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The State of Downtown Grand Rapids in 2017 is Awesome

Just in case you need a reminder about how great downtown Grand Rapids is, here are some videos for you to enjoy. Including one that talks about the importance of the riverfront.

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Time to Create Your Crazy Whitecaps Recipes – FBHW Segment 16

It's time to submit your crazy Whitecaps stadium food recipes! Every year, the Whitecaps give you the chance to get your specially designed food onto the Whitecaps' menu for the baseball games! What's going to be your concoction?

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Michigan Representative Justin Amash to Donald Trump, ‘Dude, Just Stop’

Amash is currently serving his fourth term, and took to Twitter Saturday to speak about president-elect Donald Trump's criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis.

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Hear Mark Hamill Make Trump Tweets Slightly More Villainous as the Joker

The most widely recognized iterations of Batman’s constant foe the Joker would probably have to be Heath Ledger as the unchained mad-dog of The Dark Knight, Jack Nicholson as an urbane creep in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, and to a lesser extent, Cesar Romero’s campy turn in the goofy TV series from the ’60s. But Mark Hamill logged more hours as the Clown Prince of Crime than the rest of them put together, voicing the Joker in the long-running animated series and its many spin-offs. The man with the greatest claim to the Joker persona dusted off his special crazy-voice this week for a more pointedly political purpose than the usual cocktail-party entertainment.

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Former Whitecaps Player Suspended 50 Games After Testing Positive for ‘Drug of Abuse’

On January 13, Major League Baseball announced six Minor League players received 50-game suspensions due to positive drug tests.

A former West Michigan Whitecaps player was among those suspended.

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Watch Chewbacca ‘Disarm’ an Enemy in This ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Deleted Scene

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an international smash hit, it wasn’t devoid of criticism. Some people felt that the film veered a little close to the storyline of the original Star Wars film; others felt that the family friendly action didn’t quite line up with the darker tone they expected from movies like The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith. So to those fans, I offer you the above deleted scene (via i09) where Chewbacca rips out the arm of Unkar Plutt. It may be another throwback to the original movies, but at least it’s one with a little bit of bite.

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What Age Can You Leave Your Kids at Home Alone in Michigan?

Did you know there’s an actual answer for those of us in Michigan?

There are 34 states that have no minimum age requirements for leaving your kids at home alone...

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ Dominate the Holiday Weekend

After a neck-and-neck race last weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially stepped aside to let Hidden Figures reign supreme. The crowd-pleasing drama about the black female mathematicians who assisted NASA in its early days topped the box office, leading a weekend that was otherwise all about films bursting out of limited release. The bulk of the new releases were not so fortunate.

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Vote for the Most Anticipated Release of February 2017!

See what's being released, then vote for the most anticipated new album of February 2017!

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‘Game of Thrones’ Bosses Considering More Episodes for Season 8

For as long as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have discussed the final two seasons, the suggestion has been seven episodes for Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8. That final year doesn’t yet have an official renewal, which may yet lead to an increased episode order for the final Game of Thrones.

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Woman Uses Founders Beer to Announce Baby Boy to Husband

There are a lot of creative ways to break the news of your baby boy or baby girl, but nothing says Grand Rapids quite like using a six pack of Founders beer.

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Bryan Cranston Explains Why ‘Power Rangers’ Is a ‘Nice Bookend’ to His Career

After starring in arguably the greatest television series of all time, Bryan Cranston has certainly earned the right to pick any movie or television projects that he darn well pleases. That didn’t prevent a few people from raising their eyebrows when it was announced that Cranston would be joining the cast of the new Power Rangers reboot as their leader and mentor Zordon. Sure, we all know that Cranston got his start as a Power Rangers voice actor back in the day, but is he really so loyal as to work on a new live-action movie when he could be out there, winning Oscars or lighting up Broadway

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