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Grand Rapids’ Louis Benton Steakhouse Closes

Louis Benton Steakhouse has closed its doors after serving patrons in downtown Grand Rapids for the past 12 years. 

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2015 Michigan Winter Free Fishing Weekend is February 14-15

Anyone may fish for free in Michigan Feb. 14 and 15 for the state's annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend.

No state fishing license is required.

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People Impersonating IRS Agents Calling People in West Michigan

People across West Michigan have been receiving phone messages from people claiming to be from the IRS. It's potential scam that authorities say you need to be aware of, so you don’t fall victim.

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Grand Haven Cross that Drew Criticism Will Become an Anchor

Grand Haven city officials have approved plans to convert a 48-foot-tall cross on city-owned property overlooking the Grand River into an anchor.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Grand Haven City Council approved a resolution Monday on a 3-2 vote to limit access to the Dewey Hill property as well as change the cross, which had faced criticism from local residents and a religious organization.

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Up Close and Personal With Artist, Artwork and Collectors at the UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is holding three events in the upcoming weeks to bring visitors closer to the artwork, the artists, and the collectors associated with their current exhibitions, Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection, and Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman.

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Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show at DeVos Place This Weekend

Our area's newest consumer show opens with a bang at DeVos Place this week, as the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Homes Show welcomes, not only wonderful displays, but an amazing line-up of talent to its seminar stages.

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‘Big Game:’ Samuel L. Jackson, Young Man Battle Terrorists [Video]

The ‘Big Game’ trailer sells a concept that rides a fine line between totally preposterous and incredible. What if Air Force One was shot down and the President’s escape pod landed in the isolated woods of Finland? What is the President, now pursued by terrorists, only had one ally? What if that one ally was a pre-teen boy armed with a bow? What if the President was played by Samuel L. Jackson? Yeah, ‘Big Game’ is a real movie and we still can’t decide if it’s too ludicrous or just ludicrous enough.

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Good Grief; Here’s Another ‘Peanuts Movie’ Trailer

Dig this, blockheads: The ‘Peanuts’ gang, originally created by cartoonist Charles Schulz, have appeared in so many incarnations in their 65-year history. They’ve been a comic strip, a series of much-beloved television specials, a Broadway musical, greeting card staples, and even the successful pitchmen for life insurance. Now, for the first time, they’re becoming a 3D feature film, with this year’s ‘The Peanuts Movie.’

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‘Kick-Ass’ Director Matthew Vaughn Says Audiences “Have Had Enough” of Dark Superhero Movies

As ‘Batman’ goes, so goes comic-book movies. When Tim Burton turned the Dark Knight into a retro-gothic hero, Hollywood followed suit with a slew of heavily stylized pulp throwbacks. (See: ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘The Phantom,’ ‘The Shadow,’ etc.) And when Christopher Nolan turned the Dark Knight into, well, ‘The Dark Knight,’ it sparked a wave of “grim and gritty” movies, with serious superheroes doing and saying serious things in outrageous spandex costumes that had been reimagined as biker gear or body armor. (See: ‘Man of Steel’ [Or maybe don’t.]) There’s been some pushback, but we’re really only now coming out of the trend toward ultra-serious, uber-dark comic-book movies.

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Smartphone App Provides Snow Plow Service on Demand

A new app called Plowz works much like Uber, allowing users to order a snow plow on your smartphone, and it's now available in West Michigan.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Woman in Black’ Can’t Stop ‘The Hobbit’

After the jam-packed month of December, with its huge family-friendly blockbusters and awards season Oscar bait, we have arrived in the month of January. Formerly a dumping ground for mediocre films, the month has taken on a new identity in the past few years as a testing ground for unique genre films (think ‘Cloverfield’) and a solid place to release a horror movie, which seems to do quite well right around New Year’s for whatever reason. This year, we have ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,’ which had a fairly solid opening. Not solid enough to topple the Christmas Week champions, but no one is complaining too much.

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2014 Was a Good, Bad, Interesting Year? See for Yourself [Video]

Are you already missing the good-old days of 2014?

No? Yes?

There were some fascinating things that happened. Some funny, some sad.

Here's a four-minute video re-cap of some of the highlights if you missed anything.

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