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On This Day: Hip Hop Is Born At A Birthday Party In The Bronx

Like any style of music, hip hop has roots in other forms, and its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but there's a case to be made that it came to life precisely on this day in 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment building in the west Bronx, New York City. The location of that birthplace was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, and the man who presided over that historic party was the birthday girl's brother, Clive Campbell—better known to history as DJ Kool Herc, founding father of hip hop.

Born and raised to the age of 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc began spinning records at parties and between sets his father's band played while he was a teenager in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Herc often emulated the style of Jamaican "selectors" (DJs) by "toasting" (i.e., talking) over the records he spun, but his historical significance has nothing to do with rapping. Kool Herc's contribution to hip hop was even more fundamental.


President Obama Arrives In West Michigan

Air Force One is expected landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids at 1:35 p.m. Here is the president's schedule. President Barack Obama will tour Johnson Controls around 2:25 p.m. and make remarks around 2:40 p.m. The president will fly out of Grand Rapids around 3:55 p.m.

The President will speak at the Johnson Controls Saft plant in Holland Thursday afternoon.


Statue Of Liberty To Close For More Renovations

Just two years after the crown of the Statue of Liberty was reopened to visitors, the entire monument will be shut down for a year to conduct more renovations, the National Park Service says.

The closure will begin the day after the statue's 125th anniversary is celebrated on Oct. 28.

But it seems that tourists won't really miss the statue's interior that much: as The New York Times reports, only 30 percent of the folks who take the ferry out to Liberty Island to visit the statue bother to climb the stairs inside. And since the work will place inside the structure, the island park will remain open to visitors.


More Than 100 Tickets Given At "No Left Turn" Sign On Burton St. SW

Many people joke about Michigan having only two seasons: Winter and construction.  So, this time of year, driving through the orange cones is just a way of life, but there's a project on Burton Street SW and US-131 that's producing more headaches than usual.    

The biggest problem seems to be for drivers headed East on Burton. Normally, they can make a left onto US-131, but instead, "No Left Turn" signs line the bridge.  There are detours, but that takes a little extra time, and our camera caught several drivers ignoring the signs, and causing heavy backups.


A Guide To Controlling Privacy, Info On Google+

Google+is the new social networking kid on the block, and one of the main reasons so many people are interested in the service over Facebook is Google+'s proclaimed focus on protecting users' privacy. Whether you're a new Google+ user or you're already a pro, understanding how to control your information on the site can make you feel much more at ease on the social network. Here's the lowdown on Google+'s privacy controls, including a few of the more buried settings you'll want to know about.

This guide will take you through setting up Google+'s circles with an emphasis on how they work from a privacy perspective, how to control what others can see about you on your profile, your options for selectively sharing posts with others, and some miscellaneous settings you'll want to tweak — like only allowing friends to start Huddles with you.