing north midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 to then candidate Donald Trump, the party has tasked newly elected Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan with its party’s traditional State of the Union response. The move likely seeks to provide results

COUNTDOWN: Biggest U.S. News Events of the 2010s

As we wrap up the decade and start a countdown towards welcoming a new one, the Michigan Herald Tribune staff wanted to look back at some of the most impactful events of the 2010s. While this list is not exhaustive, we believe it captures some of the most impactful events that have or are likely

Congress & FDA Officially Limits Sale of Tobacco Products to 21+

In news that will shock many, anger some and confuse most, the Federal government has officially raised the legal purchase age of tobacco products in all 50 states to 21 years old. The legislation follows other recent advancements on anti-tobacco advocacy with new restrictions being levied against so-called “vaping” products. While many might agree with

Michigan Democrats Propose Host of “Red Flag” Laws

Michigan Democrats in the state house and senate have proposed a spectrum of so-called “red flag” laws, which are being described as “extreme risk protection orders.” The charge for new state legislation is being led by democratic State Senator Rosemary Bayer of Beverly Hills. Democratic State Representative Robert Wittenberg of Huntington Woods compares the red

Small Town Rallies Around Local Family Following Unexpected Loss

As much of “small town America” is hollowed out with a resurgence of populations shifting back towards cities and their amenities, jobs, entertainment and the various other benefits that they provide, many might wonder why some resist the tidal urge and choose to remain part of their rural communities. The dynamic is reminiscent of local

The 100th Birthday of the Grand Rapids Santa Parade

There will be several reasons to celebrate during the Art Van Christmas parade this weekend, other than Santa’s early visit to Grand Rapids. This parade serves as a kickoff to the holiday season, and it happens to be the parade’s 100th birthday. The parade started in 1919 as the Wurzburg’s Santa Clause Parade on Campau

Santa Claus’ Early Visit to Grand Rapids

There is simply no better way to kick off the 2019 holiday season than the annual Grand Rapids Santa Parade. This year’s parade will mark the 100th year in a row that Santa Claus has come to town the Saturday before Thanksgiving and greeted the glittering eyes & bright smiles of children from Grand Rapids

ABC Anchor Details Epstein Story Being Spiked by Execs in Leaked Video

A shocking revelation swept online forums and, no doubt, corporate boardrooms at ABC this week as James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group released leaked video of Good Morning America and 20/20 co-anchor, Amy Robach, making stunning accusations in August regarding editorial decisions at ABC as far back as 2016. Robach divulges distressing information of ABC’s alleged

Grand Rapids’ Upcoming Visitor: Tim Tebow

Photo: BRYAN SODERLIND NFL quarterback and devoted Christian Tim Tebow will be making a visit to Calvin University’s campus on Thursday, October 24. Tebow will serve as the keynote speaker for the Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity conference, which is being co-sponsored by Calvin University and Hope College.  While maintaining his spotlight in

Gov. Whitmer Orders Michigan Health Department to Place Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

(Feature Photo credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan) Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an emergency directive to the state health department to place a ban on flavored e-cigarette and vape juice products. Whitmer cited children as her primary concern for the new rule and fears that flavored vapes could pose

Back to School: Through the Eyes of a Student

As we begin to enter the final weeks of August, high school students are preparing themselves for an annual bittersweet event: Back to School. Teens across the state brace themselves for the highs and lows of the academic rigor, athletic endeavor and social life that await them this year in the modern high school experience.

Great Lakes Wanderers Add Women’s Soccer Club Heading into 2019 Season

It was 2015 and the small town of Cedar Springs, MI was rocked, as local family, Brian and Kim Ricker, discovered that their son, Brison, had been diagnosed with cancer. Brison, 15 at the time, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma and given an estimated 9 months to live. Just 11 months into their

5 Tips for the Best Back to School

It’s almost that time of year again. The days get shorter. The temperatures get cooler. The kids grasp the last threads of summer freedom and parents gently nudge their grip loose. It is BACK TO SCHOOL! Across Michigan, parents will be tearfully seeing their child off to the bus for the first time, loading shopping