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John Balyo Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Pornography and Exploitation

On Thursday, the former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography, our news-gathering partner WZZM-13 reported.

John Balyo, 35, received 25 years for the charge of sexually exploiting a child and 15 years for possession of child pornography.

In November, in a separate case, Baylo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County.

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Device Addiction Grows with Mobile Internet of Things [Video]

Well, this is interesting. Maybe not the reality of it, but its depth, breadth and reach.

According to a new Deloitte survey on mobile consumer trends, we -- as in us U.S. consumers -- are becoming more and more obsessed with our electronic devices. Just call it device addiction.

Some of the facts: Nearly 90 percent check their phones in the first hour of being awake and 23 percent look at their devices up to 50 times a day. Wow.

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Up TV via City of Lowell
Up TV via City of Lowell
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Lowell Police Officers Surprise Drivers with Presents Instead of Tickets [Video]

Getting pulled over by a cop is no fun, especially if you end up with a ticket for some minor violation.

But what if instead of getting a ticket, the cop gave you a present? That's probably something that all of us would be OK with.

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Up TV via City of Lowell
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Lowell Police Surprise Drivers with Christmas Presents [Video]

Getting pulled over is the worst. All of the sudden you see flashing lights behind you. Hear the siren. Oh crap, right?

Well, some drivers in Lowell had quite a different experience with traffic stops recently.

Police in Lowell pulled people over... and then gave them presents? If it sounds too good to be true, like one of those made-for-TV Christmas movies-- it isn't! This really happened in Lowell!

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Bernt Rostad
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Grand Rapids Makes Another Best Beer City List, But Not No. 1?!

Grand Rapids, the reigning Beer City USA and recently voted Best Beer Town in the USA has been named one of the 2014 Best Beer Cities by Livability, a company that explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live.

But wait: Grand Rapids is only No. 6 on this list?!? What cities could have possibly beaten us out?

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Rick Krumbacher
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Model Rocketry Club Converts Porta-Potty Into Rocket [Video]

Sometimes it's just cool to blow things up. And it's even cooler to launch things into space.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Rocked Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids [Video]

I've been a fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra since they put the project together, and I was a fan of Savatage before that.  

I got to see one of the first tours the band did, when it was much more stripped down, and it was really good even then.

Flash forward several years, and the show keeps getting bigger, better and more amazing!

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Pyramid’ Gets Buried On Arrival

Honestly, we could have just copied and pasted last weekend’s box office report and gotten away with it. Outside of the shifting numbers, the order of the top 10 is almost identical to what it was a week ago. This is Hollywood in a holding pattern. The weekend after Thanksgiving is a wasteland. That’s probably why ‘The Pyramid’ was dumped this weekend. However, the lone newcomer in the top 10 didn’t just bomb, it bombed spectacularly.

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What We Learned From Week 15 in College Football: Playoffs Are Here; MSU, WMU, CMU, ND In Bowls

For Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, the college football championship hunt begins.

Meanwhile, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Notre Dame are going to bowl games.

As for Michigan fans, sorry but you have to wait until next year.

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NCAA FBS’ First College Football Playoffs Announced: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State In

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee this afternoon announced the inaugural College Football Playoffs field.

Selection Sunday put Alabama versus Ohio State and Oregon versus Florida State, with the winners vying for the national championship.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Kalamazoo Hockey Player Says ‘Meow’ Seven Times in Intermission Interview [Video]

What is it about slipping the word "meow" into a sentence that is so damn funny?

We are not sure, but we're happy people continue to do it.

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Mason County Judge Reinstates Pursuing Murder Charges Against Baby Kate’s Father, Sean Phillips

A Mason County Circuit Court judge has ruled prosecutors can pursue open murder charges against Sean Phillips, WZZM-13 reported.

Phillips is the 25-year-old father of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, a 4½-month-old who went missing from the Ludington area in June 2011.

In September, District Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed murder charges against Phillips, saying prosecutors did not prove Baby Kate had been killed.

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