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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Grand Rapids Veterans’ Day Deals 2012

Sunday November 11th is Veterans' Day, a day to honor the men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms. To say thank you, many Grand Rapids area businesses are offering special Veterans' Day Deals on Sunday and Monday. Find a list after the jump.

 

 

 

 

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Petoskey Batman Busted Again– Girlfriend Petoskey Batgirl Shows Support on Facebook

 

The last we'd heard of Petoskey Batman (Harbor Springs man, Mark Wayne Williams), he was auctioning off his Batman suit to cover the legal fees he acquired after his arrest for scaling a building in downtown Petoskey. Apparently the Ebay route isn't working out for him. That, or the lure or crime fighting is just too strong,  because Petoskey Batman has been busted again. State troopers arrested the 33-year-old Saturday night after he refused to leave a crime scene.  He was wearing the Batman suit, of course.

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Colorado Shooting Suspect James Holmes Formally Charged

James Holmes, the alleged gunman in the Aurora, Colo, movie theater shootings was back in court today. The former doctorate student was formally charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder for the July 20th attack during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, in which 12 people died and another 58 were injured.

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Olympic ‘Protest’ Bags Poke Fun at ‘Fat Americans’

So it turns out not everyone has Olympic fever. I can imagine, that while some Londoners feel honored to host the Games, others are  not looking forward to the hoards of tourists invading their, the inevitable traffic delays, and just the general disruption that's caused by hosting one of world's largest sporting events. For those that are feeling a bit grumpy and irritated about the situation, they can go ahead and wear their complaints on their sleeves. Or rather, their bags and T-shirts. A London designer, Toby Lee created a line of totes and T's that snarkily pokes fun at the Summer 2012 Games.

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Batman Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

Since the horrific shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater last Friday, pleas have gone out that Batman himself visit the injured and the victims' families.  Online campaigns in the form of facebook groups like Christian Bale, visit the children who were injured in Aurora shooting cropped up and individuals posted their own messages in status updates urging the caped crusader to head to Colorado to show "heroes can be real too, not just the bad guys" .  On Tuesday, Christian Bale answered the call.

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Dog Takes a Seat on Kid’s Head (Video)

Sometimes it's rough being a dog. People always want to pet you. They want you to roll over, shake, speak, etc. at their command. Fetching can get old-- I mean, you get the ball you bring it back, you do it again... sometimes you just want to take a break. You want to have a seat. And maybe you can't help where that seat is. Like the dog in this video, who plops right down on a kid's head. Check it out after the jump!

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The Anti-Cheating Wedding Band– Get One For Your Unfaithul Spouse Today!

 

If you think your significant other might need an anti-cheating wedding ring, maybe it's time to re-evaluate the whole marriage thing? The titanium band, which sells for $550 on TheCheeky.com, has a negative engraving of "I'm married" inside. So, if your not-so-faithful mate tries to sneak off his ring when he's out and about, maybe chatting up the ladies, his marital status will remain imprinted on his finger.

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Yummy Pictures of Food Can Make You Fat?

You've heard people joke, "I just look at bowl of ice cream/ basket of french fries/ slice of pizza (insert whatever delicious food here) and I gain 5 pounds!" Turns out, it's no joke. A recent study done by the Endocrine Society of Houston has found that even just looking at photos of rich, tasty foods could lead to weight gain. What a bummer, right?

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West Michigan Dog Saves Toddler From Drowning

There are endless reasons to love your family pets-- they're cute and cuddly, loyal, and as it turns out, can be life-savers.

In  Marcellus, Michigan on Sunday, Patricia Drauch was out in her backyard doing some gardening with her 14 month old, Stanley, at her side. She walked into her garage to get a shovel, when suddenly realized Stanley missing.

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Childhood Dream: Crayola Releases Nail Polish Line!

Think back to being a kid and opening a brand new box of Crayolas-- those sharp, unused tips! The array of colors! That fresh box of crayons smell! So exciting. Pretty sure I'm not the only kid who dreamed of coloring my fingernails every color in the Crayola box... and now I can! Well, some colors anyway-- Crayola has just released a new line of nail polish.

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Terrible Parenting Tips– What’s the Worst You’ve Heard?

Kim Zolciak, the platinum blonde with the wigs and the "singing career" on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"  recently shared her  favorite parenting tip with Us Weekly. The mom of three (with the fourth on the way) says she keeps a wooden spoon in her purse at all times, "For my kids if they get fresh. I've never used it; I just pull it out and they know I'm serious." Wow, really?! Inspired by this, Redbook put together a list of the worst pieces of parenting advice they've ever received. 

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