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Michigan Works! Holds Event to Help Laid-Off Lamar Construction Workers

Last week, Lamar Construction shut down its construction and structural steel divisions and filed for bankruptcy, leaving almost 180 West Michigan residents unemployed. The Ottawa County Michigan Works! office plans to hold an event next week to offer some help for those who lost their jobs. 

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Menus Unveiled

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids still about a month away, but you can start planning where you'll be dining while drooling over this year's menus.

The fifth annual Restaurant Week will take place Aug. 13 to 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year's theme is "Perfect Pairings" and showcases beverages that pair well with foods.

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Giant Chess Board Coming To Downtown Grand Rapids

Visitors to Downtown Grand Rapids will be able to play with an over-sized chess set soon, according to Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

On Wednesday night it was announced that the group plans to unveil the outdoor chess board Thursday morning. The board is described simply as "giant" (the size has not been specified).

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LaughFest Needs Our Help With Their World Record

I just learned that The LaughFest record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark is currently in the running for the Guinness World Record of the Week, and they need some votes!

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Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital NICU Wins Dunkin Donuts Breakfast

Congratulations to our latest Dunkin Donuts breakfast winners, the NICU at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital!

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Peter Griffin Impersonators Don’t Get Better Than This

This guy makes a better Peter Griffin than Peter Griffin does.

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Michigan Lawmaker Hopes To Reinstate Fireworks Ban

I like fireworks just as much as the next guy, but it does seem as though things have gotten a little out of hand since Michigan lifted its ban on louder, more powerful fireworks in 2011. That's why one Michigan legislator is hoping to get that ban reinstated.

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Matt Nathanson Sings ‘Come on Get Higher’ in Grand Rapids [Video]

If Matt Nathanson's music career ever peters out (which it won't, because he's awesome), he could probably make a legit living as a comedian. He's charismatic and hysterical. He's got a way of completely engaging a crowd, which he definitely did at his sold-out show with Gavin DeGraw at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park July 15.

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Wasabi, Josh Visit ‘Andy Rent in the Morning’ for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Trudy Ender, from the Humane Society of West Michigan visited the 100.5 The River studios this morning with two of the cutest kittens, Josh and Wasabi.

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Summer Theater is Exciting at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts announced the Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) presentation of "Camp Rock: The Musical", and "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."

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Marvel’s Thor is Now a Woman

In news that will probably baffle comic book fans and normal people alike, it was revealed that Thor (yes, the Avenger) is no longer worthy of his title and will be replaced by a woman.

Yes, you are allowed to unleash a collective "What?!" right about now.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Talks About Everything

It's almost impossible to stay on topic when interviewing 'Weird Al'. He's a walking encyclopedia of popular culture knowledge and every answer leaves multiple alleyways to explore. Ahead, the topics covered include 'Star Wars,' 'UHF,' Charlie Kaufman, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Springsteen, 'The LEGO' Movie, his is favorite movie of all-time, Joe Piscopo, 'The Naked Gun,' 'Rocky' and a host of other topics that don't have much to do with one another.

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