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Rick Martinez

Digital Managing Editor, Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
2014-03-25_10-22-04
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Girl Shaves Her Head to Support Friend With Cancer; School Disapproves [Video]

It seems like at least once a week we're talking about a zero-tolerance policy in a school that is just plain stupid.

Having rules is one thing, but only looking at things as black and white and not being able to see various shades of gray is something completely different.

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The United States' Omar Bermejo competes in the men's 15-kilometer standing biathlon at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 14 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
The United States' Omar Bermejo competes in the men's 15-kilometer standing biathlon at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 14 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
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Sochi Winter Games: How Grand Rapids’ U.S. Paralympian Omar Bermejo Did

Omar Bermejo achieved and competed with the world's best Winter Paralympians over the past two weeks in Russia.

The 32-year-old former Marine, who had an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident, is from Grand Rapids resident, He took part with Team USA in two nordic skiing disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Michigan and Michigan State play at 3:30 p.m. today at Bankers Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Conference Tournament title to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The game is on CBS. (Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Michigan and Michigan State play at 3:30 p.m. today at Bankers Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Conference Tournament title to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The game is on CBS. (Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Today is Selection Sunday for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

Today is Selection Sunday for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Something you should know: Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan are all going to be in the 68-team field.

CBS Sports airs the pairings for the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. EST today with its "Selection Sunday" special.

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Townsquare Media Buys Kalamazoo Ribfest

Townsquare Media announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire Kalamazoo Ribfest from The Arc Community Advocates.

As part of the deal, Townsquare Media also inked a long-term partnership with The Arc to produce the event on an annual basis.

The Arc Community Advocates, a non-profit focused on helping people with intellectual and development disabilities, has operated Ribfest for the past 22 years.

Ribfest 2014 is Aug. 7 to 9 at Arcadia Creek Festival Place, and is downtown Kalamazoo's largest event.

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Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
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Grand Rapids’ Omar Bermejo Competes for U.S. in Sochi Paralympic Winter Games [Video]

Omar Bermejo believes.

He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.

That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

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