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Fireworks Season Means Enjoying Community Displays, Celebrating Safely [Video/Infographic]

It's the season for fireworks, which are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations.

July 4 marks the 238th anniversary this year of the United States' independence from England through the Declaration of Independence. It means celebrating our nation's founding through community events, with professionally-done aerial fireworks displays such as the Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

If consumer fireworks are used at home or elsewhere, enjoy them safely to protect lives and property while embracing Independence Day.

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Judas Priest Hits U.S. for Fall 2014 Tour with Steel Panther

In October and November, the iconic heavy metallers will bring the 'Redeemer of Souls Tour 2014' throughout the U.S. with Steel Panther acting as openers.

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Independence Day Weekend Fireworks and Activities in West Michigan – 2014

Independence Day weekend will bring many opportunities to celebrate and enjoy fireworks in West Michigan in 2014.

Take a look at our list and have a great Independence Day weekend!

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Follow the Rules of the Water [Sponsored]

Summer is here! It officially arrived last Saturday, and this is truly the season 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.

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

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Father Finds Out His Missing Son Has Been Found on National TV [Video]

So, typically, we are not big fans of Nancy Grace. But we actually think that she did the right thing in this case.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and ‘Met Summer Encore: La Rondine’ [Videos]

Okay, so only one new movie this week, but it's a biggie: the fourth installment in the robot-alien-EXPLOSIONS!!! saga based on a 1980s cartoon.

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Have a Blast with Amway Family Fireworks on Fifth of July in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2014 event marks the fourth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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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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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Dan Maurer Talks About His 100-Pound Scrotum and Surgery for a ‘Semi-Normal Life’ [Audio/Video]

On "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show" on Tuesday, we talked about Dan Maurer. The 39-year-old Burlington, Mich., man is suffering from Scrotal Lymphedema, causing his scrotum to balloon to somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds.

He went through a long period of time where he was misdiagnosed, but doctors finally pinpointed what needs to be done to get him healthy again.

We tracked Dan down this morning and got a chance to talk to him on the show.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Think Like a Man Too’ Schools ‘Jersey Boys’

Unless your movie was named 'Jersey Boys,' this was a pretty excellent weekend at the box office for all parties involved. A new film opened big in the number one spot, last week's champions held on strong, and others continued to perform well further down the charts. But boy, it really kinda' sucks to be 'Jersey Boys.'

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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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