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The Final Time I Saw Wayne Static Live [Video]

I can't believe the news that I got this weekend.

I was sitting at a Halloween party dressed as Alice Cooper just scrolling through my phone when I scrolled past a story that I never wanted to see" Static-X Frontman Wayne Static had passed away.

The air was taken from my lungs and I just kinda froze. I couldn't believe what I was reading after taking it in for a minute. I started to reminisce of past concerts and intro'ing him at Carnival of Chaos.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Nightcrawler’ Edges Out the Competition

Although 'Nightcrawler,' the only new wide release of the week, did end up taking the top spot at the box office this weekend, it did so in one of the tightest races we've ever seen. The top six films all came within $3 million of each other and the order could have radically changed by a stiff breeze for all we know. Heck, some titles may get swapped around by tomorrow when the studios release some more official numbers.

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High School Football District Finals Schedule Released

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has released the schedule for the High School Football District Finals.

The dates and times of some of the game have yet to be determined, but this is what we'll be looking at as far as matchups across West Michigan and the rest of the state. (West Michigan schools have been noted in bold.)

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Linkin Park, Rise Against, Of Mice & Men Book Date at Van Andel Arena on Feb. 4! [Video]

Big concert announcement this morning!

Fresh from its album release, Linkin Park is making a return to Michigan! This time it's right here in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena!

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2014 Michigan General Election Primer

President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have all campaigned this fall in Michigan, but not in their election bids.

They were supporting Michigan candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

Michigan's general election is Tuesday.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Help Our Former Intern Lurch’s Girlfriend Get a New Harp [Video]

Lurch is a former intern with us here on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show."

He has been dating his girlfriend, Lily Wardrop, for about two years.

"She's extremely talented and knows how to play the harp!," Lurch says. "Seriously, who knows how to play the harp?! My girlfriend, that's who."

Lurch says he is "trying to help her raise funds so that she can afford a normal size harp so she can do what she went to school and worked so hard for: music therapy."

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97.9 WGRD’s November 2014 Top Songs Playlist [Video]

Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ and ‘Saw 10th Anniversary’ [Video]

You'll have plenty of options for some good old spine-tingling Halloween fun once the latest batch of thrillers (and one re-release) hits theaters this weekend.

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University of Michigan Taps Retired Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett as Interim AD

University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has resigned and retired Steelcase Inc. CEO Jim Hackett is in for the interim, U-M President Mark Schlissel said in an Ann Arbor news conference this afternoon.

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Dave Brandon Reportedly Out as U-M Athletic Director

Multiple media outlets are reporting that University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has resigned his post.

U-M has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference where Brandon's resignation is reported to be made official.

Brandon has be

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Time to Fall Back, Drive More Carefully [Poll/Infographic]

Remember to set those clocks back Saturday night as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday.

After the change, it will be darker sooner, making driving more dangerous with bicyclists and pedestrians more difficult to see.

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