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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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Ice Skating Has Begun in Downtown Grand Rapids

Ice Skating has officially begun downtown here in Grand Rapids, as Rosa Parks Circle has been filled with water and frozen over!  I watched the zamboni finishing up the ice the other day, as they got ready to begin the skating, and then went back Friday night for the first night of skating!

If you're taking the family for some skating, here's all the information on where to go and what to do.  If you going for a date, you're going to have a lot of fun.

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Mason County Judge Reinstates Pursuing Murder Charges Against Baby Kate’s Father, Sean Phillips

A Mason County Circuit Court judge has ruled prosecutors can pursue open murder charges against Sean Phillips, WZZM-13 reported.

Phillips is the 25-year-old father of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, a 4½-month-old who went missing from the Ludington area in June 2011.

In September, District Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed murder charges against Phillips, saying prosecutors did not prove Baby Kate had been killed.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Spectacle to Grand Rapids on Sunday [Video]

If you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform, don't even bother imagining what might unfold.

It is something seemingly slightly beyond the realm of reality being brought to Grand Rapids for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Arena.

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Meet Jackyl’s Jesse James Dupree In Grand Rapids Saturday

Have you always dreamed of meeting Jackyl’s Jesse James Dupree? Well, you can meet him this Saturday at Bellavino’s in Grand Rapids at 5pm to celebrate the release of Jesse James Bourbon and Full Throttle S’loonshine!

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Opening Day Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle.
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Ice Skating Season Starts at Rosa Parks Circle Downtown Grand Rapids

Ice skating is back at Rosa Parks circle downtown Grand Rapids! The rink opened for the season at noon today.

The weather warming up a bit made the opening a little uncertain, but at the time of this post, people are getting their skate on at RPC.

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Michigan Senate Approves 4 A.M. Closing Time for Downtown Bars

Michigan cities may have the option of allowing downtown bars to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekend nights under a new bill that passed the Michigan Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 247 passed by a 22-14 vote, after an earlier vote failed.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Bill Burr Talks Neat Versus Funny, First Ladies and Twitter Wars [Audio]

Comedian and actor Bill Burr joined us on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" this morning.  

Burr was promoting his fourth hour-long comedy special, "I’m Sorry You Feel That Way," which premieres on Netflix today!

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Ebola, Minecraft, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird top Yahoo Searches, Obsessions

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014, and Ebola tops the list.

This year’s top searches on Yahoo included a national obsession, an international health crisis and some favorite women stars.

Yes, there are other search engines other than Google.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for December 5

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: The Only Clip You Need to See of NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Special [Video]

Thursday night, NBC aired a live telling of J.M. Barrie's classic tale "Peter Pan."

The part of Peter Pan was played by Allison Williams, who portrays Marnie in HBO’s “Girls” and is the daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

The early reviews for "Peter Pan Live!" are not good; not good at all.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Laila Ali Talks About Her New Show, Her Fighting Career, Curtis Conway’s Eating Habits [Audio/Video]

Early on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today, we talked with retired professional boxer Laila Ali.

She is the daughter of heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali and is married to former NFL wide receiver Curtis Conway, who is one of Free Beer's sports broadcast partners with Compass Media Networks.

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