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Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Crunch time is here for Christmas because it's Christmas week.

You've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to help you finish up your Christmas shopping.

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Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Calls Out Manny Pacquaio For May Bout [Video]


Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr.,
says he's ready to fight.

The question is when Manny Pacquaio will come around to do that with the 37-year-old boxing champion from Grand Rapids and now of Las Vegas.

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Michigan State Protests Focus on Columnist George Will’s Rape Stance, Women’s Dignity

An honorary doctorate being awarded by Michigan State University to Washington Post columnist George Will at MSU's fall commencement ceremonies is the focal point of protests in East Lansing today.

More than 800 people had RSVP'd and were expected this morning for protests that were also held earlier this week, according to organizers.

The ignitor is that the protests organizers say Will, who taught at MSU briefly the 1970s. They claim Will has a history of provocative statements and writings compromising and discrediting the severity of rape.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has released a statement saying that while the conservative Will's "visit will be painful for many, ... it does not mean the university wishes to cause survivors of sexual assault distress. And it does not mean we are backing away from our commitment to continuously improving our response to sexual assault."

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Mona Shores Football’s Tyree Jackson Named High School Athlete of the Week [Video]

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NCAA FBS’ First College Football Playoffs Announced: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State In

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee this afternoon announced the inaugural College Football Playoffs field.

Selection Sunday put Alabama versus Ohio State and Oregon versus Florida State, with the winners vying for the national championship.

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East Grand Rapids High School Girls’ Swimming’s Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins Named Athletes of the Week

East Grand Rapids girls' swimming and diving's Emily Converse and Gabby Higgins, who each captured two MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 individual state titles in addition to being on two winning relays in leading the Pioneers to a repeat state championship in Oakland, are this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week co-honorees.

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Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone. So have Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

After all, you've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to visit as you continue your Christmas shopping.

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Holland High School Girls’ Swimming’s Taylor Garcia Named Athlete of the Week

Holland High School girls' swimming and diving's Taylor Garcia, who captured two MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 girls' swimming and diving individual state titles last week, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week honoree.

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Watch GRD Radiothon Here [LIVE VIDEO]

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

TODAY from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST in the studios of 97.9 WGRD, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” crew is partnering with Wayland in taking over afternoon drive on WGRD for the first WGRD Radiothon!

The four-hour effort is being done to help raise money and awareness for the A-T Children’s Project, and is being broadcast live by 97.9 WGRD.

Callers can call in on the GRD Request Line at (616) 770-9473 or toll-free at (800) 947-3979.

Listeners can call in a request ANY SONG they want to hear, but for a price! The cooler the song, the better the price. So, if you want to hear something completely crazy or terrible, expect to pay out more.

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