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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Eric Zane’s Scooter Riding Costume

Eric Zane told us recently that he took the plunge and bought an RV.

Unfortunately, after buying said RV, he realized how insanely expensive the road to freedom is.

So, instead of selling his scooter like he had previously planned, he has decided to dust off the two-wheeled beast, drive it to work every day and save some money.

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 1

ArtPrize's 16 juried finalists are in and the public vote continues with first-round voting running through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The current public top 25 in each of ArtPrize's four award categories -- two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based and installation -- also have been made available. More than 200,000 votes had been cast as of 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The final 20 announcement is Sunday.

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) is the eighth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

The public voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected from the jurors' shortlists.

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Jojo Girard/98.7 WFGR
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 30 [Video]

The ArtPrize jurors' shortlists were announced Monday night for the sixth annual ArtPrize.

That means 16 juried finalists are in. The public vote continues, meanwhile, with first-round voting running through 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Today (Tuesday, Sept. 30) is the seventh day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

Nearly 170,000 votes had been cast as of 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations.

The public voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected from the jurors' shortlists.

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Jojo Girard/98.7 WFGR
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 29 [Video]

The sixth annual ArtPrize is well under way.

Today (Monday, Sept. 29) is the sixth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

More than 146,000 votes had been cast as of 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. Round One voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4.

The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.

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Courtesy James Markus Photography
Courtesy James Markus Photography
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ArtPrize 2014: ‘Images from Week One’ [Video]

James Markus is a veteran Grand Rapids area photographer with an innate eye for visuals.

The owner of Jenison photo studio James Markus Photography, he has put together a video slide show of ArtPrize 2014's Week One.

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Matt Milhouse/100.5 The River
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 28

There are now seven more days to vote in the first round for the sixth annual ArtPrize.

Today (Sunday, Sept. 28) is the fifth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

More than 107,000 votes had been cast by 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.

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Josh Garber/Channel 95.7
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 27

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y. The weekend is here, and ArtPrize continues its vibrance in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Today (Saturday, Sept. 27) is the fourth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

About 65,000 votes had been cast by 8 a.m. today in first-round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Joe’s Chix Kix Street Team [Video]

A few weeks ago, Producer Joe was eating chick peas out of a bowl in the studio during "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show."

We noticed how much the chick peas looked like Kix cereal. We figured if we couldn't tell the difference between the two, that most people probably wouldn't either.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 26 [Video]

While tonight brings an evening for artists' receptions, there's a full day ahead and 174 venues to explore for ArtPrize 2014.

Today (Friday, Sept. 26) is the third day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

More than 36,000 votes had been cast by 7:30 a.m. today in first round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.

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Body Found at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids

 

UPDATE 2:20 PM: According to WZZM-13, Police say the body found on the west side of the Grand River, north of Ann Street and near northbound U.S. 131. is that of a 58 year-old -homeless man.

Neighbors tell WZZM that the park used to be known as Ann Street Park. They also reported recently seeing homeless people camping at the park and called police about the issue.

12:57 PM: WZZM-13 is reporting that police are headed to the scene of a body found in Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.

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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Ottawa Hills Volleyball’s Ladaysia Alexander

Ottawa Hills High School volleyball player Ladaysia Alexander is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Consider Alexander's selection for the honor one as much for her perseverance in addition to her being a stellar student-athlete.

"Ladaysia Alexander has had to overcome more obstacles in 17 years than most individuals would in their entire life," Ottawa Hills Coach Sara Sherry said.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 25

There are 1,537 artist entries from 42 U.S. states and 51 countries at ArtPrize 2014, which opened Wednesday. With the combination of a public vote and juried honors, the sixth annual event is awarding $560,000 in prizes.

For the public vote, voting began at noon and round one closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4, with the public vote finalists announced at 1 p.m. Oct. 2. Round two voting starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 with winner announced Oct. 9.

More than 13,000 votes had been cast by midnight Wednesday, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations.

Today (Thursday, Sept. 25) is the second day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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