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Jackie Enters Karaoke Contest

Every Thursday I visit some friends of mine in Howard City and we go sing karaoke at a little bar near them. Last week they were hosting a karaoke contest and I figured why not enter. The twist to the contest was that you had to draw out of a hat the genre you were going to sing.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Man Drives Cross-Country with Dead Woman in Passenger Seat [Video]

Remember the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation?"

The movie told the story of the Griswold family driving cross country from Chicago to go to the amusement park Walley World in Los Angeles. With them for the journey was old Aunt Edna. Poor Aunt Edna didn't do so well along the way, though, and passed away before arriving. So the Griswolds forged ahead, simply strapping Edna to the roof for the rest of the journey.

This news story isn't the exact same situation, but it was a good opportunity to make a "National Lampoon's Vacation" reference! This story is much creepier.

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Michigan Man Drives Cross Country with Corpse in Front Seat [Video]

This is INSANE! So, this 60-something-year-old dude went to a mental health facility in Arizona near Phoenix to pick up his 30-something-year-old girlfriend.

She downed some pills outside a gas station and died while they were driving.

When he realized she was dead, he decided the best plan was to keep driving the rest of the way to Michigan in suburban Detroit with her dead body in the front seat!

Twenty six hours he drove with no air conditioner. And his 90-something-year-old mother was also riding in the van in a wheelchair, WJBK-TV, Fox 2, reported.

Watch the video for the whole story.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Roadkill Gets ‘Get Well Soon’ Balloon

Kim, who lives in Holland, Mich., sent this picture in this week.

She saw it on her way to work Friday morning.

Yes, that's a dead deer. And yes, someone attached a "Get Well Soon" balloon to the poor thing.

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Thrive Grand Rapids [Video]

As if there weren't enough reasons to love our city, check out this video: "Thrive Grand Rapids."

It's a short video showing the improvements Grand Rapids has made and is making, and why in the next few years we will continue to prosper!

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Courtesy Adam Boelkins
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Over the House Football-Basketball Shot [Video]

Eric Zane's son's friend forwarded this video to Zane this week.

He and his friend just shot it the other day in Jenison.

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Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III Leaving for NBA

University of Michigan men's basketball players Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas are forgoing their last two years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.

Michigan Coach John Beilein announced their decisions in a news conference Tuesday. Both are sophomores, with Robinson from St. John, Ind., and Stauskas from Mississauga, Ontario.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Student Brilliantly Pranks Professor In Class [Video]

April Fool's Day may be long over, but a good prank is fun to watch no matter what day it is.

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Jackie’s Photos With ModBettie Pinup Boutique

I just got an email from one of the owners of ModBettie with these images! We had so much fun at their social event for ModBettie. They completely make you over in pinup apparel, hair and makeup. It was a great experience!

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NCAA Tournament: Final Four Quest Ends for Michigan and Michigan State

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament ended tantalizingly short of the Final Four for both Michigan State and Michigan on Sunday.

Second-seeded Michigan fell 75-72 to eighth-seeded Kentucky in the Midwest Region final in Indianapolis.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State lost 60-54 to seventh-seeded Connecticut in the East Region final in New York.

The regional results left the Big Ten Conference with just one team reaching the Final Four in Arlington, Texas, next weekend: Wisconsin.

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NCAA Tournament — Michigan and Michigan State Reach Elite Eight

Michigan and Michigan State advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament's Elite Eight on Friday night.

Second-seeded Michigan defeated Tennessee 74-71 in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Indianapolis, giving the Wolverines a Sunday date with Kentucky. The eighth-seeded Wildcats ousted the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals 74-69.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State outlasted top-seeded Virginia 61-59 in the East Regional semifinals in New York, giving the Spartans a Sunday date with Connecticut. The seventh-seeded Huskies defeated Iowa State 81-76.

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NCAA Tournament Recap — Michigan and Michigan State Advance to Sweet 16

After four exciting days of college basketball, the 68-team field of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship has been reduced to the Sweet 16.

Still alive are both Michigan and Michigan State.

Here are six things we learned from the tournament's first weekend:

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