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Grand Rapids Named Forbes’ Second Best City To Raise A Family

Grand Rapids has received a lot of accolades over the last few years. We’re Beer City, USA (and will remain that way, since the magazine who named us Beer City has decided to discontinue the contest), we had an awesome Lip Dub video that went viral online, in 2012 Forbes listed us as the best city to raise a family, and this year, we've come in at number two on their list.

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Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells is fun for Entire Family at Civic Theatre [VIDEO]

It's opening night tonight at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, for the delightful "Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells.  Plan on you and your family having a wonderful time.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Bears,’ ‘Heaven Is For Real’ and ‘A Haunted House 2′ [Video]

A big batch of new releases hits theaters this weekend, with four wide-ranging films targeting every kind of movie-goer.

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Memorial Service For ‘Princess Lacey’ Thursday Night At MSU

The 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more across the country will be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service Thursday night in East Lansing.

Lacey Holsworth's family has asked those who plan on attending the 6:30 p.m. event tonight at the Breslin Center to wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.

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Grand Valley State to Launch Concerts in National Parks [VIDEO]

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage with the launch of its Music in Our Parks project. Two years in planning, the ensemble commissioned composers to create music inspired by national parks in the southwest, where the ensemble will then perform the pieces, April 29-May 4.

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images
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2014 TEDxGrandRapids speaker lineup is set

TEDxGrandRapids returns to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on May 7.

The speaker lineup has been announced.

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Courtesy of The Michigan Department Of Corrections
Courtesy of The Michigan Department Of Corrections
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State Trooper Killer Eric Knysz Declared Clinically Brain Dead

Eric Knysz, the man who killed Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield has been declared clinically brain dead after hanging himself while in prison, according to WZZM-13.

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‘Die Hard 6′ to Reunite Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson?

Let's be honest: the last two 'Die Hard' movies were almost unwatchable. There's little Fox could do to get us excited for a 'Die Hard 6' at this point, but what little there is to do, they're at least trying to do. Early reports suggest that Fox is working on a 'Die Hard 6' story that would reunite John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson), the co-stars of the last good 'Die Hard' movie.

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Grand Rapids Nets NBA D-League Franchise for 2014-15 Season

The NBA Development League today announced that SSJ Group, LLC, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Springfield Armor and is relocating the Massachusetts club to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season with a direct affiliation with the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

The announcement was made this afternoon at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

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Stephen Colbert Visiting ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on April 22

Where last year we were watching David Letterman and Jay Leno still battling it out for late-night ratings, the future looks very different now that 'The Colbert Report' star Stephen Colbert has officially been announced as Letterman's replacement, to compete with the already-installed 'Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon. While plenty of questions remain, Colbert himself will drop by Letterman's 'Late Show' next week to shed a little light on the future.

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GVSU Grad’s Spy Story Used by FBI As Warning [Video]

'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Shriver Story'

The FBI just released a video about a Grand Valley State University graduating who is serving time in federal prison, to warn students studying abroad about the dangers of unknowingly being recruited as a spy.

This isn't an episode of 'Turn' on AMC, this is the real deal.

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Arne Trautmann, ThinkStock
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John Ball Park Easter Egg Hunt needs donations

West Michigan will host dozens of Easter Egg hunts this weekend.

One of the largest, the John Ball Park Easter Egg Hunt, is in need of donations.

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