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Battlecross Plots Summer Tour, Plans New Album

Michigan thrashers Battlecross will embark on a North American tour this summer with Crimson Shadows and Ikillya.

The trek launches July 24 in Columbus, Ohio, and include an Aug 9 date at Birch Run's DIRT Fest.

They will also begin working on their third album, due to be released sometime next year.

"We're excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while," says guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala. "It's short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they're a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall."

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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Returns to Hometown of Greenville Through Fly A Soldier Home This Summer [Photos]

Deann Oliver greeted an unexpected soldier Saturday.

In helping welcome home returning U.S. military personnel at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, she was doing a supportive shift with fellow Blue Star Mothers of America members and Patriot Guard Riders. A handful of families had already been reunited with loved ones when her eyes fell on someone she wasn’t expecting to see until at least next week: U.S. Army Spec. Mitch Oliver. It was her son.

Deann shrieked with delight, clutching into her knees just beyond Gate B as others in two greeting lines, many holding and waving American flags, clapped, smiled and cried tears of joy. Also beaming was Mitch, who had a bouquet of red roses for his mother snuck to him by his father, Gary Oliver.

He was flown in through Fly A Soldier Home This Summer, a contest sponsored by Ed Koehn Automotive Group in conjunction with Classic Hits 98.7 WFGR and affiliated stations 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7 (WLHT), 100.5 The River (WTRV) and 1410 AM The Touch (WNWZ).

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Free Beer and Eric Zane Throw Out First Pitch [Video]

"The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" crew members have been fortunate to throw out the first pitch at baseball games on a number of occasions.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be More Wary of Lightning in Summer [Sponsored]

This is the time of year when many love to relax and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Summer officially arrives at 10:51 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

In embracing summer and enjoying the great outdoors on the water and even at the beach, here's a tip good for boaters and beach-goers to help you stay safe out there.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Think Like a Man Too’ [Video]

This weekend, we get two new movies that aren't your traditional summer fare—the first an adaptation of a beloved musical, the other a sequel to a somewhat surprising hit from not long ago.

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RECALL – Velveeta Cheese Sold At WalMart Stores In Michigan

Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in at least 12 states (including Michigan) because the cheese in question contains "insufficient levels of sorbic acid".

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: A Look Inside Dumber Than Zane Trivia

Each Thursday on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," we play Dumber Than Zane Trivia for a $500 cash prize.

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Godsmack, Seether, Pop Evil Lead 2014 Uproar Festival Tour Kicking Off in Clarkston Aug. 15 [Video]

The lineup for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour has been announced and it features Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry and more.

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Chevelle Extends Summer Tour

Chevelle has released some new tour dates on its tour that kicked off May 17 at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio.

It's touring partly to promote its April album release, "La Gárgola."

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Weekend Box Office Report: ’22 Jump Street’ Schools ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′

Everyone expected '22 Jump Street' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' to open well, but you won't find many people who expected the raunchy R-rated comedy to open bigger than the family friendly animated adventure. But here we are! Both films opened well, but '22 Jump Street,' like the first film, is has taken a hammer to all expectations.

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Sun of a Beach Festival Brings Sand and Fun to Downtown Grand Rapids [Video/Photos]

Friday was a fun day for Grand Rapids as the beach moved downtown for Sun of a Beach Festival!

We brought the sand, the beer, the food, music and, heck, even a party boat!

The day was beautiful, the beer was cold, the elephant ears were massive and the bands played for hours! There was a dancing, drinking and fun had by everyone who came out to 50 Monroe NW for our party!

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be Weather Ready [Sponsored]

Many look forward to relaxing and playing out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Michigan Safe Boating Week runs through Saturday and National Marina Day is Saturday.

In embracing those campaigns and seeking to help you enjoy getting out on the water for relaxation, recreation and to enjoy the great outdoors, here's another boating tip to help you stay safe out there.

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