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An expert has shared his top eight tips for getting a full night’s sleep as the nights get colder.

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Whitmer likely to talk gun violence at State of the State

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said this week’s State of the State address will likely include comments on legislation aimed at tackling gun violence.

“Public safety continues to be important and everyone needs to experience it in a real way and you are not safe in a community that experiences rampant gun violence,” Gilchrist said. “We need to have a comprehensive way to approach it. That means investing more in our people and our community pathways to success and opportunity. That means that law enforcement is better trained and better supported and that we can improve policing at the same time. We need to also make sure we’re doing things like violent history checks for people.”

Those checks, he said, would include ensuring gun buyers aren’t under a protection order.

“These are things the majority, the overwhelming majority of Michigan people support,” he said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously discussed similar legislation.

“I do think with this new legislature, we will get some common sense polices done that will keep our kids safe,” she told News 8 late last year, shortly after her reelection. “And it won’t impact hunters — that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about secure storage and red flag laws and background checks and I think with this new legislature, we’ll be able to get it done.”

State Rep. Carol Glanville, D-Walker, reiterated the idea that such measures have overwhelming support in the Legislature — and not just among Democrats, who now have the majority in both chambers and also hold the governor’s office.

“I’m hopeful, I would say, leaning toward confident because of what we heard the lieutenant governor say: Michiganders, upwards of 80%, almost 90% of Michiganders, agree with the measures we’ve been talking about and they’re not just Democrats talking about them, it is bipartisan. We do have a slim majority but these bills have bipartisan support,” Glanville said.

If the governor does include gun legislation in her State of the State address on Wednesday, it will no doubt be a hot topic of discussion in Lansing. The new Legislature has yet to be tested by such a contentious issue.

Gilchrist was at Grand Rapids Community College Monday for a roundtable discussion on Michigan Reconnect, which covers tuition for an associate’s degree for people 25 and over. Gilchrist talked with students and instructors about the program’s successes and what he would like to see continued and expanded, also suggesting we may hear more about that in the governor’s speech.

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GR native on role in national MLK memorial: ‘Means the most’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Marshall Purnell likes to tell people that while he may be average height, his life has been anything but.

Purnell spent a great portion of his life in West Michigan, leading his Ottawa Hill High School basketball team to a state title his senior year before heading to the University of Michigan, where he got a master’s degree in architecture.

After school, Purnell spent the next decades working on projects with his own firm, Devrouax & Purnell Architects Planners. Eventually, he would also serve as the first Black president in the history of the American Institute of Architects.

While Purnell had the chance to work on projects like the Washington Convention Center, Washington National Airport and Pepco’s headquarters during his nearly 40-year career, he said that there is clearly one that stands out to him: the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.


Silent march in downtown Grand Rapids honors MLK Jr.

“It’s the one that means the most to me,” Purnell said. “It means the most to me because of who it’s for.”

It’s been nearly 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Purnell remembers that day as he was just two months away from graduating high school.

“It was devastating to me. Just this shock came over me,” he said. “I couldn’t process it totally. And when I came home from school, I remember just starting to cry at that point.”

That night, Purnell said he was overcome with emotion that he began to write a poem titled, “The King is Dead, Long Live the King.” He turned it in the next day as part of an English assignment.

The poem then started to get passed around the school and eventually got into the hands of a group organizing a march to Grand Rapids City Hall. Purnell got a call the day before the march and was asked to be there and recite the poem on the steps of city hall.

“In that moment, reading that, was when I grew up,” Purnell said. “I passed from a young teenager, boy, adolescent, to manhood when I read that.”

Years later, Purnell would have the chance to use his gift to pay homage to King with a national memorial in Washington D.C. The project took more than a decade to complete but the 4-acre site was finally unveiled just southwest of the National Mall and is now visited by thousands of people every day. It’s something Purnell is still proud of to this day.

“To have an opportunity fall in my lap … it was amazing,” he said. “It was sort of really serendipity that I would have an opportunity to sort of put something there that everybody could remember him by.”

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‘Days of our Lives’ actor Quinn Redeker dies at 88: reports

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(WGHP) — Actor Quinn Redeker died at 88 last month, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.

He is best known for his roles on “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.” His daughter told Deadline that Redeker died of natural causes on Dec. 20 in Camarillo, California.

Early in his career, he worked with Robert Redford multiple times in “The Candidate,” “The Electric Horseman” and “Ordinary People,” according to his IMDb page.

He joined “Days of Our Lives” in 1979 and played Alex Marshall. Redeker left the show in 1987, which is the same year he began playing the character Rex Sterling in “The Young and the Restless.”


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Redeker was nominated for an Academy Award for original screenplay for 1978’s “The Deer Hunter” and two Daytime Emmy Awards for supporting actor in a drama series in 1989 and 1990 for his role as Rex Sterling.

His most recent role was as an uncredited SWAT officer in the NBC TV show “Harry’s Law.”

Redeker was born on May 2, 1936, in Woodstock, Illinois.

Redeker’s death comes just weeks after “Days of Our Lives” co-star John Aniston died at the age of 89.

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