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ArtPrize 2014: How to Vote

The public vote is what sets ArtPrize apart from other art events and competitions. It's also the easiest way to become involved in ArtPrize.

Learn how to vote at ArtPrize 2014.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Maze Runner’ Outpaces ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

Young adult movies are big business.

'The Maze Runner' took over the box office this weekend, proving that the audience for films were young people in science fiction dystopias are forced into violent and terrible predicaments extends beyond the 'Hunger Games' franchise.

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ArtPrize 2014: Important Dates, What’s New, Transportation and More

View our ArtPrize preview to learn about venue hours, voting deadlines, what's new this year and more.

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Three Cases Of Enterovirus D68 Confirmed In Michigan

Enterovirus D-68 is now in parts of Michigan, including right here in Kent County.

This is the extremely contagious respiratory illness that's making children and young adults sick in at least 22 states so far. 

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‘Supergirl’ TV Series Flies onto CBS with Series Commitment

The fall 2014 TV season has been dominated by the arrival of superhero series like 'Gotham,' 'The Flash' and more, and CBS is about to have a 'Super' new addition to the team. Following its initial announcement, the 'Supergirl' TV series has officially landed at CBS with a full series commitment, focusing on the tale of Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for September 19

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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Dan Aykroyd Wants ‘Ghostbusters’ to Be Like Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a huge success, there were immediate imitators trying to follow that same model. From the 'Justice League' films to 'Amazing Spider-Man' and, heck, even the upcoming 'Star Wars' movies. It all seemed a bit much, to be honest. But, this latest news might take the cake (or donut?) when it comes to biting style. Dan Aykroyd, the only one involved with the original 'Ghostbusters' who seems to want to have anything to do with the new 'Ghostbusters' says he wants to relaunch the franchise following the Marvel "shared universe" strategy.

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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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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: First Official Footage of the Millennium Falcon Has Landed

It's here, folks! After weeks of seeing leaked images of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' set pieces and cast and crew members, the first official footage of the Millennium Falcon has landed. Better still, it's a continuation of J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder's ongoing 'Star Wars'-'Batman' crossovers.

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Teske Hoffmeister
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Rockford Boys’ Water Polo’s David Newberger

Rockford High School boys' water polo player David Newberger is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Newberger excels athletically and academically, standing out on a team currently ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Water Polo Association with a 17-1 record after a 15-7 win Wednesday night over East Kentwood.

"David Newberger epitomizes the (term) student-athlete," Rockford Coach David McWatters said.

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‘SNL’ Season 40: Darrell Hammond to Replace Don Pardo as Announcer

Of the many changes in store for the 40th season of 'SNL,' none would prove so heartbreaking as the loss of beloved announcer Don Pardo, who passed away earlier this year. No one could ever replace Pardo's distinct intonation announcing every 'SNL' installment, though the new voice of the sketch comedy series will at least be a familiar one, as distinguished alum Darrell Hammond takes the mic.

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Metalhead Ned Enjoys His First Sip of Surge [Video]

Here it is folks, the moment I have been waiting for! It's been way too long since I have had the fine green soda Surge.

Working on Wednesday took forever as I knew this fine beverage was waiting at my doorstep for me to come and enjoy.

Is Surge still as good as it was in the '90s?

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