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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Paddle Smart [Sponsored]

Paddle sports are the fastest-growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddle craft, primarily kayaks, being sold annually in the U.S., according to the Water Sports Industry Association and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, rafting and various other paddle sports are thrilling, exciting and fun.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to paddle smart, regardless of whether you are on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, whitewater course, rapids or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules’ and ‘And So It Goes’

The box office gets a jolt this week, with a pair of action thrillers making their debuts, plus an easygoing family comedy to put a smile on your face.

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Otherwise Reveals Fall 2014 Tour Dates With Like a Storm, Islander

Otherwise have announced a fall 2014 headlining tour with Like a Storm and Islander providing support.

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Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
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What is Uber? Grand Rapids’ New Transportation Option [Video]

There's a new car service app in Grand Rapids!

If you've ever been disappointed by taxi cabs in Grand Rapids, you might want to check it out. Take my situation Saturday.

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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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WZZM-13: Disturbing Details Revealed in Deaths of Wyoming Victims [Video]

By Bob Brenzing and Christa E Graban | WZZM-13

Wyoming police have released more details about last week's triple homicide.

Brooke Slocum, 18, and Charles Oppenneer, 25, were killed last week. Slocum's soon-to-be born baby also died.

Brady Oestrike, the suspect in the murders, took his own life on Thursday (July 17) after a chase with police.

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The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: WZZM-13 Goes Behind the Scenes with ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ [Video]

A few weeks ago, the folks from WZZM-13 in Grand Rapids stopped by the 97.9 WGRD studio with a camera to interview us after the show to put together a "behind the scenes" piece about us.

Then this morning, while Producer Joe was guest hosting with Lauren Stanton on WZZM-13's morning news show, the ABC affiliate aired the piece.

You can see it in its entirety below.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Purge; Anarchy’ Can’t Wipe Out ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Despite three very different new challengers, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' continued to rule over the box office this weekend. This doesn't spell disaster for the newcomers, but it does spell further success for the sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' which is riding extremely positive word of mouth to a big box office tally.

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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Host First 3-D Printed T-Ball Game Tonight [Video]

Baseball is a sport that has been built on traditions for more than 150 years. Tonight, tradition will meet the future when the West Michigan Whitecaps host the first-ever game played by using equipment printed by 3D, or additive manufacturing, technology.

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New Movies This Week: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ and ‘Sex Tape’ [Video]

A crime thriller, an animated romp and a raunchy comedy—just the dose of variety the movie doctor ordered for what's been a rather bland summer season at cinemas so far.

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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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