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Ryan Fischer (WZZM-13: Scholar Athlete Of The Week)
Ryan Fischer (WZZM-13: Scholar Athlete Of The Week)
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WZZM-13: Grandville High Hockey Captain Found Dead

UPDATE: (1pm) The MHSAA has informed our friends at WZZM-13 that it will stream tonight's Grandville state semifinal hockey game *free of charge* at MHSAA.TV at 7:30.

The Grandville team has made the decision to play the game despite the sudden death of star Ryan Fischer.

A Grandville High School senior star student and hockey player has died overnight.

Ryan Fischer died at his home in Grandville. As of now, the cause of death is unknown.

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Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
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Grand Rapids’ Omar Bermejo Competes for U.S. in Sochi Paralympic Winter Games [Video]

Omar Bermejo believes.

He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.

That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

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ArtPrize Announces Changes to Voting and Prizes

ArtPrize is changing the rules in 2014.

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Meet LaughFest Comedian Michael Palascak [Video]

Gilda's LaughFest 2014 is officially open for business. 

For the next 10 days, we'll laugh our socks off with some of the top comedians in the country. And, we'll be supporting Gilda's Club.  What a deal!

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Filming For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Scheduled On I-196 On Thursday

Filming for the movie "The End Of The Tour" could cause some traffic problems along I-196 on Thursday.

A crew for "The End of the Tour" will be filming on the 196 between Fuller Ave. and Lake Michigan Dr. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. West Michigan M-DOT has indicated that there will be some lane closure, and that at the least, traffic will be moving slower.

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Davenport University Excellence in Business: Capt. Richard Phillips Keynotes; Wolverine CEO Blake Krueger Honored

Wolverine World Wide, Inc., CEO and Chairman Blake Krueger is being honored with the 2014 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award at Davenport University's Excellence in Business Gala on May 2 at DeVos Place.

The gala, which benefits student scholarships at Davenport, has U.S. merchant mariner and author Capt. Richard Phillips as featured guest speaker. Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

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Rosalynn Carter Honoring Betty Ford at Ford Museum on April 8

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host former first lady Rosalynn Carter as she visits Grand Rapids on April 8 to participate in a luncheon program, America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship, commemorating former first lady Betty Ford’s 96th birthday. Following the luncheon, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum will host a panel discussion titled Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health, which is sponsored by Spectrum Health.

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Meet Another LaughFest Comedian: Baron Vaughn [Video]

Gilda's Club LaughFest officially begins tonight.  Rosa Parks Circle is the place that organizers are hoping over 1600 people will show up and wear dark glasses to set a world's record for people wearing dark glasses at night.  Goofy? Yes! Funny? Yes! That's LaughFest.

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West Godwin Elementary Video Makes People Happy

Maybe you've seen the movie "Despicable Me 2 " or maybe you've heard the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams (which is from that movie).

Even if you haven't seen or heard those, you'll love this video set to "Happy" and performed by students at West Godwin Elementary in Wyoming

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Man’s Excuse For Speeding? I Won The Lottery

There's no doubt that law enforcement officers have heard many excuses when they've pulled over speeding vehicles.  Things like "I'm late to pick up my daughter" or "my car doesn't go that fast" or "I spilled M&M's in my car" have gotten people out of tickets before.

But this one is probably a new

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25 Percent of all U.S. Cheese is Used In Pizza

Mmmmm...cheese.  It makes almost everything better.  Except chocolate.  I'm pretty sure chocolate wouldn't be better with cheese, but then again I've never tried it.

In our house, we put cheese on almost everything

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Baseball Team Adopts Stray Dog and Makes Him Unofficial Mascot [Video]

Did you see this story last week? It is so stinkin' cute that I had to share with you. 

The story is out of Arizona, where spring training for Major League Baseball is under way.

As Milwaukee Brewers players began to arrive for spring training, they noticed a Bichon Frise dog hanging around the ballpark

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