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Korean War veterans reunite in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Surviving members of the "Chosin Frozen" gathered at the Radisson in Grand Rapids.  The marines served together in the Korean War. Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of their departure from Grand Rapids to Korea.

The unit consisted of 225 members, many of whom suffered lifelong injuries after spending countless hours in freezing ditches during the war.

One of the servicemen talked to WZZM 13 News about the Korean War's often forgotten place in history.  Korean War veteran Peter Lydens said, "I can understand that being so close to World War II, people were kind of tired of war, and looked upon this as a little postscript."  Lydens went on to say, "It was a little hard to take, but then, you know, life went on."

Of the 225 men in the unit only 25 of them are still alive.  Most of them attended Wednesday's reunion.



Former stripper offers ministry to dancers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -Anny Donewald is passionate about Jesus. "As human beings we were never called to ceate glory."

Donewald ministers to a group of women every Tuesday, but she used to entertain a much different audience. "No little girl at five-years-old wakes up and says I want to be a stripper when I grow up," Donewald said.

Donewald was a stripper in Michigan, Chicago and Las Vegas.

"Sometimes God gives us directions and we don't think it through but it's actually for our own safety," said Donewald sharing her thoughts to a group of women at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Grand Rapids.

After six years of stripping, Donewald found herself in a personal hell; one she left to form Eve's Angels. The group's members, along with Donewald perform outreach at area strip clubs.

Two teenagers die after crash in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Two teenagers who crashed a stolen car in Grand Rapids have both died from their injuries.  Police say on August 14th Philip Patterson, 16, and 17-year old James Bartee stole a car on High Street.

After a police chase, they crashed into a tree near Caulfield and B Street.  Both went to the hospital with critical injuries. 

Police say Bartee died on the 18th from a head injury.  Patterson died two days later from multiple injuries.

Local woman gets thousands involved in community art project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) -- ArtPrize is still a month away but one local artist has already started to share her work. It's a community art project that will more than a thousand people will participate in. Tuesday, some Grand Rapids Public School students got a chance to add their touch.

"We are a venue this year as well and to be an actual part of an ArtPrize exhibit is just so exciting for the kids and for me, said Mary Geeting, Art Teacher at Coit Creative Art Academy.

Garden Tour is this week in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A local food group is looking to inspire conversation and healthier lifestyles with a look at urban gardens. 

Our Kitchen Table is hosting its third annual Garden Tour in Grand Rapids this week.  Participants go on a walking tour of individual and neighborhood gardens. 

If you have a garden in Grand Rapids and would like to become part of the tour call (616) 719-9779.

Vehicle thefts on the rise in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- There is a warning out for drivers in West Michigan; don't leave your cars unlocked.  Grand Rapids Police say auto thefts are on the rise in 2010.

On Wednesday afternoon investigators showed the news media just how easy it was to find targets at a downtown parking lot.  "The interesting thing about this car is, it's open," says Lt. Ralph Mason.

Auto thefts had been on the decline for the past 14 years.  "But, for the first six months of this year, the thefts have gone up 26.6%.  We're not exactly sure why," says Sgt. Stan Lis.

The other problem is drivers leaving valuables inside their vehicles.  Items like iPods, computers, and GPS systems are common stolen items.  "Someone will grab a rock.  Anything to break the window, get in the car and steal whatever they can. And they're gone," says Mason.

John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids gets new monkeys

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The John Ball Zoo has two new residents.

A pair of Colobus monkeys are now hanging out in the former tiger exhibit. It's the first time the zoo has ever had the black and white primates in their collection.

The new exhibit features a walk-in element that allows visitors to get up-close and underneath the monkeys.

The John Ball Zoo is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm.