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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore. Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear dear family.
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Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images
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How to Download Apple’s iOS 8 Without Deleting Your Whole Life

So I'm a holdout. Not only have I not yet downloaded the new iOS 8 update... I'm still rocking the iOS 6. Dude, I know. What's my reasoning for not wanting to embrace the future? Well, I had a bunch of friends who upgraded to iOS 7 and lost EVERYTHING. I hoard pictures, texts, even friends' old phone numbers (Hey, deleting things is hard), so that would be a big problem for me.

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Clutch Rocked the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids [Video]

When I asked for tickets to the September 13 Clutch show at the Orbit Room, Metalhead Ned looked at me funny. I get it, my look doesn't scream "ROCK!!!". However, to my credit, I knew one Clutch song (Yes, "Spacegrass". Which honestly, I always thought was titled "Jesus on the Dashboard"...)

Mostly, I explained, my boyfriend wanted to go. "Yeah, he seems like a Clutch fan", was Ned's response. "Um," I thought, "What does that even mean? Because he has a beard?"

After seeing the show, I realize it's a pretty awesome compliment! Because Clutch fans are some of the most passionate, excited, loyal fans I've seen! 

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Matt Millhouse, 100.5 The River
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Founders Brewing’s ArtPrize Beer Mosaic Promise First Tapping September 16

Grand Rapids is pretty awesome. There's beer. There's art. There's beer AND art. The official beer of ArtPrize 2014 is Founders Brewing Co.'s Mosaic Promise. It was previewed at ArtPrize on Tap back in August. Tuesday, September 16, Mosaic Promise will be released in Founder's taproom. The event is free and starts at 4:30 PM.

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Grand Rapids Remembers 9/11 with Boy Scout Salute, ‘Never Forget’ Exhibit at Ford Museum

 

As the nation remembers the tragic events of 9/11, so does Grand Rapids.

Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. A hijacked plane struck The Pentagon outside Washington DC and another crashed just outside Shanksville, Pa. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including firefighters, rescue workers, and police officers trying to aid the victims.

Today we pledge to never forget those people and to never forget the events of that day.

A day-long Boy Scouts salute, a special remembrance program, and "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit tours are taking place in at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids today as we remember 9/11/2001.

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Mobile Exhibit Honoring 9/11 Victims Comes to Ford Museum In Grand Rapids [Video]

A special memorial honoring those who died thirteen years ago during the September 11, 2001, attacks arrived in Grand Rapids Tuesday evening.

A group of Patriot Riders escorted the mobile “9/11 Never Forget” exhibit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The exhibit will be a part of the annual remembrance ceremonies scheduled for Thursday at the museum.

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Nickelback Premieres ‘Edge of a Revolution’ Clip [Video]

On Friday, Nickelback officially premiered their music video for "Edge of a Revolution," the lead single off their upcoming studio album "No Fixed Address."

The video features news footage of cultural and political protests spliced in with the band performing in front of a classroom of kids who seem really mad. You can tell because the uniform clad tweens start throwing desks and chairs and ripping up their notebooks. Also, bees. Because... bees.

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Guy Drinks Entire Bottle of Jack Daniels– in Less Than 15 Seconds [Video]

Drinking a fifth of Jack Daniels in one night would make most people I know lose it-- either their minds or the contents of their stomachs. For this guy though, a bottle of Jack is no problem. In 13 seconds he downs the whole thing!

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photo credit Johnnie Walker
photo credit Johnnie Walker
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Pop Evil Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Uproar Festival [Video]

Grand Rapids rockers Pop Evil are on the road now, playing Rockstar Energy's Uproar Festival, along with Godsmack, Seether, Buckcherry, and Skillet.

After numerous nominations, the band said "Challenge accepted!" to the ALS Bucket Challenge at the Uproar Fest stop in Cincinnati, OH., August 20th.

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Update: West Michigan Man, Dan Maurer, Gets Surgery on 100-Pound Scrotum [Video/Audio]

Earlier this summer,  “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show” talked with Dan Maurer, the 39-year-old Burlington man suffering from a condition that caused his scrotum to grow to somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds.

At the time, he was raising money to help fund the surgery that would change his life.

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Comedian Adam Hills (Photo credit: Scott Barbour, Getty Image)
Comedian Adam Hills (Photo credit: Scott Barbour, Getty Image)
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Westboro Baptist Church Accepts Offer For Free Trip To Iraq, Comedian Adam Hills Donates Flight Money to Charity Instead [Video]

Crazy hate group heads to Iraq to protest dangerous militant group? That should go well. To bring you up to speed: Last week, comedian Adam Hills went on awesome rant on his show The Last Leg about the dickheads at Westboro Baptist Church threatening to picket Robbin Williams' funeral.

He offered to fly every WBC member to Iraq to picket "the people threatening to behead Christians if they don't convert."  Westboro Baptist then started a twitter war, saying why sure, they'd love go to Iraq. In fact, they even claimed to have been before. Yeah, right. 

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Photo Credit: Universal Music Group
Photo Credit: Universal Music Group
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Throwback Thursday: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Concert Tour ‘Coming Out of Our Shells’ And Guest Appearance on Oprah [Video]

Some are saying the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is terrible. However, is it worse than that one time the Ninja Turtles went on a rock concert tour, made an album sponsored by Pizza Hut, then went on Oprah to promote it? Because that was a real thing that happened. Back in August of 1990, the turtles hit the stage with "Coming Out of Their Shells".

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