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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Boy Banned From Wearing My Little Pony Backpack Receives Outpouring of Support

My Little Pony is causing one big problem.

Grayson Bruce, a 9-year-old boy from Buncombe County, North Carolina, has been ordered by school officials not to bring his My Little Pony backpack to school anymore because it makes him a target for bullies

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(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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This Football fan is not Happy About Losing his Favorite Player [VIDEO]

We're all focused on basketball this time of year, NCAA, March Madness basketball.  But football will be here before we know it, and NFL teams are bobbing and weaving, tweeting and trading. Last week the Carolina Panthers said goodbye to Steve Smith, cutting the wide receiver they drafted 13 years ago. By doing so, they may have lost a young fan who didn't take the news of his release very well.

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(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Doubletree)
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Summer Camp for Grandparents and Grandchildren at GVSU

We can't wait for the snow to be gone, warmer weather, and, summer vacation.  Do you have summer plans?  I have a great, fun suggestion for all Grandma's and Grandpa's.  Summer Camp for Grandparents and their grandchildren.  It will be a super time to share a college experience at G3 Camp: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley!

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5 Post-St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Remedies to Help you get Through Today

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and while you probably got your pub crawl on, you don’t have a plan for this morning, better know as 'the morning after'. Oh, my, today could be a painful, tough day.

Your head may be pounding and your eyes can’t seem to handle this “light” thing, you may be tempted to follow some bad advice. First off: step away from the bloody Mary. The hair of the dog may go down easy, but it won’t cure your hangover. Instead, try my remedies, some familiar and some you might want to try for the first time:

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Warren Buffett to Give Away Staggering $1 Billion for the Perfect March Madness Bracket

The teams have been picked and one of the most exciting times of the year is about to unfold, March Madness.  We all have our faves, Michigan State, U of M both have a great chance.  Western Michigan is in it too, but, boy, do they have a tough road.

So, now we all fill out our brackets.  Good luck with that.

A lot more than bragging rights could be on the line when filling out your bracket for the NCAA Tournament.

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Heroic 15-Year-Old Rescues Abducted Girl

What a heart-warming story.  I don't know if you caught this on the news awhile back or not, but I thought it was a good idea to discuss it again, of how getting involved can pay off.

15-year-old Temar Boggs from Gable Park Woods, PA, was hailed as a hero after chasing down the car in which a five-year-old kidnapped girl was being held in. The attempted kidnap took place outside an apartment block on Thursday in Lancaster Township. When news broke, community members took to the streets to try to find the missing child.

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Maria Bamford is a Funny Lady [VIDEO]

LaughFest wraps up this weekend here in Grand Rapids, and what a great ten-days it will have been.

These past ten days, I've been featuring some of the top, yet less-known, comedians appearing here.  One of the best, Maria Bamford, was in town last Saturday, and I hope you didn't miss her.

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