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The Cotton Bowl’s ArtPrize Moment: Giant Mascots Made of Tires

Remember when Dallas was going to host an expansion of ArtPrize?

The three-year agreement was set to begin in 2016, but ArtPrize Dallas was cancelled because of funding and some who "saw the concept as threatening to the status quo."

It seems Dallas is having second thoughts after introducing two ArtPrize-like sculptures made out of tires.

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Start the New Year by Adopting Rowdy From Crash’s Landing

One look at Rowdy and you will understand that this is one cat who does not live up to his name.

Adopt Rowdy from Crash's Landing.

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Get FREE Coffee From Starbucks if You Find a ‘Pop-Up Cheer Party’

As a way to close out 2016, Starbucks is celebrating with "10 Days of Cheer." And what way does Starbucks spread cheer the best? Free coffee, obviously...

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Substitute Teachers are Desperately Needed in Michigan

Michigan is facing a shortage of substitute teachers and it's having a direct affect on schools.

The Detroit Free Press says the lack of substitute teachers,
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Video Footage of a Trailer Fire on 131 in Grand Rapids

I was driving north on 131 on my way to work today when I ran into some super heavy traffic. Luckily, I had my dash camera rolling. Here's footage of a trailer fire that slowed down traffic today around 11:15 a.m. or so.

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Bye, Bye Kmart and Other Grand Rapids Businesses

2016 was quite a year, huh? We elected, and will be swearing in, a new President very soon, had to say goodbye to so many movie stars, recording artists, and others, who have made a difference, or had an effect, in our lives. And, locally, we have seen many, popular, or formally popular, businesses close up. 

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New Pizza Place Coming to Grand Rapids!

You can never have too much pizza!

Coming in 2017, Grand Rapids will be getting a new pizzeria, Herb & Fire. This will be the second West Michigan location for the restaurant which will open at Celebration Village in Grand Rapids.

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Sheldon the Cat Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday

Sheldon the cat, came calling today.

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

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You Can Watch Carrie Fisher’s ‘Star Wars’ Audition Tape Right Here

It’s undeniable that Carrie Fisher was a rare talent — and she’d have to be, to charm the notoriously picky George Lucas with her Star Wars audition. In a recently resurfaced video, originally posted on YouTube in 2006, Fisher sits down to read a scene opposite Harrison Ford (whom Lucas initially didn’t want to cast, but he was so good in the screen tests that Ford became his Han Solo).

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Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Kent County

Now that Christmas is over your first priority might be to take your decorations and tree down. If you had a natural tree this year, different cities around Kent County are offering Christmas tree recycling programs...

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Carrie Fisher’s Obituary Request Was Typically Witty and Wonderful

Today we mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher: Iconic actor, talented author, brilliant script doctor and, most of all, an incomparable force to be reckoned with. There are so many great adjectives you could use to describe Fisher: Uncompromising, unapologetic, fierce, witty, relatable, real, honest. She took all of those qualities and put them to work in her books — from memoirs to novels, Fisher had a knack for telling poignant and painful stories with wit and wisdom. Writing a worthy obituary for one of the best and boldest women on this planet or any other is surely an impossible task…so it’s a good thing that the perfect obit basically already exists, and unsurprisingly, Fisher came up with it herself.

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Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia, Dies at 60

Terrible news to confirm today, as a beloved icon and Star Wars star’s condition has taken a turn for the worse. Carrie Fisher, actress behind both Princess and General Leia, has passed away at age 60. The revered actress and comedic presence had earlier suffered a heart attack en-route from London to Los Angeles.

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