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The Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Will Have a Diverse Cast, Promises Producer

There’s been a lot of talk about whitewashing in the news lately, what with two big blockbusters, The Great Wall and the live-action Ghost in the Shell, poised to hit theaters soon. Disney has plans for both a live-action Mulan and Aladdin in the works, and the production of both will be scrutinized for how they handle casting. But not to worry, because the producer of Aladdin says the cast will be fittingly diverse for a movie set in the Middle East.

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Two Grand Rapids Restaurants Make ‘Most Romantic’ List!

Every year, around Valentine's Day, OpenTable compiles 100 of the most romantic restaurants around the U.S. based on over 10,000,000 reviews...

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Sales of ‘Not My President’ Candy Bars Spike After Betsy DeVos Confirmation

Some protesters are trading picket signs for chocolate.

"Not My President" candy bars saw an increase in sales after Betsy DeVos become Education Secretary. 

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Better Business Bureau Warns West Michigan About Company Promising Grants

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about the HiTe Media Group, which lists its address at a UPS store in Muskegon. The BBB says that the group has left a trail of 'dissatisfied grant seekers who report paying thousands of dollars for information on how to qualify for grants, but don't receive any grants as a result of a book and some phone training supplied by the company.'

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Whitecaps Won’t Be Part Of Major League Baseball’s Experimenting With An Old Softball Rule

As a softball player, I'm familiar with rules to speed up games that go into extra innings. I just never thought Major League Baseball would think it was a great idea.

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16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Day 3
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Pokey LaFarge Concert Tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center

Here's a tip to create a really great Thursday night, like, tonight. Combine early jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing! What do you find with all of that? A Pokey LaFarge concert!

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Teen Shot Near Grand Rapids Elementary School [VIDEO]

GRPD are investigating a shooting Wednesday near Buchanan Elementary School.

WZZM 13 reports that the school was on lockdown after shots were fired  in the area of Buchanan Avenue and Brown Street SW around 12:30p.m.

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The Average Wedding in Grand Rapids Costs More Than 25K

Before you go thinking that's high, it's actually about $8,000 less than the national average. 

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Louie and Leo the Cats Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday

Louie and Leo came calling today.

Louie and Leo visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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This Michigan Arby’s Has the Drive Thru Window on the Wrong Side

Study that picture closely and you'll see that the drive-thru window of this Arby's is located on the car's passenger side.

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Grand Rapids is One of the Best Places to Live in America!

Grand Rapids just made another "best of" list.

U.S. News listed the "100 Best Places to Live in the USA" and Grand Rapids came in at #19...

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U.S. Rep. Amash Co-Sponsors Bill to Abolish Department of Education

A bill introduced today, by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, (R-MI) and six others, would abolish the federal Department of Education.

The bill is one page long and says, "the Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018."

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