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The ‘R-Word’ Will Be Removed From Michigan Laws

A word that's been used in many different Michigan laws for years will now be removed from the books completely.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed legislation Friday morning that will remove the word "retarded" from all state laws that currently contain the word. 

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‘The Colbert Report’ Racist Tweet Outrages Fans, #CancelColbert Now Trending

Both Comedy Central and Stephen Colbert have well-established that 'The Colbert Report' features the political satirist in a deliberately-heightened and ultra conservative fictional representation of himself, though a new controversy has emerged from the most recent episode. Following an out-of-context tweet from 'The Colbert Report''s page, accusations of racism have been leveled at the host, with some even calling to "#CancelColbert."

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Federal Government Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of roughly 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those marriages on hold.

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Russell Crowe Sings Johnny Cash on ‘The Tonight Show’ [Video]

Important question: who among you knew that 'Tonight Show' host and all-around funny guy Jimmy Fallon was also a skilled harmonica player? Has he been doing this for long? Does everyone know about this? Should we have already known about this? Somewhat related: who among you knew that Russell Crowe has a background in fronting badly-named rock bands?

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Now That Winter’s Over (Almost), Prepare For the Next Season In Michigan: Road Construction

As the old joke goes, there are two seasons in Michigan: winter and road construction.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a comprehensive list of where the orange barrels will be blooming this spring and summer in the Grand Rapids area.

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Detroit Pistons minor league team coming to Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Whitecaps are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.

The Grand Rapids Griffins are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings.

Now, Grand Rapids is getting a basketball team affiliated with the Detroit Pistons.

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RECALL: Fannie May Assorted Chocolates

It's never a good thing when chocolate is being recalled.  I mean, it's chocolate!  Who wants to give it up?  Alas, there is another recall to tell you about.

It's for Fannie May spring wrapped assorted chocolates in the 14 ounce box

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Tom Cook’s “Workday Dog Break”

Dog versus cat.  Cat versus Dog.  It's a neverending rivalry.  And it continues in the "dog break" for today.

This dog saw a cat lying in the middle of what is presumably a walking or biking path

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Grand Rapids Ballet announces big changes to ‘The Nutcracker’

Grand Rapids Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker" is a tradition for many West Michigan families.

That tradition is about to experience some changes.

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Gov. Snyder: Marriages Were Legal, But Michigan Will Not Recognize Them Unless Stay Is Lifted [Video]

Michigan will not recognize the more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend (though the marriages were performed legally at the time) before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay marriage, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

The announcement was made just a day after an appeals court  stopped any additional same-sex marriages while it reviews the decision that struck down a 2004 Michigan law that states that marriage only is between a man and a woman.

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‘Indiana Jones 5′ Eyeing Bradley Cooper for a Rebooted Leading Man? [UPDATE]

When Disney made that big purchase of Lucasfilm way back when, not only did it encompass the beloved 'Star Wars' franchise, but also 'Indiana Jones,' the latter of which is easily forgettable as the long-gestating 'Indiana Jones 5' has shied away from headlines recently. However, with Disney set to distribute any potential new installments of the Harrison Ford-led films, more are likely on the way, but the latest word on the street is that Ford could bow out of the title role in favor of a younger newcomer to fill his shoes, perhaps even Bradley Cooper.

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Nurse Stabbed In Downtown Spectrum Health Parking Lot

Several news outlets are reporting that a female nurse was stabbed in the shoulder in a parking ramp Wednesday morning while leaving work at Spectrum Health. 

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