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Mayor’s 100 Campaign Works to Increase Grand Rapids’ Youth Employment [Video]

The Mayor's 100 Campaign is under way, with its goal to increase employment among Grand Rapids' youth.

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Disney On Ice’s ‘Passport to Adventure’ Skates into Grand Rapids [Video]

Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their Disney pals are coming to town when Disney on Ice’s Passport to Adventure skates into Van Andel Arena from Thursday through Sunday.

Tickets are still available, ranging from $12 to $58, with special deals for children.

Show times are 7 p.m. EST Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Alexander Shalamov/ThinkStock
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The Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Dining with allergies can be stressful.

Finding a restaurant that understands the needs of people with food allergies makes dining safer and more enjoyable.

AllergyEats has released its 2015 list of the most allergy-friendly restaurant chains nationwide.

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Steven Depolo
Steven Depolo
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Mayor George Heartwell’s Campaign Pushes to Increase Grand Rapids’ Youth Employment

Increasing employment for Grand Rapids youth is a huge goal for 2015, and Mayor George Heartwell is pushing hard to make sure it happens.

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‘Birdman’Tribute to the Real Bird, Big Bird [Video]

With the movie "Birdman" taking home four Oscars on Sunday night, I thought we should honor "Birdman," err, the real bird man, Caroll Spinney -- Big Bird.

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Bob Levey, Getty Images
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The Oscars Are Sunday; Are You Excited? [Video]

Movie fans everywhere are counting down the days -- and hours -- until the Academy Awards are handed out.

Who or what will win? Surprises or nope, not really?

We've waited for more than a month since the nominees were announced. The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards have already been handed out, so the pressure is on.

Were The Globes and SAG awards really a predictor of who and what will win? We'll know this Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. EST.

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Community Action Partnership of Kent County
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Walks for Warmth Help Keep Michigan Families Warm [Sponsored]

Consumers Energy is encouraging the public this winter to take part in Walks for Warmth, which help raise money to keep Michigan families warm.

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MetLife Commercial Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes {Video]

There are so many heart-tugging stories out there. Yesterday, here on our website, we had the story of the father who decided to keep his Down Syndrome son instead of staying with his wife. She divorced him because he wouldn't give their son up. She's a real winner.

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Courtesy YMT Vacations
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Are You Ready for Alaska? Come with Me!

I think I hear Alaska is calling.

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Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images
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They are Best Friends Through the Good Times and the Bad [Video]

You've never seen a better pair of best friends than six-year-old buddies Zac and Vincent. The two first-graders in Union, Missouri, are inseparable, and play together nearly every day.

When Zac Gossage became ill, and was diagnosed with leukemia, Vincent vowed to not let him go through it alone. This is such an inspiring story.

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Holland America's ms Oosterdam
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Join Andy Rent on Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour

It's time to think about another vacation. After all, it's a new year, and plans have to be made. I don't know about you, but I'm already tired and need a break. So, how about Alaska?

Last year we took a wonderful 13-day trip to Hawaii, with YMT Vacations, and this year we're taking you on a 12-day cruise and tour of Alaska!

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The Birds and the Bees Talk with Your Kids can be Tough [Video]

Remember when you had the "birds and the bees" talk with your kids?  You did, didn't you?

Whatever, it can be very uncomfortable. Since we had girls, I think I let Kathy take care of it, and I was good with that.

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