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24-Year-Old Cold Case Grand Rapids Murder Reopened; Film About Slaying Debuts This Week

Grand Rapids police have reopened their investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Joel Battaglia.

Battaglia died on June 11, 1990, from injuries suffered in a beating. He was last seen leaving Mulligan's Pub in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood early that morning.

Battaglia was found, beaten and unconscious, a half mile away from the pub where he was last spotted, at 1065 Lake Drive SE. Robbed and left without identification, Joel lay in the morgue unidentified for a day. A tattoo of a phoenix on his right ankle enabled investigators to put his name with his body.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Cruises Past ‘Maleficient’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Ah, the summer. The time of the year where the box office is ruled by superhero movies, science fiction extravaganzas and, uh, slightly quirky cancer weepies. What? For reasons that will baffle some people, 'The Fault in Our Stars' effortlessly took the number one spot at the box office this weekend, gliding past its bigger, more expensive and more ferocious competition and making it look easy.

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Summer Water Safety: Do You Know Signs of a Person Who Is Drowning?

As "summer vacation season" heats up in Michigan, many people will head to the beach, soak up some sun and spend time in the water. But, what if someone - maybe a family member - was drowning?  Would you realize it?  Do you think it would be like what you see on TV or in the movies?

I ran across a fantastic video showing TRUE signs drowning (hint: there aren't many) and thought it was important to share with you

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Pittsburgh Penguins Fire Dan Bylsma As Head Coach

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Dan Bylsma, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford announced today.

A Grand Haven native, Bylsma had coached the Penguins for five-plus seasons, compiling a record of 252-117-32 and leading the team to the Stanley Cup title in 2009.

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Photo Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Wear a Life Jacket [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.

Here's a boating tip to help you stay safe out there: Make sure to wear a life jacket.

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Go Ahead and Have a Donut (or a Dozen) for National Donut Day [Video]

If you put down that morning Cruller or Long John because you're trying to watch your figure or keep your blood sugar from skyrocketing, go ahead and have one today. Just tell yourself it's National Donut Day.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ [Video]

This week in theaters, two highly different movies arrive: the first, a science-fiction action-adventure; the second, an uplifting story of hope rising against all odds.

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It’s Festival Weekend!

Long before ArtPrize, THE arts festival in Grand Rapids was just Festival.

Officially, it's the 45th Festival of the Arts, held in downtown Grand Rapids on a few city streets and at Calder Plaza.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Eric Zane’s Police Mug Shot From 1988

On "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today, we were talking about a crazy story of a man who drove cross-country with a dead woman in his van.

He ended up driving back to his hometown in Michigan, which happens to be the town that Eric Zane grew up in.

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Metalhead Ned’s Random Pic of the Week – Time For Sun of a Beach!

I was walking down the hallway yesterday and I couldn't help but notice that our live events manager was dressed up for a Beach Party. I don't know what exactly she was doing, but I figured it was a very random thing to stumble upon.

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Davenport University Grad Gets Do-Over Back Flip on ‘Steve Harvey Show’ [Video]

Bobby Blank, of Holland, became a viral video sensation in April when he face planted while attempting a back flip at Davenport University's graduation ceremonies at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

On Tuesday, he received another chance.

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The B.O.B.’s Liquor License Suspended for 10 Days

WZZM reported in April, that The B.O.B. was sentenced to a 3-day liquor license suspension. The downtown Grand Rapids bar, restaurant, and nightclub tried to appeal that decision. Tuesday, the Michigan Liquor Commission not only upheld the original suspension, but extended it to 10 days. 

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