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Warm Weather Equals Great Festival 2011

All it takes is one really good year weather wise to see the wisdom of holding the Festival of the Arts the first full weekend in June.  2011 was that year.  An estimated 400,000 people came downtown for the three day arts festival and were treated to some of the best weather of the year.  It was the first time since 2004 that Festival has been dry.

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Category: Grand Rapids News
photo by Gene Parker
photo by Gene Parker
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Best Places to Take Your Dog in West Michigan – Gene’s Top Five

After such a wet spring, it's gonna be a "Dog gone" good summer. Four out of five canine experts agree West Michigan is a heck of good place to be a dog. (The fifth opinion belongs to a cat named Izzie and although she says it's a nice place for dogs...it's an even better place for cats!)  We have two dogs...a Jack Russell Terrier named Holly and  a Golden Retriever named Cali.  Both of our girls love to play outside in the West Michigan sunshine. Holly especially loves to go for a car ride because most of the time it means we are going to go someplace fun! So with fun in mind, here  (in no particular order) are Holly and Cali's five favorite places to visit in West Michigan.

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Category: Grand Rapids News
World Health Organization Calls Cell Phone Use "Possibly Carcinogenic" To Humans
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Top 10 List Of Cell Phones Emitting Most Radiation

News today that cell phones may cause cancer is not exactly new.  Researchers have theorized that for a few years.  What is new is the depth of the study  causing a world wide health organization to put cell phone usage in the same  dangerous category as  pesticide DDT and gasoline engine exhaust.  The group gave cellphones a "2B" classification, meaning they are possibly carcinogenic in humans.   It is not the phone that is harmful, but the radiation emitting from it that causes problems.  Makes you wish you didn't ditch that land line, doesn't it.

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Oprah hauled out the weight she lost in a wagon.
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Oprah Here Today; Gone Tomorrow

After 25 years coming into our living rooms and sharing her life and the lives of those around her, Oprah is calling it quits today. The final show was taped yesterday and show guests say it was just "Oprah on stage" with a chair - although she didn't use it much. Oprah used the opportunity to share one more time, what she has learned the past quarter of a century.  Others may try, but no one will ever replace Oprah

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A new study says too many Michiganders are using credit cards and living beyond their means
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Study Says Many Are Living Beyond Their Means

Sound familiar.   Living Higher on the Hog in Michigan than what we should have put many in the state in a precarious position that could have negative impact on the state's economic future. A new Michigan State University study on household financial conditions says too many of us are relying on debt to sustain lifestyles enjoyed when we made more money.

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Category: Grand Rapids News

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