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MSU vs. U of M: Who is winning the merchandise rivalry?

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) -- With the big Michigan and Michigan State game taking place on Saturday, we decided to take the rivalry off the field and look at what the fans are wearing around the field.

At stores across West Michigan fans have a choice to make... buy a green or buy a blue... t-shirt, sweatshirt, shot glass or a 100 other random items.

One of the places that is seeing the merchandise rivalry first hand is the College Den in Grandville. "Right now it is very even," explains Kelly Pomferet. "Up until last year, it used to be Michigan, but the Rose Bowl really evened it out."

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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Grandville crushes Grand Haven

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville's Brian Cappiello and Nolan Meekhof combined for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns in an impressive 53-18 win over Grand Haven Friday night.

The Bulldogs built a 30-12 lead at the half and evened their mark to 4-4 on the season.

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Unity Christian beats Holland Christian

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Unity Christian beat Holland Christian 48-33.

Unity scored 21 points in the first quarter to give them a huge lead over the Maroons.

Prominent local businessman sentenced to prison for tax fraud

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A prominent West Michigan businessman and Davenport University benefactor who cheated on his income taxes was sentenced this week to 2 ½ years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $882,000 in restitution.

Jeffrey Roger Richter, 48, was charged in May with filing a false tax return for under-reporting his income for several years. He also was accused of using company credit cards for personal expenses over a six-year period.

Richter held executive positions at John H. Dekker & Sons, Inc. in Wyoming and Hi-Tech Building Services, Inc. of Jenison, the largest provider of custodial services in Michigan.

Richter's financial shenanigans were spurred by "greed and stupidity,'' his attorney, Mark S. Pendery wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Student reports being approached by suspicious man

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a suspicious man who reportedly approached a Grandville Middle School student heading to school Wednesday morning.

The student was walking east on Choctaw near Mohave around 7:35 a.m., when the suspect got out of a vehicle and started jogging toward the boy. The student threw his backpack at the suspect before running to school and immediately reporting the incident.

The suspect fled, and a resident in the area recovered the boy's backpack. When police checked the surrounding area and elementary schools, they were unable to find the suspect or the suspect's vehicle.